The Luminary is the main protagonist of Dragon Quest XI. He is a young man from the village of Cobblestone. He is the reincarnation of an ancient hero who once saved the world. On his sixteenth birthday, he sets out on his journey in order to fulfill his destiny.
Altough for most of the game he's silent, he does talk (even if we cannot hear him) with his friends and a lot of dialogue between NPC's shine a light of his personality. He is determined, courageous and altruistic. According to Veronica dialogue, he seems to be a daydreamer and shy. At first, it seems that he's not a great leader since he sometimes holds back, but since half of the game, he becomes the great leader he was destined to be. He doens't seem to be bitter, since he gladly accepts Hendrik's apology and invites him to the group with a warm smile. This trait was adopted by his adoptive family, who teached him that being bitter is not good. His most notorious trait, as all other Dragon Quest heroes, he never gives up and always fights for a better cause, even if there's nothing in it for him. He also seems to be quite more emotional than other Dragon Quest heroes.
He is a young man of above average height and lean build. He has brown, shoulder length hair and blue sharp eyes. He wears a purple long vest with leather brown ornaments, a long sleeved black shirtt underneath, beige pants and woven green boots.
The hero was born to Queen Eleanor and King Irwin, both really happy to know that their son is the reincarnation of the Luminary, a legendary hero who once saved the land. King Irwin wanted to name him Erdrick, but the queen then proposed the player chosen name, which he keeped. The same night, King Irwin went to a reunion, where all the kings where sitting across a table to disscuss the coming of the Luminary, in which the kings prove King Irwin to be determined to see his son grow into the legendary hero he is destined to be. Unfortunately, this moment of happiness fades away as the kingdom gets attacked by a giant hoard of monsters, in which almost all the kingdom falls to the ground. Queen Eleanor and Princess Jade manage to escape while King Irwin fights monster after monster, only for the queen to give her life to save the Princess and his newborn baby. Jade then falls into a river, and because she can't keep with the aggressive currents of the river, let's the Luminary go on his basket. King Irwin then is backstabbed and killed by King Carnelian, possesed by Mordegon, and convinces his knights that the Luminary is actually the Dark One. After the storm, a newborn Luminary arrives on a small town called Cobblestone, where his now adoptive grandfather Chalky finds him on the river while fishing. Seeing the mark on his hand and a handwritten letter of his true heritage, he knows the baby is going to grow up to be someone importan, and raises him as his own grandson.
Living in Cobblestone
The Luminary lives most of his life up to that moment in the small town of Cobblestone, not knowing of his royal past. He then meets his childhood best friend Gemma, who cares about him very deeply. When both him and Gemma are 16, they climb up the Cobblesone Tor in which Cobblestone teens can prove themselves, something The Luminary does almost flawlessly. When they get to the top,Gemma is ambushed by a flying monster, and almost falls. The Luminary, desperate, runs to her to help her climb up, but the monster tries to assault him too. The mark of Erdwin in his hand, then, illuminates, and calls holy lightning to the monster, defeating him. Not knowing what happened, The Luminary and Gemma exit the Cobblestone Tor and try to ask his adoptive mother, Amber, if she knows anything.
Day of departure
When the Luminary asks if she knows anything, she is shocked to find out that his father was right, tells him his true heritage. When the night comes, Gemma is visibly distraught that her childhoop friend needs to go, and tells him he can come back anytime. The next day, he departs and goes to the kingdom of Heliodor to talk with the king.
Super Smash Bros.
He appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a second DLC from the fighter pass with the name Hero, his alter skins are other 3 Heroes from other Dragon Quest Games, he can use magic for the battle, his final smash is named Gigaslash, who summon every Dragon Quest Protagonist (except for the mentioned).
- He is chronologically the first Dragon Quest hero and the first one to be titled Erdrick.
- Hero is the only DLC from the fighter pass who his skins have diferent characters.
- His design looks similar to another Akira Toriyama character, Android 17.