Serena (Dragon Quest XI)

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Dragon Quest XI
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Sprite(s) Serena sprite walk.gif
Japanese name セーニャ
Romaji Sēnya
Title Keeper
Class Priest with Troubadour traits
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Sage (temporarily, in Act 2)
Race Human
Age 16
Family Veronica (twin sister)
Fidelia (father)
Alma (mother)
Serenica (ancestor)
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Luminary (potential husband)
Voice actor Sora Amamiya (Japanese, Dragon Quest Rivals, XI S)
Jessica Clark (English)

"Bold Luminary, Yggdrasil's chosen, long have I waited to greet you.
We of Arboria swear to protect you. While we live none shall defeat you.

Serena (セーニャ, Sēnya) is a character from Dragon Quest XI. She is a dependable healer, capable of using recovery and protective magic, as well as using her lyre in battle for various effects. Both her and her twin sister Veronica come from the land of Arboria and have sworn to protect and aid the Luminary on his journey.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Serena is a young woman with indigo eyes and long blonde hair that reaches past her shoulders pulled back with a green hairband. She wears a green kirtle over a cream-colored long-sleeved dress with puffy shoulders, an orange skirt with a silver buckle around her waist, and purple shoes worn with orange socks. She also wears a pair of blue earrings and blue pearls around her neck.

Serena is a kind, friendly beauty with a neat and tidy disposition. Although she is calm, laid-back, and compassionate, Serena is also slightly hapless and causes worry for her twin sister. Veronica states that Serena is the younger twin, but due to her transformation, Serena appears to be the older sister. Her harp is her most prized possession and she relieves stress by playing it. Sweets are Serena's favorite food and her ambition is to open a cake shop in Arboria when peace is achieved.[1] Serena quickly gets accustomed to her sister's predicament after an initial surprise, finding her new stature to be cute. Her personal motto is to always keep the sun in your heart. Her ideal romantic partner would be someone like a hero from a romance novel. The thing she wants the most is a sequel to her favorite book, "A Ripple on the Sea of Love", which is about a romance between a human and a mermaid.

Serena has very keen senses and an ability to sense magic, as shown in a variety of cutscenes and lines of Party Talk dialogue. She often acknowledges tastes and scents that she catches, and Veronica mentions that Serena's sense of smell is particularly good. In many cutscenes, Serena will say that she "senses" magic, particularly dark magic and evil influences, as well as the powers of Yggdrasil. She also senses the presence of her sister in two cutscenes, in the rare circumstances when they are separated. Thanks to her keen senses, particularly when it comes to magic, Serena often picks up on details that the other characters miss.


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

"There are those who would accuse you of bringing disaster on our world. Please, you must rest assured that they are wrong."

Serena and Veronica are the descendants of the sage Serenica, and have been trained in magical arts since they were girls. Serena is a Keeper, a person destined to guide and aid the Luminary throughout his adventure: when the Luminary has come of age and his presence becomes known to the world, Serena and Veronica leave their life in Arboria to find him. Sometime prior to the Luminary and Erik entering the city of Hotto, the twins were ambushed by a monster named Jarvis. This lead to Veronica being drained of her magical power as well as losing her adult body, and Serena was kidnapped. Once Jarvis is slain and she is rescued, Serena and Veronica reaffirm their vows to protect the Luminary and join the party.

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After the destruction of the World Tree and the death of her twin sister, Serena's personality becomes bolder and more determined. She continues to stay by the Luminary's side and resolves to help him defeat Mordegon and bring peace to Erdrea. To that end, she cuts her hair short in memory of Veronica and temporarily gains access to all of her sister's magical abilities.

Base stats & pep bonus[edit]

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 12 99
HP 60 600
MP 55 600
Strength 25 300
Agility 29 280
Resilience 11 200
Magical Might 0 0
Magical Mending 52 520
Deftness 33 330
Charm 36 270
Initial gear Serena's wand, Hairband, Silk robe
Bronze lance (in inventory)
Pep boost Magical mending +20% (40%), resilience +40% (60%),
Magic critical hit rate up (magic critical rate further increased). Parenthesis accounts for Pep-up Power-up bonuses.
  • Serena also possesses an immunity to being charmed, a minor resistance to Fizzle and Whack, as well as a minor weakness to being stunned and Snooze'd.


