Created By: ccoa on January 13, 2012 Last Edited By: Koveras on August 7, 2015

Monster Assassination Sidequest

Stock sidequest to kill a single monster, often a Bonus Boss

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A common type of stock sidequest, where the hero must track down and kill a certain monster. This monster will often be stronger than the average encounters in the area, sometimes to the point of qualifying as a boss monster.

Unlike a Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest, this type of sidequest can easily fit thematically with a story, since it can be justified as the monster threatening nearby civilians. It also can provide more challenge and less Fake Longevity than both Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest and 20 Bear Asses and more excitement than a simple Fetch Quest.

Supertrope to Bonus Boss. Subtrope of Sidequest. For quests to kill multiple monsters, see Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest.


Examples

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    Eastern RP Gs 

    Massively Multiplayer Online Games 
  • Technically, every boss, minor and major, in the MMORPG La Tale, is a sidequest and all have a quest to kill them at least once. None are necessary to proceed with the game.

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    Western RPG 
  • Dragon Age: Origins offers a sidequest to kill Flemeth, a dragon.
  • Several of the miscellaneous radiant quests in Skyrim involve killing a randomly generated named monster (or a respawning monster in a given location, such as a dragon).
  • In the first Drakensang game there's a sidequest in Tallon that leads you to slaying a Linnworm.

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • January 15, 2012
    jubilantdusk
    The video game Dragon Age offers a sidequest to kill Flemeth, a dragon
  • January 15, 2012
    Ryuuma
    In the first Drakensang game there's a sidequest in Tallon that leads you to slaying a Linnworm.
  • January 15, 2012
    Bisected8
    • Several of the miscellaneous radiant quests in Skyrim involve killing a randomly generated named monster (or a respawning monster in a given location, such as a dragon).
  • January 25, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    The Monster Hunter series is entirely this.
  • January 25, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Star Control 2 - General ZEX offers to give you the Shofixti Maidens' cryochambers if you find and capture a legendary beast to replace them in his menagerie. The beast is not only extremely difficult to find, it's easily the most dangerous non-spacefaring creature in the game.
  • January 26, 2012
    Rognik
    Is this a trope where you have to kill, say, "The Butcher" (a named monster) in Diablo, where this is a stronger enemy that you could just as easily bypass and reach the end, or does it count if you need to kill 5 Elite Mooks in Persona3 and the monsters are semi-random? To put it another way, is this trope specifically about killing one hard but optional creature, or does it count if you're expected to kill slightly stronger creatures than usual in an area?
  • January 26, 2012
    nman
    Is this really a parent to Bonus Boss? It seems more like a sister.
  • January 31, 2012
    ccoa
    Aren't all bonus bosses essentially a sidequest (as in, not part of the main plot) to kill one boss?
  • February 7, 2012
    ccoa
    ^^ That seems to fall more under Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest, although with less emphasis on the "mass".
  • February 7, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
  • February 29, 2012
    HumanaUox
    Lost Kingdoms has a few, like killing the Sand Worm or the Sasquatch.
  • February 29, 2012
    nman
    • In The Witcher, a few sidequests involve killing a monster slightly tougher than the ones Geralt is usually fighting. Once the game progresses and Geralt has leveled up a few times, those same monsters become more common, with some even becoming the targets of Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequests.
  • February 29, 2012
    MiinU

    Eastern rpg

    • Tales of Vesperia: One of Karol's subevents is to hunt down and eliminate the 7 Gigantos. Not only do you get rare loot for defeating each one, you get a costume reward for Karol once you've successfully defeated all 7. Plus, it's necessary for filling out the monster log. Unfortunately, this subevent (and many others) is very easy to miss out on if you've already killed one before speaking to the "right" person.
  • February 29, 2012
    chicagomel
    Would the "find and catch the legendaries" that's in every main series Pokemon game count? You aren't killing them, so I'm not sure.
  • February 29, 2012
    JacoboKilljoy
    Neverwinter Nights has these out the wazoo, at least one in every chapter.
  • February 29, 2012
    JacoboKilljoy
    Neverwinter Nights has these out the wazoo, at least one in every chapter.
  • April 29, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    Vindictus often frames its quests this way. The boss of each major quest instance is the target of most quests, while other quests have you after an item which can usually only be gotten off that instance's boss.
  • June 19, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Eastern RPG:
    • Arc Rise Fantasia has an optional guild quest where you hunt down a Deathscythe. A unique boss type monster that appears in an area you've already been to after you accept the quest.

