Dai is the protagonist of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai and its animated adaptations.


Dai is a short youth with black hair and dark coloured eyes.

When the Fake Heroes arrived on Dermline, he wears blue linen plain clothes with torn sleeves and a tied belt, a wood circlet, sandals and bare arms and a wooden sword on his back. After a short battle with them he had bandages on his right arm which he covered with an armlet and then began wearing closed shoes with leg wraps. Three months later he wore the same but with wraps on both arms and broke his circlet when activating his dragon crest for the first time.

His trousers' left knee was torn off by Avan's dragon flame and Hadlar's Hell Claw cut his knife sheath and tunic. It was fixed by the time he sailed off the island.

He was wearing a poncho overgarment when landing on Romos but lost it in the battle against Crocodine in the Dark Forest. He got another after departing from Nayle Village.

After the battle in Romos Castle, he got a new set of blue clothes with sleeves, boots, a belt with belt buckle, armlets and a golden circlet around his head. He also had an iron shield but it was destroyed by Hyunckel's Avan Strash imitation. His cape was damaged in the battle and he stopped wearing it but the rest of his garments were restored. In their second encounter, the left side of his metal protector was heavily damaged by a Bloody Scryed and the left shoulder pad was removed by another but it was restored by Baduck.

Weapons and Armours

He has a wooden sword and plain clothes against the Fake Heroes and broke a Romos sword he picked from the ground against Derolin. He then won the Crown of Champions from the King of Romos but does not wear it.

Ever since Princess Leona gave Papnica red orb sun dagger to Dai, he keeps it sheathed behind his back wearing Leona's belt around his chest. He shortly used a Papnica spear against the evil scorpion until it was broken, Avan's "venerable hero sword" (actually a cheap 10G one) against Gargoyle A until he broke it in training and Avan's own sword against Hadlar.

During his battle with Crocodine in Romos, he used a Romos soldier's sword. He was later given a new metal protector attire by Romos which he wears over his plain clothes and kept a similar steel broadsword to the one used against Crocodine. He also had a cape and iron shield with it but they were lost against Hyunckel. Dai's protector was partially repaired by Baduck who also gave his own chain mail as undergarment. The circlet and left shoulder pad were damaged against Flazzard.

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He bought a knight's armour worth 3800G in Bengarna but kept only parts of it due to how heavy they were. He destroyed his Romos' steel broadsword and shortly used Dragonsbane while there. Leona bought him another sword but his armour was destroyed by Baran.

He used and destroyed his Papnica dagger and Hyunckel's demon sword with his dragonic aura. He then used magic clothing and a knight cape made of special Papnica fabric and received the wind Papnica dagger with a green orb. He lost his knight cape and destroyed an imitation of the Sword of Champions against Zamza.

He eventually received his Sword of Dai and then a special sheath to go with it.

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His soul power is blue-coloured, its meaning has been lost to time but Leona's conjectures that it is the power of "purity". It actually is the power of "innocence".[1]

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Dai is friendly yet sometimes naïve regarding people he meets. Within the first episode, we also see somewhat of a mischievous side to him.

Overall, he cares deeply for his monster friends and immediately gets heart broken when all the monsters on his island slowly become evil again thanks to Hadlar's influence.


Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai


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Born as Dino, a name which means "strong dragon" in his mother's language,[2] he is a mixed child born between the dragon knight Baran and the princess Soara of the Kingdom of Alkyde. The ship that carried him away from his birthplace was wrecked by a storm.[3]

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His cradle eventually was found by the lump shaman monster Brass who adopted him as his grandfather and gave him the name Dai as only the first letter "D" remained readable on the cradle's nameplate.[2] He was full of energy and had a strong sense of justice, and he lived with his best friend Gomechan and monsters on Dermline Island. As for magic, although he trained to become a "wizard" under Brass from an early age, magic was never used due to the lack of motivation and weak consciousness (and magic was not remembered even in Avan's training). Dai grows up dreaming of becoming a hero. He became friends with Princess Leona, who visited Dermline with her vassals.


