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Shepherd (羊飼い, Shepherd) is a vocation featured in Dragon Quest VII.


Shepherds are folk of the flock, and rely upon their cloven comrades to aid in battle. They make good early support characters with sleep-inducing skills and simple healing, but their real power lies in the lambpede skill.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 135 (PS1)
81 (3DS)
Strength -15%
Agility Null
Resilience -20%
Wisdom Null
Style Null
Max HP -20%
Max MP -30%

PS1 Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Beginner Nothing 0
2 Novice Antidote 8 One Ally Cures one ally of poison 2
3 FarmHand Heal 17 One Ally Heals ~30HP to one ally 2
4 SlopFeed Slumber 33 Field Every step will restore 1 HP/MP to the caster. However, the caster will be asleep in the next battle. 0
5 Swain Whistle 52 Field Causes monsters to engage in battle. (Doesn't work in towns) 0
6 Fleecer Nothing 70
7 Herder WoolGuard 90 All Allies Reduces cold damage to all allies 0
8 SheepLord Stampede 135 All Enemies Attacks random enemies four times 0

3DS Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Lambateur Slumber Rumbaa 1 One Group A shimmy that summons a flock of sheep to send the enemy to sleep. 0
2 Tepid Shepherd Squelch 5 One Ally Cures a single ally of the effects of poison. 2
3 Sheep Keeper Heal 6 One Ally Restores at least 30 HP to a single ally. 2
4 Wool Packer 7
5 Handy Herder Counting Sheep 8 All Enemies A hypnotically repetitive song that sends the enemy to sleep. 0
Whistle Field Summons monsters with a whistle. 0
6 Field Leader Ram Raid 9 One Enemy Summons a sheep that rams itself recklessly into a single enemy. 0
7 Mutton Master Woolly Blanket 10 All Allies Reduces damage from ice-based attacks. 2
8 Shear Genius Lambpede 35 All Enemies Summons a swarm of sheep to ride roughshod over the enemy. 2

Hybrid Abilities[edit]

Hybrid Learns Target Info MP
Bard RamSong All Enemies Has a chance of putting all enemies to sleep 0
Cleric Increase All Allies Increases the defense of all allies 3
Dancer RamDance Does nothing 0
Martial Artist RamAttack Self/One Enemy Reduces self and one enemy to 20% HP 0
Mage SleepAll One Group Has a better chance of causing sleep in one group of enemies 5
Warrior Mineuchi One Ally Cures one ally of sleep and confusion 0


The Shepherd class's best skill is Whistle, which induces a battle any time the party is on the field. This is great for quickly leveling up vocation tiers and regular levels. The Wooly Blanket skill also protects the party from cold damage, good against monsters who use ice breath attacks like Gracos. Stampede works like Ruff's Howl attack and improves with the user's level.

In terms of career advancement, the Shepherd, when combined with a rank 8 Thief, becomes a Monster Master and learns all sorts of breath attacks. However, its main purpose is to tame monsters for Monster Meadows.