    • Xenoblade Chronicles has an elaborate quest system, and sometimes you have the option of defeating unique powerful boss monsters to complete the requests.
  • December 13, 2012
    StarSword
    It's possible we may have to just call this an Omnipresent Trope and ban examples. Nevertheless:

    Tabletop Games:
    • This is standard in tabletop RPGs of all stripes.

    Simulation Games:
    • The ... Assassination mission type in the X-Universe games sends you to destroy a particular ship, which depending on your Fight rank and the mission difficulty can be anything from a heavy fighter to a destroyer, and will always be under escort by weaker ships. It fits this rather than MMSS because killing the escorts is not strictly necessary.

    Western RPG:
    • Neverwinter Nights 2 has a sidequest late in the game to slay a red dragon named Tholapsyx. You get to loot her hoard for the war effort against the King of Shadows, and if you're a cleric or a paladin and built the shrine of Tyr in Crossroad Keep, you also get a weapon.

    @chicagomel: Generation III and later (including the Pokemon Colosseum duology) count for the game's mascot, since the battle with them is part of the main storyline, but I and II didn't have an actual quest requirement to capture them.

    EDIT: Replaced Witcher example with NWN 2 because nman already posted the former.
  • December 13, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Warcraft III likes this one:
      • Arthas encounters a group of dwarven dragon hunters in the first Human campaign, they join him in order to kill a black dragon.
      • In the first Night Elf campaign, you must clear a haunted forest of undead by killing the Death Revenant responsible for its corruption.
      • A sidequest for an Undead mission has you kill the blue dragon Sapphiron, raising him as a souped-up Frost Wyrm.
      • Another mission has a variation: instead of killing the leader of each monster group (bandits and ogres), you can possess them, causing all their units to join you.
      • One of the Orc missions allows you to kill a rampaging wildkin that had destroyed a Blademaster's village.
      • Another has you kill the harpy queen Bloodfeather.
  • December 14, 2012
    Arivne
    • The very first game in the Ultima series, Akalabeth: World of Doom. Lord British sends you on 10 increasingly difficult quests, each to kill a creature in the game. When you succeed in the last quest you become a knight and win the game.
  • December 14, 2012
    Chabal2
    Two Older Than Dirt examples:
    • Three of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, in which he kills the invulnerable Nemean Lion, the regenerating Hydra, and the three-headed giant Geryon (technically Geryon only got in the way of the real target, his cattle). Another five are to capture without killing the Cerynian deer, the Erymanthian boar, the Cretan bull, the flesh eating mares of Diomedes and the three-headed hellhound Cerberus. The Stymphalian birds might count, though it's more of a Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest.
    • One of the first feats of Gilgamesh was to kill a bull sent by Ishtar, so huge it drank the river dry in seven gulps.
  • December 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Undiscarding because this one might have some potential and I don't see any comments supporting the discard. It does, however, need actual discussion, not just posting more examples.
  • December 28, 2012
    StarSword
    @Chabal2: Just the Gilgamesh one counts as Older Than Dirt; the other is Older Than Feudalism.

    @Stratadrake: IMHO this is technically ready for launch (I hatted), but the sponsor needs to go through the posts and add the examples. I'd also suggest Monster Assassination Mission as the title since these could easily be part of the main plot rather than a sidequest.
  • August 7, 2015
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • August 7, 2015
    StarSword
    Western RPG:
    • Pillars Of Eternity: Constructing the Warden's Lodge add-on at Caed Nua grants access to bounty sidequests where you are sent to slay a particular creature or person.
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