Swordmaster Dao is a minor character in Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors.
A consummate master of the blade, at the beginning of the game he is seen challenging anyone who thinks they may be able to match him. The Hero of Dragon Quest Swords has no desire to at first, but Dao urges him on. This leads to the game's tutorial, where Dao teaches the player the basics of swordplay and shield-use.
At the end of the game, at the Hero's celebration party, Dao states that the final challenge is to have one final duel wit him, but the offer turns out to be in jest; even if the player accepts, he laughs it off and says that he would be no match for someone who has defeated Xiphos the Deathbringer.
In keeping with the Dragon Quest Swords quirk of all characters being named after a type of sword, a dao is a category of single-edge Chinese swords primarily used for slashing and chopping.
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