Dragon Quest Wiki

The Tinpot Dictator is a boss in the game Dragon Quest VII.



The Tinpot Dictator is humanoid in appearance. His attire consists of a surcoat overlaid on top of a sleeveless haubergeon. He dons a bucket-like helmet with six vertical eye-slits on the front of it and two red horns sticking out of its sides. Two additional curved horns come out of the sides of his face. He wields a ball-and-chain flail in battle.


Main games[]

Dragon Quest VII[]


The Tinpot Dictator was sent by the Demon King to Faraday with an army of automata to conquer and eradicate the populace. Before the party arrives, his army is overwhelming the Faradain army to the point where the king must hire mercenaries to stave off the invasion. Because of the Tinpot Dictator's invasion, the country is demoralised.

However, the tide turns for the Faradains when the party obtain an automaton. Autonymus is able to reprogram this automaton. Now named E.L.L.I.E., the robot can broadcast a signal to disrupt the orders given to them by the Tinpot Dictator. This allows the party to enter the Automaton Stronghold.

The party meets the Tinpot Dictator who orders a group of automata to attack them. However, the signal broadcast from E.L.L.I.E. disrupts the command given to them by the Tinpot Dictator and, in turn, causes them to go berserk and attack themselves. Frustrated by this failure, the Tinpot Dictator is forced to kill the party himself. The party defeats the Tinpot Dictator who, with his last breath, summons the Slaughtomaton to kill them and the entire continent.

#287 - Tinpot Dictator
Machine Family
Machinoid HP MP Attack Defence Agility
250 12 48 40 45
Exp Gold Drop None
180 70 G
Note: None
Normal attack
Calls for back-up (Automaton)
Flails weapon about fiercely (125% damage)
Haunts at:
Automaton Stronghold

The Dictator starts off with two automata flanking him; rather than taking them out in a hurry (he can summon more), Ruff can try to stun them with Aoooo! while the rest focus on the Dictator and on supporting the party as needed; unless the automata gang-tackle a party member or double-up Multislice, leave them be. Maribel should start with Sap twice to remove its defence. If she has learnt Heal as well, she should be designated healer; otherwise, use her best attack magic. Kiefer should be using Flame Slash and if he has learnt Focus Strength, he should use that in conjunction with Flame Slash. The Hero and Ruff should use physical attacks. After the Tinpot Dictator is defeated, defeat all the other automata to win the battle. Make sure to save some herbs and MP for the next fight because the party fights Slaughtomaton after their victory.


A tinpot dictator is a pejorative term referring to an absolute ruler that possesses poor leadership and/or organisation skills. The term refers to the Victorian invention of the tin pot, an inexpensive metal disposable container that was the precursor to the tin can.

Other languages[]

Other languages
German Blechbüchsendiktator
Spanish Dictador latonero
Italian Dittatore di latta
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown

Related Monsters[]