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Zam is a spell in the Dragon Quest series. It damages a single target with dark energy, and is the first spell to introduce a new element category to the series since Dragon Quest III. It appears to be a dark counterpart to the Zap family of spells, being a blast of stygian lightning instead of holy bolts. It made its first appearance in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker.


Dragon Quest IX

Zam is available only to Sages at level 2. It costs 4 MP to cast, its base damage is 16~32, and the cap is 131~147.

Dragon Quest X

Sages start off knowing Zam, and can cast it for 4 MP. Base damage range is 9~15, with calculations for higher levels being Magical Might x 0.155 + 2 for a maximum range of 77~83. Maximum range for the spell is 15 meters.

Dragon Quest XI

Rab joins the party already knowing Zam. It costs 6 MP to cast and deals 51~59 base damage before reaching a cap of 73~81.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Zam makes its first appearance in the series. It costs 4 MP to cast and can be learned from the Bang & Zam, Crack & Zam, Dark Knight, Diabolist, Frizz & Zam, Muspell, Niflheim, Reaper, Woosh & Zam skillsets.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

Zam is a spell that can be learned by Psaro for 4 skill points. It sends out three orbs of darkness that spread out in front of him for 6 MP. Psaro can upgrade the spell and also cast Kazam and Kazammle by charging up Zam.

Enemy versions

Zam will deal 10~25 damage when cast by an enemy.


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