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Dragon Quest VIII
Japanese name ヤンガス
Romaji Yangasu
Title Merchant (current)
Bandit (former)
Race Human
Age 32
Voice actor Ricky Grover (English)
Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese)

"Cor Blimey, don't sneak up on me like that!"

—Yelling in surprise after King Trode appears behind him

Yangus (ヤンガス, Yangasu) is a main character in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King who accompanies the Hero on his quest. A former bandit, Yangus decided to change his ways after his life was saved by the Hero and he swore his undying loyalty to him. He refers to the Hero as "Guv" (short for "Governor") and considers him a true friend.

Yangus is a slow, but powerful brawler versed in physical combat who augments his abilities with thievery and other useful skills. He wields Clubs, Axes, and Scythes in battle and is no stranger to unarmed combat.

Yangus also appeared in Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon, Itadaki Street Special, Fortune Street and is one of thirteen playable characters in Dragon Quest Heroes. His English voice is provided by English comedian and actor, Ricky Grover, who speaks with a thick Cockney accent.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Yangus is a short and stocky man with tanned skin and gruff facial features. He is much more physically powerful than he looks, being able to lift up a chair with a grown man sitting in it above his head with ease, as seen in the bar brawl at Simpleton. Yangus has a round head with a bulbous nose and thick brows, an X-shaped scar on his left cheek, and his eyes have small pupils. He is constantly seen with stubble on his face and he has very short dark brown hair on top of his head, which can only be seen in concept art as it is always covered by his spiky yellow helmet. Another scar is located across his left bicep. Yangus wears no shirt but he wears a open fur vest, revealing his hairy chest and stomach. He also wears baggy turquoise trousers with a red sash around his waist, short brown boots, and metal wristbands. Around his waist, he also wears a leather sword belt with a cutlass hanging from his front, which he does not use.

The details of Yangus' early life are unknown outside of his failed efforts to leave his life of crime behind him, as well as his failure in retrieving the Venus' Tear jewel from the Swordsman's Labyrinth in an effort to win the affection of the lady bandit Red. Yangus is an intensely loyal man, pledging his life to the Hero after being saved by him just prior to the game's beginning. This is highlighted by the fact that Yangus has not been wronged by Dhoulmagus and has no personal motivation for pursuing the evil jester beyond wanting to assist the Hero. This continues as the stakes of the adventure become more dire and the battles fiercer, with Yangus sticking to the group through thick and thin regardless. Though he bickers very frequently with King Trode, Yangus affectionally calls the cursed royal "grandad" (Ojiisan) and puts up with his more overbearing aspects. Yangus is initially skeptical of Jessica Albert and Angelo joining the group due to the former being a seemingly helpless teenage girl and the latter due to being used as temporary decoys for blame in Maella Abbey, but as they quickly prove their worth he comes to see them as staunch allies and friends.

As seen in his personal skill set, Humanity, Yangus' development centers on discovering his humane side after years living as a criminal. This manifests in battle by developing a repertoire of abilities focused on helping his allies that rang from direct support spells such as Share Magic, to making a fool of himself to stun the enemy. Outside of battle Yangus makes an effort to be friendly when possible, such as when he attempted to console the masked thug in Simpleton after the latter lost to Angelo in cards. Unfortunately despite his best efforts, Yangus has proven unable to read a room at times, which lead to a bar brawl in the aforementioned instance.

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Yangus can still show some insight such waiting for a bit to give Red the Venus' Tear if the party obtains it before meeting her. As Yangus puts it, Red won't be impressed unless she believes the Tear was obtained solely for her.


