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Dragon Quest IX: Legacy Boss Hunter - Murdaw

Updated on October 16, 2011


So, after countless days of grinding, I finally unlocked Murdaw! :D

As the title suggests, this hub will be all about Murdaw and how to defeat him in his Level 1 form. First, however, I'll explain how to actually acquire a treasure map that leads you to Murdaw. :)

How do I find Murdaw?

Murdaw is a Legacy Boss that has appeared several times throughout the Dragon Quest franchise. However, earlier iterations called him Mudou. In either case Mudou/Murdaw's first appearance was in Dragon Quest VI, and he would later make an appearance in the Dragon Quest series spinoff Dragon Quest Monsters II (or Dragon Warrior Monsters II as it was called in North America).

Anyway, to find Murdaw, you need to level up the Archfiend Baramos to at least level 16. His drop table then becomes:

  • Mini Medal: 100% (This is true of all Legacy Bosses so don't expect a change to this, ever.)
  • Murdaw's Map: 10% (More like 1%...grr)
  • Silver Orb: 6% (I got four of these before getting Murdaw's Map. Where's the love?)

So, as you can imagine, keep beating up Baramos until he coughs up the map (or level him up so the drop rate improves and then force him to cough it up; either way works fine. :P).

Once you do that, you'll get Murdaw's Map, which leads to a different location than Baramos' Map, and then you get to find the X on the map. I assume you're an expert grotto explorer by now! :P

My Party Setup for Defeating Murdaw

Level 61 Minstrel

421 HP

151 MP

282 Attack

334 Defense

261 Agility

Level 62 Warrior

534 HP

55 MP

420 Attack

584 Defense

80 Agility

Level 55 Paladin

487 HP

101 MP

427 Attack

503 Defense

52 Agility

Level 55 Sage

337 HP

489 MP

207 Attack

257 Defense

236 Agility

As compared to a level 16 Baramos, Murdaw is much easier. His repertoire at Level 1 consists of:

  • Buff. He'll use this every few turns to improve his defense, which can be quite annoying as this reduces the damage you do with physical attacks as well.
  • Dazzleflash. I haven't seen him use this yet (must be because I beat him in under 8 turns). What this does is reduce your party's accuracy, making it harder to deal damage with physical attacks. Noticing a trend? :P
  • Blazing fire. Much like Baramos, Murdaw can breathe fire onto the whole party, dealing from 130 to 150 damage. Reverse Cycle (from the Fan skill tree) can reflect this attack back on Murdaw.
  • Kasap. Also haven't seen him use this, but you probably already know what this does. On the off chance you don't: It lowers your party's defense if they don't resist it.
  • And finally, but definitely not least, he uses physical attacks. Unlike Baramos though, Level 1 Murdaw cannot critical, which ultimately makes him easier to deal with.

Some factoids about Murdaw:

  • His attack and defense parameters seem to be marginally higher than Baramos at level 16.
  • He's resistant to dark magic, unlike Baramos who took full damage from them.
  • Kaboom, on the other hand, works as well as it did with Baramos.
  • He can double attack, but doesn't do so all the time.
  • Like Baramos, you cannot enrage Murdaw unless you use Knight Watch. Even then the rage wears off in about 2 actions (so usually one turn).

Here's what I did to defeat him:

Turn 1: Minstrel uses Egg On on the Warrior. Warrior uses Double Up. Paladin uses Reverse Cycle. Sage uses Caster Sugar.

Mudou will usually start the fight either with a breath attack or Buff. This only changes what the Sage will be doing, so it doesn't matter much.

Turn 2: Minstrel uses Egg On on the Warrior. Warrior uses Psyche Up (Tension at 50). Paladin uses Forbearance. Sage uses Multiheal if Murdaw used a breath attack or Disruptive Wave if he used Buff.

Turn 3: Minstrel uses Egg On on the Warrior (33% chance for 100 Tension). Warrior uses Falcon Slash. Paladin uses Forbearance. Sage uses Multiheal if necessary. Otherwise uses Kaboom.

Rinse, lather and repeat turns 2 and 3 until Murdaw falls.

This battle is awfully easier after the horror that was a level 16 Baramos that could and would spam Disruptive Wave to keep you off-balance. Unable to stop you from tanking his punishment and dealing out some punishment of your own, Murdaw should fall in short order. ;)


So, that's about it for now. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article, which I will write up as soon as I get Murdaw to the tender level of 8 (you need to get him to 16 to get the next Legacy Boss map...noticing a trend there? :P)

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment on any additional tips you'd like me to give or any suggestions for the article at hand.

Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)



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      Lord of the Sword 5 years ago

      Or a grammar nazi.

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      Lord of the Sword 5 years ago

      @ Matt

      That's "mine's", not "mines", sounds like your talking about a gold mine or something, lol.

      Sorry, I'm a correction weirdo, :P.

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      Matt 6 years ago

      Mines to the west of Batureg.

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      Darrin Perez 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Well, the X is actually randomly generated. :/

      My Murdaw is to the west of Wormwood Creek, but yours may be somewhere else.

      With that said, this site should tell you what you need to know (it's in Chinese, but all you really need is the pictures, so...)

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      theilluminator 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      hey, were is the X on murdaws map? i got it but i canot fid it ._.

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      Darrin Perez 7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      @TGTASC: Thanks!

      Well, he drops Somnia Boots until you level him past 8 if I recall correctly. They have 3 stars of rarity, give 15 defense points and 28 Style Points (I think Style influences a character's ability to charm a creature into inactivity for one action (hearts over monster's head).

      They're actually a bit worse than the Aliahan Boots that Baramos drops, but since I'm already farming him for experience and mini medals, the boots drop by themselves basically. :P

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      TGTASC 7 years ago

      Good luck at killing him lv16.What are those boots he drops

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      Deargdoom 7 years ago

      lol i did it ok im sure you will lol XD

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      Darrin Perez 7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Oh I see. How annoying. :/

      Lol. :D

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      Deargdoom 7 years ago

      C-c-cold breath # spelt it wrong in last post xP :)

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      Deargdoom 7 years ago

      yer he get c-c-col breath at level 5, disruptive wave at level 10 and hellfire breath at level 16 :D

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      Darrin Perez 7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      @GamerAinion: Once he gets Disruptive Wave, it'll probably be even worse. :/


      @Deargdoom: I hate Disruptive Wave so much! I'll probably leave Murdaw at 1 to farm him for a while, and get those boots he drops. I was also reading that he gets even stronger breath attacks as he levels up. Ridiculous. :o

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      Deargdoom 7 years ago

      o and also he doesn't use magic attacks that damage on magic he uses is kasap that affects your team and is the only move that can be deflected with catropic armor or mirror armor so i would advise almost everyone in your team to either be really strong hitters to kill him quick or for all of them to have reverse cycle from fan skill to deflect his breath attacks :)

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      Deargdoom 7 years ago

      hey winterfate i found you hub on murdaw lol and i just would like to say there is saught of a flaugh in your plans for when he gets to level 10 he learns disruptive wave that he uses on like every turn it gets really annoying at times xP

      but you still know i got him down in 3 turns lol XD

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      GamerAinion 7 years ago from Miami, FL

      Turn 37: Minstrel uses Egg on Warrior. Lol.

      I totally agree, the lack of criticals or desparate attacks from any enemy in a Dragon Quest game makes the battle OH SO MUCH EASIER :(.