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Dragon Quest IV
DQIV - Estark
Japanese name エスターク
Rōmaji Estark
Title(s) Lord of the Underworld
Family Starkers (son)

Estark (originally Esturk, Esterk in GBC translations) is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series and an antagonist in IV. Introduced in IV, he is generally viewed as the Lord of the Underworld and is often one of the most powerful beings in the games he appears in.


Estark is a large demon armed with two swords and has a body that looks more like an insect's exoskeleton than flesh. He has three eyes and a somewhat crazed, open-mouthed grin and is generally portrayed as being golden brown in color.


Though folklore within the games usually state Estark as having caused troubles in the past, he is almost always asleep when encountered and must be awakened in order to fight. In some cases Estark has been asleep for so long that he can only remember his name and nothing else, not even if he is a good or evil being.



Main Games


He is the current Lord of the Underworld. A thousand years before the game begins, he used the Secret of Evolution to become the ultimate life-form, but was sealed into slumber and entombed under Mamon by the Zenithian Dragon.

Roughly three-quarters of the way through the game, the miners in Mamon accidentally uncover the tomb and awaken him, driving all demons wild with the return of their lord. However, the Hero of Dragon Quest IV acts quickly and leads his or her party into the catacombs to fight him. Estark is not fully awake yet and is thus much weaker than he would be otherwise - almost his only attacks are sword slashes and emitting a wave of light from his body - allowing the party a fairly easy victory.

#208 - Estark
Game Appearance Dragon Quest IV
Console DS
HP 2700
Experience 15000
Skills Attacks twice per round
Cold Breath
Disruptive Wave
Emits light while sleeping
Haunts Mamon Mine


Estark is a superboss that can be encountered in the post-completion dungeon players can find in Nadiria. As a superboss he is extremely powerful, much more than the main antagonist of the game Grandmaster Nimzo.

Estark is also revealed to have a son called Starkers, who will join the party if they complete his special "Stark Raving" T'N'T board after Estark is defeated.

#252 - Esterk
Game Appearance Dragon Quest VII
Console PSX
HP 750
MP 90
Attack 410
Defense 142
Agility 117
Experience 990
Gold 142
Dropped Item Berserker Helm
Esterk Heart
Skills Eerie Fog
Ice Storm
Brutal Hit
Spells Demagic
Family Machine
Haunts Zion Cave

While Estark (at the time Esterk) is a monster in this game, it is unlikely that it is the same Estark as depicted in other titles, especially since it is a normal monster. Regardless, the Estarks that are fought are still very powerful and are also one of the monsters that players can assume the class of by mastering other monster classes or by obtaining an Estark's heart.

The Esterk can be found in the Zion Cave

#300 - Estark
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IX - Estark sprite
HP MP Attack Defense Agility
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Exp Gold Drop {{{drop}}}
 ??? 2490 G
Description: Not only can he pound opponents with Kafrizzle and Kaboom, but he packs a powerful punch as well. Good luck!

This emperor of the underworld evolved into his horrific form after hibernating for many millennia.

Encountered at:

Estark appears as a Legacy Boss, obtained after completing Quest #152 (or received at special events).

Level Range Secondary Drop  % Orb  %
1-3 Zenithian gauntlets 15% Green Orb 10%
4-8 Zenithian gauntlets 20% Green Orb 10%
9-15 Zenithian gauntlets 25% Green Orb 11%
16-25 Zenithian leggings 15% Green Orb 11%
26-40 Zenithian leggings 20% Green Orb 12%
41-56 Zenithian leggings 25% Green Orb 12%
57-68 Zenithian helm 25% Green Orb 13%
69-80 Zenithian leotard 15% Green Orb 13%
81-90 Zenithian leotard 20% Green Orb 14%
91-99 Zenithian leotard 25% Green Orb 15%
Level Abilities
Initial Attack, attacks twice per turn, Blazing Fire, Kafrizzle, Kaboom, Disruptive Wave
8 C-C-Cold Breath
16 Hellfire, stops Blazing Fire
22 Psyche Up
41 Kaboomle, stops Kaboom, attacks three times per turn, stops attacking twice per turn
57 Gigaslash

Side Games

Monsters 2

Estark is a rank X material monster. He is also the material monster with the highest monster #, requiring a Psaro and a Beetlebully to synthesize him. An alternate and easier way to obtain him is to defeat him in Commissioner Snap's old labrotory, which can be accessed through the sewers after beating Solitaire in the new Monster Scout Challenge.


Estark is present as a rank X member of the Material family and the last member listed in that group. He is also the only rank X monster the player can obtain in the game outside of the Wildcard World Cup, though not until beating the game and the subsequent post-game challenge. Players can find him at rest within the sewers of Domus Isle once they obtain the key to get to him, a battle in order before he joins you. Amusingly, although awake when spoken to, Estark is sleeping at the start of the fight. He can be synthesized using a Psaro and Beetlebully.

Joker 2

Estark can be fought in the post game on Cragravation in his cave. He is a very difficult boss that will join your team if defeated in 10 turns or less.

Recipe: Psaro x Marquis De Leon


  • Estark is a powerful demon that can be considered worthy of being a final boss in some respects. In fact, Estark appears as a superboss in nearly all of his non-Dragon Quest IV appearances.


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See Also

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