Ramia (AKA Empyrea and Great godbird, formerly Lamia) is a character in the Dragon Quest game series who is a gigantic bird-like creature with the power to travel between worlds.


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Main Games

Dragon Quest III

When first encountered at the Liamland shrine, Ramia is only an egg. In order to hatch the egg, the Hero and his/her party must gather the six orbs from around the world and place them on pedestals surrounding it. Once hatched, Ramia serves as the series' first aerial transportation, allowing access to such places as Baramos' castle and the Dragon Queen's castle in the central continent. However, Ramia cannot travel to Alefgard, nor can she land where the player cannot walk, such as high mountains and bodies of water.

The theme that plays while riding Ramia is Heavenly Flight.

Dragon Quest VIII

Empyrea instructed the seven sages to craft the Godbird Sceptre that later became the seal for Rhapthorne. When Rhapthorne attempted to open the gate between the World of Light and the World of Darkness, Empyrea used all her power to seal the gate, which subsequently made her lose the ability to cross between worlds. Her shadow in the World of Light creates a portal to the World of Darkness called the "Dark Eye".

Side Games


Empyrea makes an appearance in Joker; once available through WiFi. Obtaining her is impossible unless the player uses a cheating device like Action Replay.

Joker 2

Empyrea makes her return in Joker 2 as a character heavily involved the main story. After the player defeats the boss of Cragravation, Empyrea appears and, in her golden bird form, comes forth to talk to the player, Melonie, and Captain Mayday. After hearing their plight, she initially tells them that escape is impossible, for she serves only one master. However, she notices the Mysterious Medal in the player's possession and immediately agrees to aid them, so long as they awaken the Great One.

Once the player succeeds in reawakening the Great One, and talking to Rory Bellows, the player and the crew escape the island on her back, and take part in the True Monster Scout Challenge at the nick of time.

Aside from this appearance, Empyrea is key in two monster recipes; Orochi and Great Godbird. Synthesizing her with Wormonger, Bjorn, and Missing lynx result in Orochi, whereas Great Godbird requires her to be fused with a Dragovian lord. The player does not need to worry about using Empyrea or the four other giants freely, as they respawn after being synthesized away into different monsters.



  • The twins who accompany Ramia in both of her main series appearances are a reference to the faerie-like attendants of Mothra known as the Shobijin. Both sets wear clothing reminiscent of Pacific islanders, speak on behalf of a divine begin, talk in unison, and pray for the hatching/manifestation of their holy one. Mothra herself is mentioned by Yuji Horii as a part of his trivia quiz in the developer's room ending of Chrono Trigger.
  • Although Ramia does not make an appearance in Dragon Quest XI, Her flight theme is used for Cetacea once the holy whale receives Her armour in the World of Lost Time.

Voice actresses

Other languages

Other languages
French Empyréa
Grand oiseau céleste
German Empyrea
Spanish Ramia
Pajarracos Divinos
Italian Empyrea
Dutch Unknown
Swedish Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown
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