Birth Arc

Dai is a young boy who was found in a boat while still a baby by Brass who adopted him as his grandchild. At the beginning of the story Dai has grown into a young boy and live peacefully with all the monsters of the island including his partner Gome. Daily, Brass makes Dai train magic (in which Dai lacks talent). One day Gome is kidnapped by the Fake Heroes, so Dai departs to Romos to rescue her. After his victory against Derolin and his crew of scoundrels, Dai is branded as a hero by the King of Romos and returns to his island with the orichalcum Crown of Champions.

Three months later, Dai continues his magic training until one day a holy ship from Papnica comes to the island. In its crew is Princess Leona, her sage teacher Baron and the Bishop Temujin. The purpose of the trip is to make Leona undergo the ritual to make her a full sage in the volcanic Earth Cave of the island. Dai works as a guide to the cave to the sages, and receives a knife that has been passed down by Leona's royal family after telling her that he can't use magic.

After Baron and Temujin betray Leona, leaving her to die in the cave by the poison of an evil scorpion, Dai uses his Dragon Crest to use Zapple and escape. After witnessing Baron in a Killing machine trying to kill Brass, he stops him with Kaswoosh (to Brass and Dai surprise since Dai had never been able to use magic). After making a hole on the machines armour with Leona's knife, Dai uses the Dragon Crest again to fire Sizzle, hitting Baron through the entrance and ending the battle.

When Hadlar revives, all the monsters at Dermline Island are affect by the Archfiend return and start to go on rampage. Fearing for Dai's life Brass prepares a boat to send the boy away, that's when Avan and Pop arrives at the island. Avan saying not to worry casts Mahoukatoru on the entire island banishing all the evil that was present. Avan introduces himself as a tutor for heroes, explaining how the whole world was in danger with the return of Hadlar, and as requested by Papnica royal family, he would train Dai during a week in a special hard course. At that moment, two gargoyles attacked the island, one being killed by Pop and the other by Avan's supposedly legendary sword (actually just a normal sword worth 10 G that was broken on the following day) wielded by Dai.

The training consisted of hand-to-hand combat, swordsmanship, magic and monster knowledge. Although Dai excelled at swordsmanship to the point of learning Earth Slash by Day two, he lacked any magic talent. After seeing Avan Strash for the first time, Dai started to go through the steps to learn this technique. First, Dai faced Avan in the form of a dragon by the effect of puff!. In order to surpass Avan's, flames Dai mastered the seasplitter during battle, being praised by his teacher for doing so. However, Hadlar appeared soon after, interrupting Dai's training midway. Hadlar easily overwhelms both master and student and saying he has grown stronger after being revived by Vearn. Noticing he couldn't win that battle, Avan casts Kaclang on the party, giving Dai and Pop a pendant as a symbol of their graduation and then proceeds to cast Kamikazee on Hadlar. The spell only damaged the Dark Lord, but served to make Dai use his dragon crest. Hadlar, now facing Dai, casts Kafrizz that is easily stopped by the boy's Kercrack. Dai then counter attacks the Demon's Boom spell by using Avan Strash for the first time. Hadlar, after having both of his arms cut off, retreats with a chimaera wing.

The next day, Dai decides to go to Romos before going to Papnica, since he already knows the way because of his first journey when he faced the Fake Heroes. As soon as he departs, Pop appears running at the beach to reach Dai's boat to accompany him.

Gathering Arc

Since this time Dai couldn't ride on a Chimaera like on his first trip because of Hadlar's influence, ending up getting lost during three days on the forest near Romos. They save a little girl that was being attacked by some monsters. The monster that Pop defeated then gets up and attacks them from behind, being saved by Maam with her magical gun that then mocks Pop's spell rod. Maam introduces herself as a girl that lives in a village near Romos and the small girl as Mina, who was searching for an antidote for her mother. Maam explains that the forest is the Magic Forest, a forest that resembles a labyrinth since the return of the Dark Lord.

