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The Hero of Dragon Quest XI is a young man from the village of Cobblestone. He is the reincarnation of the ancient hero who once saved the world and on his sixteenth birthday, he sets out on his journey in order to fulfill his destiny.


The present Luminary is a young man with blue eyes and brown chin-length hair in a bob cut. On his left hand, he bears a mysterious mark that has appeared since the day he was born. The mark glows when the hero is in danger. He wears a long, sleeveless brown and purple leather tunic over a black long-sleeved shirt, brown trousers, and tan leather boots. Around his waist, he wears a leather belt with a small bag attached and he carries a scabbard across his back.


While some of his personality is determined by the player's choices as is traditional in Dragon Quest games, the Luminary departs from the bold, forthright heroes of ages past. As the perceived chosen of Yggdrasil, many revere him and have gone to great lengths to see to his care until the appointed time. As such, this young man has lived a very sheltered existence, and is mostly unaware of what lies in store for him. In flashbacks, he is very much a typical boy, though unsure of his place in the world and how to deal with life. Also unlike heroes of the past, he is easily manipulated by his own fears and insecurities. Yet throughout his journey, he will grow into the hero that the world knows him to be. While he is not keen to openly show it, the Luminary has been deeply affected by the hardships and tragedies he encountered in his journey, many of which its implied he came to blame himself for them as he considers his inability to stop Mordegon in obtaining Yggdrasil's power, which resulted in Erdrea's destruction and the death of countless people including one of his companions, his greatest failure. He is so ashamed of it, that when offered the chance to prevent it from ever happening, he uncompromisingly decides to go for it no matter the risks, even stubbornly refusing to listen to the pleas of his companions to let it go.


Dragon Quest XI

The Luminary was born into a great destiny, said to be the reincarnation of a great hero who saved the world in the past. He was born on the same day as Gemma, a girl from the village of Cobblestone who becomes his childhood friend. On their birthday when they reach adulthood, the two celebrate together before the young man sets out on his journey to fulfill his destiny. He comes into conflict with the Kingdom of Heliodor, whose king, Carnelian, does not believe his claims and declares him to be the Darkspawn.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Luminary appears as the default costume and an alternate color for the DLC character based on the Hero of the franchise in.[1]

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Eleven appeared as a summonable vision (unit) in a crossover event.

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  • This Hero has some similarities with some of the heroes from previous games:
    • He comes from a lineage of previous heroes, much like the original Hero and the Prince of Midenhall.
    • He sets out on his journey on his 16th birthday, similar to Erdrick. He is also seen wielding Erdrick's sword in the opening video. After the Dark One's Defeat is renamed Erdrick (Loto) by the Yggdragon.
    • He was born with a mysterious mark on his left hand, much like the Hero of Dragon Quest VII. It is said to bestow him with mysterious powers and glows in times of danger.