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This is the character sheet for Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below. Due to Dub Name Change for the localization, all characters will be referred to by their localized names, with the original Japanese name following after, and then their localized and then Japanese voice actors.

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    Main Characters 


Voiced by: Tori Matsuzaka (JP), George Rainsford (EN)

Co-captain of the Guard for Arba kingdom and one of the two potential heroes of the story. Childhood Friends with Aurora and one of the two final-surviving Children of Light.

  • Anime Hair: Jessica's Puff-Puff event with him has her trying to see if his hair is naturally that way or if he's wearing hairpins.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Used to be his approach when he once had a similar mindset to Terry in believing anything could be solved with brute force. Doric reveals to Terry in once scene that the failure of said mindset to protect Aurora from getting hurt by falling down the stairs changed him to become The Strategist as mentioned below.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time he delivers a long-winded strategy at the start of the game.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Fire to Aurora's ice.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played as straight as possible.
  • In-Series Nickname: He and Aurora are usually just called "Captain" by the other characters. Sometimes in his specific case, he's called "Lord Captain". This is likely to avoid the issue with voice acting where he and Aurora can be renamed.
  • Kill It with Fire: His primary element. Throw in Zap for a dash of Shock and Awe.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: With Aurora and Terry. Luceus' long-winded strategies annoy Aurora, who would much rather leap into the action, while Terry thinks that any strategy at all is a matter of cowardice and weakness.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Aurora's red, as indicated by their primary uniform colors. Even moreso to Terry's even-more-red.
  • The Strategist: He devises a long-winded strategy for nearly everything. This often puts him at odds with Terry, who exemplifies using raw strength and power over thought and strategy, and they're forced to come to together in order to help Terry defeat the guardian of "the most powerful sword in creation" during one of Gragwort's trials.


Voiced by: Mirei Kiritani (JP), Susannah Fielding (EN)

Co-captain of the Guard for Arba kingdom and one of the two potential heroes of the story. Childhood Friends with Luceus and one of the two final-surviving Children of Light.

  • An Ice Person: Her primary element is ice and she's quite capable of using it to freeze enemies. Throw in a dash of Shock and Awe when learning Zap.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her preferred strategy as compared to listening to Luceus's ramblings on every strategy going down to the finest detail. Because of this mindset, she takes quite a shine to the similarly-minded Alena.
    • Even in spite of this, she will more than just take note of Terry's overconfidence and call him out on it and express concern for his safety, such as when he tries to singlehandedly take Gragwort's trial to find "the strongest sword in creation".
  • Catch Phrase: Only in japanese :"Mata nagai yatsu ?" meaning roughly "Again the long explanation ?" She always says that when Luceus explains his strategies.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Dual-wielding popgun rifles at the Arba Festival and firing like crazy, missing her target entirely.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Ice to Luceus' fire.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Though her unique weapons are usually along the lines of a rapier or epee.
  • In-Series Nickname: She and Luceus are usually just called "Captain" by the other characters. Sometimes in her specific case, she's called "Lady Captain". This is likely to avoid the issue with voice acting where she and Luceus can be renamed.
  • Just Friends: Aurora gets quite agitated when anyone flirts with Luceus, but will deny it means anything.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Luceus's blue. And not as red compared to Terry's super-red


Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), Stephen Critchlow (EN)

King of Arba and a world-renowned warrior. He and all of the kings in his line are also Guardians, tasked with protecting the Children of Light. When their original village was destroyed, he found the surviving Luceus and Aurora and took them in as his own.


Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (JP), Anneika Rose (EN)

Head of the Institute of Ingenuity and a world-renowned inventor. She is also the granddaughter of the Grand Mother Mediator from the secret village of Dawnsholm which is tasked with neutrally observing the balance of light and darkness in the world.

  • Blow You Away: Her primary element combined with her boomerang. Add in a dash of Kill It with Fire for one of her skills.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Blowing a group of monsters away with her Spellcaster cannon.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Her reasoning for breaking the rules of Dawnsholm left and right for the sake of aiding the Children of Light.
  • The Smart Guy: Invented the Spellcasters and Ballistas that appear on several maps, created the monster medal capsule, led the development of the Stonecloud and its generator, and gets seriously angry when she sees that the monsters have reverse-engineered one of her designs into the "Hellcasters" first seen in the Dawnsholm chapter.
  • The Tease: She flirts with Luceus a few times, and at least once she does it to troll Aurora.


Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Harry Collett (EN)

A friendly Healslime who has been a faithful companion to the Arba Captains for many years. He is the only monster to not be turned evil at the start of the game courtesy of wearing the Circle of Light on his head as a crown to protect him from the effects.

  • Cowardly Lion: Easily scared, but will throw himself into the fray to heal a party member when needed.
  • Exposition Fairy: He's the one who gives you tutorials.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gets a massive one after the first events in Yggdrasil.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted, but his willingness to perform one and display true courage is what finally reactivates the Circle of Light's true power, allowing the party to finally be able to damage Shadroth during the final battle.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Does this a few times to try and show courage in the first half of the game.
  • Memento MacGuffin: His crown was a gift from his father and it's been a family heirloom for generations.
  • Pungeon Master: He's always inserting some goo/slime-related pun in every sentence.
  • Verbal Tic: He occasionally ends his sentence with a slurping sound.

    Legacy Characters 


Voiced by: Shoko Nakagawa (JP), Denise Gough (EN)

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her favorite way of dealing with anything in front of her, much to Kiryl's dismay.
  • Big Damn Hero: Her first act in the game is to kick away a boulder that was about to crush the Arban party.
  • Continuity Nod: She speaks often of winning the tournament in Endor and earning her original outfit requires winning the tournament in Colissea.
  • Doppelgänger Attack / Spread Shot: "Divide and Conquer" will create two spiritual duplicates of Alena on each side of her that mimic her attacks in sync while active, allowing her to deal up to three times as much damage.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: She doesn't need anything else.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Her Golden Claws are stronger than her Orichalcum Gloves.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The shortest female character and smallest playable character overall, but don't let that fool you.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Her Multifist ability. Give her three Raging Rubies to make her critical hit rate spike and said ability becomes the most reliable way to quickly kill a Metal Slime.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her character model has an updated design with a scarf replacing her cape, her dress is slightly more ornate, and she no longer wears tights, but her character portrait still uses her original design. Her original outfit can be unlocked though.


Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Alec Newman (EN)

  • Auto-Revive: One of his unique passive skills that has a small chance to automatically resurrect him if he is knocked out.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: Kiryl's eyes have distinctly smaller with pupils and irises than the rest of the cast.
  • Blade on a Stick: Tells the hero that he also knows how to use swords but has recently begun to prefer spears.
  • Brick Joke: His Puff-Puff event has him admit he's been trying to learn how to play the trumpet. During the ending movie, he's doing just that.
  • Continuity Nod: To his Artificial Stupidity in the NES Dragon Quest IV, his Coup de Grace involves him constantly trying to cast Whack.
  • Cool Hat: It's his icon.
  • The Lancer: To Alena. No pun intended.
  • Malaproper: When it comes time for a performance, he wishes the performer a broken leg.
  • Precocious Crush: He laments that joining the party ruins his chances to finally be alone with Alena.


Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Kyle Soller (EN)

  • Continuity Nod: When the party first encounters a Hacksaurus, Terry speaks up about how much of a handful they can be.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: "Falcon Slash" will create two Ninja Gaiden II (NES) style spirit duplicates that follow his movements with a slight desync, unlike Alena's "Divide and Conquer". This however still allows him to build up his tension gauge quickly and can triple his overall damage output.
  • Humiliating Wager: His Puff-Puff (the one for when playing as Luceus, not Aurora's) event is the result of him losing at cards to Patty.
  • It's Personal: Said outright when Velasco reveals he's draining energy from the legacy worlds as part of awakening Shadroth.
  • Not So Above It All: According to his Puff-Puff event, Kiryl roped him into playing a trumpet duet and now he practices on his own.
  • Not So Different: King Doric informs Terry privately that he and Luceus were once very much alike, until Aurora was hurt one day and Luceus embroiled himself in strategery in order to protect her, which moves Terry enough to lay off on his antagonism.
  • Shock and Awe: His primarily element. Carries over from him earning the Sword of Thunder in Dragon Quest VI.


Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Ricky Grover (EN)

  • An Axe to Grind: The only one from his weapon set to be represented.
  • Big Damn Hero: He and Jessica arrive to defeat a group of monsters surrounding the Arba party and takes out his group by destroying the bridge they were crossing.
  • Blow You Away: His Coup de Grace involves spinning fast enough to generate an enormous tornado.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • His Puff-Puff event has him mention the massage parlor from his own world and attempting the same using Healix.
    • His Big Damn Heroes entrance has him destroy a bridge with his axe, like he did in his backstory from VIII.
  • Mighty Glacier: And his "Defending Champion" skill makes him all but impervious to attack. Stacked on with "Whistle" to set enemies' sights on him, he can make a good distraction for certain groups of monsters and even some bosses so the AI party members can go to town on them.

Jessica Albert

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (JP), Jaimi Barbakoff (EN)

  • Gainaxing: Actually very subtle compared to Dragon Quest VIII, but it's there.
  • The Medic: She's the only character with a healing ability, making her extremely useful.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Unsurprisingly if you've played Dragon Quest VIII...though in this game she has competition in Maya.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Her entrance has her unleashing her Coup de Grace (Magic Burst) against a group of monsters. Yangus immediately has everyone else take cover.
  • Whip It Good: And boy, does she ever.

Bianca Whitaker

Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP), Rosie Jones (EN)

  • The Beastmaster: What's her Coup de Grace? Siccing her pet Great Sabrecat on a line of unsuspecting enemies and trampling them!
  • Bottomless Quiver: She will never run out of arrows.
  • Continuity Nod: When unleashing her Coup de Grace, she says, "Go get 'em, Purrcy!" Purrcy is one of the naming options for the Great Sabrecat in Dragon Quest V.
  • Rain of Arrows: Her Rain of Pain ability.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Nera's girly girl.

Nera Briscoletti/Flora

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Polly Eachus (EN)

  • Area of Effect: "Malestrom" and "Miracle Moon" work this way. Combining them in roughly the same place means most enemies are going to be drawn into a vortex of immense pain which can be a godsend in defense missions.
  • Auto-Revive: Like Kiryl, she has an unique passive skill that can auto-resurrect her on rare occasions if she's knocked out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Perhaps the sweetest girl one will ever meet and is capable of creating explosions that cover the entire screen.
  • Bubble Gun: Her non-melee form of normal attack is to spawn "Hubble Bubbles", in various patterns, small and large. Though slow, these bubbles of magic damage multiple enemies as they travel along their path. They can also be detonated mid-fight for extra damage, or even in conjunction with her "Bang"/"Boom"/"Kaboom" spell to layer on damage.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Making good use of her abilities has one of the higher learning curves in the game but, when put in the right hands, she can decimate anything in her path and hold down many a defense target from harm.
  • Gravity Mistress: Her "Maelstrom" skill creates a powerful vortex that drags multiple enemies to it's center and holds them in roughly the same place. It can be upgraded to an "infinite but runs on MP" version that when combined with her "Miracle Moon" skill (which can also be upgraded to a similar "infinite" varient) can possibly decimate huge groups of enemies at once over a short time.
    • This has been also compared to outright cheating in defense-based missions if her MP-build is good enough. Combining both of her moves can create effective choke points only boss sized enemies will eventually be able to break out of, and not without suffering a lot of damage beforehand.
  • Heroines Love Dogs - Her "Puff-Puff" event with either Luceus or Aurora involves her petting them on the head like a dog. When they ask her why, she mentions of her dog back home (Bingo in the DS translation, Lilian in the original translations), and that their eyes remind Nera of them.
  • Magical Girl: Several of her weapons make her look like one.
  • Mana Drain: Her melee attack, while one of the weakest out of the cast, will replenish MP on each hit (without having to use a "MP restore on critical hit" passive), allowing her to quickly recover magic for more skill usage.
  • She's Got Legs: As mentioned on the main page, they're briefly visible when her skirt flares up from entering high tension.
  • Splash Damage: Her "Miracle Moon" skill creates a storm of circling and slashing crescent moons that spin around a set location, constantly inflicting damage to enemies who get near it. It can be upgraded to an "infinite but runs on MP" version that when combined with her "Malestrom" skill (which can also be upgraded to a similar "infinite" varient) can possibly decimate huge groups of enemies at once over a short time.
    • This has been also compared to outright cheating in defense-based missions if her MP-build is good enough. Combining both of her moves can create effective choke points only boss sized enemies will eventually be able to break out of, and not without suffering a lot of damage beforehand.
  • Squishy Wizard: The most magic-oriented character in the game.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Her "Hubble Bubbles" can be set to detonate like miniature bombs. She also has "Bang", "Boom" & "Kaboom" as a set of spells. But to top that off, her Coup de Grace is "Big Banger", a powerful mega hubble bubble that erupts into a massive explosion after traveling a couple of yards ahead.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Bianca's tomboy.


Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Anjli Mohindra (EN)

  • Butt-Monkey: During her quest arc she is invited to dance on stage only to run into monsters every time. She ends up disappointed that everyone confused her fighting style with her actual dance routine.
  • The Gambler: Her biggest lament about being brought to Arba is that it doesn't have a casino.
  • Gold Digger: Her main motivation for joining the team in the first place; the hero is allied with a King, and if Maya can impress the hero...
  • The Rival: She and Jessica have a friendly rivalry over who can have a larger sway over men.
  • Stripperiffic: And proud of it!
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her Coup de Grace has her cast Puff!/Bedragon and transform into a giant pink dragon.

Psaro the Manslayer/Necrosaro

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), Gwilym Lee (EN)

  • Baleful Polymorph: His Coup de Grace is to unleash the Secret of Evolution and temporarily become his final boss form to blast enemies with vaporizing magic.
  • Badass Boast: "I am the master of monsterkind!"
  • BFG: He wields an enormous broadsword one-handed.
  • Continuity Nod: His Puff-Puff event has him apply some elvish medicine to the hero's face. When the hero asks if he knows a lot of elves, he mentions Rosa.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He must be beaten in battle in order to be recruited.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to the Big Bad's treatment of the world's monsters, and he joins the team to save them ahead of saving the world.

    Supporting Characters 


The godbird of light who reveals herself to be a wanderer between worlds and was the one who summoned the legacy characters to help fight for Arba as, had the forces of darkness been successful, their own worlds would have been next to fall.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's the first to appear in the game's intro but isn't seen in the actual story until near the end.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Jessica and Yangus were the only ones to mention that "a friend" had brought them to Arba's world while the rest of the legacy characters had no idea how they arrived. Said friend is Empyrea and she returns later to help the party escape The Fault.

Patty (Ludia)

The proprietor of Patty's Party Planning Place and bartender on the Stonecloud. She reprises her usual role in swapping active party members in and out.

The Mayor of Colissea

Mayor of the largest merchant town in the realm and proprietor of its fighting arena.

  • Last Stand: Was in the middle of making one when the Arba party comes to help ensure his survival.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already pretty cool to begin with but, in the final quest that takes place in his city, he willingly joins the fray to help the party, can hold his own against the giant monsters, and has infinite health!

The Goddess of Light

Goddess of the world and leader of the Children of Light in the great war.

  • Big Good
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Only the Children of Light can commune with her atop the Pinnacle of Light.
  • The Voice: Her physical avatar was destroyed in the war and she's been unable to manifest since.

Rodrigo Briscoletti (Ludman)

Nera's father, who tasks the Children of Light with defeating Bejorn the Behemoose. Interestingly enough, he never seems to notice that his daughter has also been brought to the Arba realm.

  • The Cameo: He only appears for the duration of one quest.



Voiced by: Ainosuke Kataoka (JP), Ramon Tikaram (EN)

The last and greatest King of the Children of the Night. He is the one responsible for turning the monsters against the humans, nearly destroying Yggdrasil, and breaking the seal on Shadroth. He claims to be restoring the natural balance between light and dark.

  • Big Bad: He set everything into motion.
  • Dark Is Evil: Despite his claim to restore the natural balance, he knows Shadroth's return would do anything but.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Claims his defeat at the hands of the Children of Light has cleansed his soul, but it's just an act to get them to drop their guard.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After his defeat, the team has 7 minutes to escape the island.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At least 200.
  • Sole Survivor: The final Child of the Night for at least 200 years.


The Lord of the Night reawakened after centuries of slumber after being sealed away by the Goddess and Children of Light. His immediate goal after re-awakening is to destroy Yggdrasil for good.


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