After Pop argues with Maam, he goes with Dai further into the forest forgetting Gome behind. They meet with a sleeping infanticore that wakes when Pop makes a noise and create a fire with sizzle. Suddenly a war cry is heard and the monster flees, with the arrival of the general Crocodine. Crocodine eats Pop's Frizz spell, and then tells he was ordered to kill Dai. Earthsplitter and seaplitter are useless against the general, and the Vacuum Axe proves to be a challenge. Crocodine paralyses Dai with his Heat Breath.

About to be killed, Dai is saved by Maam's tingle bullet and Crocodine's armed is frozen by the bullet that Pop filled with crackle. Crocodine is then blinded by dawn light, and Dai cuts his left eye.

Arriving at Maam's village, the party meets Leyra, Maam's mother who journeyed with Avan in the past, but they didn't reveal Avan's fate to her. Dai trains with the village elder during one day and learns Frizz. Maam decides to join the party after discovering, without the two boys knowing, about her teacher's death and the trio goes to Romos.

Reaching the capital too late at night, the party isn't allowed to enter the castle until morning and decides to to rest at the inn where they find Derolin, Zurbon, Masopho and Herohero acting as heroes again. They apologize to the boy after a small racket saying that they washed their hands of thievery. The following day, Crocodine invades the castle with his monster troop in search of Dai. Dai goes alone to the castle to face Crocodine.

Dai casts frizz for Crocodine's surprise, and saves the king from his clutches. Zaboera then orders the general to release Brass, who was under the evil influence, from the tube. Dai then ceases to fight while Brass attacks the Romos soldiers. Dai is then hit by his grandfather Frizzle. Maam comes to help to take Brass attention while Dai tries to steal the monster tube from Crocodine. The strategy fails because Dai was too slow after being hurt from the spell he took and Dai is defeated. Zaboera then entangles Maam. Pop appears to fight Crocodine, and even thought he's way weaker than the lizard man, he keeps getting up until he is able to cast Glimmer on Brass. Dai then gets up with his Dragon Crest activated, destroying Zaboera's eye monster and freeing Maam. Dai is able to crush the Vacuum Axe with his hand. Crocodine then use's his move again, and Dai takes a soldier sword thrown from Pop to him, and strikes back with Avan Strash defeating the monster.

After the battle Dai and his party are branded as heroes and receive new armors. The group takes a ship to deliver Brass back to Dermline, and then proceeds to Papnica.

Arriving at Papnica port, the place is already in ruins and Hyunckel greets the party after showing then the Earth Slash and Avan's pendant. However Hyunckel then says he despises Avan and still wants revenge against him and his students. Hyunckel summons his skeletons subordinates and attacks the party. Hyunckel counters the earthsplitter, seasplitter and Avan Strash itself, as it was stated by the same it was a incomplete technique. Hyunckel shows his demon sword that can be equipped as an armour whose visor could be used as a sword. The armor reflects all magic at Pop and Maam, and Dai is almost by Hyunckel sword technique Bloody Scraid. Maam tries to use dazzle, but the warrior is immune to it and knocks her down. Dai tries to hit Hyunckel's face with frizz but misses and is almost killed if wasn't for Crocodine arriving at last moment to intercept the attack and send both Pop and him away with a Garuda.

Leaving Crocodine and Maam behind against their will, Popp and Dai are rescued by Baduck, a soldier of Papnica. The old man reveals that Leona is alive ad with her three strongest guards and that she is hopeful that Dai can save her kingdom.

