Assassin's Stab

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Assassin's Stab is a recurring ability in the Dragon Quest series.

It may instantly kill a target when used. In the main series, the skill is performed with a Knife, but it is a normal skill in many spinoff games.


Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

Jessica Albert can use Assassin's Stab after allocating 22 points into her Knife skill. The rate of success is independent of the foe's resistance to Whack, with a fixed 12.5% chance to work.

After allocating 100 points, it is replaced by the deadlier Sudden Death technique, which deals an additional 30% more damage regardless of success and has a higher accuracy of 25%.

  • In the Nintendo 3DS version, Red can also learn Assassin's Stab after allocating 25 points into her Knife skill. However, her's will not upgrade into Sudden Death. Sudden Death now also deals 80% more damage instead of just 30%, and this stacks with the additional damage from both Dragonsbane and Zombiesbane.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

An attack that possesses a fixed 12.5% chance to instantly kill a target. It costs 3 MP to use and is learned after 58 points have been invested into the Knife skill. On the enemy side, it can be used by Peckerels.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

Assassin's Stab is a secret skill that can be learned by Erik through the Knives panel in his character builder for 18 skill points, requiring at least four of the surrounding panels to be unlocked first. It costs 5 MP to use and has a 20% chance to kill a target, but will rise to 45% if Nastier Knives is mastered for another 20 points.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Assassin's Stab costs 8 MP to use and has a chance of causing instant death. It can be learned from:

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Assassin's Stab can no longer be learned from Diminisher, and the point requirements for Assassin and Estark have changed. It can now be learned from:

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

Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Marvelous Mysterious Key[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Assassin's Stab costs 8 MP and is learned through the Anaesthetist, Assassin, Cold Snapper, Dark Horse, Destroyer, Doomsayer, Irritant, Multidisciplinarian, and Slayer talents.

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Battle Visuals[edit]