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Magic and abilities are the various techniques used in the Dragon Quest series. Performing magic often comes at the price of MP, while abilities usually are free to use, though there are exceptions. Almost all player characters and bosses can wield spells and skills, but most basic monsters cannot.

Most spells have more powerful versions that can be learned later on; for example, Priests who learn the low-level Heal spell might later learn the upgraded Midheal and Fullheal spells, which restore more HP than a simple Heal. For some spells, the upgraded version renders the original obsolete (such as Zing and its upgraded form, Kazing), but others may still retain their use as they may make more efficient use of MP. Many spells in earlier games have cliche RPG attack names; these were updated after Dragon Quest VIII. Prior to this, the suffix -more was used to indicate that a spell was more powerful or affected more enemies than its base, but recent games instead express this with the prefix Ka- or the suffix -le, or even both. For example, Frizz turns into Frizzle, which in turn evolves into Kafrizz, and finally Kafrizzle, the strongest variant. One exception to this is Boom, with Bang succeeding it! followed by Kaboom and Kaboomle.

Spells are often among the most powerful attacks in a game, and smart use of spells that induce positive and negative status effects is often key to defeating some of the more powerful enemies barring power leveling.

List of Magic and Abilities

The following is a list of the various spells that comprise magic and various skills that comprise abilities.

Not all details are accurate since the natures of these techniques can vary between games. Note that the post-Joker games (including DQIX) use slightly altered naming schemes for elemental magic due to most spell families squeezing in a fourth spell. Where the Japanese versions add a stronger, 4th tier spell, the localization prefers to wedge the new spell somewhere in the middle, creating some confusion.

A spell's most recently localized name will appear under the "English" heading; The "AKA" column attempts to compile all previous localizations of a spell's name (most of which predate Dragon Quest VIII and the relaunch of the series overseas - these are the names that anyone who started with a Dragon Warrior game will remember). The "Introduced" column will refer to the first appearance of the spell's Japanese name.

The following list is a work-in-progress and will hopefully receive regular updates and additions

Magic / Spells
Name Introduced Type Target Description
Japanese English AKA
メラ (Mera) Frizz Blaze Dragon Quest III Battle Single Fire attack
メラミ (Merami) Frizzle BlazeMore Dragon Quest III Battle Single Fire attack

メラゾーマ (Merazōma)

Kafrizz (Joker, IX)

Kafrizzle

BlazeMost Dragon Quest III Battle Single Fire attack
メラガイアー (Meragaiā) Kafrizzle (Joker, IX) - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Fire attack
ギラ (Gira) Sizz Hurt, Firebal Dragon Quest Battle Group Fire attack
ベギラマ (Begirama) Sizzle HurtMore, Firebane Dragon Quest Battle Group Fire attack
ベギラゴン (Begiragon) Kasizzle Firevolt (III, IV), Firebolt (VII) Dragon Quest III Battle Group Fire attack
バギ (Bagi) Woosh Infernos Dragon Quest II Battle Group Wind attack
バギマ (Bagima) Swoosh InferMore Dragon Quest III Battle Group Wind attack
バギクロス (Bagikurosu) Kaswoosh InferMost Dragon Quest III Battle Group Wind attack
バギムーチョ (Bagimūcho) Kaswooshle - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Group Wind attack
ヒャド (Hyado) Crack IceBolt Dragon Quest III Battle Single Ice attack
ヒャダルコ (Hyadaruko) Crackle SnowBlast (III), SnowStorm (III GBC, IV,) Dragon Quest III Battle Group Ice attack
ヒャダイン (Hyadain) Kacrack IceSpears (III), BlizMost (III GBC, IV) Dragon Quest III Battle Group Ice attack
マヒャド (Mahyado)

Kacrack (Joker, IX)

