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"Dragon Quest IX": Legacy Boss Hunter—Baramos

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This article is a guide on how to beat the Archfiend Baramos in Dragon Quest IX, in which he appears as a legacy boss. If you are reading this, then there's a strong chance that you're stumped on how to beat Baramos. Feel free to read my article on grotto exploring before you get your feet wet here, as Baramos is a lot tougher than your regular grotto bosses.

Suggested Party Setup

You're going to want your party members at around level 50, at the bare minimum, preferably with some levels in other vocations as well.

Here, I'm going to touch on what items you should have in each party member's bag. I personally recommend each character hold 3 Magic Waters and one Yggdrasil Leaf. if you can double these amounts (especially in the case of those Leaves, which are pretty rare), I suggest you do so. You'll need the MP and you'll need to revive people without worrying about Zing's fail chance (such as in cases where you've lost 2 party members in one round or some other drastic situation like that.).

You want your Paladin to have the book you get for completing the 100 Shield Quest (kill 10 Killing Machines with Blockenspiel). Whoever has the book in his/her inventory auto-blocks critical hits, and since Baramos loves those and your Paladin is supposed to tank . . .

On a similar note, you want your healer to have a Wand equipped. I stress this all the time, but it's that important. The MP difference if you don't have a Wand over longer battles is too drastic.

Baramos' Loot

I'm sure everyone is curious as to what Baramos drops. Well, it depends on his level:

  • Level 1: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Boots (20%), Silver Orb (2%)
  • Level 8: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Boots (25%), Silver Orb (~2%)
  • Level 9–15: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Clothes (20%), Silver Orb (~3%)
  • Level 16: Mini Medal (100%), Murdaw's Map (10%), Silver Orb (~3%)

As his level goes even higher, the chances of Map and Orb drops are increased.

Baramos' Battle Strategy

The Archfiend Baramos is a monstrous wizard of great renown who starred as Dragon Quest III's first final boss (the other one being Zoma, who you fought about a dozen or so hours later in another castle.). In this game, he serves as your first taste of a Legacy Boss. All of the following are tidbits and facts I've picked up over the course of my failed attempts of beating this boss, which I finally overcome as recently as yesterday:

  • Kafrizz: Does 150-170 (spell) fire damage to one party member.
  • Kaboom: Does 130 (spell) damage to the whole party.
  • Blazing Flames: Does 130-150 (breath) fire damage to the whole party.
  • Physical attacks do 130 damage to a character with 270 Defense.
  • Critical attacks do 340–380 damage.
  • A Warrior with 386 Attack does about 86 damage to Baramos with a regular physical attack.
  • A Minstrel with 293 Attack does about 43 damage to Baramos with a regular physical attack.
  • He can attack twice a turn, but doesn't always do so.

As for his battle strategy, he'll use spells with reckless abandon, to the point that he'll even try to Kafrizz someone who has used Magic Mirror within the last 3 turns (is he blind?). If you're at a particularly low level, you might want to use this to your advantage and use Magic Mirror on your whole party to have him defeat himself (worked for me!).

His common attack patterns include:

  • Critical attack, then Kaboom.
  • Critical attack, then action skip.
  • Kafrizz, then Kaboom (I pity the party member who got Kafrizzed if he/she didn't have Magic Mirror up.)
  • Physical attack, then physical attack again (rare attack pattern).
  • Critical attack, then critical attack (thankfully rare; totally stinks when he does it though).
  • Blazing flames, then Kaboom (he tends to alternate between this and the spell blitz attack patern up at the third bullet; these are his two most common attack patterns.)

I Urge You!

Now that you have this knowledge, I urge you to go defeat him! You might want to gain more levels than what I suggested in my other article, but you know from my experience that it's beatable at the levels I did it (just a BIT tough).

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Feel free to comment if you need additional help with this boss or want to suggest I add something to this article.

Until the next time, take care and have fun!

© 2010 Darrin Perez


Alexis on September 04, 2017:

Oh Baramos. I had trouble with him the first go round, but a little leveling up and defeated he was.

platinumkingjewel on November 16, 2012:

ummm not exactly a certan level but definitly quite high - you should be in the 90's or if you are extreamley, really really lucky really high 80's - look out for grotto's ending in ;Doom Evil Ruin Death - they represent monster ranks. I have only seen them in ice grottos at the very bottom floors.

