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Dragon Quest series character
Dragon Quest V
DQV Saber DS.pngDQV Purrcy.png
Sprite Dq5 youngsaber.gif
Japanese Name ボロンゴ
Rōmaji Borongo
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 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.

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 15 99
HP 115 530
MP 0 0
Strength 67 255
Resilience 52 150
Agility 62 255
Wisdom 21 100
Luck 45 100
Flame breath 1
Ice breath 1
Frizz 1
Sizz 1
Bang 1
Woosh 1
Crack 1
Zap 1
Death/Paralysis 4/5
Kamikazee 1
Poof 1/3
Dazzle 1/3
Snooze 1/3
Drain Magic 0
Fizzle 0
Fuddle 1/3
Sap 4/5
Poison 1/3
Stun 4/5


These abilities are only learned after the timeskip:

Dragon Quest V (DS) 
Spell Level Learned
Focus Strength 17
War Cry 21
Disruptive Wave 33
Lightning 40


  • Weapons
  • Helmets
  • Armor
  • Accessories
Dragon Quest V (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Bone Stake Attack +6
Stone Fangs Attack +12
Iron Claw Attack +19
Steel Fangs Attack +35
Fire Claw Attack+53
Icicle Dirk Attack +70
Cobra Claw Attack +90
Orichalcum Fangs Attack +115
Dragon Quest V (All) 
Helmet Modifier(s)
Leather Hat Defense +2
Hardwood Headwear Defense +6
Iron Helmet Defense +16
Happy Hat Defense +35
Great Helm Defense +45
Metal King Helm Defense +70
Dragon Quest V (All) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Rags Defense+3
Handwoven Cape Defense+6
Leather Kilt Defense+12
Iron Cuirass Defense+23
Silver Cuirass Defense+40
Flowing Dress Defense+55
Metal King Armour Defense+95
Dragon Quest V (All) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Bianca's Ribbon Wisdom+10