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|Dragon Quest series character|
|Dragon Quest V|
|Race||Great sabrecub/Great Sabrecat|
Saber is a character in Dragon Quest V. He is a monster the Hero will always recruit, first as a cub then as a full grown adult. He is a Great sabrecub in the first generation and then becomes a Great Sabrecat, a large sabertooth leopard monster in the last couple of generations.
Saber is one of the names that Bianca will suggest when you first recruit Saber. Players first see Saber in the child part of the game where several children are bullying a small cat in Roundbeck. They will only stop it if the Hero and Bianca fight the ghosts in the castle north of the village. After accomplishing this, the kids complete their end of the deal and leave the cat alone.
As gratitude, Saber emotionally bonds to the Hero to become a party member for the rest of the child section of the game. Bianca gives him an equippable Ribbon before she leaves the party. The Hero and Saber become separated at the end of the first part of the game.
They would meet again years later as adults, when the Hero is called on to save a village from a monster. The Hero learns that the "monster" has its lair in a dark cave. Saber, now an adult, will not quite remember the Hero and is considered impossible to defeat with infinite HP, though he does not attack, due to the Hero's scent being familiar to him. The only way to end the battle is to use Bianca's Ribbon on him. Thus, he will recognize the Hero and rejoin him for the rest of the game.
As a permanent member of the team, Saber is a very powerful ally to use. He can not use magic, but has incredible attack and defense as well as some very powerful techniques. Saber is also one of the fastest characters in the game and often can strike before anyone else.
As the DS port of game only allows four members, Saber becomes a matter of choice on usage depending on the player's styles. The hero and his son are the strongest characters in the game and the daughter can learn the best spells in the game so many players are suggested to use them. Players who like focusing on attacking opt to use Saber or Bianca/Deborah as their fourth character while players who prefer to use magic will use Nera.
These abilities are only learned after the timeskip:
|Dragon Quest V (DS)|
- Saber is called Purrcy in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below and is featured when Bianca uses her Ribbon during her High Tension super move.
- All the names Bianca picks out for the sabrecat (including Purrcy) are derived from a children's book at her home in Roundbeck.
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