Whip Weapon Family

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Whips are recurring type of weapon in the Dragon Quest franchise. When they were first introduced in the series, they were no different from other weapons and only attacked a single enemy.

However, starting with Dragon Quest V, whips gained the ability to target a group of enemies (with diminishing returns). Whips tend to be favored by mages and thieves, as well as many female characters throughout the series. Only few monsters in the series use whips, such as Togres.

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A notable whip is the Gringham whip, which can target all enemies.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

First introduced in this installment, whips could be used by the Hero, Mages, Gadabouts, and Sages, as well as Thieves in the remakes. Originally, the thorn whip was like a normal weapon and only targeted a single enemy in battle. Remake versions of the game expanded the amount of whips in the game and added the ability to attack groups of enemies. They include:


Dragon Quest IV[edit]

In the NES version, all characters except Borya could use the thorn whip. Much like the previous game, the thorn whip was a normal weapon in the NES version and could only target a single enemy.In the remake, the Gringham whip can be equipped by Alena, Meena, and Maya.

  • Thorn Whip (NES Version only as remakes replace it with the Divine dagger)
  • Gringham whip (Remakes only)

Dragon Quest V[edit]

Whips could be used by Bianca, Nera, and hero's daughter, as well as Debora in the DS and mobile remakes. The hero himself could equip a handful of whips, himself. Whips gained their ability to target a group of enemies in this game.

  • Thorn whip
  • Chain whip
  • Spiked steel whip
  • Gringham whip

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

Ashlynn is capable of equipping all whips in the game, while Milly, Nevan, Lizzie, and Goowain have limited access to them.

  • Thorn whip
  • Chain whip
  • Morning star
  • Spiked steel whip
  • Wizardly whip
  • Gringham whip

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

Maribel and Aishe are capable of using most of the whips in the game, but the Hero and Sir Mervyn could also equip a handful, as well. They include:

  • Thorn whip
  • Leather whip
  • Chain whip
  • Morning star
  • Dragontail whip
  • Wizardly whip (Remake only)
  • Gringham whip
  • Flail of destruction

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Jessica can equip whips in all versions of the game, as can Red in the 3DS remake. Flails, which behave similarly to whips, became their own separate weapon type, used exclusively by Yangus.

  • Leather whip
  • Thorn whip
  • Snakeskin whip
  • Chain whip
  • Dragontail whip
  • Spiked steel whip
  • Demon whip
  • Scourge whip
  • Gringham whip

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

Whips can be used by the Mage, Minstrel, and Luminary vocations. However, once a character fully masters the Whip skill, they can freely use whips with any vocation.

  • Leather whip
  • Thorn whip
  • Battle whip
  • Snakeskin whip
  • Chain whip
  • Serpentine whip
  • Iron whip
  • Sidewinder
  • Dragontail whip
  • Spiked Steel whip
  • Gigaspike whip
  • Demon whip
  • Queen's whip
  • Archdemon's whip
  • Scourge whip
  • Empress' whip
  • Wizardly whip
  • Goddess whip
  • Gringham whip
  • Mega Gringham whip
  • Giga Gringham whip
  • Uber Gringham whip

Dragon Quest XI[edit]

Whips can be equipped by both Veronica and Sylvando.

List of whips:

  • Thorn whip
  • Battle whip
  • Hypnowhip
  • Beastly bullwhip
  • Scorpion tail
  • Queen's whip
  • Dragontail whip
  • Demon whip
  • Empress's whip
  • Beelzebarb
  • Triple-tine whip
  • Malevolash
  • Archdemon whip
  • Gringham whip
  • Mega Gringham whip
  • Goddess whip
  • Giga Gringham whip
  • Anchor of Rancour
  • Hellbeast's lash
  • Über Gringham whip

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

Whips are the main weapon of Jessica, much like in her original game.

  • Lady's lash
  • Chain whip
  • Splat o' nine tails
  • Morning star
  • Hypnowhip
  • Sage's scourge
  • Sidewinder
  • Dragontail whip
  • Queen's whip

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Whips appeared as one of the weapon types in this game that monsters could equip. Whips can strike all enemies in combat at once.

  • Leather whip
  • Battle whip
  • Thorn whip
  • Sidewinder
  • Snakeskin whip
  • Chain whip
  • Dragontail whip
  • Spiked steel whip
  • Scourge whip
  • Gringham whip