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Yangus
Dragon Quest VIII
Dq8 Yangus
Japanese Name ヤンガス
Rōmaji Yangasu
Title Merchant (current), Bandit (former)
Race Human
Age 31

Yangus is a character In Dragon Quest VIII who accompanies the Hero on his missions. Yangus is also the featured character of Shounen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon spin-off. He serves as a powerful tank character over the course of the game. He refers to the Hero as "Guv" (governor). He is not especially bright, and is apparantly aware of this fact. Regardless, he does what he can to help the hero and his friends.

History

Originally a bandit from Pickham, Yangus tried to "go straight", as he himself put it, but because of his appearance people didn't give him much of a chance, which brought him back to a life of crime. However, one fateful day, he tried to make some money off of tolling a bridge, the same bridge which the Hero, King Trode and Medea were about to cross. Trode refused to pay - the bridge being within his kingdom - causing Yangus to attack the group, but his attack failed and he ended up collapsing the bridge while The Hero, Trode and Medea made it to the other side, leaving Yangus hanging on for his life.

Trode insisted the group leave Yangus. But The Hero decided to save Yangus, who thanked the Hero and in turn pledged his loyalty to him. It is during this scene that Yangus gives the Hero the nickname of Guv. When asked by Jessica early in the story, Yangus explains that it was The Hero who "helped him go straight".

When the group reaches the town of Pickham, Medea is stolen and sold to Red, a woman who lives on the outskirts of the region. It's revealed that Yangus and Red have history together (strongly implied to be romantic). At the end of the game, after the final boss is defeated, Jessica informs the Hero that Yangus and Red have gone into business together.

Abilities

Yangus has high strength throughout the entire game, he will deal the most damage out of any character physically. But Yangus has access to Healing spells if you dabble in his humanity skillset, which can help in the beginning but is completely outclassed by Angelo and the Hero. Each of Yangus' weapon paths has high damage potential. Scythes if you want to steal items or have access to the Big Banga attack. Axes are the most helpful fighting bosses and metal monsters. Clubs if you want to farm gold easier. Humanity is for healing if need be and for some of Yangus' more comedic attacks like Underpants Dance and Golden Oldies. Yangus also has the most useful fisticuffs skillset.

Ability MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Helm Splitter 0 6 one yes Single strike that reduces the defence of the target
Attack +5 - 12 - - Increase the axe attack +5. -
Hatchet Man 3 19 one yes Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and a 50% chance to be a critical hit if it connects
Critical Hit Up - 26 - - -
Attack +10 - 34 - - Increase the axe attack +10. -
Parallax 2 42 one yes Single strike that does 50% more damage than a normal attack to a single enemy and has a chance of paralyzing the enemy for 5-8 turns
Axes of Evil 2 54 group yes Attacks a group of enemies
Executioner 3 66 one no Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and is an automatic critical hit if it connects
Attack +20 - 82 - - Increase the axe attack +20. -
Typhoeus' Maul 6 100 one yes Single strike that does 50% more damage than a normal attack and deals double damage to beasts

Ability MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 - 9 - - -
Heart Breaker 2 19 one yes single strike that deals normal damage and has a chance of stunning an enemy for one turn
Penny Pincher 2 25 one yes single strike that deals normal damage and has a chance of stealing a small amount of gold from the enemy
Monster Masher 3 32 one yes single strike that deals slightly more damage than a normal attack and deals 50% more damage to enemies of the material family
Attack +10 - 48 - - -
Critical Hit Up - 59 - - -
Mind Breaker 2 71 one yes single strike that deals slightly more damage than a normal attack and has a chance of causing an enemy to lose one turn with a higher success rate than Heart Breaker
Attack +25 - 82 - - -
Gold Rush 2 93 one yes single strike causes slightly more damage than a normal attack and has a chance of stealing a small amount of gold from the enemy, has a higher success rate than Penny Pincher and steals more gold
Devil Crusher 5 100 one yes single strike that causes slightly more damage than a normal attack and deals double damage to enemies of the demon or material family

Ability MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 - 12 - - -
Steal Sickle 0 22 one yes single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target

Wind Sickles

0 32 one yes deals moderate damage to a single target
Attack +10 - 42 - - -
Grim Reaper 3 50 group yes attacks a group of enemies with a small chance of instantly killing the targets
Critical Hit Up - 60 - - -
Stainless Steal Sickle 0 70 one yes single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target; higher success rate than Steal Sickle
Attack +25 - 80 - - -
Grimmer Reaper 3 90 group yes attacks a group of enemies with a small chance of instantly killing the targets; higher success rate than Grim Reaper
Big Banga 30 100 all yes heavy damage to all enemies

Ability MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Attack +5 - 3 - - -
Agility +10 - 7 - - -
Knuckle Sandwich 2 12 one no single strike that does 50% more damage than a normal attack
Critical Hit Up - 18 - - -
Attack +20 - 25 - - -
Padfoot 33 field field spell that reduces the chance of random battles
Thin Air 2 42 all yes deals moderate damage to all enemies
Multifists 0 60 random yes attacks up to 4 times at random, dealing 33% damage with each hit
Attack +45 - 77 - - -
Boulder Toss 4 100 all yes deals heavy damage to all enemies

Ability MP Points Target Tension Info Oomph
Whistle 0 4 field - field spell that immediately initiates a random battle (where applicable) -
Heal 2 10 one heals a single party member for 30-40 HP
Nose for Treasure 0 16 field - field spell that gives the number of nearby treasure chests, but not the location -
Warcry 0 22 group no deals no damage, but can cause all enemies to lose their next turn
Share Magic 32 gives about 40% of Yangus' MP to the targeted party member
Kabuff 42 raises all party members' defence.
Underpants Dance 0 55 all no deals no damage, but can cause all enemies to lose their next turn. Has a higher success rate than Warcry.
Midheal 3 68 one heals a single party member for 70-80 HP
Kerplunk 82 self kills Yangus, but resurrects and heals all other party members
Golden Oldies 15 100 random no attacks up to 4 times at random dealing 40-50 damage each hit

Trivia

  • Throughout Dragon Quest VIII, there is a recurring gag involving Yangus and King Trode. During certain scenes in the game, King Trode will suddenly appear out of nowhere, causing a surprised Yangus to strike an unusual pose and say "Cor Blimey!!!"
    • There's also a running gag where Yangus would call King Trode 'Grandad'.

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