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Instead of relying on swords, the Fighter uses his very body as a weapon.
Dragon Quest VII

The Martial Artist, also known as Fighter, is a character class in the Dragon Quest series.

Martial Artists have a great amount of speed, agility, and strength. They can deal devastating amounts of damage from a single strike, and can be equipped with a variety of weapons. However, if equipped with any weapon other than a claw, a Fighter's abilities will actually decrease, as his or her attack power will lower considerably. This is because Fighters prefer to attack with their bare hands, and so only claw type weapons will make their attack power rise.

A Martial Artist has a higher chance of scoring a critical hit on an enemy than other classes.


Main games

Dragon Quest III

The Martial Artist (or Fighter)

Dragon Quest VI

Stat Changes
Agility +15%
Defence -10%
Max. MP -50%

Battles Needed
1 White Belt Leg Sweep 1
2 Orange Belt/Yellow Belt Roundhouse Kick 16
3 Yellow Belt/Green Belt Wind Sickles 32
4 Blue Belt/Brown Belt Dodgy Dance 60
5 Brown Belt/Black Belt Spirit Punch 90
6 Red Belt Strike Weakness 125
7 Black Belt Tossfiend 158
8 Fight King Swordline 200

Dragon Quest VII

Stat Changes
Strength 0%
Agility +15%
Guard -10%
Intelligence -20%
Appearance 0%
Max HP 0%
Max MP -50%


Title (PSX / 3DS)
Learns (PSX / 3DS)
Battles Needed (PSX / 3DS)
1 Beginner / White Belt n/a n/a
2 Novice / Yellow Belt LegSweep / Leg Sweep 16 / 8
3 Grappler / Green Belt JumpKick / Flying Knee 16
4 BlackBelt / Brown Belt Roundhous / Roundhouse Kick 18 / 25
5 Assassin / Black Belt Suplex / Heave-Ho 20 / 35
6 Ninja / Instructor WarCry / Pressure Pointer 35 / 45
7 Sensei / Dojo Master Punch / Knuckle Sandwich 25 / 57
8 Master / Fist of Fate WindBeast / Wind Sickles 30 / 82

Hybrid Abilities

Dancer JockDance
Jester Retaliate
Mage FireAir
Mariner BigTrip
Shepherd RamAttack
Thief K.O.Punch


The Martial Artist skill Wind Beast is worth learning as it grows in strength the higher the level. In terms of development, the fighter class is required to master in order to become a Dragoon and Paladin. The great thing about fighter class is that these two classes combine to make a Godhand. The Godhand is worth investing some time and battles in getting if the player is looking to go to the bonus dungeons.

The Martial Artist hybrid skills are not very exciting except for Jock Dance. However, Roundhouse does the same thing and it doesn't require changing into a Dancer to do so.

Dragon Quest IX

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The Martial Artist vocation is available after visiting Stornway and has the unique skill set "Focus." Martial Artists can also use skill points to learn Fan, Staff, Claw, and Fisticuffs skills. Their Coup-de-Grace is "Roaring Tirade," which terrorizes all enemies and raises tension by one level.


4 War Cry
10 Natural Agility +10
16 Psyche Up
22 Natural Strength +10
32 Mens Sana
42 Natural Max HP +30
55 Mind Over Matter
68 Natural Agility +30
82 Meditation
100 Natural Agility +60

Dragon Quest X

Heroes series

Dragon Quest Heroes II

Other games

Dragon Quest of the Stars

A Standard Vocation which needs to be of at least level 50 to access the Battlemaster, Paladin and Gladiator Specialist Vocations.

Preferred weapon types:

Vocation Skill
Lv 1 Knuckle Sandwich Lv 1
Strength +5 with preferred weapon
Lv 3 Critical Rate +3%
Lv 5 Ability CT cut 3% with preferred weapon
Lv 10 Knuckle Sandwich Lv 3
Lv 15 Critical Rate +1%
Lv 20 Pepper-Upper Lv 1
Lv 25 Strength +5 with preferred weapon
Lv 30 Pepper-Upper Lv 3
Lv 35 Critical Rate +1%
Lv 40 Knuckle Sandwich Lv 5
Lv 45 Strength +5 with preferred weapon
Lv 50 Pepper-Upper Lv 5
Lv 55 Ability CT cut 3% with preferred weapon
Lv 60 Knuckle Sandwich Lv 7
Vocation Bonus

For associated Specialist Vocations

Lv 50 🔰Martial Artist's Essence
Lv 60 Max HP +10
Lv 70 Rage Tricks (Low) (Battlemaster) / Solar Flair Tricks (Low) (Paladin) with preferred weapon / Critical Rate +1% (Gladiator)
Lv 80 Resilience +5 (Battlemaster, Paladin) / Critical Rate +1% (Gladiator) with preferred weapon
Lv 90 Rage Tricks (Battlemaster) / Solar Flair Tricks (Paladin) with preferred weapon / Critical Rate +1% (Gladiator)
Lv 99 Luck +5

Dragon Quest Walk

Notable Martial Artists



  • Akira Toriyama drew the Dragon Quest III Martial Artist to look very similar to his Dragon Ball character Mercenary Tao.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is a Brawler Mii Costume for Male and Female. These outfits are based on the ones seen in DQIII.

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