|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest III|
Wyrtles are large blue dragons that crawl on all fours like a turtle. Their most distinctive physical feature is the grey tortoise shell that covers its body, which they are able to withdraw in to defend themselves. Wyrtles have a pair of long curved horns on tops of their heads, fins on either side of their face, and jagged osteoderms running down the length of their body, all coloured a dull orange. The underside skin of their body vary between games, sometimes being coloured white and other times a brighter orange than their osteoderms. In combat, they are capable of utilizing different kinds of breath against unwitting adventurers, including Sweet Breath and Fire Breath.
|#106 - Wyrtle|
|Dropped Item||Tortoiseshell (common)|
dragon scale (rare)
|Game||Dragon Quest IX|
|Description||Hurtful turtles that like to frazzle foes with Flame Breath. Watch out for their critical attacks and hellish shells.|
Turtles become wyrtles by eating the meat of a dragon god, but must live a thousand years before doing so.
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Wyrtle appears as a B-rank monster of the Dragon family as part of the limited Dragon Quest III event. It can be recruited from Chapter 3, Episode 3 of the event quests at any difficulty, eventually being recruitable from the main storyline from Chapter 16, Episode 4: A Break at the Beach and Chapter 5, Episode 2 in hard difficulty. The wyrtle can also be recruited from the Log Bridge stage of the Dragon Island: Plains during the limited "Dragon Fest" event at any difficulty. It can participate in the Battle Roads of the Armful and Gasbagon as a party member.
- The English name is similar to its shape, the combination of "wyrm" and "turtle".
- The Japanese name "ガメゴン Gamegon " is the combination of "かめ Kame "(turtle) and "ドラゴン Doragon "(Dragon).
- Though possibly coincidental, the Wyrtle and its pallet-swaps bear a striking resemblance to the extinct horned turtle Meiolania, which lived approximately in Australia during the Holocene period