Tortured soul

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"Why does my Goddess remain silent? How long must I languish in misery? We served you so faithfully... Yet we died in agony. That terrible plague consumed my beautiful abbey. Oh, the memory... The pain! So much pain! And now you shall taste for a moment the agony that I have endured for an eternity. But fear not... for you shall be saved by the peaceful bliss of death!"

The tortured soul is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series.

Originally appearing as the boss of the Ruined Abbey in Dragon Quest VIII, it has become a regular monster in other games in the series.


Tortured souls are zombified priests with jaundiced yellow skin that wear robes and a miter in various shades of purple and magenta trimmed with gold. On their right hand, they wear a ruby ring and carry a tall staff topped with a cracked skull which they use to focus their magic. It attacks by sending blasts of shadowy energy with its left hand. Their sunken eyes glow purple and they are missing a few teeth from their skulls. The former abbot is able to call forth more undead compatriots to aid it in battle, as well.


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

Tortured soul (なげきの亡霊 Nageki no bōrei)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII Tortured soul.png 425 255 66
Defense Agility Experience Gold
35 36 680 200
Bestiary no. #263
Family Undead
In-game description The cursed spirit of the abbot of the former abbey, which was destroyed after being stricken by the plague. Slaying this poor creature put an end to many centuries of suffering.
Spell(s) Sizzle
Skill(s) Call for backup. (Skeleton and Walking corpse)
Location(s) Ruined Abbey
Item(s) dropped Gold rosary
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 25%
Ice breath
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
15% 0% 0% 100%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 50% 100% 100%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 100% 50% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 0% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Notable Changes

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Tortured soul
Family Undead
Rank A
Description Men of the cloth who perform evil deeds are punished severely for their sins.
Weapons Swords, Spears, Hammers, Staves
Traits Poisoner
Resistances Vulnerable to Zap, Whackproof, Sleepproof
Skill Cursader
Location -
Breeding chart Living statue x Stark raven
Demon-at-arms x Metal kaiser slime
Mum x Skeleton
Rank A x Undead family

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Tortured soul
Family Undead
Rank A
Size S
Weapons Swords, Spears, Hammers, Staves
Traits Crafty Paralyzer
Resistances Vulnerable to Zap, Immune to Whack and Sleep
Skill Cursader
Breeding chart Fright knight x Wailin' weed

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

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

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Tortured soul (なげきの亡霊 Nageki no bōrei) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Tortured soul DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 undead family icon.png 1,370 510
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
320 520 540 670
Bestiary No. #463
Rank D
In-game description Once devout men of the cloth, they fell foul of long, agonising illnesses, eventually drowning in darkness and despair. In their undead form, they bear a grudge against anything and everything
Talents Hater (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Zammeister (lv. 1)
Ultra Crafty Paralyser (lv. 20)
Magical Moment (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Genius (lv. 1)
Ultra Crafty Zammer (lv. 1)
Personal Grudge (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Psaro's pawn DQM3 portrait.png X Dead resident DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
-25% 0% 25% 50%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
0% 50% 0% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
50% 0% -25% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
50% 0% 25% 25%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
0% 50%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

Tortured soul (なげきの亡霊 Nageki no bōrei)DQHII Logo.png
Model Experience Gold Marked Version?
Tortured soul DQH2.png 2453 162g Yes
List No. #082
Field Notes Long-suffering spirits keen to offload their pain onto others with spells slung from a skull-topped sceptre. They can't remember what caused their emotional imbalance, but whatever it was, only pain remains.
Location(s) Battle of Mt. Neverest
Item(s) Dropped Birdsong nectar, Monocle

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Tortured soul appears as an A-rank monster of the Undead family, appearing alongside Party Animal Juliante during the Summer Fest banner. It originally appeared as a boss in the main storyline in Chapter 10, Episode 9: The Gold Cup Final. Starting with Version 4.0 of the game, the tortured soul can be scouted from any banner, including the Regular SP Scout.

Tortured soul (なげきのぼうれい Nageki no bōrei)Tactlogo.png

DQT Tortured Soul.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Zombie.png
DQTact Rank Icon A.png DQTact MagicType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 588 315 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
357 290 373 385 35
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Sizz Sizzle* Crackle*
Talent Blossoming: Kasizz
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Sizz-type Spell Potency +10%/Stats Up Woosh Res +25/Stats Up Sizzle Potency +5%/Stats Up
Kasizz Potency +5%
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25/Stats Up Sizzle Potency +5%/Stats Up
Kasizz Potency +5%
Leader Perks
Lowers spell MP cost of undead allies, including itself, by 10% in a 5x5 square around it.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Max MP +10 WIS +10 Sizzle Potency +2%
Perk Details
Sizz-type Spell Potency +10%: Raises Sizz-type spell potency by 10%.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Normal Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Very Weak Half Res Half Res
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Half Res Normal Normal Super Weak
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Super Weak
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Immune Normal Normal

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi[edit]

Similar species[edit]

Close cousins[edit]