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No mortal commands me... I obey only my own dark urge to reduce all to nothing.
~ Nokturnus in Dragon Quest VI.
Brutal bad-dream demon from another dimension. So strong that he makes Mortamor seem more like Snoretamore!
~ Nokturnus's bestiary description in Dragon Quest IX.

Nokturnus (ダークドレアム, Dark Drium in the earliest Game Boy Dragon Quest Monsters games, Dark Dream in fan translations) is a notable figure and one of the most relentless and powerful antagonist in the Dragon Quest RPG video game franchise. This dreadful figure presents himself as an entity with no master and with the sole desire of returning everything to nothingness. 

He originated in Dragon Quest VI as an optional, more powerful super-boss and, since then, he has had many appearances in the saga. One of his most notable ones is in Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory, where he is the leader of all of the final bosses up to Dragon Quest IX (and possibly of Dragon Quest X had it come out at the time).


Dragon Quest VI

Nokturnus is first encountered as the demon that the king of Castle Graceskull in the Dream World tries to summon in order to stop Mortamor. Things don't go as planned; the brutal demon refuses to take orders from anyone and he ends up burning the whole castle. The heroes are returned to the Real World where the castle is already destroyed, and its tragic fate can be experienced again and again if the hero enters the well. The entire sequence is played as a flashback, since it had happened already before the game begins.

After beating the game once, an optional dungeon can be accessed in the large room in Alltrades Abbey. Upon traversing the dungeon, the player will find the offering room from Castle Graceskull, where you are given the option of completing the offering to summon Nokturnus and then fight him. Nokturnus is obviously much more powerful than any other enemy in the game, having more HP than the three forms of Mortamor combined and an assortment of hard-hitting spells and techniques. Upon being defeated, Nokturnus will comment on the player's capabilities and tell how many turns it took to defeat him, daring you to try to defeat him faster. If you manage to defeat him in 20 turns or less, an alternate ending is unlocked, where he congratulates the player and demonstrates his power by easily killing the final boss, Mortamor, with a single blow. Defeating him also gives the player a slim chance of earning a Liquid Metal Mind scroll (required to take on the Liquid Metal Slime vocation) if he has a thief in the active party.

Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory

Known to be the leader of all final bosses up to Dragon Quest IX. Since he appears in Dragon Quest X as an extra boss, he could probably also have been the leader of that game first final boss, had it come out before this game.



It appears that Terry holds a grudge to this demon, or maybe Terry just enjoys to test his own power on the most powerful foe he has known. This because the lone warrior was last seen summoning this demon at the end of the game. Also, Nokturnus appears as DLC in Terry's story in Dragon Quest Heroes.


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Dragon Quest I
Slimes | Green Dragon | Golem | Knight Aberrant | Dragonlord
Dragon Quest II
Wrecktor | Atlas | Pazuzu | Belial | Hargon | Malroth
Dragon Quest III
Robbin' Hood | Orochi | Boss Troll | Baramos | King Hydra | Zoma
Dragon Quest IV
Psaro's Pawn | Master Kung | Balzack/Baalzack | Tricksy | Tigergram | Marquis de Léon | Kirk Buzzer | Sir Roseguardin | Rashaverak | Pruslas | Barbatos | Estark | Psaro | Aamon
Dragon Quest V
Haunted Housekeeper | Winter Queen | Faux Dowager | Order of Zugzwang (Orc & Chimera Pawns | Kon the Knight | Slon the Rook | Queen Ferz | King Korol | Bishop Ladja) | Bjørn the Behemoose | Grandmaster Nimzo
Dragon Quest VI
The Four Dreadfiends (Murdaw | Jamirus | Gracos | Dhuran) | Ivy | Spiegel | Stormsgate Citadel | Overkilling Machine | Terry | Blackmar | Mortamor | Nokturnus
Dragon Quest VII
Crabble-Rouser | Glowering Inferno | Hackrobat | Tinpot Dictator | Rainiac | Grody Gumdrops | Rashers & Stripes | Gobbler | Cardinal Sin | Setesh the Punisher | The Stranger | The Time Being | Galumph | Moostapha | Sulkk | Malign Vine | Worms of Woe | Envoy | Hybris | Vaipur | Cumulus Vex | Gasputin | Mossferatu | Togrus Maximus | Macho Picchu | Orgodemir
Dragon Quest VIII
Geyzer | Khalamari | Don Mole | Dhoulmagus | Evil Jessica | Captain Crow | Gemon | Evil Sir Leopold | Marcello | Ruin | Rhapthorne
Dragon Quest IX
Morag | Ragin' Contagion | Mayor Bryce | Master of Nu'un | Dreadmaster | Larstastnaras | Gittish Empire | King Godwyn | Zenus | Barbarus | Yore | Al Capinn | The Hackson Five | Zenus | Corvus
Dragon Quest X
Bedora | The Black Groom | Great Spirit Maamon | Injured Serpent | Swordmaster Oren | Pusugon | Gilguish | Ulbea Mechanical Soldier | Duke Sigras | Id | Mystic Juliante | Monsterous Marin | Razuban | Tyrant Bogan | Spirit of the Dark Forest | Araniad | Kukulkannibal | Nelgel | Enraja & Mutchino | Bermud | Sadak | Demon Anlucia | Gullray Beast | Phantom General Phasma | Gejura | Belinda & Brenda | Bezebu | Demon Marshal Zeldorado | Prince Thomas | Madesagora | Antero | Principal Nadiah | Patriarch Orstov | Nadraga | King Dominus | Kyronos | Puyu | Jagonuba | Jia Lumina
Dragon Quest XI
Tricky Devil | Jarvis | Slayer of the Sands | Jasper | Arachtagon | Tentacular | Dora-in-Grey | Krystalinda |Headless Honcho | Tyriant | Avarith | Gloomnivore | Boodica | Booga | Alizarin | Gyldygga | Auroral Serpent | Tatsunaga | Indignus | Mordegon | Tweedledoom & Tweedledeath | Bathysfear | Calasmos | Necrogondolier | The Past Masters | Timewyrm