Slime

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Slime
Slime.png
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Official artwork of Slime from Dragon Quest VIII.
Universe Dragon Quest
Debut Dragon Quest (1986)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (2019)
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]

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. Other variations of Slime exist, such as 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.

As the series progressed, Slimes grew popular among fans, becoming an icon of the franchise and even starring in spin-off titles such as Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. 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", or simply 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]

The Hero's reveal trailer features Slime all throughout.

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.

Spirit[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.

No. Image Name Type Class Slot Ability Series
1,330
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Slime
Grab
2 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 DRAGON QUEST Series
1,331
BigBoiSlime.png
King Slime
Grab
★★★ 2 Weight ↑↑ DRAGON QUEST Series
1,336
LMSlime.png
Liquid Metal Slime
Support
★★ 1 Move Speed ↑ DRAGON QUEST Series

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Slime previously appeared alongside Mario characters in Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street, as well as Final Fantasy characters in Mario Sports Mix.
    • Slimes also appeared alongside Simon Belmont, Pit, and Mega Man in the Captain N: The Game Master episode "Trojan Dragon".
  • Slime is the third non-playable character to appear in the panoramic banner, following Mr. Saturn and Morgana.
  • 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 in the Dragon Quest games, as Hatchet Man has a chance to deal a critical hit, which will always kill Metal Slimes instantly.
  • In battles representing Slimes—such as the Hero's Classic Mode and spirit battles—they are represented by Kirby, likely due to their similar size and shape.

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