Slon the Rook

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Slon the Rook
Dragon Quest V
Art by Akira Toriyama
Sprite(s) ゴンズ
Japanese name Gonz
Romaji Gonzu
Old localization N/a
Voice actor Yukimasa Kishino (CD Theater, Japanese)
Haruo Sekiguchi (Your Story, Japanese)
Trevor Devall (Your Story, English)

Slon the Rook is a character and boss in Dragon Quest V.

He is a member of the Order of Zugzwang along with his partner Kon the Knight. He has gone on to make regular appearances in spinoff games in the series.


Slon is a muscular anthropomorphic warthog with magenta-colored skin, wielding a wicked curved sword in his left hand and a spiked shield in his right. He has grotesque facial features including a gold spike coming out of the top of his head, red eyes with yellow sclerae, a large green snout, and huge tusks and fangs lining his maw. Slon wears a yellow cuirass with green straps protecting his chest, purple trunks covered by a green loincloth, and a pair of white sandals with yellow anklets. In his original appearance in the Super Famicom version, as well as the Nintendo DS and Cell phone versions, Slon wields a golden scimitar, but in most other appearances, his sword is a large cleaver. His shield gained spikes starting with the PlayStation 2 remake.


Slon the Rook initially appears alongside Kon the Knight. The two are summoned by Bishop Ladja to kill Pankraz in the Ancient Ruins and fail to do so, being unable to stand up against Pankraz's might. In response, Ladja holds The Hero at neckpoint, threatening to kill The Hero with his scythe and condemn his soul to eternity of damnation in Nadiria if Pankraz does not stand down. Pankraz complies, thus allowing Slon and Kon to throttle him until his HP runs out. Ladja delivers the killing blow, and the three take The Hero and Prince Harry to Crocodilopolis to be slaves while the Great sabrecub is left behind.

Slon does not reappear until many years later at Talon Tower, when The Hero is an adult. Slon is guarding the Dragon's left eye while Bishop Ladja is guarding the other eye, both being dispatched after Zenithia's partial restoration to prevent the party from fully restoring the flying castle to its original splendor. He does not seem to recognize The Hero, only knowing him as a threat to the Order of Zugzwang that must be snuffed out. Unlike most other major bosses, Slon's death is not visualized on-screen, with him simply disappearing after his defeat.

While Slon did not recognize The Hero, it is evident from the Party Chat immediately succeeding the battle that The Hero did recognize Slon, with his children remarking that The Hero seemed very perturbed.


Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

Slon the Rook (ゴンズ Gonzu)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Slon snes.png 2,400 0 300 135
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
80 3,500 650 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Attacks fiercely with weapon. (125% damage)
Location(s) Talon Tower
Item dropped Mini medal14096
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
0% 0% 0% 100%
Zap resistance * Drain Magic resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance *
67% 100% 100% 100%
Poof resistance Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Dazzle resistance * Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 20%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Slon ps2.png Slon ds.png

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Slon joker 2.png

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Slon was introduced in the second card pack, "Roar of Unleashed Power" as a super rare card exclusive for Demon Swordfighters, appearing alongside Kon and his master Ladja. He also appeared on a card with Kon in the first expansion pack, "Triumphal Return of the Heroes" after the game's name was changed to Rivals Ace.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Slon appears as an A-rank monster the Beast family as part of the limited Dragon Quest V event. He will join the player in Chapter 4, Episode 4: Here Today, Gon Tomorrow and he stars in his own Battle Road. Slon also appears as a boss on every 5th basement of the Talon Tower starting at B15 and can be fully awakened by collecting Slon Crystals by defeating him.

Slon (ゴンズ Gonzu)Tactlogo.png

DQT Slon.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Beast.png
DQTact Rank Icon A.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 1,011 227 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
437 432 263 195 35
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Burning Helichopter Crushed Ice* Blast Fists*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Rare Attack Prep / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Blast Fists Potency +5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Sizz Res +25 / Stats Up Blast Fists Potency +5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises physical potency of allies, including himself, by 5% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Reckless Rush: Greatly raises Move for 1 turn at battle start. ATK +10
Max HP +20
Blast Fists Potency +2%
Perk Details
Rare Attack Prep: Rarely greatly raises ATK for 2 turns at action start.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Half Res Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Normal Normal Very Weak Super Weak
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Half Res Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Half Res Immune Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Super Weak Normal Normal Normal


Slon (слон) is the Russian word for the bishop chess piece. This is likely an mix-up with Bishop Ladja, whose own name means "rook".

In the Japanese version, their name Gonzu is believed to be a reference to 牛頭馬頭 gozu mezu (translates to Ox-Head and Horse-Face), the Japanese term for two Chinese guardian spirits who are said to have the bodies of men but the heads of animals, with one having an Ox-Head (gozu) and the other a Horse-Face (mezu). They are said to be the first beings a dead soul encounters on entering the underworld - with them directly escorting the newly dead there in some variations of the story. These mythological creatures, in addition to being the origin of Slon's Japanese name, were also probably an influence on both his and Kon the Knight's visual design and role in the story.


Related enemies[edit]