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Dragon Quest series character
Corvus
Dragon Quest IX
Corvus scrnshot 3
Japanese Name エルギオス
Rōmaji Ergios
Class Guardian
Race Celestrian
Age >300
Family  ???

Corvus (Japanese: エルギオス [Ergios]) is the final boss and the chief antagonist in Dragon Quest IX. He is a Celestrian and was formerly Aquila's mentor and the guardian of Wormwood Creek, as well as the former leader of the Gittish Empire (Faction). He was captured and imprisoned for centuries, giving unto himself a hatred of all mortal life.

Synopsis

Boss Information

Warriors, Gladiators, or anyone else with high attack parameters can use all the attack and tension boosting they can get. If they can also equip a Falcon Blade, that really helps a lot. A Sage or a Priest must be on the lookout for injured members to cast Midheal on them. Multiheal is also useful for when he attacks the whole party.

The fallen angel is also weak to fire and light, so it's also recommended that Mages use Kafrizzle on him and Armamentalists use Fire or Life Fource on the direct attackers. If the player can spare a turn, Twocus Pocus on Priests or Mages could also be helpful. Minstrels are not that recommended unless they are the strongest attackers.

Half-Celestrian Form

First battle

#276 - Corvus
??? Family
DQ9 Corvus1 HP MP Attack Defense Agility
2790 255 214 272 167
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Description: One-time Guardian of Wormwood Creek. His tragic fate drove him to renounce his faith in gods, mortals and Celestrians alike. Met Serena in Wormwood Creek three centuries ago. Tried to protect the mortals, but was entrapped by the Empire.
Encountered at Oubliette - B6


When you first fight him in the depths of Gittingham Palace, you are attacked alone (your party members disappear). You cannot attack, defend or use any skills, spells, or items. Due to you being a Celestrian, the laws do not allow you to attack your superior. You will automatically die after his first attack, no matter how high your HP is. The end of the battle followed by a cutscene, and after that, the hero is revived.

#276 - Corvus
??? Family
DQ9 Corvus1 HP MP Attack Defense Agility
2790 255 214 272 167
Exp Gold Drop None
28500 0 G
Description: One-time Guardian of Wormwood Creek. His tragic fate drove him to renounce his faith in gods, mortals and Celestrians alike. Met Serena in Wormwood Creek three centuries ago. Tried to protect the mortals, but was entrapped by the Empire.
Encountered at Realm of the Mighty - Palace of the Mighty - L2


This time, you attack with your party. He won't use Disruptive Wave very often, but getting to full tension may be hard, since it takes 2-4 turns, and also may not reach 100 right away. The best possible weapons should be used, like Erdrick's Sword and the Falcon/Uber Falcon Blade. He is weak to light and fire, so Kafrizz and Life Fource are recommended. If possible, have your Priest/Sage heal with Multiheal and Moreheal. He can use Kaswoosh, and a Lightning attack that hits all party members. He can also Psyche Up, which can make these AoEs very dangerous. His physical attack is not very strong but he has a more powerful version in which he drops from the sky. He can also waste an attack on laughter, and all in all this is not a hard fight, as long as you are cautious when he begins psyching up.

Attributes Resistance

Attributes Resistance
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark Blast
125 100 75 100 150 50 125
Illusion Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion Silent Petrify
0 0 0 100 0 0 0
Paralyze Poison Attract Attack ↓ Defense ↓ Agility ↓ Magic Res ↓
0 0 0 0 50 25 50

#277 - Corvus
??? Family
DQ9 Corvus2 HP MP Attack Defense Agility
4800 255 248 278 157
Exp Gold Drop None
40000 0 G
Description: Brought the broken Gittish Empire back from beyond to help him wreak vengeance on the mortals and gods he so despised. Aquila's former teacher, his sad fate led to him to lose himself in his hatred of mortalkind and try to destroy the world.
Encountered at Realm of the Mighty - L9

This time he has 4800HP, so the battle will be longer than before. Your party should ideally be low- to mid-forties in levels. The best weapons to use are Falcon Blades or Uber Falcon Blades (though during the first time fighting him you will probably only have one), and any other powerful weapons you have.

Corvus has several breath attacks; Chilly Breath, Dark Breath and Burning Breath (which inflicts paralysis). He can also use Kafrizz, Sky Drop and Eye Gleam, the last of which puts a character to sleep. He can use a physical attack, a variant that guarantees a critical hit, and a Combo Attack that deals four random hits, and can also use Disruptive Wave. When he is getting low on HP, he can use Meditation to restore 500HP, Psyche Up, and Magic Burst, his strongest attacks. Immediately following that, he has a skill that will restore his MP.

Your sword-wielders should use Falcon Slash with their strongest swords; Corvus is weak to Light so Life Fource will boost your damage if it is available. A mage can help boost your damage output by casting Oomph on your attackers, and you should have a Priest or Sage with Multiheal to deal with his multi-targeting attacks.

Attributes Resistance

Attributes Resistance
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark Blast
125 75 100 100 150 50 100
Illusion Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion Silent Petrify
0 0 0 100 0 0 0
Paralyze Poison Attract Attack ↓ Defense ↓ Agility ↓ Magic Res ↓
0 0 5 0 50 25 50


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Gallery

Trivia

  • "Corvus" is the name of a crow-shaped constellation.
  • At the start of the game, the player cannot name the hero Corvus.
  • Corvus could be based on Lucifer (Devil or Satan), God's archenemy from the Christian Bible. The game's overall theme of Heaven, Fallen Angels and Demons, and Forbidden Fruit also heavily supports this theory.
    • According to Christianity, Lucifer was once God's most trusted Angel before he rebelled. This fits with Corvus realizing how tainted humans are and wished to rid the world of them. Lucifer was in love with God, and praised him above all others. God said to him that he should love his flock, but Lucifer did not listen and was cast down to Hell. This is somewhat of a parallel to Corvus' relationship with Serena. He seemed to show some form of affection towards her, but during the story he believed she betrayed him, and thus his hatred of humanity was born.
    • Lucifer, which is a portmanteau of the Latin words lux, "light", and ferre, "to bear, bring", means Light Bringer. This reflects how Corvus was once a Celestrian, turned to the dark side, and took the name of Corvus, which means "raven". Ravens are a dark colored bird, and are associated with bringing good luck, as well as being messengers of God in Greco-Roman antiquity. However, they are also considered to be symbols of ill omen.
    • Additionally, Corvus' spanish name of "Luzbel", which shares elements of the name "Beelzebub", is the supposed name that Lucifer had before being banished from the heavens. 


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