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For the character, see Psaro (character).

Psaro the Manslayer is the final boss of Dragon Quest IV and a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Having learnt and used the Secret of Evolution on himself while equipping the Armlet of Transmutation has turned him into a crazed, even more hideous and hard-to-destroy new life form, becoming the worst threat for the world.

Description[]

When first faced, he resembles Estark's future coloration. As the battle goes on, however, he slowly morphs into his iconic green Goliath form.

Appearances[]

Dragon Quest IV[]

Psaro hated and was in turn reviled by humans, but revered by monsters and the inhabitants of his hometown Rosehill. After he met his future lover Rose, who was attacked by humans for the ruby tears she sheds, he protected her by concealing her in said town, eventually even building a small Tower for her safety. Psaro paid frequent visits to Rosehill in order to see Rose; he told her of his plans to destroy humanity to free the world for the demons, and continued on with righteousness, in spite of her pleas to stop and try for coexistence.

Towards the end of the story, Psaro right-hand man Aamon had Rose murdered in order to take over the mantle of Master of Monsterkind for himself, causing Psaro to go insane with grief. He lost what little inhibition Rose had given him and used on himself, in self-destructing anger, the Secret of Evolution, to transform into a monster, destroying his personality as an unavoidable side-effect. The only thing he remembered is his desire to destroy humanity and the title he had chosen for himself, Psaro the Manslayer. However, before he can unleash his worst, the Hero and the rest of the Chosen confronted and defeated him, saving the world before it even knew of the danger.

However, in chapter 6, an alternative ending is proposed in which, after the Chosen defeated the wish-granting duo of Foo Yung and Chow Mien, an Yggdrasil flower bloomed, thanks to which Rose was able to come back to life, and then revert Psaro thanks to her love. Grateful for saving the both of them, Psaro finally abandoned his crusade and joined the Chosen in order to track down and defeat the treacherous Aamon before he could attack the world.

Battle[]

Psaro the Manslayer is fought at the very end of the original game. He is notably one of the very first, if not the first, on-screen transforming final bosses in video game history, setting a longstanding trend. This battle is a test of endurance more than anything, as Psaro's only tricks are ones used by other bosses earlier on, so the player should already be familiar with the methods of dealing with them. He has seven different forms, effectively undergoing a metamorphosis:

First form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
2000 0 250 250 70
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Acts twice
Desperate attack
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

In this phase, Psaro relies on direct melee attacks.

Second form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
1600 0 340 220 110
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

This phase occurs when he loses right arm. With only one hand, he can only attack once per round.

Third form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
1600 255 230 200 90
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Acts twice
Sweet Breath
Spells
Crackle
Kabuff
Sizzle
Whack
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

This phase occurs when he loses his other arm. Without his weapon hands, Psaro switches to spellcasting.

Fourth form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
1800 0 210 200 90
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Occasionally acts twice
Scalding Gas
Disruptive Wave
Meditation
Inferno
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

At this point he discards his head.....and his abdomen turns green and morphs into a face. He starts using Disruptive Wave and breath attacks at this point.

Fifth form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
1600 0 260 220 85
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Acts twice
Scalding Gas
Inferno
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

He grows new arms....and proceeds to start hitting you with them.

Sixth form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
1700 0 290 230 80
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Acts twice
Inferno
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

He grows new legs, but uses the same strategy.

Final form[]
# - Psaro the Manslayer
??? Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Agility
2100 255 320 230 80
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Acts twice
Disruptive Wave
Chilly Breath
Inferno
Spells
Bounce
Haunts at:
Psaro's Peak

In his ultimate form, Psaro grows a new head with three eyes, and immediately casts Bounce. The music changes to "Incarnation of Evil."

Dragon Quest IX[]

Battles[]
#299 - Psaro
??? Family
IX - Psaro sprite HP MP Attack Defence Agility
??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Exp Gold Drop Multiple
??? 2490 G
Description: Toughens up with Kabuff, then --- Shazam! --- hits hard with Kazam. Keep him under control with water-based warcraft.

A tragic figure who forsook his normal form to wreak revenge on the mortals who murdered his beloved.


Encountered at:
Grotto

Psaro appears as a Legacy Boss, obtained after battling Dragonlord at high levels.

The quote he says before you fight him as a legacy boss is the same one he says when you fight him in Dragon Quest 4.

Treasure[]
Level Range Secondary Drop % Orb %
1-3 Zenithian boots 20% Green Orb 5%
4-8 Zenithian boots 25% Green Orb 5%
9-15 Zenithian boots 25% Green Orb 6%
16-25 Nimzo's Map 10% Green Orb 6%
26-40 Nimzo's Map 15% Green Orb 7%
41-56 Nimzo's Map 20% Green Orb 7%
57-68 Nimzo's Map 25% Green Orb 8%
69-80 Nimzo's Map 30% Green Orb 8%
81-90 Nimzo's Map 35% Green Orb 9%
91-99 Nimzo's Map 40% Green Orb 10%
Skills[]
Level Abilities
Initial Attack, attacks twice per turn, critical hit, Disruptive Wave, Kabuff, Blazing Fire, Kacrack, Kazam
5 Whack
10 Sweet Breath
16 Hellfire
22 Thwack
28 Kacrackle
34 C-C-Cold Breath
41 Kazammle, stops Whack, Kacrack and Kazam, attacks three times per turn, stops attacking twice per turn
57 Meditation

Battle Strategy You should have a Priest and/or a Sage in your party. Equip that character with Minstrel's Manual to enable Gritty Ditty. The other three characters can be Warriors and/or Paladins. Equip these with Falcon Blades or Uber Falcon Blades. One of your fighters needs to have learned Fource abilities, equip that character with 'Armamentalist's Album' to use Fources on all party members. Equip your healer and Fource caster with Meteorite Bracers or at least Agility Rings.

1st Turn: Cast Gritty Ditty and Frost Force on your party while the fighters use Falcon Slash.

2nd Turn: Cast Gritty Ditty a second time and have the 3 fighters using Falcon Slash.

Remaining Turns: Continue to Falcon Slash with fighters. Healer can either attack to drain MP or heal as needed.

If the boss uses Disruptive Wave, start the above steps over.


Monsters series[]

Dragon Warrior Monsters[]

# - Pizzaro
??? Family
Pizzaro
HP Wisdom Attack Defence Agility
2/5 5/5 5/5 2/5 5/5
Description: Attained its power from the pearl of evolution.
Spells and Abilities
FireAir (Lv. 4)
BiAttack (Lv. 20)
HellBlast (Lv. 35)
How to breed:
Durran X Divinegon


Boss of the Gate of Extinction, Psaro (then Pizzaro) is confronted by Terry shortly after voicing his desire to eliminate all humans.

Dragon Warrior Monsters 2[]

Recipe: Pizzaro x Gorago, or Pizzaro x KingLeo

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[]

Psaro appears in his final form as a rank X member of the material family and can be obtained by synthesizing a Ruin and Roseguardin together. His Manslayer title is reflected in his default nicknames, all of which contain 'slay'.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[]

You can get him by synthesizing a Roseguardin and a Ruin together.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • If one counts every individual transformation of Psaro as a separate form, then Psaro has a total of 7 forms which is the most of any final boss in the series.
  • Psaro's battle theme in DQ9 is a reference to Dragon Quest IV's final boss, in which Incarnation of Evil plays in both battles against his final form.
  • In the game 3D Dot Game Heroes if the player stays at a certain inn they will have a dream that heavily parodies Psaro and his attack on the human race except Rosa is unharmed, he decides to attack for no reason.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Psaro
Psaro l'Exterminateur
German Pisaro (M)
Psaro der Metzler
Spanish Psaro el Carnicero
Italian Psaro
Psaro il Massacratore
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese 死亡皮薩羅
Korean 데스피사로

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