How Square Enix Requested Akira Toriyama To Design Dragon Quest XI’s Main Characters

By Casey . August 6, 2017 . 5:30pm


Square Enix celebrated the Dragon Quest series with a big event earlier today, where they shared an interesting look at how Akira Toriyama was asked to design the main characters of the triple million-seller Dragon Quest XI.


Here’s a look at the notes given to Akira Toriyama on what Square Enix wanted for the main character designs of Dragon Quest XI, with spoilers removed from the description.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (3)

  • A 16-year old boy at about 170cm in height.
  • A “hero” pursued by the kingdom, at the mercy of fate.
  • A design that will make you think of “hero in the rough” who is different from past heroes.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (6)

  • A cool 19-year-old young man of about 175cm in height.
  • A mysterious hooded “Thief” who protects the hero under pursuit.
  • A master of the sword who travels with the protagonist in order to _____.
  • Outfit pointers: He wears a hooded outfit. His hood is usually down.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (5)

  • ______ of about 160cm in height.
  • A “Priest” descended from a family tasked with protecting the hero.
  • An easygoing and innocent personality. Has a harp.
  • Outfit pointers: please make it a miniskirt.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (4)

  • A _______ girl of about 125cm in height.
  • A “Mage” descended from a family tasked with protecting the hero.
  • A robe and staff that is too big for her size. A strong personality.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (2)

  • A ♥-year-old man of about 185cm in height.
  • A dashing entertainer with a feminine way of speaking.
  • A slim but muscular man with sex appeal. The party’s mood maker (life of a party).



Dragon Quest XI Characters (1)

  • A ___ year-old girl of about 170cm in height.
  • A “Female Monk” who travels the world with Row and has style.
  • Is a mix of elegant and ____. Is sexy.
  • Costume pointers: Please give her a cool weapon like a Naginata.



Dragon Quest XI Characters (7)

  • An old man of around 70 years of age and 155cm in height.
  • A “Mage” who travels with Martina.
  • He used to be a _____.
  • A nice old man.


Dragon Quest XI is available in Japan on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. The game will release in the West in 2018 and is also in development for Nintendo Switch.

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