Name Level MP Target Description
Heal 12 2 One ally Up to 35~45 restored
Dazzle 12 3 One group Wraps enemies in illusions
Squelch 12 3 One ally Cures one ally of poison
Buff 12 3 One ally Raises one ally's defence by up to 50%
Accelerate 13 2 One ally Raises one ally's agility by up to 40%
Woosh 14 5 One group Up to 36~60 wind damage at 80 magical might
Fizzle 15 3 One group Seals enemy magic
Midheal 16 6 One ally Up to 350~370 HP restored
Acceleratle 17 4 All allies Raises party's agility by up to 40%
Zing 18 12 One ally Attempts to revive one ally, 75% success at 231 magical mending
Anathematise 19 4 One enemy Reduces spell resistance by 25%
Tingle 20 2 All allies Cures party of paralysis
Kabuff 23 6 All allies Raises party's defence by up to 50%
Whack 24 5 One enemy Insta kill one enemy, 75% accurate at 900 magical might
Moreheal 27 12 One ally Up to 350~370 HP restored
Swoosh 28 10 One group Up to 92~156 wind damage at 158 magical might
Multiheal 35 32 All allies Up to 330~350 HP restored to all allies
Kazing 45 24 One ally Revives one ally
Thwack 49 10 All enemies Insta kill a group of enemies, 75% accurate at 900 magical might
Fullheal 50 24 One ally Fully heals one ally
Kerplunk 60 All All allies Sacrifices self to restore party
Kathwack 63 20 All enemies Insta kill all enemies, 85% accuracy at 200 magical might
Omniheal 66 64 All allies Fully heals party
Kaswoosh Event 20 One group Up to 162~290 wind damage at 250 magical might

Character builder[edit]

NOTE: Serena will temporarily gain all of her sister's abilities near the end of the first half of the game. This technically makes her a Sage for the duration, in the classical sense.

Name Skill points MP Range Pep Oomph Info
MP Absorption When Wielding +2% 3 -- -- -- -- N/A
Magical Mending When Wielding +10 4 -- -- -- -- N/A
Minor MP Recovery After Battle 6 -- -- -- -- N/A
Devil’s Delight 8 3 One enemy No Yes 225% damage to Demon family monsters, 25% chance to beguile. Cannot miss
Magical Mending When Wielding+30 10 -- -- -- -- N/A
Alma Mater 13 8 -- -- -- Guarantees a character will survive a fatal attack if their HP is 50% or more, lasts four turns
Snap, Crackle, Poof 13 8 -- -- -- Renders an ally immune to all status ailments save for instant death for four turns
Dual-Wielding 13 -- -- -- -- N/A
Moderate MP Recovery After Battle 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
MP Absorption When Wielding +4% 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
Pep-Up Power-Up 16 -- -- -- -- N/A
Maximum MP When Wielding +30 16 -- -- -- -- N/A
Divine Restitution 20 32 One group No No Inflicts up to 390~410 light damage, restores Serena's HP by up to 110 for five turns
Grace of the Goddess 20 10 -- -- -- Automatically revives a character once for up to 80% HP if killed, lasts five turns
Divine Intervention 25 12 -- -- -- Guarantees a character will survive a fatal attack if their HP is above 1, lasts four turns
Name Skill points MP Range Pep Oomph Info
Cattle Prod 3 2 One enemy No Yes 150% damage to Beast family enemies
Attack Power When Wielding +10 4 -- -- -- -- N/A
Parry Chance When Wielding +4% 6 -- -- -- -- N/A
Deliverance 7 2 One enemy No Yes 150% damage to the undead
Critical Hit Chance When Wielding +2% 9 -- -- -- -- N/A
Attack Power When Wielding +15 13 -- -- -- -- N/A
Critical Hit Chance When Wielding +2% 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
Parry Chance When Wielding +5% 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
Attack Power When Wielding +20 16 -- -- -- -- N/A
Crushed Ice 16 16 Random No First hit Four hits of ice damage at 90%, 360% damage total.
Party Pooper 16 4 One group No First hit 80% damage to a group of enemies, no further reduction per hit
Thunder Thrust 18 4 One enemy No No 50% chance to critical hit
Be Like Water 20 12 -- -- Yes Raises parry chance by 20%, base evasion to 50%, and allows Serena to counter attack for two turns
Counter Wait 20 8 -- -- Yes Guarantees evasion and counter-attack for two turns
Kaswooshle 25 50 One group No No Up to 496~752 wind damage at 250 magical might
Name Skill points MP Range Pep Oomph Info
Hymn of Fire 8 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to fire by 20%
Hymn of Ice 8 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to ice by 20%
Magical Mending +10 8 -- -- -- -- N/A
Maximum MP +10 8 -- -- -- -- NA
Hymn of Air 10 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to wind by 20%
Hymn of Earth 10 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to rocks by 20%
Hymn of Thunder 12 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to lightning by 20%
Hymn of Light 14 6 -- -- -- Raises party's resistance to light and explosions by 20%
Magical Mending +20 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
Minor MP Recovery After Battle 14 -- -- -- -- N/A
Magical Mending +30 16 -- -- -- -- NA
Maximum MP +20 16 -- -- -- -- NA
Holier Hymns #1 20 -- -- -- -- Increases hymn power to 30%
Holier Hymns #2 25 -- -- -- -- Increases hymn power to 40%
Doleful Dirge 25 12 One enemy -- -- Increases all elemental damage by 40% for 4~6 turns, fixed 2/3rds accuracy


