I am Zoma, master of the Realm of Darkness. Lord of the Underworld. And so long as I will it, your realm shall never be free of the pall of night. Now... SUFFER!
~ Zoma
Very well. It seems only right that I, who will take such pleasure in your death, should deal the killing blow myself. Now come! Come to me, and show me how beautifully you die!
~ Zoma before the final battle

Zoma is the main villain and the final boss of the Famicom video game Dragon Quest III (localized as Dragon Warrior III for the NES) and its Super Famicom, Game Boy Color and iOS/Android remakes.


He is revealed to be Baramos' master; who was thought at first to be the main villain. The Lord of the Underworld, Zoma, is an even greater threat to the surface world; this has been demonstrated by having covered the underground world, where the Kingdom of Alefgard rests, in darkness and opening the Great Pit of Giaga to let the monsters invade the surface world as well. He is also involved with the disappearance of the Hero's father, carried out by another of his subordinates: King Hydra.

Zoma resides in Zoma's Citadel, which will be later be known as the Dragonlord's Castle (or Charlock Castle); within Alefgard, the land of eternal darkness.


He has blue skin, just like the Dragonlord's sorcerer form and Hargon, his eyes are black and has four fingers on each hand with long, white claws. He wears an orange robe with a prominent collar, pink shoulder pads and a salmon cape. Around his neck, circling his robe's collar, is a horned skull necklace. Finally, he wears a black helmet with bone-colored horns and an eye design in its center.

It's implied that he's really huge, but his size has varied from game to game: In Dragon Quest III, he's large enough to rip through Earth's mantle and his field sprite is bigger than any other. In the Monsters games, however, he's also remarkably tall but he's only twice as big as the Dracolord or Hargon. He usually adopts the stance he originally had in DQIII (the monster's sprites were immobile in the earlier DQ games), looking at the player with his hands up front. This is how some of the works that parody Dragon Quest usually reference him (see Trivia).

Other appearances

  • He can be fought in Dragon Quest IX as a Legacy Boss if his map is obtained. It can be earned from a bird in Cringle Coast after completing Quest #167, "Who's a Pretty Boy?".
  • In Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, he's an X-Rank monster of the Unknown family that can be synthesized by using a Malroth and either a  Captain Crow, a Wight King or a Dullahan in Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2
  • He's one of Nokturnus' finest warriors in Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory and the final boss of the Dragon Quest III story arc.
  • He appeared in Dragon Quest X as an event boss. His castle, Zoma's Citadel, is represented as well.
  • Even if they don't share the same appearance, the main villain from Dragon Quest XI mirrors several of Zoma's tropes; like being an ancient evil, being defeated by a sacred sword (Sword of Kings), heralding a heir for his title and being defeated like a Hero who looks like the one from DQ3. Most of the music from said game, even substitutes that of DQXI at this point.




Battle theme


  • Zoma is not that known outside of Japan, but within its country of origin, it is one of the most popular villains in videogames; Dragon Quest III ranked third in a videogame player's choice poll made by Famitsu; this made it the highest Famicom game in said poll.
    • His fame is even referenced in his Dragon Quest IX Bestiary entry, where it states that "His unparalleled evil made him very popular with monsters, but he left the lands above to escape his screaming fans."
  • Due to this level of fame, he has been the subject of numerous fanworks, parodies and all kinds of references in other media, both official and unofficial. Usually when this happens, the bad guy will adopt Zoma's stance, even when the work in question is not an RPG in nature.
  • The Ancient Ones from the horror thriller, The Cabin in the Woods, are remarkably similar to Zoma: both are monsters who have been given a god status, both live at the earth's core and are gigantic enough to have claws that can tear through the earth's mantle. Both are always vigilant on how their pawns are managing the world above; and the eeriest part, though not entirely verified for DQIII, is that both could have used their minions as means of entertainment as they could easily destroy the world whenever they felt like it: The Ancient Ones held different rituals for each region and even then, the monsters The Organization sends for each ritual are different. Given the fact that Baramos was not the only one of its species, and Zoma having other minions like King Hydra at his disposal, it is possible that the Hero's world was not the only one he sent his minions to terrorize.
  • Even if they don't share the same appearance, the main villain from Dragon Quest XI mirrors several of Zoma's tropes; like being an ancient evil, being defeated by a sacred sword (Sword of Kings), heralding a heir for his title and being defeated like a Hero who looks like the one from DQ3. Most of the music from said game, even substitutes that of DQXI at this point.


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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 | Demon Marshal Zeldorado | Prince Thomas | Madesagora | Antero | Principal Nadiah | Patriarch Orstov | Nadraga | King Dominus | Kyronos | Puyu | Jagonuba
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

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