Some Guy on November 16, 2012:

If you want to get higher levelled maps I suggest you do some revocating, 3 or 4 times if you want those really high level grottoes, it may take a while but it's worth it.

metalslimeguy on November 11, 2012:

@ platinumkingjewel

i found platinum king jewels and greygnarl and tyranosaurus wreaks and dragon lord i have 5 silver orbs but no red ones :( oh well i have quite the monster sightings but i hven't seen a blight knight what level grottos would i find one thanks

platinumkingjewel on September 29, 2012:

@ Metalslimeguy

yyh kl well done!!!! go down further in that grotto and you get really huge monsters like platinum king jewel slime, with the highesed xp in the game - btw i got another account in the name of metalslimecrazy that i never use!!!

Metalslimeguy on September 22, 2012:


Hi mate I have found a darkonium slime and hexagoon.


Hi but you suck actually you don't but you gotta train up hard hard and hard and fight metalslimekings

Bye everybody

platinumkingjewel on September 04, 2012:


Ok dw!!!!! U hav a chance coz I got 57 tries so don't think it's too bad till u get to at least 40!!??? Trust it's so annoying!!!!

Matalslimeguy on August 31, 2012:

@ platinumkingjewel

Wow I've heard hard work is it's own reward but that is ridiculous I've been trying for about 20 something try's I'll try harder

@ smalltimmy11

I agree wit platinumkingjewel on this one, you must train against metal slimes but don't mess with me or your are toast!

platinumkingjewel on August 25, 2012:

@metalslimeguy- murdaw is your next boss after baramos!!! keep killing him- it took me 57 attempts to get his map but the higher his level, the higher the chance!!!!!

@smalltimmy11 - your people are too low leveled! find some metal slimes kings or liquids!

@julian sillard- good tactics- what other legacy bosses have you got?

metalslimeguy on August 22, 2012:


i think you should try to use higher level guys and (if possible) use high power and defense gear try to focus on your guys strengths and weakenses inhancing them.


i found your relative darkonium slime and a monsterous octagoon oh and by the way which boss is after baramos and what is he called thanks

smalltimmy11 on August 17, 2012:

can soomeone help me just versede baramos lvl 1 and got my ass kicked my team is

paladin lvl 54

gladiator lvl 56

preist lvl 51

warrior lvl 63

help me plz !!!!!!!!

Julien Sillard on August 16, 2012:

hey guys. once again i have found other ways to kill baramos. they are also physical, like the last post :). the method:


ME: level 99 glad

CPU1: level 99 glad

CPU2: level 99 minstrel

CPU3: level 51 sage

NOTE: all equiptments are the same as before.


TURN 1: i use egg on, on CPU1

CPU1 uses feel the burn

CPU2 uses magic mirror

CPU3 uses kabuff

TURN 2: i use egg on, on CPU1

CPU1 uses double up

CPU2 uses falcon slash

CPU3 uses kabuff

TURN 3: i use egg on, on CPU1

CPU1 defends or uses falcon slash (tension must be at 100)

CPU2 uses falcon slash

CPU3 uses falcon slash or heals

TURN 4 (if you don't defeat baramos in turn 3): everybody uses falcon slash. -baramos dies-

TIP: you must keep on healing the team otherwise you will be wiped out quickly. i am currently battling baramos at level 9. the higher your level, the easier the battle is.

Julien Sillard on August 15, 2012:

Hey guys. Here is a little info on how I kill Baramos.

My party:

Me: level 87 gladiator, weapon; miracle sword

Cpu1: level 83 gladiator, weapon; über falcon blade

Cpu2: level 89 minstrel, weapon; falcon blade

Cpu3: level 41 sage, weapon; dragon slayer

My tactics:

Turn 1; glads use feel the burn, minstrel uses magic mirror, sage uses kabuff

Turn 2; glads use double up, minstrel heals or uses falcon slash, sage uses kabuff or heals

Turn 3; glads use falcon slash, minstrel uses falcon slash or heals, sage uses falcon slash or heals

Turn 4; glads use falcon slash, minstrel uses falcon slash or heals, sage uses falcon slash or heals.

-Baramos dies-

Hope this helped :)

Metalslimeguy on August 04, 2012:

Hey guys guess what I did? I proved you guys wrong! I beat Baramos with a lv99 warrior and minstrel and a lv95 priest and a lv85 thief! Woo hoo I am ace I wanna' verse him again but I don't fell like it now. Well see ya.