Dragon Quest XI (S: Definitive Edition) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Naughty stick Attack +1
Rusty sceptre Attack +1
Serena's wand Attack +10
Posey pole Attack +12
Lamp post Attack +14
Pixie pole Attack +15
Lolly stick Attack +16
Bronze lance Attack +17
Jolly brolly Attack +18
Wyvern wand Attack +22
Iron lance Attack +24
Spryggrasil Attack +25
Seraphic sceptre Attack +27
Butterfly baton Attack +33
Steel lance Attack +34
Glow stick Attack +36
Glumbrella Attack +42
Red dragon rod Attack +44
Battle fork Attack +47
Bonbon baton Attack +47
Seraph's stick Attack +53
Fantastick Attack +54
Jade's glaive Attack +56
Get-up-and-glow stick Attack +65
Trident Attack +65
Gracos's trident Attack +70
Cane of compassion Attack +76
Sceptre of time Attack +76
Lightning lance Attack +85
Platinum lance Attack +92
Storm spear Attack +97
Demon spear Attack +101
Full fathom fork Attack +108
Paladin's lance Attack +111
Metal slime spear Attack +114
Liquid metal spear Attack +126
Poker Attack +130
Seraph's spear Attack +150
Straight poker Attack +167
Barbarous pole Attack +183
Stud poker Attack +199
Sacred spear Attack +204
Heaven's talon Attack +215
Metal king spear Attack +221
Split-pot poker Attack +247

Dragon Quest XI (S: Definitive Edition) 
Helmets Modifier(s)
Leather hat Defense +3
Feathered cap Defense +8
Bunny ears Defense +14
Feathered headband Defense +17
Bonny band Defense +18
Fur hood Defense +18
Malleable mask Defense +19
Coral hairpin Defense +20
Hermes' hat Defense +20
Silver tiara Defense +24
Happy hat Defense +31
Gold circlet Defense +33
Papillon mask Defense +33
Scholar's cap Defense +33
Minister's mitre Defense +34
Mythril helm Defense +38
Thinking cap Defense +38
Metal slime helm Defense +39
Star circlet Defense +42
Goddess' tiara Defense +45
Liquid metal helm Defense +49
Skull helm Defense +49
Golden tiara Defense +50
Autumn shower hat Defense +51
Sacred circlet Defense +51
Spring breeze hat Defense +51
Summer cloud hat Defense +51
Phantom mask Defense +51
Winter sky hat Defense +51
Serenica's circlet Defense +60
Heavenly helm Defense +62
Metal king helm Defense +63

