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The Druid (天地雷鳴士, Heaven and Earth Raimeishi) is a high ranking magical vocation that first appeared in Dragon Quest VII. Beginning with the 3DS remake of VII in 2013, the Druid's design is based on the traditional vestments of the Japanese Shinto priests.

Description

The Druid's magical power is unparalleled by any human, the very forces of nature bowing to their every whim. The tides, the storms, even the cracking fury of the earth itself is under their control. Simply put, the druid has access to every worthwhile spell in the game and has more than enough MP to put them to use.

The Druid also casts spells for less MP, much like the Sage. In order to become a Druid, one must master both the Sage and Luminary vocations. The druid has managed to negate most of the physical stat reductions that afflicted the aforementioned classes, having to endure only a slight cut to HP and strength and even enjoying a faint increase to resilience.

Appearances

Dragon Quest VII

Stat Changes

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 260
Strength -10 Percent
Agility +15 Percent
Guard +5 Percent
Intelligence +20 Percent
Appearance Null
Max HP -10 Percent
Max MP +20 Percent
Mastery Bonus +30 Bonus to MP

Abilities

Level Title Learns Battles Needed
1 Dabbler Drain Magic, Oomph, Insulatle, Magic Barrier, Kaclang, Meditation, Kerplunk Dance, Cursed Verse, Gritty Ditty, Harvest Moon, Focus Pocus 1
2 Seeker Kafrizzle, Kasizzle, Kaboom, Kaswoosh, Maelstrom, Kacrackle, Kathwack, Kasnooze 30
3 Door-to-Door Druid Kazing, Hustle Dance, Disruptive Wave 60
4 Wandering Druid Pyre o' Fire, Magma Blast, King Fissure, Summon 90
5 Deep Meditator Lightning Storm 120
6 Elemental Master Hellfire 150
7 Force of Nature Big Banga 200
8 Archdruid That Special Summon 260

Dragon Quest X

The druid appears as an advanced vocation starting with Version 4.0 of the game and actually starts at level 50 unlike the other vocations. Druids specialize in summoning phantom spirits to aid them in battle, as well as the usage of nature-manipulating powers. They can equip fans, wands, and heavy wands.

Etymology

Druids were the learned class of people in ancient Celtic tradition, serving as the priests and teachers of society. First recorded approximately in the third century BC, the title translates from the Celtic language as "Knowing the Oak trees". Training for becoming a Druid was strenuous, as written language was not present in Celtic society and all knowledge expected of one bearing the title must be memorized perfectly.

Though the use of the title for a vocation that is very clearly inspired by the Japanese Shinto religion seems obtuse at first glance, Druid beliefs and Shinto practices share several points of similarity:

  • The presence of souls or life forces inhabiting natural phenomena
  • The immortality of the soul
  • Reverence for the natural world

Trivia

  • Theurgy is the practice of rituals used to call upon the aid of one or more gods. One who practices theurgy is called a therugist.
  • Ragnarok comes from Norse mythology. It is the time of a great battle between gods and monsters which will herald the end of the gods themselves and the end of the world itself.
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