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Xiphos the Deathbringer (or simply Xiphos) is the primary antagonist of Dragon Quest Swords, threatening the land of Avalonia with his presence.

5 years before the game begins, he amassed substantial power and was positioned to pose a significant long-term threat to his country's peace and prosperity. However, before he was able to take over entirely, he was defeated at the hands of four adventurers, including Claymore and Queen Curtana, who used the Rorrim Mask to weaken and then vanquish him. However, unbeknownst to the heroes, he turned this around on them and used the mask itself to survive by using its power to transport himself to the Mirror World.

He then lay in waiting, thought dead, until the time of Dragon Quest Swords, when he has recovered enough from his magical injuries to attempt domination once again. Using the minions, he had left behind, such as his Emissary and others such as Großmesser, he is able to exert influence in the outside world and slowly bring its state of affairs into his favour. He once again utilises the Rorrim Mask, able to do so thanks to the very facts of its having defeated him, and controls the Queen when attempts to block his influence by wearing it. He then manipulates the Hero of Dragon Quest Swords, who has begun to investigate recent events along with several others concerned about them, into slicing the mask in half, apparently forever ensuring that no one can ever thwart his plans again.

However, on the advice of Minister Misericord, the party travels to the Mirror World and enlists the help of a minor deity, Draug, who is able to repair the mask and furthermore gives the Hero a sword that is capable of injuring Xiphos, perhaps the only one in the world able to do so.

Meanwhile, Xiphos has covered a huge section of the country in a lake of lava, and raised his new lair, the Deathbringer's Citadel, out of it. Unfortunately for Xiphos, the party ascends the castle, defeating all of its guardians, and is able to square off with Xiphos. After a heated swordfight with the Hero in which Xiphos comes off worse, he transforms into a monstrous creature resembling a cross between a human and a dragon. He begins to swing wildly, destroying portions of the battle arena, and even using his own Master Stroke.

Boss Battle[]

Xiphos is fought at the very end of the original game. He calls upon the player to use every skill he has learned so far, such as telegraphed attacks that must be blocked on reaction, and projectiles that can be reflected at him to inflict more damage. In his first form, he mostly keeps to his sword, striking with strength and precision.

Once his first form is defeated, he transforms into a monstrous creature resembling a cross between a human and a dragon. He begins to swing wildly, destroy portions of the battlefield, stomp on the Hero, impale and electrocute his companion, breathe difficult-to-block fire breath, fire a laser from his eyes (that deal 1 damage every second) and even use his own Master Stroke (Figure of Hate)


Dragon Quest Swords[]

Xiphos the Deathbringer is the main antagonist and final boss of the game. He spends half of the game sealed away in the Mask of Mirrors with his physical body separated from him, which has corrupted Aruval and turned him into the Fishy Monster until he was defeated. For most of the game, it's assumed that the Mask worn by the Queen is controlling her and this turns out to be correct as Xiphos uses her to open up the way to the Mirror World as part of his plans. When the mask is destroyed, Xiphos is freed and then causes his Deathbringer's Citadel to emerge from a volcano. As shown in his pre-battle cutscene, he had abducted Aruval's body so that he could regain his physical form. After a gruelling battle, the repaired Mask of Mirrors latches onto Xipho's face, turning him to stone. After being destroyed by the Hero, his citadel begins falling apart.

It's implied that he has a mirror counterpart called Edahs 'Sohpix who is fought as the final superboss in the game. It is unknown if the Mirror bosses were Xiphos's henchmen from several years ago or if they're unrelated to him. Once the player defeats Edahs 'Sohpix for the first time, they can unlock Payback Mode which allows you to wield Xiphos's sword in battle.

Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional Edition[]

Xiphos the Deathbringer appears as a Rank SS ??? family monster that takes up 3 slots in battle. To obtain him, you need to fuse Kingy, Warabou, Nokturnus and Captain Crow. Much like other final bosses from other games, he's depicted in his final form.

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  • In keeping with the Dragon Quest Swords quirk of all characters being named after a type of sword, a Xiphos is a double-edged, single-hand sword used by the ancient Greeks.
  • Despite being blue in-game, his official art and his appearances in the Dragon Quest Monsters series have a darker colour scheme instead.
  • Appearance wise, one could consider Xiphos similar to Dhoulmagus, with the differences being a bulkier physique, multiple arms and different wings.
  • Xiphos the Deathbringer has various traits that reference past main villains of the series: He has two forms like Dragonlord, has multiple limbs and a death motif like Malroth, is blue skinned like Zoma, has a stronger palette swapped counterpart as the true final boss like Psaro, starts out humanoid then becomes monstrous and manipulates several henchmen from the shadows like Nimzo, Mortamor and Orgodemir, was sealed away in an object and uses a host to act out their will like Rhapthorne.
  • Both Xiphos and Psaro have a stronger counterpart with a different colour scheme who serves as their respective game's true final boss (Edahs Sohpix and Aamon).

Other languages[]

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German Xiphos der Todbringer
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