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

The game begins with Yangus already accompany the Hero, King Trode, and Princess Medea in a glen outside of Farebury. Later, during the sea voyage between Port Prospect and Peregrin Quay, Yangus explains the reason for his traveling with the group to Jessica in the form of a flashback: prior to the beginning for the game, Yangus attempted to leave his criminal ways and earn an honest living but was unable to make any headway due to his appearance and history. Forced back into banditry, Yangus set up shop on a bridge connecting Castle Trodain to the Farebury Region and would rob any who attempted to pass--dialogue implies that King Trode's entourage is the first group to encounter Yangus. Boldly claiming that this is "his" bridge, Yangus demands the possessions of the party under the threat of his axe. King Trode scoffs at the threat, stating the bridge lies in his kingdom and that his guard is more than a match for the would-be thief. Yangus loses his temper and attempts to strike, but he misses his mark and damages the ropes holding the bridge together.

King Trode drives his wagon to the other side of the bridge before it collapses, and insists the group leave Yangus to his fate as he struggles to hold on to one of the ropes. Despite the earlier attempted assault, the Hero saves Yangus by pulling him to safety, who thanked the Hero and in turn pledged his loyalty to him. It is during this scene that Yangus gives the Hero the nickname of Guv.

After the events of Ascantha, Yangus feels sorry for Trode being unable to participate in the celebratory feast the King threw for them and suggests the group travel to his home town of Pickham. A backwoods ghetto inhabited by all manner of unscrupulous persons, Yangus assumes that the seedy town is the perfect place for Trode to feel human again as no one would give him a second glance. This initially holds true as he's able to drink at the local bar, but disaster follows as Princess Medea is stolen and sold off to Red, and infamous bandit from Yangus' past. Stubborn, she refuses to yield over her new mare unless Yangus is able to follow up on an old promise of his and steal the coveted Venus' Tear jewel from the catacombs know as the Swordsman's Labyrinth. The tomb is filled with traps and mind-numbing puzzles, but the former thief is able to persevere and shares a bit of his history with the Hero--before asking him to keep it a secret between the two of them.

Back at Red's hideout, the woman refuses to relinquish Medea as she considers her to be of a higher quality than the gem. Dumbstruck, Yangus then falls to his knees and bows as he pleads with Red to return Medea for the sake of the Hero and King Trode. Shocked and flustered that the stubborn man would actually beg, Red realizes the importance of the horse to the party and gives her to them in exchange for the jewel. This act does much to repair the relationship between the two, and is strongly implied to rekindle the flames they shared. Yangus is oblivious to this at first, but later on when speaking to Red near the end of the game she will give Yangus her prized Flail of fury and demands that it be returned the moment the world has been saved. Jessica spells it out in Party Chat that Red is telling Yangus to return to her in one piece in her own aggressive way. At the end of the game, after the final boss is defeated, Jessica informs the Hero that Yangus and Red have gone into business together.


Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 30 781
MP 0 320
Strength 11 385
Agility 5 145
Resilience 7 205
Wisdom 2 210
Initial gear Oaken club, Bandit's grass skirt, Leather hat
  • Yangus also possesses a 25% resistance to Frizz, Sizz, and Fire Breath damage.
  • In the Nintendo 3DS version of VIII, Yangus is given a significant strength boost. The extra points start at Level 21, and result in a score of 425 at Level 99.

Yangus has the highest strength throughout the bulk of the adventure in the PS2 version, and through the entire journey in the 3DS port. But Yangus will also gain access to healing spells and the vital Share Magic if the player dabbles in his Humanity skillset, giving him some flexibility. This will help immensely in the beginning of the game, but as the journey progresses he will still be outclassed by the support and healing options of Angelo and the Hero. He also has access to some of the most protective armour in the game, which increases his survivability in combat. Yangus has the lowest MP growth of all the characters, limiting his skill and magic usage.

Each of Yangus' weapon paths has high damage modifiers and various bonus attributes: Scythes for stealing items or have access to instant death attacks, Axes for the most helpful skills against metal slimes and inflict bonus damage to various monster families, and Clubs to farm gold more easily as well as stun foes. Humanity will lead to Yangus' more comedic abilities, like Underpants Dance and Golden Oldies, as well as the aforementioned healing and support abilities. His Fisticuffs skillset is considered by many players to be the most useful variant as well.


