Serena (Dragon Quest XI)

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Serena
Dragon Quest XI
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Sprite(s) DQXI Senya sprite.png
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 18
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 white 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.

She is a neat and tidy beauty. 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. 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.

Appearances[edit]

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

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 a:
    • Total immunity to being charmed.
    • Minor resistance to Fizzle.
    • Minor resistance to Whack and related spells and abilities.
    • Minor weakness to being stunned.
    • Minor weakness to Snooze and related spells and abilities.


Spells[edit]

Name Level MP Target Description
Heal 12 2 One ally N/A
Dazzle 12 3 One group N/A
Squelch 12 3 One ally N/A
Buff 12 3 One ally N/A
Accelerate 13 2 One ally N/A
Woosh 14 5 One group N/A
Fizzle 15 3 One group N/A
Midheal 16 6 One ally N/A
Acceleratle 17 4 All allies N/A
Zing 18 12 One ally N/
Anathematise 19 4 One enemy N/A
Tingle 20 2 All allies N/A
Kabuff 23 6 All allies N/A
Whack 24 5 One enemy N/A
Moreheal 27 12 One ally N/A
Swoosh 28 10 One group N/A
Multiheal 35 32 All allies N/A
Kazing 45 24 One ally N/A
Thwack 49 10 All enemies N/A
Fullheal 50 24 One ally N/A
Kerplunk 60 All All allies N/A
Kathwack 63 20 All enemies N/A
Omniheal 66 64 All allies N/A
Kaswoosh Event 20 One group N/A

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.

Wands[edit]
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
Spears[edit]
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
Harpistry[edit]
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 20 -- -- -- -- Increases hymn power to 30%
Holier Hymns 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 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.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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