Dragon Quest XI (S: Definitive Edition) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Plain clothes Defense +4
Arriviste's vest Defense +5
Elevating vest Defense +5
Vest for success Defense +5
Wayfarer's clothes Defense +7
Silk robe Defense +10
Leather armour Defense +11
Leather dress Defense +15
Fizzle-retardant blouse Defense +21
Dancer's costume Defense +23
Dainty dress Defense +33
Robe of serenity Defense +34
Uniforme de l'académie Defense +35
Magic vestment Defense +39
Glombolero Defense +40
Princess robe Defense +44
Silk bustier Defense +44
Magical skirt Defense +45
Spangled dress Defense +46
Queen's robe Defense +53
Sage's robe Defense +55
Flowing dress Defense +59
Empress's robe Defense +61
Macabre mantle Defense +66
Shimmering dress Defense +67
Little angel's frock Defense +70
Little devil's dress Defense +70
Liquid metal jacket Defense +70
Angel's robe Defense +71
Crimson robe Defense +73
Dragon robe Defense +88
Divine dancer's costume Defense +96
Sacred raiment Defense +98
Metal king jacket Defense +101
Uniforme chic de l'academie Defense +101
Seraph's robe Defense +105
Serenica's surplice Defense +115
Exotoga Defense +120
Crimson catsuit Defense +134

Dragon Quest XI (S: Definitive Edition) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Pot lid Defense +2
Leather shield Defense +4
Scale shield Defense +7
Silver platter Defense +8
Gold platter Defense +12
Light shield Defense +17
White shield Defense +24
Magic shield Defense +27
Enchanted shield Defense +33
Ice shield Defense +33
Ethereal shield Defense +36
Metal slime shield Defense +39
Flame shield Defense +40
Liquid metal shield Defense +44
Brain drainer Defense +45
Silver shield Defense +51
Psyche swiper Defense +52
Devilry drinker Defense +63
Soul sucker Defense +73
Metal king shield Defense +75

Dragon Quest XI (S: Definitive Edition) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Aerofoil earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Agility ring Defense +5
Agility +17
All-weather earrings Defense +5
Charm +16
Angel's sandals Agility +25
Anti-freeze earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Archangel's boots Defense +25
Asbestos earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Assasin Critical +1%
Defense +2
Charm +5
Blackout earrings Defense +5
Charm +16
Bling-bling belt Defense +2
Charm +11
Bow tie Defense +2
Charm +10
Brainy bracer M. Might +20
M. Mend +20
Brigand's mitts Defense +6
Deftness +32
Bunny tail Defense +7
Caligae of clarity M. Mend +20
Care ring Defense +5
Carer rivière Defense +3
Catholicon ring Defense +5
Choker of riddance Defense +3
Cinderblock earrings Defense +5
Charm +16
Circle of Serendipity Defense +5
Charm +10
Concrete earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Devil's tail Defense +2
Agility +10
Dogged collar Defense +4
Attack +8
Dragon scale Defense +8
Attack +9
Earthwyrm's eye Defense +7
HP +16
Charm +35
Elfin charm Defense +10
Enchantress's Gloves M. Might +7
Fishnet stockings Defense +8
Charm +15
Freebooter's gloves Defense +48
Full moon collar Defense +3
Full moon ring Defense +5
Garter Defense +13
Charm +25
Gloomy gloves Deftness +22
Gold bracer Defense +4
Charm +6
Gold chain Defense +1
HP +5
Charm +5
Gold ring Defense +5
Charm +8
Gold rosary M. Might +5
M. Mend +5
Guru's gloves M. Might +17
M. Mend +17
Deftness +40
Healer Defense +2
Charm +5
Holy talisman Defense +5
Life bracer Defense +3
HP +30
Life ring Defense +5
HP +5
Lucky dragon's wing Defense +7
Marquess's mittens Charm +24
Mayoress's mittens Charm +12
Meteorite bracer Defense +100
Mighty armlet Attack +15
Minister's mitts M. Mend +20
Deftness +48
Mirror earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Monarch mark Defense +10
M. Might +30
M. Mend +30
Monarch's mittens Charm +44
Murky mittens Deftness +32
Mystic Defense +2
Charm +5
Necklace of immunity Defense +3
Ogler's digest Defense +1
Papillon pendant Defense +3
HP +10
MP +10
Pink pearl ring Defense +5
MP +10
Charm +10
Prayer ring Defense +5
Charm +10
Protective pendant Defense +3
Ring of changes Defense +5
Charm +58
Ring of clarity Defense +5
Ring of immunity Defense +5
Ring of riddance Defense +5
Ring of truth Defense +5
Rosary M. Mend +6
MP +8
Rousing ring Defense +5
Rousing rose collar Defense +3
Rubber earrings Defense +5
Charm +10
Rubber gloves Defense +3
Deftness +12
Ruby of protection Defense +16
Safety goggles Defense +3
Scholar's specs M. Might +15
M. Mend +15
Charm +15
Shield-bearer Block +1%
Parry +1%
Charm +5
Defense +10
Skull ring Defense +5
Slime earrings Defense +2
Charm +6
Sorcerer's ring Defense +5
MP +10
Sorcerer's stone M. Mend +13
M. Might +14
Sovereign seal Defense +7
Charm +35
Springheel boots Defense +25
Spirit bracer Defense +7
MP +30
Star of clarity Defense +3
Strength ring Attack +5
Supplicant Defense +2
Charm +5
Titan belt Defense +5
Attack +12
Tough guy tattoo Attack +8
Torc of truth Defense +3
Traveller's hood Defense +4
Trickster Evasion+1%
Defense +2
Charm +5
Utility belt Defense +2
Deftness +15
Vanguard Defense +2
Charm +5
Agility +10
Venus' tear Defense +7
Charm +35
Warlock Defense +2
M. Might +3
M. Mend +3
Charm +5
Wings of serendipity Defense +5
Charm +20
Wristorative Defense +7

