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Hero (Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age)

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The Hero, also known as the Luminary, is a young male from the village of Cobblestone and the main protagonist of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Aside from his primary appearance, Hero has also notably appeared as a downloadable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age artwork
Franchise Dragon Quest
First appearance Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (2017)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Challenger Pack 2) (2019)
Latest portrayal Mitsuki Saiga (2019-present)
Species Human
Gender Male
Residence Cobblestone


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

“The Hero Draws Near!”
Introduction tagline, "Heroic Encounter" trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Eleven is the Hero shown within the splash introduction of his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal trailer, "Heroic Encounter"

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hero was introduced as a downloadable playable fighter alongside three other Hero characters, each of whom debut in a different Dragon Quest main series installment. Given how Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was the latest main Dragon Quest series installment at the time of release, Hero is the default skin whereas the other three Hero characters are alternate costumes, done in a similar vein to Pokémon Trainer, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Robin, Olimar and Alph, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings, Corrin, and Inkling.

All four Hero characters were first revealed during the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct as downloadable content fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, set to release during the summer of 2019 (PST) as the second fighter in the first Fighters Pass (as well as the third downloadable fighter overall), included within Challenger Pack 2. The four Hero characters were showcased in the reveal trailer "Heroic Encounter." In the Mr. Sakurai Presents video, Masahiro Sakurai gave Hero the nickname Eleven to differentiate him from the three other Hero fighters: Arusu from Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, Solo from Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (in which it is his default name), and Eight from Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. The nicknames "Eleven" and "Eight" both refer to their respective numbered installment in the main Dragon Quest series. Eleven, Arusu, Solo, and Eight all collectively have 72 as their number.

In Hero's reveal trailer, Link is shown dueling puppet fighters of Marth and Meta Knight, both of whom were created by Dharkon. Link is overpowered by both puppet fighters, who prepare to rush him for a final hit. However, throughout their battle, a horse is galloping towards Link and the puppet fighters. When the Marth and Meta Knight puppet fighters are about to attack Link one more time, the Hero - revealed to be Eleven - attacks from behind, knocking away the puppet fighters from Link. Several gameplay clips of Eleven are shown: Eleven is KOing opponents at first, but is later KO'd himself several times. The gameplay cuts back to CGI, showing Dharkon's puppet fighter army cornering a weakened Eleven. Asuru, Solo, and Eight join to assist Eleven, where all four Heroes rush towards the puppet fighter army. Gameplay footage of all four Heroes is shown, where they all work together to KO their opponents. The Hero's trailer ends with Asuru using his Final Smash.

Hero received his own amiibo corresponding to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Eleven, being the default Hero, is the one depicted on the amiibo.

Classic Mode route

Aside from the final round, all matches in Hero's Classic Mode route are Stamina battles.

A History of Heroism
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Tiny Kirby (blue costume) ×3, Tiny Kirby (red costume) Gaur Plain (Battlefield) The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination
2 Hero (XI), Tiny Robin (female, red costume) Yggdrasil's Altar Unflinchable Courage
3 Hero (VI) Temple Wagon Wheel's March
4 Rathalos Fighting Spirits - DRAGON QUEST III
5 Hero (VIII), Tiny Pikachu Gaur Plain (Battlefield) War Cry
6 Hero (III) Castle Siege (volcanic area) Adventure - DRAGON QUEST III
Final Robin (male, blue costume)
Giant Charizard (purple costume)
Dracula's Castle (Ω) Fighting Spirits - DRAGON QUEST III
Battle for the Glory - DRAGON QUEST IV

Profiles and statistics


No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
1324 Hero (DRAGON QUEST XI S)   DRAGON QUEST Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Hero N/A N/A N/A N/A

Palutena's Guidance

Hero shares this stock conversation with all other Fighters Pass characters. It was originally used for Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, who are downloadable fighters in that game.

  • Pit: Who is THAT?
  • Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
  • Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
  • Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate official website

  • The Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter! Wielding the Supreme Sword of Light and a trusty shield, he can slice his foes and block incoming attacks. When Hero pulls up his Command Selection screen, he’ll have access to a random selection of spells that could turn the tide of battle in his favor!


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