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The Bowhole is a dungeon in Dragon Quest IX. It is located far to the northwest of Wormwood Creek. It contains a special bow which is required to progress in the game. In the deepest level, there is a pedestal that marked:

The path of light in this arrow is sealed,
Cradled here 'til a chosen one be revealed.
Let fly this bolt o'er the Wyrmward wide,
As the way unfolds, boldly onward stride.

Monsters in the Area[]

Dragon Quest IX (DS)  
Enemy Gold Exp Drop Item
#145 Bloody manguini 148 G 1000 Item icon Wing of bat
Accessory Terrible tattoo
#146 Blood mummy 108 G 1200 Item icon Grubby bandage
Item icon Malicite
#147 Harmour 120 G 1300 Bodywear Silver mail
Headwear Iron mask
#148 Python priest 164 G 950 Staff Watermaul wand
Bodywear Fizzle-retardant suit
#149 Sculpture vulture 160 G 1320 Item icon Narspicious
Item icon Resurrock
#150 Living statue 172 G 1500 Item icon Flintstone
Item icon Resurrock
#151 Goodybag 336 G 500 Item icon Brighten rock
Accessory Pink pearl
#152 Drakularge 187 G 1600 Handwear Dragon scale
Pole Gold bar
#153 Liquid metal slime 40 G 40200 Accessory Agility ring
Footwear Depressing shoes

Notable Monster[]

#153 - Liquid metal slime
Slime Family
DQ9LiquidMetalSlime HP MP Attack Defence Agility
8 255 100 256 179
Exp Gold Drop Accessory Agility ring
Footwear Depressing shoes
40200 40 G
Note: Rarely appears and easily escapes. Rewards with high experience output. Defence is high, use skills that give a critical to fell it (such as Thunder Thrust and Hatchet Man.

Boss Monster[]

#268 - Gadrongo
Beast Family
IX - Gadrongo sprite HP MP Attack Defence Agility
2000 255 206 214 138
Exp Gold Drop Item icon Ethereal stone (100%)
12500 3050 G
Description: A stalwart soul sealed in a statue and bunged into the Bowhole to test contenders in combat when the time came. Wormwood Creekers once thought the Wyrmlight Bow and Gadrongo were guises of a spirit who watched over the Wyrmward.

Encountered at:
Western Wormwood - The Bowhole
Attributes Resistance
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark Blast Illusion Sleep Death Drain MP
75 100 150 50 100 125 100 0 0 0 100
Confusion Silent Petrify Paralyze Poison Attract Attack ↓ Defense ↓ Agility ↓ Magic Res ↓
0 0 25 0 0 10 0 50 50 75



  • The name "Bowhole" describes the function of the dungeon, as the dungeon itself can be described as a "hole" which contains a special "bow".
    • The name is also a play on a geological feature "blowhole".
  • The name of the boss is Gadrongo, after the hero open the way to Upover, the mayor of Wormwood Creek will apologize and say, "Sorry for bein' such ungrateful drongoes. "

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Grotte de Sagitta
German Olle Kuhle
Spanish Boca del Carcaj
Italian Il Budello
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
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Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
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Korean Unknown