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"Dragon Quest IX" Legacy Boss Hunter: Best Party Setup

I've been playing video games since the tender age of four. As a result, most of my articles are related to video games.

There are, according to online sources, a total of 13 Legacy Boss maps in Dragon Quest IX. The first Legacy Boss map you'll acquire is for the Archfiend Baramos. Here I will be giving you a bare-bones setup that will start you on your way on beating these monsters.


Defining Your Party Roles

Before you go Legacy Boss hunting (or grotto exploring for that matter), you need to clearly define your party roles. There are several roles that your party members must be skilled up to do, and I will list these below.

Support Healer/Damage Dealer

We need this role in our party because there are times your main healer bites the dust, or is too busy using mass healing to throw a Zing out to a dead party member. On the flip side, there are times your tank is too busy taking punishment to do damage. So, this character is built to do both. As you may have suspected by this description, this character will be a Minstrel. In my playthrough, my party's Minstrel is also my main character.

* I'm posting these roles in the order they appear in my party.

He is currently at level 47, with the following stat and major skill tree allocations:

  • 275 HP
  • 126 MP
  • 325 Attack
  • 277 Defense
  • 189 Agility
  • 100 Sword Skill
  • 100 Shield Skill
  • 81 Guts (Gladiator unique skill tree)

Note: Other skill tree allocations have been omitted for the sake of brevity.

Having 100 in your Sword Skill gives you +60 Attack while using a Sword, as well as Gigaslash, which admittedly isn't that good against single targets like these bosses. It also gives you the ability to use Swords with any class.

Having 100 in your Shield Skill gives you +6% chance to block using a Shield, and allows any class to equip a shield, as well as giving you the Magic Mirror ability once you have at least 40 points invested in this tree.

Off-Tank/Damage Dealer

This character is set up to be able to take punishment in case the main tank isn't in a position to do so. If the main tank is doing his/her thing, then this character will be contributing to your damage output instead. I chose a Warrior for this role, as they can equip heavy armor and tend to have good defense and attack parameters.

His stats and major skill tree allocations are as follows:

  • Level 48 Warrior
  • 337 HP
  • 43 MP
  • 402 Attack
  • 372 Defense
  • 69 Agility
  • 100 Sword skill
  • 100 Shield skill

This role will also have enough points in the Courage (Warrior-unique) skill tree to use Whipping Boy, which is integral to this character's role of off-tanking. When your healer is near death, you can have this character use Whipping Boy and shield him/her while he/she can get to healing.


Ah, the tank. This pretty much HAS to be a Paladin. Paladins get ridiculous bonuses to their Resilience and HP thanks to their unique skill tree, Virtue, as well as getting a lot of Resilience and HP on level-up. He/she is set up to take the punishment for the rest of the party with Forbearance if needed, and otherwise to act as a support damage dealer. I recommend you equip him/her with a Life Bracer or Sacred Armor (if you equip the Life Bracer, equip Mirror/Catroptic Armor instead, as the 25 HP Regen doesn't stack; unfortunately.)

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Her (it's a she in my case) stat and major skill allocations are as follows:

  • Level 44 Paladin
  • 322 Attack
  • 409 Defense
  • 64 Agility
  • 100 Spear skill
  • 100 Shield skill
  • 100 Virtue (Paladin unique skill tree)

Having 100 Spear skill, besides giving you the +60 Attack while using a Spear and the ability to use a Spear with any vocation, gives you a nice way to deal damage to single targets in the form of Multithrust. Multithrust connects three times, with a chance to hit a fourth time, dealing roughly half the damage of a regular attack (so Multithrust does from 1.5x to double the regular damage each time you use it, for the cost of 4 MP). I also invested 22 points into the Enlightenment skill tree so she could use Right as Rain, which grants HP regen to all of your party members for about 5-7 turns. It's a nice thing to use so your healer doesn't have to and when you have a reprieve and don't have to tank that turn.


This is the last role I'm going to mention in this article, and probably the most important one. You won't survive many battles if you don't have a good healer. It doesn't matter if your tank has 999 HP if he/she can't heal the punishment off. Your healer should be a Priest or a Sage, and I recommend a Sage, as they happen to be the only class that can learn Kazing. Also, if I had to choose a tree to invest 100 skill points in, it's definitely Enlightenment. Make sure that he/she has 100 skill points in the Wand skill tree; the amount of bonus MP you get from equipping a Wand is priceless.