Shypox dialogue[edit]

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  • Serena suddenly feels like the enemy is staring at her forehead…
  • Serena remembers the time she was so tired she said ‘hello’ to herself in the mirror…
  • Serena catches herself drooling while thinking about tonight’s dinner…
  • Serena suddenly worries that all the sweets she’s been eating might be rotting her teeth…
  • Serena suddenly remembers a dream she had last night where <pc> winked at her…
  • Serena realises that the enemy just noticed her yawning…
  • Serena catches herself trying to sneak a whiff of the enemy’s unique aroma…
  • Serena remembers the time she marched into the men’s baths in Hotto without a second thought…
  • Serena remembers tearing a page out of her sister’s spell book and eating it when she was hungry once…
  • Serena remembers the time she went around town all day unaware that her skirt was on inside out…
  • Serena spaces out so much she nearly falls over backwards…
  • Serena starts humming tunelessly, and everyone looks at her…
  • Serena remembers the time she wrote over the heroine’s name in her favourite book with her own…
  • Serena starts daydreaming about a white knight in shining armour…
  • Serena starts thinking about her dream date…
  • Serena nearly trips over her own feet…
  • Serena takes another look at the outfit she’s wearing…
  • Out of nowhere, Serena’s face suddenly turns bright red!
  • Serena thinks over some of the ‘cool’ spell names she came up with as a kid…
  • Serena feels the enemy staring into her very soul…
  • Serena comes over all ticklish and starts giggling…
  • Serena thinks about a soppy poem she wrote when she was younger…
  • Serena notices that she’s got some food stuck in her teeth!
  • Serena’s eyes meet the enemy’s, and she’s suddenly strangely flustered…
  • Serena catches herself wondering if she’d look good in make-up…
  • Serena suddenly recalls the first-ever love letter she wrote…
  • Serena remembers the time when she wished she had Hero’s haircut…
  • Serena suddenly remembers having a huge spot on her forehead…
  • Serena starts thinking about how handsome Hero is…
  • Serena suddenly remembers everyone’s faces when they tried the ‘extra-special’ meal she cooked…
  • Serena starts to think the enemy looks kind of cute…
  • Serena suddenly notices all the stains on her clothes…

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Serena was introduced in the second card pack as a playable card, eventually becoming an alternate leader character in the eighth card pack, representing the Priest vocation alongside Angelo.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Serena appears as a spirit in the party member collage.


  • Serena's height is 160 cm or 5' 3".
  • In the international fan poll for Dragon Quest XI that was released by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Serena was voted the seventh most popular character in the game, but the least popular female party member, with a total of 237 votes.
  • In certain lines of Party Talk dialogue, Serena will say that she is "not very good with heights." She shares this trait with Erik and Jade, although neither admits it as readily as Serena does.
  • When she is afflicted with Sultry Dance in battle, she will sway from side to side while clapping.
  • Each of the Luminary's companions represents one of the classes in Dragon Quest III. Serena represents the Priest.