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Dragon Quest VI
Nokturnus 2
Japanese name ダークドレアム
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Nokturnus, sometimes translated as Dark Dream or DarkDrium, is the superboss of VI. He serves as the game's most powerful opponent, and is the strongest monster in most games he appears in.



Main Games


Nokturnus first appears as a plot character during the Castle Graceskull and Armor of Orgo events. In order to defeat the Archfiend Mortamor, the King summons him using a special soup. Nokturnus refuses their request and kills most of the people in the castle. The Hero and his party observe the events, but can't do anything to affect them.

Nokturnus doesn't appear again in the main story, but can be fought after beating the game. After battling Nokturnus a new cutscence involving Terry will play in the credits, replacing the one where he finds treasure in the Amor cave. In this cutscene, Terry is shown summoning Nokturnus alone, presumably to challenge him to a solo fight. Even if you lose to Nokturnus and then defeat Mortamor this cutscene will still play.

"Improves his already eye-watering attack with Oomph, then smacks foes silly with a stupidly speedy assault. Brutal bad-dream demon from another dimension. So strong that he makes Mortamor seem more like Snoretamore!" - Dragon Quest IX Bestiary

In Dragon Quest IX, Dark Dream is officially named by Square Enix as Nokturnus. He is present in the game as the most powerful of the legacy bosses, obtained from the final quest (#184). At level 1, Nokturnus has 8,250 HP and rewards the party with a total of 74,600 EXP.

Level Range Secondary Drop Orb
1-3Alefgard trousers15%Red Orb10%
4-8Alefgard trousers20%Blue Orb10%
9-15Alefgard trousers25%Yellow Orb10%
16-25Alefgard boots20%Green Orb10%
26-40Alefgard boots25%Purple Orb10%
41-56Zenithian helm20%Silver Orb10%
57-68Alefgard armor20%Blue Orb15%
69-80Alefgard armor25%Yellow Orb15%
81-90Alefgard helm20%Green Orb15%
91-99Alefgard helm25%Purple Orb15%
Level New abilities
InitialKafrizzle, Blazing Fire breath, Falcon Slash, Lullab-Eye, C-C-Cold Breath, Buff, Oomph
5Thin Air
10Disruptive Wave
16Hellfire breath, stops blazing fire
28Hatchet Man
41Begins attacking 3 times per turn
57Restore all MP , Magic Burst

Side Games

Joker 2

In Joker 2, Nokturnus appears as an X/SS ranked monster and is the final slot monster for the Demon family. Being one of the harder monsters to be obtained, his recipe calls for a Dhuran and a Dr. Snapped.

He is also used to create the following monsters:

Trode: Xenlon + Nokturnus + Gem Slime + Canzar/Dual Duellers/Dorsal Fiend

Zenith Dragon: Xenlon + Nokturnus + Dracolord + Aquarion/Sagittar


  • If you manage to defeat Nokturnus in less than 20 turns, you will be treated to a special scene. It the same as the normal ending, except there will also be a battle where Nokturnus kills Mortamor in a completely one-sided fight.
  • In Dragon Quest Monsters 2, his name was changed into DarkDrium. In Dragon Quest Monsters 1, Dark Dream (DarkDrium) was meant to appear as a final boss. However, the producers were struggling with this. As a result, he appeared as a member of Terry's party, alongside Watabou and a GreatDrak. DarkDrium can also be obtained by breeding a Deathmore (3) and a Watabou together.


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