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The Riptide is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest VIII. It is a fierce, claw-wielding monster that hails from the seas.


Riptides are muscular monsters with pale green skin and green scales covering most of its body, wielding a sharp claw in each hand. The handguards on their claws and their helmets are made of green metal, as well. They wear black kilts with a leather belt around their waists, black boots with orange tips, and a cape of shaggy orange fur around their necks. The seafaring warriors perform corkscrew attacks with their claws that rip into groups of enemies and they can infuse their slashes with lightning, as well. The riptides also have some skill with magic, being able to cast both instant death and healing spells.


Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Riptide (オーシャンクロー Ōshankurō)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII PS2 Riptide.png 235 13 186
Defense Agility Experience Gold
136 78 331 170
Bestiary no. #258
Family Aquatic
In-game description A fearsome fighter of the seas with razor-sharp claws. Capable of spinning its body like a propeller to cut the enemy to ribbons.
Spell(s) Midheal
Skill(s) Lightning Slash
Roundaclout (46~57 damage to entire party)
Location(s) Pirate's Cove
Item(s) dropped Dagger132
Scale armour1128
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0%
Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
0% 50% 50% 50%
Ice breath
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
50% 25% 25% 100%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 50% 100% 100%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 100% 50% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
50% 50% 25%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Notable Changes
Iron claw132 replaces Dagger as common drop.
Fire claw1256 replaces Scale armour as rare drop.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

##088 - Riptide
DQIX Riptide.png
HP MP Experience Gold
102 18 540 156
Attack Defense Speed
102 105 105
Dropped Item Dragon scale132
Razor claws164
Locations The Bad Cave
Grotto (water)
Skills Slashes wildly with its claws (125% damage)
Thunder Slash
Spells Whack
Family Aquatic
Bestiary # #088
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Japanese Name オーシャンクロー
Romanized Jap. Ōshankurō
Description They hit back with Whack at survivors of Thunder Slash or Roundaclout. Be canny and keep them from casting Midheal.

Rumour has it that they're salamarauders who trained so intensely that they turned into tough guys.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Family Nature
Rank A
Description These lightning-fast warriors of the sea have made an art of surprising unwary mariners.
Weapons Spears, Axes, Claws, Staves
Traits Early Bird
Resistances Confusionproof
Skill Firewind Slashes
Location -
Breeding chart Jumping jackal x Heligator

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Family Nature
Rank A
Size S
Weapons Axes, Spears, Claws, Staves
Traits Early Bird, Hit Squad, Foot Dragger
Resistances Immune to Blade Blunter and Confusion
Skill Firewind Slashes
Location -
Breeding chart Heligator x Jumping jackal

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Riptide appeared in the standard card pack as a rare card exclusive for Merchant leaders.


A riptide is a dangerous current that can carry unwary swimmers out into deep water; the choice of name is probably a hint at this monster's propensity for ripping people up with its claws.

Similar species[edit]