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The tortured soul is a monster who appears in the Dragon Quest series.


In its debut in Dragon Quest VIII, the tortured soul is the third boss of the game and the former and last abbot of the Ruined Abbey. Not much information is given about the Tortured Soul or the Ruined Abbey, with the exception of that the Goddess was seemingly keeping him from entering the Heavens and that the abbey in which he resided was broken by a deathly plague that took the lives of everyone living inside of it.

While fighting this boss, never go for his “backup.” If he is to be defeated first, then his lackeys will flee the battle before any other attacks can be considered.

In later games, however, they are normal enemies that can put up a fight if the player is underleveled or lacking the proper equipment.


Main games[]

Dragon Quest VIII[]

#263 - Tortured soul
Undead Family
DQ8-263-Tortured soul HP MP Attack Defence Agility
425 255 66 35 36
Exp Gold Drop Gold rosary
680 200 G
Note: The cursed spirit of the abbot of the former abbey, which was destroyed after being stricken by the plague. Slaying this poor creature put an end to many centuries of suffering.
Normal attack
Calls for backup (Skeleton and Walking corpse)
Haunts at:
Ruined Abbey

In its debut game, the tortured soul is the cursed spirit of the last abbot of the Ruined Abbey, who, along with everyone else in the abbey, was killed by a deadly plague. He is encountered by the Hero's party at the end of the Ruined Abbey, where he angrily asks the Goddess why he has to keep suffering, even in death. He then fights the party in order to make them feel the agony that he had to endure, but is defeated. Afterwards, his suffering is finally over with his spirit ascending to the heavens.

Dragon Quest X[]

# - Tortured soul
Undead Family
No Image HP MP Attack Defence Weight
2181 999 393 480 306
Exp Gold Drop Itty-bitty bone (Common)
Magma staff recipe (Rare)
Sage’s Spirit Master Orb
791 16 G
Note: None
Normal attack
Place Curse
Channel Anger
Calls for back-up (Dark skeleton)
Haunts at:
Other locations unknown
Abyss Gate

Monsters series[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[]

Living statue + Stark raven = Tortured soul

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2/Joker 2 Professional[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Marvelous Mysterious Key[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3/Joker 3 Professional[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[]

Battle Road series[]

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory[]

Skill/Spell Description
Mind Breaker Engulfs its hand in darkness and attacks one enemy, while lowering its attack
Swoosh Damages all enemies with a gust of wind
Skull Bite Enlarges the skull on its staff and damages all enemies

Heroes series[]

Dragon Quest Heroes II[]


Other languages[]

Other languages
French Âme en peine
German Gequälte Seele
Spanish Alma torturada
Italian Anima torturata
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese 嘆息的亡靈
Korean 한탄의 망령

Related monsters[]

Notable Tortured Souls[]