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Slime

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This article is for the Slime from Dragon Quest. For the Slime from Minecraft, see List of spirits (Minecraft series). For the Smasher, see Smasher:Slime.
Slime
Official artwork of Slime from Dragon Quest VIII.
SSBU spirit Liquid Metal Slime.png

Symbol of the Dragon Quest series.
Official artworks of Slime and Liquid Metal Slime.
Universe Dragon Quest
Debut Dragon Quest (1986)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Dragon Quest Tact (2020)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Slime
Created by Yuji Horii
Designed by Akira Toriyama
Article on Dragon Quest Wiki Slime

The Slime (スライム, Slime) is a common enemy in the Dragon Quest series, also serving as the series' mascot.

Origin[edit]

The player encounters a Slime in the original Dragon Quest.

In the Dragon Quest games, Slimes are often the first monster that players come across. They are typically the weakest monster, and can be taken down with ease, as they lack any real offensive abilities. Owing to their simplistic nature, there are many variants of Slime, to the point that they even have their own monster family. Other variations include the She-Slime (which, despite its name, is not necessarily female), the enormous King Slime, and the elusive Metal Slime. In later games, such as Dragon Quest IX, there are special Slimes that⁠—though often unassuming⁠—can merge with or stack onto other Slimes, creating a new type of Slime, such as a King Slime or a Slime Stack. Friendly Slimes also sometimes appear in the series and often greet the Hero with the phrase “I'm not a bad Slime”.

As the series progressed, Slimes grew popular among fans, becoming an icon of the franchise and starring in spin-off titles such as Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. They are also often used as the emblem to represent the series as a whole, such as in the Itadaki Street series. They even sometimes make playable appearances, including the aforementioned Fortune Street series. Certain games include Slimes as companions with their own personality and dialogue. In localized titles, they often use slime-related puns or phrases: for example, "gooman" instead of "human", "slime" instead of "time", "accrooze" instead of "accrue", and saying "slurp" or "goo" as a verbal tic.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

According to Masahiro Sakurai, while his first choice for a Dragon Quest fighter was the Hero, he would not have opposed a Slime being playable on Square Enix's request. Ultimately, the two parties agreed on the Hero, but Slimes still feature prominently in the series' representation.[1]

As a background character[edit]

Multiple Slimes appear on the Dragon Quest stage, Yggdrasil's Altar. This also includes a Liquid Metal Slime, which are rare like in their respective games.

As a moveset element[edit]

Slime appears in one of Hero's taunts, and three Slimes also appear in one of the Hero's victory poses. Solo, the Hero from Dragon Quest IV, has a Slime-themed earring on his left ear, which turns into a Metal Slime in his orange alternate costume.

As a costume[edit]

A Mii Gunner wearing the Slime hat.

Slime appears as a paid DLC Mii Costume in the form of a hat. Uniquely, it wobbles and jiggles when in motion. The headgear was revealed during the Mr. Sakurai Presents "Hero" presentation on July 30, 2019. It was released alongside the other Round 2 Mii Fighter costumes and Challenger Pack 2, Hero, on the same day.

In the trailer for the Dragon Quest Mii Fighter costumes, a metal Mii Fighter wearing a Slime hat can be seen running away from Luminary, referencing the Metal Slime enemy and its tendency to run away. Additionally, the Luminary is seen trying to use Hatchet Man on the Mii Fighter; this references a common strategy for hunting Metal Slimes and their relatives in the Dragon Quest games, as Hatchet Man has a chance to deal a critical hit, which will always kill Metal Slimes instantly. Later to the same trailer, Captain Falcon thrusts his arm out and gestures for Slime to follow him; this is a reference to Dragon Quest V, where monsters may join the Hero's party after defeating them. The Mii Gunner wearing the Slime hat may reference the spin-off series Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, known as Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest in Japan, where guns are a common feature for tanks.

Spirits[edit]

Various Slimes appear as spirits on the special DLC-exclusive Spirit Board. The standard Slime can be enhanced to King Slime at level 99.

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
1,330
SSBU spirit Slime (Dragon Quest).png
Slime (Dragon Quest)
Grab
2 899 4499 454 2272 445 2227 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 DRAGON QUEST Series
1,331
SSBU spirit King Slime.png
King Slime
Grab
★★★ 2 3225 9701 1659 4989 1413 4250 Weight ↑ ↑ DRAGON QUEST Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
1,336
SSBU spirit Liquid Metal Slime.png
Liquid Metal Slime ★★ 1 Move Speed ↑ DRAGON QUEST Series

Other[edit]

The Hero's reveal trailer features Slime all throughout.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese スライム, Slime
UK English Slime
France French Gluant
Germany German Schleim
Spain Spanish Limo
Italy Italian Slime
China Chinese (Simplified) 史莱姆, Slime
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 史萊姆, Slime
South Korea Korean 슬라임, Slime
Netherlands Dutch Slime
Russia Russian Слайм

Trivia[edit]

  • Slime is the third non-playable character to appear in the panoramic banner, following Mr. Saturn and Morgana.

References[edit]