Skill Points MP Range Tension Oomph Info Title
Helm Splitter 6 0 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that attempts to reduce the Defence of the target time. Effect accuracy depends on foe's Sap resistance. None
Attack +5 12 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +5 when equipped with an Axe. Junior cleaver
Hatchet Man 19 3 One enemy -- -- Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and a 50% chance to be a Critical Hit if it connects. Iron woodsman
Critical Hit Up 26 -- -- -- -- Increases chance of Critical Hit with axes from 1/64 to 1/32. Axe-fighter
Attack +10 34 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +10 when equipped with an Axe. Axemaster
Parallax 42 2 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that does 30% more damage than a normal attack to a single enemy and has an 1/8th chance of paralyzing the enemy for 5~8 turns. Ace axer
Axes of Evil 54 2 Enemy group Yes First hit Attacks a group of enemies with wind. Damage modifiers are 80% -> 64% -> 56% -> 40% -> 24% -> 16%. Axelord
Executioner 66 3 One enemy -- -- Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and is an automatic Critical Hit if it connects. Great axeman
Attack +20 82 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +20 when equipped with an Axe. Axe royal
Typhoeus' Maul 100 6 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that does 50% more damage than a normal attack and deals double damage to beasts. Carries the wind element, further modifying damage. Almighty axeman


Skill Points MP Range Tension Oomph Info Title
Attack +5 9 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +5 when equipped with a Club. None
Heart Breaker 19 2 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that deals normal damage and has a 1/8th chance of stunning an enemy for one turn. Li'l slugger
Penny Pincher 25 2 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that deals normal damage and steals an extra 10% of gold from the enemy. Heavy hitter
Monster Masher 32 3 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that deals 10% more damage than a normal attack and deals 50% more damage to enemies of the Material family. Hammer artist
Attack +10 48 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack}} +10 when equipped with a Club. Skullsplitter
Critical Hit Up 59 -- -- -- -- Increases chance of Critical Hit with Clubs from 1/64 to 1/32. Big bludgeoner
Mind Breaker 71 2 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that deals 25% more damage than a normal attack and has a 1/4th chance of causing an enemy to lose a turn. Armour-cracker
Attack +25 82 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +25 when equipped with a Club. Big-league brainer
Gold Rush 93 2 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike causes 25% more damage than a normal attack and steals an extra 20% of an enemy's gold. Consummate clubber
Devil Crusher 100 5 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike that deals double damage to enemies of the Demon or Material family, and 10% more damage to all other types. Lord of destruction


Skill Points MP Range Tension Oomph Info Title
Attack +5 12 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +5 when equipped with a Scythe. None
Steal Sickle 22 0 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target. Success rate is 1/4th the normal item's drop rate. Competent chopper
Wind Sickles 32 0 One enemy Yes -- Deals damage based on level to a single target, up to Level 57. Superb sickler
Attack +10 42 -- -- -- -- Increases Attack +10 when equipped with a Scythe. Sickle sweetie
Grim Reaper 50 3 Enemy group Yes First hit Attacks a group of enemies with a chance of instantly killing the targets. Effect accuracy depends on foe's resistance to whack. Damage modifiers are 75% -> 60% -> 52% -> 37% -> 22% ->15% Junior reaper
Critical Hit Up 60 -- -- -- -- Increases chance of Critical Hit with Scythes from 1/64 to 1/32. Sickle-sonic
Stainless Steal Sickle 70 0 One enemy Yes Yes Single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target; success rate is half the item's normal drop rate and damage is 25% higher than a normal blow. Renowned reaper
Attack +25 80 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +25 when equipped with Scythe. Demon reaper
Grimmer Reaper 90 3 Enemy group Yes First hit Attacks a group of enemies with a small chance of instantly killing the targets; bonus 25% damage against the zombie family. Damages modifiers are 80% -> 70% -> 50% -> 30% -> 20% Reaper lord
Big Banga 100 30 All enemies Yes -- Heavy Frizz damage to all enemies; 175~225 initial damage, 300~400 after Level 54. Death's apprentice


