For the character, see Psaro (character).

Psaro the Manslayer (formerly Death Psaro and Necrosaro) 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 an even more hideous and hard-to-destroy new life form.

Characteristics

Appearance

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

Personality

Appearances

Main games

Dragon Quest IV

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Psaro hates and is in turn reviled by humans, but revered by demons and the inhabitants of Rosehill. When Rose, his lover, was attacked by humans for the ruby tears she sheds as an elf, he protected her by concealing her in a small fortress he built far away from human settlements. The town of Rosehill grew up around it as others looking for shelter from humans relocated there. 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 demons, and continued on with righteousness in spite of her pleas to stop and try for coexistence.

Towards the end of the game, Aamon has Rose murdered, causing Psaro to go insane. He loses what little inhibition Rose had given him and uses the Secret of Evolution to transform into a monster, destroying his personality as an unavoidable side-effect. The only thing he remembers is his desire to destroy humanity. However, before he can unleash his worst, the Hero confronts and defeats him, saving the world. However, once you beat Foo Yung and Chow Mien, there will be an event following with Rose coming back to life and Psaro joining your team.

Thou hast defeated the spoiler.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Freezing Blizzard
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 VI

Psaro appears along with the other characters from Dragon Quest IV if the player chooses to have Reaper's Peak inhabited by characters from Dragon Quest IV. In this version of Reaper's Peak, he and Rose are living in the Hero's house.

Dragon Quest IX

Battles
#299 - Psaro
??? Family
IX - Psaro sprite.png
HP MP Attack Defense 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, Combo attack, War Cry, 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
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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.

Thou hast defeated the spoiler.

Monsters series

Dragon Warrior Monsters

# - Pizzaro
??? Family
Pizzaro.png
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

  • There are two Psaros in the remake; the other one is a gender-confused naked man.
  • Psaro's appearance in the DS remake veers closer to Sepiroth; both of their designs are attractive white haired swordsmen. This doesn't apply to the NES version, where Psaro's design was different.
  • 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 Psaro
Spanish Psaro el Carnicero
Italian Psaro
Psaro il Massacratore
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown

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