Such a pity.
Rhapthorne, usually before or after defeating an opponent

Lord Rhapthorne is the main antagonist of Dragon Quest VIII. A demon of untold legend, Rhapthorne is the party's final opponent in their quest to rid the world of an evil curse.

Rhapthorne conquered the World of Darkness and created a gate that bridge to the World of Light in preparation for his invasion. Empyrea, who can move freely between the two realms, learned of these intentions so she enlisted the help of the Seven Sages to stop him. They eventually sealed him inside the Godbird Sceptre using each of the Seven Sages' essence which should preserve the seal so long as an heir to each of the seven bloodlines exist in the world. Dhoulmagus learned of Rhapthorne's existence through one of Rylus' grimoires and seeked to attain the latter's power. Rhapthorne took this chance to enslave Dhoulmagus to break the seal for his return.



Main Games

Dragon Quest VIII

Dhoulmagus's Trail

Before the game's events, Rhapthorne was sealed inside the Godbird Sceptre and locked inside Castle Trodain. When Dhoulmagus stole the Sceptre, Rhapthorne possessed him and used him to kill the heirs of the Seven Sages, starting with Master Rylus, who just completed his elixir after scolding his former apprentice.

In the aftermath of killing Golding, Dhoulmagus was injured and retreated into the Dark Ruins to recover. As a safe pre-caution, he enchanted the ruins with a dark aura rendering any wanderer lost in an abyss. In order to get in, the protagonists used a newly charged Sun Mirror to emit a condensed burst of light that destroyed the aura. When the party entered the depths of the ruins, they cornered and defeated Dhoulmagus. Not knowing of the existence of Rhapthorne despite the murals showing him and his story, (Though only Angelo knew, as evidenced by the party chat) the party thought with the demise of Dhoulmagus the curse would be lifted. Despite Dhoulmagus's efforts to rest and fight (Even getting a power boost from Rhapthorne), he is defeated, but the curse is not lifted. Unsuspectingly, Jessica picked up the Sceptre and became possessed by Rhapthorne.

#286 - Rhapthorne
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HP MP Attack Defence Agility
4850 (PS2) 5350 (3DS) 255 346 186 (PS2) 196 (3DS) 115 (PS2) 125 (3DS)
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note: The Lord of Darkness. His soul is imprisoned in the magical scepter of Trodain Castle, while his physical form is entombed within the Goddess Statue on the Holy Isle of Neos. He dreams of ruling the World of Light.
Normal attack
Attacks twice
Desperate attack
Disruptive Wave
Freezing Blizzard
Haunts at:
Black Citadel
#287 - Rhapthorne
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HP MP Attack Defence Agility
5640 (PS2) 6500 (3DS) 255 428 (PS2) 448 (3DS) 161 (PS2) 191 (3DS) 115 (PS2) 125 (3DS)
Exp Gold Drop None
0 0 G
Note: The Lord of Darkness himself, taken physical form, and grown powerful enough to absorb the massive Black Citadel into his new body.
Normal attack
Attacks twice per turn
Bursts out in defiant laughter (Wastes turn)
Slap on the Chops
Scepter Ball
Wrath of the Gods
Freezing Blizzard
Says an evil prayer (Restores all MP)
Magic Burst
Haunts at:
The Vast Skies

Dragon Quest IX

#307 - Rhapthorne
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IX - Rhapthorne sprite
HP MP Attack Defense Agility
 ???  ???  ???  ???  ???
Exp Gold Drop Multiple
 ??? 2490 G
Description: Evil incantations and Kafrizz form just part of this portly demon's plan to exterminate his enemies. Lick him with light.

Some say his body is so big that is contains enough cursed power to contort the space-time continuum itself.

Encountered at:

Rhapthorne appears as a Legacy Boss, obtained after completing Quest #179 (or received at special events).

Level Range Secondary Drop  % Orb  %
1-3 Alefgard gloves 20% Purple Orb 10%
4-8 Alefgard gloves 25% Purple Orb 10%
9-15 Trodain trousers 15% Purple Orb 11%
16-25 Trodain trousers 20% Purple Orb 11%
26-40 Trodain trousers 25% Purple Orb 12%
41-56 Trodain bandana 20% Purple Orb 12%
57-68 Trodain bandana 25% Purple Orb 13%
69-80 Trodain togs 15% Purple Orb 13%
81-90 Trodain togs 20% Purple Orb 14%
91-99 Trodain togs 25% Purple Orb 15%
Level Abilities
Initial Attack, attacks twice per turn, slap attack, flings ball from staff (attacks entire party), laughs confidently (misses turn), Kafrizz, Kaboom, Disruptive Wave.
5 Lullab-Eye
10 Wrath of the Gods
16 C-C-Cold Breath
22 Meditation
28 Starfall
34 Kafrizzle
41 Kaboomle, stops Kafrizz and Kaboom
57 Restore MP, Magic Burst

Side Games

Joker 2


Rhapthorne (1): Dhoulmagus x Mortamor

Or Dhoulmagus x Nimzo

Rhapthorne (2): Rhapthorne (1) x Orgodemir

Or Rhapthorne (1) x Zoma

Rhapthorne is a powerful one-spot monster that can be synthesized with a Dhoulagus and a Mortamor or a Nimzo. Rhapthorne II is a three-monster-spot monster, but is incredbly useful. Also, he can unleash powerful attacks which can dominate any competition.




Main Games
VIII - Rhapthorne - First Forme sprite IX - Rhapthorne sprite
VIII - Rhapthorne - Second Forme sprite
Side Games
Joker Joker 2 Joker 2 Professional Terry's Wonderland 3D Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below Stars Super Light Joker 3
MJ - Rhapthorne - First Forme sprite MJ2 - Rhapthorne - First Forme sprite MJ2 - Rhapthorne - First Forme sprite
MJ - Rhapthorne - Second Forme sprite MJ2 - Rhapthorne - Second Forme sprite MJ2 - Rhapthorne - Second Forme sprite

Voice actors


  • Coincidentally enough, Rhapthorne's final form resembles the Baron von bellycoses in that both are purple demons with a large belly.
    • However, the Baron von bellycoses are based on Cardinal Sin, one of Orgodemir's henchmen, and a normal monster enemy.
  • Additionally, the final boss of Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow (Last Slavery) also resembles Rhapthorne.
  • Unlike other Dragon Quest villains, Rhapthorne is the most recurring threat in his game. He's fought a total of 6 tines throughout the story, though the first 4 fights are against his vessels (Dhoulmagus, Evil Jessica and Evil Sir Leopold) whereas the last two fights are against Rhapthorne himself.
  • Rhapthorne would later be similar to Nadraga from Version 3 of Dragon Quest X. Both are villains that were sealed away before the events of their games, both wield specters during their fights, and both have very huge final forms.
    • However, Nadraga had to be freed by the reunifaction of the 5 regions of Nagaland, the Creator's core, and Estella as a host, while Rhapthorne needed to be free from the Godbird Sceptre by the deaths of the Seven Sages's heirs.
  • Rhapthorne is the first Dragon Quest series villain to succeed in his goal. (Murdering the Seven Sages's heirs, and freeing his body from the Godbird Sceptre) The other two are Nadraga and Mordegon.

Other languages

Other languages
French Rhapthorne
Rhapthorne II
German Rhapthorne
Spanish Rhapthorne
Rhapthorne II
Italian Rhapthorne
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