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Side winder
DQVII3DS - Little devil
Japanese name マキマキ
Rōmaji Makimaki
Family Demon
Introduced in VII


The Side winder (formerly MakiMaki) is a boss that accompanies The Time Being at the end of the Time Tunnel in the game Dragon Quest VII.


MakiMaki
Imp
Game Appearance Dragon Quest VII
Console PSX
HP 230
Experience 904 (with TimeSage)
Gold 362 (with TimeSage)
Dropped Item Time Sand
Skills Use Time Sand
Family Demon
Haunts Litorud


Strategy

There are two Side winders that fight alongside The Time Being. They are souped up Little devils in actuality. What makes this battle particularly frustrating is the Side winders' ability to use the Sands of Time. This item reverts the entire battle to the beginning of the fight, meaning everybody is return to their original states at the start of the battle. This is a mixed blessing. If the player is about to lose all of their party members and a Side winder uses the Sands of Time, it saves on having to bail out the player's party. However, if they are about to land the killing blow and the Sands of Time is used, it leads to frustration. Expect the battle to be drawn out a while as the Side winder uses Sands of Time at least three times before the entire match is done. Another setback is that the player can't target the Side winder with group spells as they line up like this.

  • Side winder
  • The Time Being
  • Side winder

Because of this, only spells like Boom will work which leads to another problem. The Time Being cast MagicBack, which sends a spell cast against The Time Being back against the user.

The solution to beating the Side winder is being patient and dealing with them first. Focus on one Side winder at a time and do not worry about The Time Being. Do not use skills like Sword Dance which are random and may focus on the wrong enemy. Instead, use spells like Blazemore and attacks that hit a single enemy like Punch. Focus on one Side winder and then the other. If a Side winder uses the Time Sand, just be patient and continue the same strategy until both of them fall. Then work on The Time Being.

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