Yangus

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Dragon Quest series character
Yangus
Dragon Quest VIII
Yangus.png
Japanese Name ヤンガス
Rōmaji 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!"

Yangus (ヤンガス, Yangasu) is a main character in Dragon Quest VIII 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: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below. His English voice is provided by English comedian and actor, Ricky Grover, who speaks with a thick Cockney accent.

Appearance[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 skullcap. 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.

History[edit]

Originally a bandit from Pickham, Yangus tried to "go straight", as he himself put it, but because of his appearance people didn't give him much of a chance, which brought him back to a life of crime. However, one fateful day, he tried to make some money off of tolling a bridge; the same bridge, which the Hero, King Trode and Medea were about to cross. Trode refused to pay - the bridge being within his kingdom - causing Yangus to attack the group, but his attack failed and he ended up collapsing the bridge while the Hero, Trode and Medea made it to the other side, leaving Yangus hanging on for his life.

Trode insisted the group leave Yangus. But the Hero decided to save Yangus, 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. When asked by Jessica early in the story, Yangus explains that it was the hero who "helped him go straight".

When the group reaches the town of Pickham, Medea is stolen and sold to Red, a woman who lives on the outskirts of the region. It's revealed that Yangus and Red have history together (strongly implied to be romantic). 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.

Stats[edit]

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 20% resistance to frizz, sizz, and fire breath damage.
  • In the 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.

Abilities[edit]

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 you dabble 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 be outclassed by Angelo's and the Hero's support and healing options. 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 if you want to steal 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 if you want to farm gold easier as well as break a foe's concentration. 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.

Axe[edit]

Name MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Helm Splitter 0 6 One Yes Single strike that attempts to reduce the defense of the target time. Effect accuracy depends on foe's sap resistance. yes
Attack +5 -- 12 -- -- Increase attack +5 when equipped with an axe. --
Hatchet Man 3 19 One Yes Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and a 50% chance to be a critical hit if it connects.
Critical Hit Up -- 26 -- -- Increases chance of critical hit with axes from 1/64 to 1/32. --
Attack +10 -- 34 -- -- Increase attack +10 when equipped with an axe. --
Parallax 2 42 One 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. yes
Axes of Evil 2 54 Group Yes Attacks a group of enemies with wind. Damage modifiers are 80% -> 64% -> 56% -> 40% -> 24% -> 16%. First hit
Executioner 3 66 One No Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and is an automatic critical hit if it connects.
Attack +20 -- 82 -- -- Increase attack +20 when equipped with an axe. --
Typhoeus' Maul 6 100 One 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. Yes

Club[edit]

Name MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 -- 9 -- -- Increase attack +5 when equipped with a club. --
Heart Breaker 2 19 One Yes Single strike that deals normal damage and has a 1/8th chance of stunning an enemy for one turn. Yes
Penny Pincher 2 25 One Yes Single strike that deals normal damage and steals an extra 10% of gold from the enemy. Yes
Monster Masher 3 32 One Yes Single strike that deals 10% more damage than a normal attack and deals 50% more damage to enemies of the material family. Yes
Attack +10 -- 48 -- -- Increase attack +10 when equipped with a club. --
Critical Hit Up -- 59 -- -- Increases chance of critical hit with clubs from 1/64 to 1/32. --
Mind Breaker 2 71 One Yes Single strike that deals 25% more damage than a normal attack and has a 1/4 chance of causing an enemy to lose a turn.
Attack +25 -- 82 -- -- Increase attack +25 when equipped with a club. --
Gold Rush 2 93 One Yes Single strike causes 25% more damage than a normal attack and steals an extra 20% of an enemy's gold.
Devil Crusher 5 100 One Yes Single strike that deals double damage to enemies of the demon or material family, and 10% more damage to all other types. Yes

Scythe[edit]

Name MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 -- 12 -- -- Increase attack +5 when equipped with a scythe. --
Steal Sickle 0 22 One Yes Single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target. Success rate is 1/4th the normal item's drop rate. Yes
Wind Sickles 0 32 One Yes Deals damage based on level to a single target, up to level 57. No
Attack +10 -- 42 -- -- Increases attack +10 when equipped with a scythe. --
Grim Reaper 3 50 Group Yes 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% First hit
Critical Hit Up -- 60 -- -- Increases chance of critical hit with scythes from 1/64 to 1/32. --
Stainless Steal Sickle 0 70 One 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. Yes
Attack +25 -- 80 -- -- Increase attack +25 when equipped with scythe. --
Grimmer Reaper 3 90 Group Yes 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%
Big Banga 30 100 All Yes Heavy frizz damage to all enemies; 175~225 initial damage, 300~400 after level 54. No

Fisticuffs[edit]

Name MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 -- 3 -- -- Increase attack +5 when not equipped with a weapon. --
Agility +10 -- 7 -- -- Increases Yangus' agility by 10 points. --
Knuckle Sandwich 2 12 One No Inflicts 150% damage to a single enemy. Yes
Critical Hit Up -- 18 -- -- Increases chance of critical hit to 1/32 with no weapon equipped. --
Attack +20 -- 25 -- -- Increase attack +20 when not equipped with a weapon. --
Padfoot 4 33 -- -- Field spell that reduces the chance of random battles. --
Thin Air 2 42 All Yes Inflicts up to 132 points of damage on all enemies. No
Multifists 0 60 1-4 Yes 4 blows per attack each at 33% damage each. First hit
Attack +45 -- 77 -- -- Increase attack +45 when not equipped with a weapon. --
Boulder Toss 4 100 All Yes Inflicts 72-104 damage on all enemies. No

Humanity[edit]

Name MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Whistle 0 4 -- -- Loud whistle that immediately initiates a random battle (where applicable). --
Heal 2 10 Ally Yes Heals a single party member for 30-40 HP. --
Nose for Treasure 0 16 -- -- Field skill that gives the number of nearby treasure chests, but not their location. --
Warcry 0 22 All -- Deals no damage, but can cause all enemies to lose their next turn. --
Share Magic 0 32 Ally Yes Gives some of Yangus' MP to the targeted party member. MP donated is Level/2 +10, will not exceed current MP. --
Kabuff 3 42 Party -- Raises all party members' defence by 25%. --
Underpants Dance 0 55 All -- Deals no damage, but can cause all enemies to lose their next turn. Has a higher success rate than Warcry, similar to Kasnooze. --
Midheal 3 68 Ally Yes Heals a single party member for 70-80 HP. --
Kerplunk All 82 Party -- Causes Yangus to perish, but resurrects and heals all other party members. --
Golden Oldies 15 100 1-4 No 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%

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