Metalslimeguy signing off

metalslime guy on July 07, 2012:

hi everybody, i just got a ton of stuff i got the edrick's sword or whatever it was called and my guys are huge levels i think i'll change em into a gladiator a martial artist and a sage, woo hoo i got and i found bling badgers i'd kiss you platnumkingjewel but i can't through this computer so bye and thanks a ton

platinumkingjewel on June 12, 2012:

@T-Dro; you should TRY BEATING THE OTHERS some of the other ones are much worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 :-)

T-Dro on June 07, 2012:

I just started playing this again and my guys are:

Minstrel lvl 41+1

Mage lvl 91

Gladiator lvl 76

Aramentalist lvl 69


platinumkingjewel on April 28, 2012:


thats cool! also to get platinumkingjewels - lol - go to ruins grottos cause that is were they are. they are the highesed experience in the whole game, more than MK slimes!!!! but also in the highesed grottoes ....... lol.

@ DMQ Master,

He is the weakest of the Legacy bosses but can kill you by using Kafrizz and Kaboom and can also use also fire breath and regular attacks (which can hit for about 100+ to everyone in your party, Can also Crit for 300+). Ice attacks are his weakness, but he resists wind and fire attacks. If someone in your party wields an axe, use a Helm Splitter, or a Sap spell These do no work on Baramos, Oomph the axe wielder, and use Parallax for a possibly 100 more points than a Kafrizzle. Also, you can beat him using paladin tank with magic mirror. Just don't forget to use insulate on him. let me check his lv 1 health... it should be on dragon quest lets see..... :))

DQM Master on April 26, 2012:

I tried beating Baramos with a level 99 Ministrel, Lv 77 Gladiator, Lv 84 Warrior, and a level 83 Warrior but still failed even though this was level 1. Does any of you know how much health he has and what his weaknesses are

Metalslime guy on April 25, 2012:

Thank you friend I shall remember that I better check my maps and stuff. Oh and if you want to train tons and invite weakling friends over go into lv77 caverns and you'll find slugly betsey,king metal slimes and golden slime stacks! But king metal slimes will give you a ton of exp but you'll need an axe man or a spear man or a guy with claws to us thunder thrust (for spear men) flailing nails ( for a guy with claws) and I forgot the ability for axe men/women. So see ya :) :( :P:D:O

platinumkingjewel on April 10, 2012:


hi are you there i will tell you. they are found in water grottoes high level so go to a grotto with theword chasm or maybe waterway and on the lower floors , if it is high, like over lv70 maybe you should find them. they are golden.

example: emerald waterworld of ruin lv 75

sapphire chasm of death lv 95

hope u do it :)

platinumkingjewel on April 09, 2012:

hey go to a water grotto with the words "chasm" or "waterway" in the middle because they live in high level water grottoes maybe over lv 70 as a guess.

platinumkingjewel on April 09, 2012:

so you should find a bling badger in:

emerald waterway of doom lv 89 , or

sappire chasm of ruin lv 78.

but remember it needs to be a fairly high, if not quite high level because they are high level monsters. if you find a bling badger, you should find on that very level, prime slime , mandrake monarch, boogie mangini to add to your monster list!!!

platinumkingjewel on April 09, 2012:

hey soz i wernet here be4, i have bling badger, what you need to do is to go to a water grotto with a high level, example, platinum waterway of death. it should have a keyword like: chasm or waterway in the middle of the grotto name, this shows that it is a water grotto, and the higher the level, the better chance of finding a bling badger. so basically find a grotto called : something waterway/chasm of doom or something like that.

metalslime guy on March 30, 2012:

hi guys again ive been training hard and my guys are now lv 99 minstrel lv66 thief lv 65 warrior and my lv 64 priest i've got good stuff but i still cant beat baramos i am SSSSSOOOO @$%*&(* peeved but i'm doing well in my moster data but i cant find a bling badger PPLLLLLZZZZZZ help me

platinumkingjewel on March 17, 2012:

Yh im far into the lv 99 post game, i have






raptherone, im doing the dqvc quests and bosses. u?




Lord of the Sword on March 05, 2012:


Actually, since you're commenting in the Baramos hub, I'm guessing you already completed the main storyline.