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Martial Artist

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Martial Artist
Official artwork of the male and female Martial Artists in Dragon Quest III.
Symbol of the Dragon Quest series.
Official artwork of the male and female Martial Artists from Dragon Quest III (Super Famicom).
Universe Dragon Quest
Debut Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (1988)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Dragon Quest Rivals Ace (2020 update)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Human
Created by Yūji Horii
Designed by Akira Toriyama

The Martial Artist (武闘家, Martial Artist), previously known as Fighter, is a class and are reoccurring characters in the Dragon Quest series.


In Dragon Quest III, the idea of a customizable party system was introduced to the series. This system allowed the player to choose what vocations they wanted to help fight alongside them. Among those vocations was the Martial Artist, a class that possesses low magic capability, but compensates with high Strength, Agility, and Resilience. In games such as Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest IX, the player gains the ability to change an established character's vocation, the Martial Artist being one of the basic ones.

In some games, specific characters fit the archetype of a Martial Artist, such as Jade from Dragon Quest XI, Alena from Dragon Quest IV, and Carver from Dragon Quest VI. Additionally, Martial Artists can be found as NPCs in some of the games.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a costume[edit]

A pair of Mii Brawlers wearing the Martial Artist wig and gi.

Both the male and female versions of the Martial Artist appear as a DLC Mii Costume for the Mii Brawler, released in the second wave of DLC costumes along with Hero on July 31, 2019. The costumes, as well as the Miis used to showcase them in promotional material, are based on the designs from the class's debut appearance in Dragon Quest III, with some details modeled in particular after the artwork from the game's Super Famicom remake.

Throughout the costume's reveal trailer, both the male and female Martial Artists are seen attacking opponents with moves inspired from other attacks, seen in the franchise. When first showcased, the male Martial Artist uses Counter Throw against Bowser. Later, the female Martial Artist uses down tilt followed by Thrust Uppercut for her up special towards Mario. They are referencing both Leg Sweep and Multifists, two moves appearing for the first time in Dragon Quest VI and obtained by learning the first rank, and by mastering the Martial Artist vocation respectively.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 武闘家, Martial Artist
UK English Martial Artist
France French Artiste Martial Martial Artist
Germany German Kampfkünstler Martial Artist
Spain Spanish Artista Marcial Martial Artist
Italy Italian Combattente Fighter
China Chinese (Simplified) 武術家, Martial Artist
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 武術家, Martial Artist
South Korea Korean 무투가, Martial Artist
Netherlands Dutch Martial-art Martial Artist
Russia Russian мастера единоборств, Martial Artist