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The Winkster is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest IV. It is an apprentice demon magician that can cast simple spells.


Winksters are young one-eyed demon mages with orange skin that float about in midair. They wear green wizard's robes with a pendant around their necks and wide-brimmed hats that are much larger than their heads. In their left hands, the winksters carry simple wands topped with a red orb, which they use to cast basic fire spells. They take on the role of early game spellcasters from other monsters in the series. Their limited reserves of magic power typically means they are only able to cast Frizz once or a few times. Like many other monsters in the series, winksters are now depicted with five fingers on their hands in modern appearances instead of four.


Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

Winkster (みならいあくま Minarai akuma)DQIV Logo.png
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Attack
Winkster DQIV NES.gif 17 2 16
Defense Agility Experience Gold
10 7 11 13
Bestiary No. #010
Spell(s) Frizz
Skill(s) None
Location(s) Auld Well (Chapter 1 only in the Remakes)
Aubout du Monde region (Chapter 4)
Endor region (Chapters 5 & 6)
Item Dropped Cypress stick(132)
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Bang Resistance *
064 25% 0% 0%
Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% 0% 0% 25%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Bracer Resistance Poof Resistance Fuddle Resistance
0% 0% 75% 0%
Snooze Resistance Dazzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Fizzle Resistance
0% 25% 0% 25%
Remakes (PSX, DS, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Winkster ds.png None

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

Winkster (みならいあくま Minarai akuma)DQIX Logo.png
Model HP MP Attack
Winkster.PNG 18 3 19
Defence Agility Experience Gold
16 22 22 25
Bestiary no. #012
Family Demon
In-game description These trainee tricksters have just learnt Frizz, and will fritter away all their MP trying to use it.

Their legends tell that they can become fully fledged wizards by flattening a certain foe with Frizz, so they cast it constantly.
Spell(s) Frizz
Skill(s) Drains MP with attacks
Location(s) The Hexagon
Western Stornway
Eastern Stornway
Zere (night)
Item(s) dropped Cotton trousers132
Oak staff164
Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance * Blast/Lightning Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Rock Resistance * Dark Resistance * Light Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% 0% -25% 0%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Deceleratle Resistance * Spooky Aura Resistance* Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Charm Resistance *

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Winksters appeared from the beginning of the game. As in their other appearances, the young demons are only able to cast Frizz in battle.


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