Dragon Quest IX’s Pokémon Cameo

By Spencer . July 12, 2010 . 5:30pm

wooperNintendo published Dragon Quest IX in the West and a wild Pokémon is in the English version of the game. Watch out for the sword bearing Wooper Trooper!


This blue monster was also in the Japanese version of the game too under than name “Upa Soldier” or “Wooper Soldier”. Aside from an aquatic Pokémon, Upa is also used to refer to mudpuppies, the salamander species.

  • I was wondering when someone was going to make that connection.

    Now the Pokemon anime has to make an episode about an ancient Wooper warrior(s), and have a present day Wooper use Counter and Protect as that episode’s star.

  • Electrium

    I noticed that too! Those things are surprisingly annoying for low level monsters. :@

  • Had no idea that those were a reference to Pokemon. Interesting.

  • wooper looper is the name given to axolotles in japan

    • Joanna

      Exactly. So I don’t think this is a reference to the Pokemon Wooper at all.

      Also, anyone who is skeptical. You can read this interesting article on Wooper’s origins in Bulbapedia:

      That article basically covers why the Pokemon is called Wooper (and it’s just like meikiyou mentions. The brand under which they were sold was called Wooper Looper.) Second, it mentions that Axolotl were extremely popular in Japan. So given all this, I doubt it’s a reference to Pokemon and more a reference to this pet “breed”/brand.

  • gatotsu911

    Oh, the heading of this article had made me think that they’d actually added in a new monster for the Western release of DQ9. Kind of misleading.

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