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Maya Mahabala is a playable character in Dragon Quest IV, first appearing in chapter 4. Meena Mahabala is her younger sister, though characters frequently mistake her as the younger sibling due to Maya's more childish demeanour. She is a dancer and a mage on a quest to avenge the death of her father, Mahabala, with her sister, eventually joining the Legendary Hero in their own quest to stop the reawakening of Estark as a member of the Chosen.


Maya is very similar in appearance to her younger sister Meena, but Maya wears next to nothing, to better show off her body to her audience when she dances. Maya has long purple hair with bangs/fringe decorated with a silver hairpiece with green gems. She wears a silver bra, a long orange loincloth decorated with silver, and tan sandals. She also decorates her body with various silver accessories, such as a choker, bracelets, anklets, and an armband on her right upper arm.


Though during the game she is still grieving the death of her father, Maya is generally a very outgoing and playful, if slightly scatterbrained, person. Her occasional spells of ditzy-ness are the main source of the sibling friction between the girls. One example is Maya referring to a cow in Aubout du Monde as "Moona".

When Maya dances, she does so without inhibition, every movement filled with energy and freedom. This trait shows through in everything else she does as well, reflecting her impulsive and unrestrained nature. She has a noted gambling problem, a possible result of this trait. She finds towns without casinos boring.


Dragon Quest IV[]

Chapter 4 is set with Maya and Meena performing at a town populated almost entirely by entertainers and tourists. They used their job as a cover and the town as a base to investigate the murder of their father Mahabala, a prominent alchemist. Though they suspected that his apprentice, Balzack, had killed him in order to steal the Secret of Evolution, they had nothing to back up their claim, and so they kept it to themselves for the time being.

After following the trail through several towns across the entire continent, they, alongside the loyal Oojam finally confronted the murderer at his castle. Unfortunately, after his defeat, his superior, the Marquis de Léon, soundly defeated them in battle and threw them into the dungeon. Luckily, its only other occupant points them to a secret exit, and after the apparent sacrifice of Oojam, Maya and Meena fled from the Siroc continent directly to Endor.

In Chapter 5, Meena was attempting to continue her fortune-telling business, but Maya blew all the gold they'd earned on their journey at the Casino, leaving them fairly stranded in the city. Luckily, the Hero had been told to seek out his destined allies and located Meena and Maya in short order. Maya, not so-seriously swearing to never to gamble again, joined alongside Meena the Chosen, fokkowing the Legendary hero for the remainder of their quest.

Much further into Chapter 5, Maya and the rest of the Chosen confronted Balzack, at Castle Zamoksva. He had used an imperfect version of the Secret of Evolution to become Baalzack, but the party was still able to kill him, avenging the death of the sisters' father at long last.


As a dancer rather than a warrior, Maya is physically frail, possessing practically zero Strength, and the lowest Defence and HP in the game. The trade-off is the highest Agility, good Wisdom, a great deal of MP, and a very strong set of spells, including support spells like Sap, strong damage-dealers like Sizzle and Frizzle, and oddities like Puff!. Maya was the first character in the series to wield a fan as a weapon, and they have since then been considered her trademark weapon of choice, despite Dragon Quest IV actually only offering one kind of them, the Iron fan. Due to her profession, Maya is ill-suited towards Shields, being only able to equip the Liquid metal shield of all the available ones.


Dragon Quest IV (DS) 
Spell Level Learnt
Frizz 1
Sap 5
Sizz 7
Evac 9
Zoom 9
Bang 12
Sizzle 14
Drain Magic 16
Frizzle 19
Safe Passage 21
Boom 23
Kasizzle 27
Puff! 30
Kafrizzle 33
Kaboom 36

Other Appearances[]

Main Games[]

Dragon Quest VI[]

Maya is present along with the rest of the Chosen in the near-future version of Reaper's Peak. She is sitting in the bar, bored with how dull the town is and expressing her frustration that Meena has already started telling fortunes. After venting, she reconsiders and thinks that resting even in a boring village can be alright if her little sister is enjoying herself.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Maya appears as one of the special guests at the Quester's Rest in Stornway. This could be obtained when the DQVC was available using Nintendo's Wi-Fi Channel. When spoken to, she gives the player different pieces of her outfit for fulfilling certain conditions.

Side Games[]

Dragon Quest Heroes[]

Maya is encountered in the underwater shrine. When the party first comes across her, she is dancing at the entrance of the shrine, causing the party to distrust her until Alena cheerfully greets her. Maya tells them that she, too, was pulled into their world from her own. She agrees to accompany the party after Kiryl tells her that they are travelling with a king and that he would surely pay handsomely for her assistance. She shows interest in Terry, expressing amusement towards his harsh treatment of her and is disappointed when Alena tells her that casinos likely do not exist in this world.



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Coup de Grâce: Puff!

Dragon Quest Heroes II[]

After defeating the Major Domo and Major Arcana the Queen of Ingenia then summons Maya to fight the party and traps the Party in a Barrier.

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[]

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Other Games[]

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road[]

Maya can be summoned to perform a special attack. After leaping from the wagon, she performs Dancing Dragons, a dance which summons two fiery serpents, which she launches at her enemies.

Dragon Quest Rivals[]

Appears as a card in the game.

Dragon Quest of the Stars[]

Appears as part of the Dragon Quest IV story event.

Dragon Quest Walk[]

Appears as part of the Dragon Quest IV story event.






  • There is a pair of sisters in Greenthumb Gardens who are a reference to Maya and Meena, in Dragon Quest VII.
  • Maya and her sister Meena both make an appearance in Dragon Quest IX, at the Quester's rest.
  • From June 10th to July 10th, 2016, a dessert called the "Manya Tea Parfait" was available at the real-life Luida's Bar in Tokyo to promote the release of Dragon Quest Heroes II. Designed to look like Maya, it contains chocolate, milk tea pudding, black sesame marshmallows and is topped with silver confectionery candy. There was also a parfait based on Meena, as well.
  • In VI, once Mortamor is defeated and the secret dungeon unlocked, and when given the option of seeing others' dreams, if the near future option is selected, Maya will be in the pub with Hank Hoffman, Jr.
  • Maya is known as Manya in the original Japanese and Mara in the original NES version.
  • Despite she being the lead character in DQ4's chapter 4, her dialogue lines are shown to the player instead of being silent like Ragnar, Alena and Torneko.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Maya
German Maya
Spanish Maya
Italian Maya
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown