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Princess Gwaelin is a character who appears in Dragon Quest.


Gwaelin has three distinct designs, the first of which being a traditional princess dressed in a soft-yellow, frilly gown with puffy shoulders, a large sky blue waist ribbon with a blue gem set in a gold pin, and a golden tiara set with one large sapphire adjourned with rubies on both sides. Her second design, which originated from Kenshin Dragon Quest, is shown in the Battle Road arcade series, wherein she wears a pink gown with sleeves that extend and split along her mid-forearm, and a white sash along her waist. The third design is seen in Dragon Quest Builders, and is a white version of her original dress with a golden trim sewn into it at ankle-height and a different tiara design. In all appearances her necklace stays the same, and her hair is always a faint ginger or light brown.


Gwaelin is a young woman well trained in the etiquette expected of her standing, and her optimism is utterly indomitable no matter how grim the situation. This aspect of her is highlighted in Builders, where her resolve spurs the people of the rebuilt Tantegel into action. The princess is prone to bouts of girly glee when she is happy, to the point that she'll even audibly squeak when particularly pleased. She is, however, still a princess, and will not take no for an answer under any circumstances--trapping the player in an endless dialogue loop and pouting until she gets her way. When rescued by the Hero in the original game, she immediately falls head-over-heels for her saviour.


Dragon Quest[]

The Hero may rescue the princess during his quest to defeat the Dragonlord. Gwaelin is located inside the Quagmire Cave south of Kol, which connects to the southeastern continent. In order to rescue her, the Hero must fight and defeat a powerful green dragon. This monster is not visible on the dungeon map screen, but rather is triggered when the Hero steps on a specific tile, though the dragon is also present in the remakes.

After rescuing the princess, the Hero carries her back to her father at Tantegel Castle, with a sprite showing the Hero carrying her is used at this time.

At Tantegel Castle, Gwaelin gives the Hero an item, the Princess Pledge which tells the Hero his exact distance from Tantegel on the world map at the time it is used. It is useful in finding the Mark of Erdrick later in the game.

While at the castle, Gwaelin occupies the empty throne next to her father in the throne room. When spoken to, she asks the Hero if he loves her. Answering yes triggers the short love music to play.

If the Hero rescued Gwaelin during the game, then she will be present during the ending and join the protagonist on his journey to establish his own kingdom. The Hero will again carry her away as he leaves Alefgard after defeating the Dragonlord. If the Hero is already carrying her when the ending begins, the result is much the same, though a single line is different.

Eventually she and the Hero get married and settle in Torland. They have three children, who establish the kingdoms of MidenhallCannock, and Moonbrooke. 100 years later, their descendants become the heroes of Dragon Quest II. A tunnel leading from Cannock to Moonbrooke was named after her.

Other Appearances[]

Main Games[]

Dragon Quest X[]

Gwaelin appears as an NPC after the Dragonlord is defeated in the Dragon Quest I event.

Dragon Quest XI[]

Gwaelin appears as an NPC in the Tantegel section of the Echo Chamber. She is not the focus of the disruption in time, as instead her father has been cursed to be unable to speak. She tells the party that the world must be at peace for her father to regain his voice, which happens after the defeat of the Dark One.

Side Games[]

Dragon Warrior Monsters[]

The princess is once again found in the swamp cave being guarded by a green dragon. Once the serpent is slain or recruited, she will allow Terry to carry her outside, but upon seeing the lad is half her size, she decides to wait for a stronger hero to arrive and sweep her off her feet.

Dragon Quest Builders[]

The princess is an NPC in the final chapter of the game, having recited a charm to turn herself to stone in order to escape the agony of her Hero's betrayal and the despair the Dragonlord wrought once he blacked out the sky and banished the basics of building from those living in Alefgard. Gwaelin remained in stasis for approximately 100 years until the Builder revives her with a phial of Holy Water. When spoken to in the first section of the chapter, she will restore the builder's HP.

Unlike other characters in the game, the princess immediately recognizes the player as the legendary builder and encourages them throughout the chapter. She dutifully prays that Rubiss bestow her blessing upon the builder, which allows the goddess' voice to penetrate the miasma covering the land and speak with the player directly. Just prior to her awakening, she received a vision from Rubiss telling her that three sages will need to join her in Tantegel, uniting three divine artifacts to restore the land. These sages are the principal NPCs of the previous chapters (not including Pippa if you consider her a principal NPC).

Other Games[]

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest[]

Appearing as a playable character for the first time in the series, she has the Princess vocation, with her strongest stat being Luck and her weakest stats being HP and ATK. Her design is taken from the SNES remake artwork.

Dragon Quest Rivals[]

Appears as a card in the game.

Dragon Quest of the Stars[]

Appears during the Dragon Quest I story event in the game.

Dragon Quest Walk[]

Appears during the Dragon Quest I story event in the game.

Dragon Quest Tact[]

Set to reappear during the True Dragon Quest I event.


Game Artwork[]




  • It is possible to not save Princess Gwaelin in the original Dragon Quest, which will result in her being absent from the game onwards.
    • The implications of this would cause both Dragon Quest II and Dragon Quest Builders to be non canon and is a third alternate ending to the game.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Princesse Gwaeline
German Lara (M)
Prinzessin Gwaelin
Spanish Princesa Alina
Italian Principessa Gwaelin
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean 로라