Pop guesses that even though Hyunckel's armour was immune to magic, since it was made of metal, it would still conduct electricity, saying that if Dai could cast zapple they could win. Since Dai isn't a good spellcaster, Popp would use the weather controlling spell Ranarion to call forth rain clouds so Dai could cast the lightning spell. After training the entire Dai while Baduck watched them, they decided that in following Dai they would invade the Underkeep and rescue Maam. In the morning, arriving at the entrance, Popp asked for Baduck to stay behind, looking out for any possible enemy. Reaching the bottom floor, Popp and Dai were chased by the undeads of the castle. They were led to the castle battlegrounds where Hyunckel was already waiting for them. Dai distracts Hyunckel while Popp casts Ranarion. Dai throws his sword away and casts Zapple on the commander that resists the attack and defeats the duo. Maam who was able to escape her cell with the help of Gome, reached the battleground to find Dai fainted and trying to explain to Hyunckel about his father, as she has found his final message in a Secret Shell. While Hyunckel listens to his late father words, discovering that Hadlar was his murder, Dai unconsciously develops the Flame Earth Slash, combining a spell with a melee strike, which is strong enough to break Hyunckel's armour (since the Armamentalists and their Flame Slash did not exist until the release of VI, this is a first in the franchise). Hyunckel used his Undead Control again to bind Dai, that with Popp's help manages to use a lightning slash (zapple combined with the incomplete Avan Strash) and defeats the warrior. Flazzard appears at the end making the volcano erupt, saying that his plans was to kill both Hyunckel and Dai independent of the battle's result. The undead army was annihilated, and Hyunckel at his final moments understands Crocodine's feelings and sacrifices himself to save Dai and his friends.

Meeting with Baduck again, Dai asks him to make a new protector for him while Popp and Maam discusses Hyunckle fate. The four of them goes back to the port to look for some flares to try to communicate with Leona, but unfortunately Dai explodes all of them with his Flame Slash. A moment later Aimi, one of the three wise sages of Papnica arrives in a balloon with other soldiers, saying that the princess is alive at the Island tower.

Clash Arc
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Epic Challenge Arc

When Myst-Vearn retreats, Popp follows behind in a surge of anger after Papnica was destroyed by the Dark army assault. Dai follows him until the Field of Death. Popp is caught in Kill-Vearn trap and is almost killed when Dai, who was already tired from the battle at Papnica, rescues him. Hadlar appears at the battle showing his new Hyper Demon form. Hadlar defends the Avan Strash with the Sword of Champions Popp escapes while carrying Dai but Hadlar catches them. Dai uses Gigagash against the Hyper Demon and the battle ends in a draw. Popp escapes leaving Dai behind while being chased by Kill-Vearn. Crocodine appears and create a distraction to let then both escape. When Popp arrives, everyone were disapointed for him leaving his friend behind, regretting his decision but it could not be helped as he was no match for Kill-Vearn. Crocodine and Chiu go search for Dai leaving Popp behind. Popp then asks if anyone has a Magic water, with Aimi saying that Marin has it. Popp goes to her and insist for her to give him, pulling her skirt and exposing her underwear (making Popp being slapped in the process). Popp flies fast and meets with Crocodine on his way to the Field of Death.

Chiu uses a Healslime to help find Dai in the glacier, but only finds his circlet. Dai uses his crest to create a beam of light sinalizing to Popp and Crocodine his location. Zaboera's division come to assassinate Dai and Popp. Crocodine tries to hold then back while Popp and Chiu carries Dai. Zaboera appears in front of Dai and uses Mplus to kill all of then. Hym comes and save then from the attack, and say that Zaboera is dispictable for his unhonorable acts and take him away, saying to Popp he will be waiting for someone who is strong enough to pose for him and Hadlar a challenge.

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He was at these levels during the following fights:[1]

  • 10 against the Fake Heroes
  • 11 against Baron's Killing Machine
  • 13 when Avan fought a resurrected Hadlar
  • 15 against Crocodine in Romos castle
  • 18 against Hyunckel
  • 19 against the Armord Flazzard
  • 25 during Baran second assault on his party
  • 30 against the Hiper Zamza
  • 31 against the Kigan-jou
  • 45 against Hadlar's orichalcum guards
  • 48 in the first battle against Hadlar's hyper demon lifeform
  • 50 in his first battle against Vearn
  • 55 in his final battle against Hadlar


Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai  
Spell Level Learnt
Frizz 15
Woosh 25
Frizzle 31
Sizz 31
Swoosh 31
Zapple 31
Crack 55
Boom 55
Toberūra 55

He also has been able to use Kaswoosh and Sizzle against Varon, Zoom on some occasion and transform his Zapple into a Kazap using his special sheath.

Other Appearances

Jump Force

The game contains three original characters designed by Akira Toriyama, the Venom leaders Kane, Galena, and Prometheus.