My healer has the following stat and skill tree setup:

  • Level 43 Sage
  • 252 HP
  • 401 MP
  • 173 Attack
  • 190 Defense
  • 131 Agility
  • 100 Wand skill
  • 100 Shield Skill (noticing a trend here?)
  • 100 Enlightenment

Having 100 Wand skill grants that character Auto MP Regen while he/she has a wand equipped (recover 1-4 MP at the end of each turn) as well as giving a slew of +MP bonuses, as I mentioned at the start of this section. 100 Enlightenment, what doesn't it do? Starting from the end of the skill tree, the 100 point skill reduces MP cost by 25%, which is probably one of the best bonuses any skill tree has, period. You also get a bunch of magical mending and magical might stat boosters along the way, and that's without mentioning Caster Sugar, which is an ability that costs 8 MP and increases magical might and magical mending during combat.

Now, Beat Those Legacy Bosses!

Well, there you have it, folks.

Now you have a good set up that will carry through most, if not all, of the Legacy Boss fights. Feel free to post your own tips related to party set up in the comments section.

Until next time, take care and have fun!


abolx101 on February 11, 2012:

myprty is 2priests ,1 warrior and 1 clas i not sre abut ths s my mai he level 29 rangr,lel 35 glad ,level 21 sage and lvl22 arm which voction shud i use for pst gam?

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on December 23, 2011:

@Anonymous Girl: Well, hello there!

You have a solid party setup there, in my opinion. You should be able to beat Baramos easily. Your Gladiator has an impressive amount of HP as well, if I may say so myself. :)

Anonymous Girl on December 23, 2011:

Hello! I'm trying to get a couple Legacy Boss maps... but for now, can you tell me if my team is good enough for any of the bosses?

Me: Gladiator Lvl. 52

Max HP: 547

Max MP: 116

Strength: 375

Attack: 461

Defence: 516

Agility: 190

Wields a sword.

Mage (just for buffs. lol) Lvl. 38

Max HP: 248

Max MP: 238

Attack: 219

Defence: 288

Agility: 163

Magical Mending: 117

Magical Might: 429

Wields a bow. I feel that she doesn't really need the MP wands give her, so why not?

Paladin Lvl. 35

Max HP: 312

Max MP: 68 (lol)

Attack: 290

Defence: 391

Agility: 28 (I need to train her in the Martial Artist tree)

Wields a spear.

Sage Lvl. 41

Max HP: 333 (:D)

Max MP: 312

Attack: 282

Defence: 336

Agility: 197

Magical Mending: 396

Magical Might: 184

And that's my team! Please read this so I can get your feedback. And if you're wondering why I'm so ahead, its because I was doing solo training before the Corvus battle for my skill trees and that's what happened. :P

ryan on November 18, 2011:

Iwill post equipment and skills asap

ryan on November 18, 2011:

@ Winterfate


Main minstrel









Magical mending:210

Magical might:229


2nd warrior









magical mending:50

Magical might:20


3rd sage









Magical mending:280

magical might:258


4th ranger









Magical mending:100

magical might:20


ryan on November 18, 2011:

My warrior has also done pladion

ryan on November 18, 2011:


Thx for ur opinion on what I should write about

Can u tell me what armour to use while fighting barmos I used the set u used for doulmongus but I havbetter armour my party is

Main mistrel leval 60 male

Has also done to leval 35 in galditor warrior aramentalist and he's also leval 42 martial artists

2nd warrior leval64 female

she's done some sage martial artost minstrel and leval 5 luminary

3rd leval 40 sage male

Has done to leval 40 as a preist and that's about it

4th either a pladian leval 17 male

only started him He's was a mage leval35 I'm working on him

My other choice for 4tg is a leval 46 ranger male (in witch case my main becomes a gladitor)

I will post my stats as soon as possible when I start playing.


Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on November 17, 2011:

@ryan: Haha, silly! I don't think you're the only person that plays Black. In fact, based on what I've read on the internet, I got the opposite impression (that most people play Black). :)

I got White because:

I like the color more.

Zekrom has a cooler typing (in my opinion) than Reshiram does.

ryan on November 17, 2011:

@ wintrfate

Y does every one play white am I the only person that plays black

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on November 16, 2011:

@ryan: Hello!

Well, you should write about the game you most know about. It's always best to write about what you know.

Then, you have to figure out exactly what you want to talk about. For example, this hub of mine is about DQ9, but it's specifically about the party setup I used to start on my quest to beat up Legacy Bosses.

Once you figure that out, then you can decide.