Kacrackle

SnowStorm (III), Blizzard (III GBC, IV) Dragon Quest III Battle All Ice attack
マヒャデドス (Mahyadedosu) Kacrackle (Joker, IX) - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle All Ice attack
イオ (Io) Bang - Dragon Quest III Battle All Explosion attack
イオラ (Iora) Boom - Dragon Quest III Battle All Explosion attack
イオナズン (Ionazun) Kaboom Explodet Dragon Quest II Battle All Explosion attack
イオグランデ (Iogurande) Kaboomle - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle All Explosion attack
デイン (Dein) Zap (Joker) - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Varies Lightning attack
ライデイン (Raidein) Zap - Dragon Quest III Battle Varies Lightning attack
ギガデイン (Gigadein) Kazap Lightning (III, IV), Thordain (III GBC, VII) Dragon Quest III Battle Varies Lightning attack
ミナデイン (Minadein) Kazapple Thordain (IV), Alldain (VII) Dragon Quest IV Battle Varies Lightning attack
ジゴデイン (Jigodein) Kazapple (Joker) - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Varies Lightning attack
ドルマ (Doruma) Zam - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Stygian bolt attack
ドルクマ (Dorukuma) Zammle - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Stygian bolt attack
ドルモーア (Dorumōa) Kazam - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Stygian bolt attack
ドルマドン (Dorumadon) Kazammle - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Stygian bolt attack
ザキ (Zaki) Whack Beat Dragon Quest III Battle Single Instant death
ザラキ (Zaraki) Thwack Defeat Dragon Quest II Battle Group Instant death
ザラキーマ (Zarakīma) Kathwack DefeatMax Dragon Quest VI Battle All Instant death
メガンテ (Megante) Kamikazee Sacrifice Dragon Quest II Battle All Instant death - caster dies
マダンテ (Madante) Magic Burst - Dragon Quest VI Battle All Uses up all MP for great damage
ホイミ (Hoimi) Heal - Dragon Quest Both Single Restores a small amount of HP
ベホイミ (Behoimi) Midheal HealMore Dragon Quest Both Single Restores a moderate amount of HP
ベホイム (Behoimu) Moreheal - Dragon Quest IX Both Single Restores a large amount of HP
ベホイマ (Behoima) Megaheal - Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Both Single Restores about 350 HP to a single ally
ベホマ (Behoma) Fullheal HealAll Dragon Quest II Both Single Fully restores HP
ベホマラー (Behomarā) Multiheal HealUs Dragon Quest III Both All Restores a moderate amount of HP
ベホマズン (Behomazun) Omniheal HealUsAll Dragon Quest III Both All Fully restores HP
キアリー (Kiarī) Squelch Antidote Dragon Quest II Both Single Cures poison
キアリク (Kiariku) Tingle NumbOff Dragon Quest III Battle All Removes paralysis (III-VII, IX) and sleep (VIII, DS remakes)
ザメハ (Zameha) Cock-a-doodle-doo Awake Dragon Quest III Battle All Removes sleep
シャナク (Shanaku) Sheen CurseOff Dragon Quest III Both Single Lifts curses (destroys cursed item)
ザオラル (Zaoraru) Zing Vivify Dragon Quest III Both Single 1/2 chance of reviving dead ally with 1/2 HP
ザオリク (Zaoriku) Kazing Revive Dragon Quest II Both Single Revives a dead ally to full health
メガザル (Megazaru) Kerplunk Farewell Dragon Quest IV Battle All Revives and fully heals allies - caster dies
マホトラ (Mahotora) Drain Magic RobMagic Dragon Quest III Battle Single Steals enemy's MP
マホキテ (Mahokite) Absorb Magic TakeMagic Dragon Quest V Battle Caster Recovers MP when hit by spell
マホアゲル (Mahoageru) Share Magic - Dragon Quest VIII Battle Single Give MP to one ally
スカラ (Sukara) Buff Upper Dragon Quest III Battle Single Raises ally defense
スクルト (Sukuruto) Kabuff Increase Dragon Quest II Battle All Raises ally defense
バーハ (Bāha) Insulate - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Protects against fire and ice
フバーハ (Fubāha) Insulatle Barrier Dragon Quest III Battle All Protects against fire and ice
バイキルト (Baikiruto) Oomph Bikill (III, IV), TwinHits (III GBC, VII) Dragon Quest III Battle Single Doubles ally's attack power
ピオラ (Piora) Accelerate - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Raises speed
ピオリム (Piorimu) Acceleratle SpeedUp Dragon Quest III Battle All Raises speed
マホカンタ (Mahokanta) Bounce - Dragon Quest III Battle Caster Reflects magic back to caster
マホターン (Mahotān) Bound MagicBack Dragon Quest VI Battle Caster Reflects magic back to caster (one turn)
マホステ (Mahosute) Fendspell - Dragon Quest IV Battle Single Protects from all magic
マホバリア (Mahobaria) Spell Checker - Dragon Quest IX Battle Single Reduces damage from magic
マジックバリア (Majikkubaria) Magic Barrier MagicWall Dragon Quest VI Battle All Reduces damage from magic
アストロン (Asutoron)

