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King Korol is a major antagonist in Dragon Quest V and a recurring character in the Dragon Quest series.


Korol is a large green crocodile wearing a very royal garb, due to being the high priest of the Order of Zugswang. They have small, red pupils and keeps their eyes half-closed. They carry a golden staff with a small, golden dragon curled at the tip.


Not much is known about Korol's personality, as they only speak briefly to the party. From what we can tell, however, Korol is very loyal to Nimzo. They express surprise when pointing out how the team had bested their right-hand, Queen Ferz, but not sadness or any desire for revenge despite Ferz's admiration and loyalty to the King. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that they do not have any attachment to their followers. They also have an inflated sense of self-worth, being absolutely shocked when Nimzo did not grant their last request and when Bishop Ladja revealed that they were only a figurehead priest. 

In the DS localization of V, they will occasionally hiss like a snake, dragging out the 's' in words like 'disssmay' and also frequently say -Snap!- in their dialogue. 


Main games[]

Dragon Quest V[]

#- - King Korol
??? Family
DQVDS - Korol HP MP Attack Defence Agility
4200 255 21 240 73
Exp Gold Drop Mini medal
21000 1000 G
Note: None
Normal attack
Desperate attack
C-C-Cold Breath
Disruptive Wave
Haunts at:

King Korol, the leader of the Order of Zugzwang, is mentioned several times thought the game having their men use slaves to build a giant palace called the “Crocodilopolis” (or the “White King’s Paradise” in early translations) in their honor. Their slaves and slave masters refer to them as “Our Dear Leader,” or "High Priest" and by Queen Ferz as the "God-King". The slave drivers promise that once their palace is finished, the slaves will be released, some of the slaves being delusional enough to believe this is true. The Hero, along with Prince Harry, is captured as a child and forced to slave away building King Korol’s palace for ten years.

King Korol appears very late in the story, only being referenced by other characters before the Hero and his allies fights them in Crocodilopolis to free his wife ( either Bianca, Nera, or Debora) from stone, setting them apart from Kon, Slon, and Ladja, who are much more active during the story. When they are finally confronted, they fight the party alone, but lose despite their best efforts. They eventually admit defeat and pray to Nimzo, begging him to grant them the strength they need to open a portal to Nadiria. The manner of their death differs, however; In the SNES original, Nimzo just kills him. In the remakes from the Playstation 2 version onwards, Bishop Ladja appears behind the King and mercilessly reveals that they have only ever been a figurehead priest and kills King Korol with Kafrizz, similar to how he killed Pankraz, the Hero's father.

Monsters series[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[]

King Korol is a single slot A rank monster from the Demon family.

Recipe: Tortured soul x Great dragon (Rashaverak may be used as a substitute for the Great Dragon, since Rashaveraks are actually required to make Great Dragons.)

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[]

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Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key[]

King Korol is still a single slot A rank monster, however, now they are from the Dragon family.



  • Although Korol is referred to by their followers with the title 'God-King', a poet in Knot Welcome Inne refers to them as 'actually being a gal'. It should also be worth noting that the title 'God-King' only came from the remake, originally they were called the 'High Priest'. The original translation of the line is: "Just between you and me, the High Priest of the Order of Light is actually a woman." Due to this, their gender is actually unknown.
  • King Korol is named after the Russian king chess piece, also called Korol.
  • Korol's name is also surprisingly similar to the Donkey Kong villain, King K. Rool. They are both kings and both crocodiles, but this is only an amusing coincidence.
    • They are also similar to Sheath, an Ouma agent from Project X Zone 2. Both have a weird way of speaking (Reptile talk and broken Japanese), and are punished by their superiors for their failures (Kafrizz from Ladja for failing to defeat the Hero and his team, spanking threat from Saya for Sheath inadvertently revealing something about the 101 Embryo Project).
      • However, Sheath isn't defeated until the last chapter, while Korol is killed off by Ladja.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Roi Korol
German König Korol
Spanish Rey Korol
Italian Re Krocorov
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown

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