Skill Points MP Range Tension Oomph Info Title
Attack +5 3 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +5 when not equipped with a weapon. None
Agility +10 7 -- -- -- -- Increases Yangus' Agility by 10 points. Streetfighter
Knuckle Sandwich 12 2 One enemy Yes Yes Inflicts 150% damage to a single enemy. Village champ
Critical Hit Up 18 -- -- -- -- Increases chance of Critical Hit to 1/32 with no weapon equipped. Local champ
Attack +20 25 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +20 when not equipped with a weapon. Regional champ
Padfoot 33 4 -- -- -- Reduces the chance of random battles temporarily. National contender
Thin Air 42 2 All enemies Yes No Inflicts up to 132 points of damage on all enemies. National champ
Multifists 60 0 Random Yes First hit 4 blows thrown at random at 33% damage each. Continental champ
Attack +45 77 -- -- -- -- Increase Attack +45 when not equipped with a weapon. World champ
Boulder Toss 100 4 All enemies Yes -- Inflicts 72-104 damage on all enemies. Super grandmaster


Skill Points MP Range Tension Oomph Info Title
Whistle 4 0 -- -- -- Loud whistle that immediately initiates a random battle (where applicable). Soft-hearted
Heal 10 2 Ally Yes -- Heals a single party member for 30-40 HP. Kind-hearted
Nose for Treasure 16 0 -- -- -- Field skill that gives the number of nearby treasure chests, but not their location. Busybody
Warcry 22 0 Enemy group -- -- Causes enemies to lose their next turn. Sentimental
Share magic 32 Varies One ally Yes -- Gives some of Yangus' MP to the targeted party member. MP donated is Level/2 +8~12, will not exceed current MP. Considerate
Kabuff 42 3 All allies Yes -- Raises all party members' Defence by 25%. Confidant
Underpants Dance 55 0 All enemies -- -- Stuns all enemies with an outrageous dance Big brother
Midheal 68 3 One ally Yes -- Heals a single party member for 70-80 HP. Gangleader
Kerplunk 82 All All allies -- -- Causes Yangus to perish, but resurrects and heals all other party members. Big boss
Golden Oldies 100 15 Random Yes -- Summons a bunch of geezers who strike random enemies four times. Damage per strike is Yangus' level multiplied by 1.5, plus or minus 10% Beloved boss


Dragon Quest VIII (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Candy cane Attack +1
Oaken club Attack +7
Giant mallet Attack +13
Stone axe Attack +20
Honking hammer Attack +25
Golden axe Attack +27
Farmer's scythe Attack +28
Sledgehammer Attack +33
Iron axe Attack +38
Steel scythe Attack +42
Battle axe Attack +45
War hammer Attack +51
Bandit axe Attack +55
Moon axe Attack +60
Hell scythe Attack +65
Über war hammer Attack +69
King axe Attack +80
Bardiche of binding Attack +83
Bad axe Attack +90
Flail of fury Attack +93
Conquerer's axe Attack +103
Megaton hammer Attack +108
Heavy hatchet Attack +110
Flail of destruction Attack +125

Dragon Quest VIII (All) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Plain clothes Defence+4
Bandit's grass skirt Defence+5
Wayfarer's clothes Defence+7
Boxer shorts Defence+8
Leather kilt Defence+12
Healie t-shirt Defence+18
Chain mail Defence+20
Iron cuirass Defence+25
Iron armour Defence+32
Tortoise shell Defence+37
Silver cuirass Defence+44
Heavy armour Defence+52
Dragon mail Defence+60
Spiked armour Defence+68
Bandit mail Defence+80
Dogsbody's vest Defence+85
Dark robe Defence+87
Gigant armour Defence+95
Liquid metal armour Defence+101
Metal king armour Defence+120