  • 【RT】+【X】: "Avan Strash A" (Arrow)
  • 【RT】+【Y】: "Avan Strash B" (Break)
  • 【RT】+【B】: "Dragonic Aura Release"
  • 【RT】+【A】: "Giga Strash"
  • A secret move, by combining Avan Strash Arrow with Avan Strash Break is the "Avan Strash Cross".

His other moves did not get a subtitle translation:

  • 【B】: Grab and Boom
  • 【X】Combo: Skysplitter
  • 【Y】Combo: Shining crest (Monshosen)
  • ↓ +【B】: Flamming Earthsplitter (Kaen Daichi-zan)
  • ↑ +【X】: Seasplitter.
  • Holding 【X】: A series of rushes.
  • ↑ + Holding 【X】: Seasplitter.
  • ↓ + Holding 【X】: Flamming Earthsplitter.
  • Holding 【Y】: Strong punch.

Avan Strash A, Avan Strash B and Dragonic Aura Release are abilities that can be bought for the player avatar character.

Avatar creation

Dai's hairstyle can be used for both Male and Female avatars. His dragon crest can be used as a face feature.

The following of his Papnica magic outfit can be bought in the Team Gamma counter shop:

  • Sleeveless (Male) 03, Top in three colours
  • Long Pants (Male) 03, bottom in three colours
  • "Hand Gear 02" in two colours
  • "Boots (Male) 05" in three colours
  • "Headband 04" in one colour
  • "Blade 04" in one colour
  • A light blue shirt with a panel from the manga for preorder copies of the game

When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. However, a suspicious figure is attempting to gain the Onyx Book and conquer all worlds.

Chapter 2: The Big Bad

"Crest of the Dragon" mission:

Dai was fighting the Venoms with his friends in their own world but he got separated and controlled by an umbras cube. He is then rescued in Matterhorn, Europe by Sabo of Team Gamma, the player avatar, and Navigator and decides to join the Jump Force. He is wearing his Papnica magic clothing.

Chapter 6: The Twisted Entourage

Dai asks Kakashi to train him since he can not train with Avan anymore. It is unclear if believes him to be dead.

Chapter 7: Creation

"Who should be Sub-leader?" mission:

Dai fights out in Team Gamma to decide who should be the subleader, wanting to elect Kakashi as does Sabo but they all eventually decide not to have one.

Chapter 8: The Puppetmaster

"Triple Dragon" mission:

Dai asks Shiryu to train with him since they are both dragon related, one as dragon saint and the other as a dragon knight and because they were trained and raised by an old master. They go fight three Frieza replicas in Japan instead where Sabo joins them.

"Pursue Galena" mission: In Japan, Dai fights a Galena replica with other members of Team Gamma.

Fighting mode

Before a fight with him, Dai also compares Shiryu to a Super Dragon due to his dragon armour.

The game is inconsistent with the translation of 竜の騎士, before a fight with Shyriu it is "Super Dragon" but in Chapter 8 of the story mode, it's "dragon knight"


  • The name "dai" originated from "dinosaur". According to the author "I wanted to use the name of the dragon as the leading role." His real name, Dino, means "strong dragon" in Alkyde Kingdom.
  • Dai, along with Jotaro and DIO from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure were planned to be playable characters in J-Stars Victory Vs but their gamefiles remained unfinished.
    • However, the three of them made an appearance as playable characters in Jump Force.
  • His Bengarna knight armour has a defence of 60 but lowered agility by 50, but if worn with only parts then it's defence is 20 with no change to the default agility. The Papnica clothing have a defence of 32.[1]
  • Although it is stated that Dai can't read the Book of Avan, he has been show writing and reading the Fake Heroes weaknesses he got by interrogating Zurbon, and was able to read and sign the contract of Avan's training course, implying that he can read, but not the alphabet that was used in that book while Nova could.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Perfect Book, 1995-12-20 ISBN 978-4088588810
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Adventure of Dai, chapter 196
  3. The Adventure of Dai, chapter 99
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