Clang

Kaclang

Ironize Dragon Quest III Battle Varies Invincible but cannot act (wears off)
モシャス (Moshasu) Transform - Dragon Quest III Battle Caster Morph into copy of ally
ルカニ (Rukani) Sap - Dragon Quest III Battle Single Lowers enemy defense
ルカナン (Rukanan) Kasap Defense Dragon Quest II Battle Group Lowers enemy defense
ヘナトス (Henatosu) Blunt - Dragon Quest IX Battle Single Lowers enemy attack
ボミエ (Bomie) Decelerate - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Battle Single Lowers enemy speed
ボミオス (Bomiosu) Deceleratle Slow Dragon Quest III Battle Group Lowers enemy speed
ディバインスペル (Dibainsuperu) Divine Intervention - Dragon Quest VIII Battle Group Lowers enemy magic resistance
ラリホー (Rarihō) Snooze Sleep Dragon Quest Battle Group Induces sleep in the enemy
ラリホーマ (Rarihōma) Kasnooze SleepMore (IV), SleepAll (VII) Dragon Quest IV Battle Varies Induces sleep in the enemy
マホトーン (Mahotōn) Fizzle StopSpell Dragon Quest Battle Group Prevents enemies from casting spells
マヌーサ (Manūsa) Dazzle Surround Dragon Quest II Battle Group Makes the enemy hallucinate
メダパニ (Medapani) Fuddle Chaos (III, IV), PanicAll (VII) Dragon Quest III Battle Group Confuses enemies
メダパニーマ (Medapanīma) Kafuddle - Dragon Quest VIII Battle Group Confuses enemies (higher success rate)
バシルーラ (Bashirūra) Disperse Limbo Dragon Quest III Battle Single Ejects enemy from battle (No gold/exp)
ニフラム (Nifuramu) Expel - Dragon Quest III Battle Group Ejects enemies from battle (No gold/exp)
ドラゴラム (Doragoramu) Puff! BeDragon Dragon Quest III Battle Caster Turn into a dragon
パルプンテ (Parupunte) Hocus Pocus Chance Dragon Quest II Battle Varies Misc. effects
ルーラ (Rūra) Zoom Return Dragon Quest Field -- Return to visited areas
レミーラ (Remīra) Radiant - Dragon Quest Field -- Illuminate dungeons
リレミト (Riremito) Evac Outside Dragon Quest Field -- Escape from dungeons
トヘロス (Toherosu) Holy Protection Repel Dragon Quest Field -- Avoid lower-level monsters
トラマナ (Toramana) Safe Passage Stepguard Dragon Quest II Field All Protects against damaging terrain
インパス (Inpasu) Peep X-ray Dragon Quest III Field -- Check the nature of a treasure chest
ラナルータ (Ranarūta) Tick-Tock Day-Night (III, IV), PassTime (III GBC) Dragon Quest III Field -- Changes day to night and vice versa
レムオル (Remuoru) Invisible - Dragon Quest III Field All Turns the party invisible
アバカム (Abakamu) Open - Dragon Quest II Field -- Opens locked doors
Abilities / Skills
はやぶさぎり (Hayabusagiri) Falcon Slash - Dragon Quest VI Battle Single Attack twice
ミラクルソード (Mirakurusōdo) Miracle Slash - Dragon Quest VI Battle Single Restores user HP based on damage dealt
口笛 (Kuchibue) Whistle - Dragon Quest IV Field -- Summons enemy monsters
チーム呼び (Chīmuyobi) Call Team - Dragon Quest VIII Battle --

Summons user's monster team

応援 (Ouen) Egg On - Dragon Quest IX Battle Single Raises a party member's tension by one level
盗賊の鼻 (Touzokunohana) Nose for Treasure - Field -- Reports on the number of nearby treasures
ドラゴン斬り (Doragongiri) Dragon Slash - Dragon Quest IV Battle Single An attack that deals extra damage to monsters of the dragon family
ギガスラッシュ(Gigasurasshu) Gigaslash - Battle Group Hits a group of enemies with light based damage
ギガブレイク (Gigabureiku) Gigagash - Battle Group Hits a group of enemies with light based damage
しんくうは (Shinkuuha) Thin Air - Dragon Quest IV Battle All Deals air based damage to all enemies
ためる (Tameru) Psyche Up - Dragon Quest VII Battle Caster Increases the tension of the user by one level
せいけんづき (Seikenduki) Knuckle Sandwich - Dragon Quest VI Battle Single Deals high damage but sometimes misses
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