Dragon Quest VIII (All) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Pot lid Defence+2
Leather shield Defence+4
Scale shield Defence+7
Metal slime platter Defence +8
Bronze shield Defence+10
Iron shield Defence+15
Light shield Defence+17
Steel shield Defence+22
Dragon shield Defence+30
Flame shield Defence+34
Bone shield Defence+36
Power shield Defence+38
Ogre shield Defence+45
Silver shield Defence+48
Ruinous shield Defence+50
Big boss shield Defence+50
Thanatos' shield Defence+55
Big bad boss shield Defence+59
Metal king shield Defence+65

Dragon Quest VIII (All) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Agility ring Agility +15
Argon ring Attack +20
Agility +20
Catholicon ring Defence +15
Devil's tail Agility +10
Dragon's scale Defence +5
Elevating shoes Agility +5
Fire dragon charm Defence +5
Full moon ring Defence +10
Goddess ring Wisdom +20
Gold bracer Defence +4
Gold ring Defence +10
Gold rosary Wisdom +5
Golden slippers Defence +1
Gospel ring Defence +5
Hearty ring Defence +1
Max HP +10
Max MP +10
Holy talisman Defence +10
Light dragon charm Defence +5
Life bracer Defence +5
Max HP +30
Lord's bracer Attack +5
Lucky pendant Defence +8
Metal slime earrings Agility +5
Meteorite bracer Agility +50
Mighty armlet Attack +15
Prayer ring Defence +5
Recovery ring Defence +15
Ring of awakening Defence +10
Ring of clarity Defence +10
Ring of immunity Defence +10
Ring of truth Defence +10
Ruby of protection Defence +15
Scholar's specs Wisdom +15
Skull ring Agility +15
Slime earrings Defence +4
Sorcerer's ring Wisdom +10
Max MP +30
Strength ring Attack +5
Templar's ring Defence +5
Templar Captain's ring Attack +10
Wisdom +10
Titan belt Attack +10
Tough guy tattoo Attack +8
  • 3DS version only.

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

Yangus appears as a special guest in the Quester's Rest inn, and gives the player replicas of his clothing that can be equipped by all vocations. These include his titfer, his billy, the Cor blimey trousers, his boots, and his bracers.

Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon'[edit]

Yangus is the main character, and the game revolved around the escapades of his youth. Red also makes an appearance in the title, as does his father.

Fortune Street[edit]

Young Yangus appears as a playable character, and is a rank D opponent.

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

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

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Yangus' likeness appears on the artwork for several cards and he can be selected as a player avatar.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Yangus appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited Dragon Quest VIII event. He will join the party in Chapter 1, Episode 1 of the event quests and he can be fully awakened by collecting Yangus Crystals from completing various challenges. Yangus also stars in his own Battle Road.

Yangus (ヤンガス Yangasu)Tactlogo.png

DQT Yangus.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Hero.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 1,067 321 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
500 397 412 213 60
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Bandit's Roar
Psyche Up
Rough Up*
Axes of Evil*
Talent Blossoming: Axe Smash
Coup de Grâce: Über Parallax*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Reckless Rush / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Max HP +50
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25 / Stats Up Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Instant Tension Up: Raises Tension for 1 turn at battle start.
Leader Perks
Raises DEF of allies, including himself, by 20% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
ATK +15
AGL +20
Feel the Burn: Often raises Tension for 1 turn when attacked by enemy. Axes of Evil Potency +2%
Über Parallax Potency +2%
Perk Details
Reckless Rush: Greatly raises Move for 1 turn at battle start.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Normal Half Res Half Res
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Half Res Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Immune Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Super Weak Normal Super Weak Normal


  • Yangus is the first party member to have already joined the Hero prior to the game's beginning. One could count the presence of Carver and Milly during the opening of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, but that sequence is effectively a playable cutscene and the two aforementioned characters are removed immediately afterwards.
  • Yangus is the only character in the original version of VIII to not hold a personal grudge against Dhoulmagus--he undertakes the dangerous journey with the party solely out of gratitude to the guv.