As for what game you should write about...all three of those games are pretty good. I haven't played FF IV, but I've played DQ9 (obviously :P) and Pokémon White. :)

ryan on November 15, 2011:


I created an account I'm called blackfire2003 so if u see him commenting that's me. Could u telll me what video game ou of these I should do a hub on final fantsy IV for ds


Pokemn black

I really respect your views on thngs it would be much help thx

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on November 13, 2011:

@Matthew: Hmm, a Sage tank...not the first thing I would've tried. I intuit that some of the harder Legacy Bosses will be a pain (because of their higher Attack), but you could always use Seeds to boost your Sage's defense.

On the flip side, you do currently have a tank that can heal itself nearly indefinitely, so perhaps you're onto something there. :)

Gladiators are pretty awesome. I'm a fan of their Coup de Grace personally.

Matthew on November 13, 2011:

So far I've been doing fine with a Sage tank and a Gladiator Attacker (except for that one malroth map I came across). Sage needs 1 kabuff on them to tank as well as a paladin but if they waste attacks disrupting it, that's just as good as resisting.

blackfire2003 on November 08, 2011:

@ winterfate

This Is ryan I just made an account so just tto let u know thx

ryan on October 20, 2011:


Sorry about being rude my cousins a lege at this game and uses this party and It works so now I use it but my question is u tell us about party members but what about those that stay with patty have two mages 1 thief. One priest two ranger two warrios. And a sage but would shoupd I have????? Thx winterfate could u do ur next hub about. Trminator I have troble wirh it but I can beat barmos also some tips on sir sanquinses

ryan on October 20, 2011:

Don't us that try galdior warrior ranger healer

Litai on September 29, 2011:


Well, i didn't really upgrade his Shield skill, because I use Forbearance of my Paladin most of the time. But i just realised that Corvus is tealing quite a lot of damage. The melee attacks shouldn't be a problem, but his spells deals huge damage. So i was actually planning to switch my Paladin into a Mage, and teach him Bounce. That way he'll deal no dmg, and I'll deal him tons of damage while not taking damage at all for myself. I don't know if he has breath based attacks, but if so, I'll use my Ranger's Insulate to lower its damage.

My whole party is level 41 now, and I'm climbing up the Realm of the Almighty after Corvus changed it into his hiding place. I hope it'll be enough to beat him, else it'll become some more grinding at Bowhole.

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on September 27, 2011:

@Litai: Well, hello there!

Your team is actually stronger than my team was when I was at that part of the game, so you should be ready for the end of the maingame. Just make sure you get as many HP boosters as possible between Upover and the final boss, as he hits pretty darn hard.

Extra Notes:

Your Sage has maxed out the Wand and Enlightenment skill trees. That's always a good thing for your MP.

However, make sure to max out your Sage's Shield skill ASAP, as it is immensely useful.

Make sure to max out your Spear skill with your Paladin, as I'm almost positive there's at least one more attack boost for that type of weapon in that skill tree.


That's about it from me. Good luck! :)

Litai on September 27, 2011:

It's a nice team, altho i dont like minstrel or warrior. This is my team.

Main: Paladin lvl 37

58 sp in Spear, for thunder thrust

100 sp in Virtue

100 sp in Shield

2nd: Gladiator lvl 36

88 sp in Sword

100 sp in Shield

100 sp in Guts

3th: Ranger lvl 36

100 sp in Axe

32 sp in Focus (MA skill tree)

88 sp in ranger skill tree, dont know the name anymore

4th: Sage lvl 37

100 sp in Wand

25 sp in Shield

100 sp in Enlightment

I just passed wormwood creek, and i'm on my way to Upover now. Please rate my team

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on September 07, 2011:

@ryan: Thank you for reading! :)

@Scarlett: Well, it's up to you, but I'm not a fan of Armamentalists myself. While Oomph is useful, you could always just use Gritty Ditty (Minstrel skill gained via a quest) and buff up your party that way instead.

Scarlett on September 07, 2011:

I have a lvl 54 Minstrel, a lvl 50 Priest, a lvl 54 Warrior, and a lvl 51 Armametalist. I was thinking about getting rid of my Armametalist, but Oomph (among other spells and stuff) is extremely helpful. Should I exchance her for a paladin?

Thanks :)

ryan on September 06, 2011:

This is brill thx for being a legeand a posting this in sted of being a tool a keeping it to yourself so good on yee

AWal on February 06, 2011:

Really helped. I mean really. Most Legacy Bosses on my game have been defeated, as well as *********, the final grotto boss (no spoilers here), thanks to this.

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