Regular enemy names
|English name||Japanese name||Literal translation||英語名の和訳||Notes/備考|
|Foreign Wanderer||異国の放浪者||Wanderer from a foreign land||外国の放浪者|
|Prowler Hound||彷徨い犬||Wandering dog||徘徊する猟犬|
|Flame Lizard||炎トカゲ||Flame lizard|
|Heide Knight||ハイデの騎士||Knight of Heide||ハイデ騎士|
|Hollow Infantry||亡者下級兵||Hollow low-ranking soldier||亡者兵|
|Hollow Royal Soldier||亡者王国兵||Hollow royal soldier|
|Ironclad Soldier||重鉄兵||Heavy iron soldier||鉄装兵|
|Old Knight||古騎士||Ancient knight||老いた騎士|
|Hollow Varangian||蛮族亡者||Barbarian hollow||ヴァリャーグ族の亡者||No mention of what the barbarians are called in the Japanese version (no mention of "Varangians")
|Stray Hound||野犬||Wild dog||はぐれ猟犬|
|Nimble Shadow||異形の影||Eldritch shadow||敏感な影||"Igyou" (which I translated to "twisted" until someone reminded me that the word "eldritch" exists) means something extremely out of the ordinary (in a bad way).
It's a bit hard to define but tl;dr it's a word frequently used to describe Lovecraftian horrors in Japanese.
|Royal Swordsman||王国剣士||Royal swordsman|
|Rupturing Hollow||破裂亡者||Bursting hollow|
|Bell Keeper||鐘守||Bell guardian|
|Undead Aberration||異形の不死||Twisted undead||"Igyou" again (see eldritch shadow). Left this one as "twisted" because it seems more appropriate than "eldritch" in this case. Aberration is a pretty good translation in this context.|
|Prisoned Sinner||牢の罪人||Sinner of the prison||投獄された罪人|
|Abandoned Hollow||棄てられた亡者||Abandoned hollow||"Abandoned" as in "discarded"|
|Hollow Mage||亡者魔術師||Hollow sorceror||亡者術師||Same word as used in the starting class (majutsushi).
|Hollow Rogue||賊の亡者||Hollow bandit||亡者ローグ|
|Poison Moth||毒蛾||Poison moth|
|Undead Huntsman||不死狩り||Undead hunter||不死狩人||As in hunter of undead, not a hunter who is undead.
|Undead Laborer||囚人亡者||Hollow prisoner||不死労働者|
|Banedigger||毒堀り||Poison excavator||災い掘り||Literally "person who digs up poison".|
|Hammersmith||槌背負い||Hammer-bearer||槌鍛冶屋||Literally "person who carries hammer on back".|
|Desert Sorceress||砂の魔術師||Sand sorceress||砂漠の魔術師|
|Grave Warden||墓守||Grave warden|
|Masked Manikin||仮面の傀儡||Masked puppet|
|Poison Brumer||毒角蟲||Poison bug||毒ブルーマー|
|Entity of Avarice||貪欲者||Greedy one||貪欲なる存在|
|Hunting Rat||犬ネズミ||Dog-rat||狩猟ネズミ||Rat in the Grave of Saints.
Name seems to have been swapped with that of the "mongrel rat" from the Doors of Pharros.
|Swollen Mongrel||膨張犬||Bloated dog||はれあがった雑種犬|
|Great Giant Warrior||巨人兵||Giant soldier||大巨人兵|
|Forrest Grotesque||森の異形||Eldritch forest thing||森の怪物||"Igyou" again, see previous notes.|
|Lion Clan Warrior||獅子族の戦士||Lion warrior||獅子部落の戦士||"Lion" here is defined as a sort of species or race.
"Clan" is a common mistranslation of "zoku" due to real world connotations, but in fantasy it's commonly used to refer to races/species and such.
(e.g. "Shin-zoku" is "the race of gods", "ryuu-zoku" is "the race of dragons", "kyojin-zoku" is "the race of giants")
|Roaming Soul||徘徊霊||Wandering spirit||徘徊ソウル|
|Gyrm Warrior||ゲルムの戦士||Gyrm Warrior||ギルムの戦士|
|Gyrm Worker||ゲルムの民||(One of) the Gyrmic People||ギルムの労働者||Something-no-tami is a romantic way to refer to the people of a certain race.
Because Japanese does not have to specify if something is singular or plural it can be used to refer to a single member as well.
Real world example: Japanese translations of the bible refer to the Jews as "Yudaya no tami" ("the Jewish people").
Anyway they're not workers but regular people.
|Mongrel Rat||狩猟ネズミ||Hunting rat||雑種ネズミ||Rat in the Doors of Pharros. Name seems to have been swapped with that of the hunting rat found in the grave of saints.|
|Hollow Primal Knight||獣人騎士||Beastman Knight||亡者原始騎士|
|Ducal Spider||公の蜘蛛||Duke's spider|
|Grand Tusk||牙獣||Fanged beast||大牙|
|Hollow Peasant |||農夫亡者||Hollow farmer|
|Tseldoran Settler||ジェルドラの民||(One of the) people of Geldora||ツェルドラの開拓者||The guy in the duke's chamber.
|Spider Drone||寄生蜘蛛||Parasite spider||蜘蛛の傀儡|
|Alonne Knight||アーロン騎士||Arlon Knight||アローン騎士|
|Alonne Knight Captain||アーロン騎士長||Arlon Knight Captain||アローン騎士長|
|Stone Soldier||石像騎士||Stone statue knight||石兵|
|Syan Soldier||ザインの兵||Zyne Soldier||サイアン兵||Pronounced like "sign" but with a Z.|
|Aldia Warlock||彷徨い術師||Prowling Magus||アルディア・ワーロック||Same name as the boss.|
|Amana Aberration||アマナの異形||Eldritch thing of Amana||Igyou of Amana. See previous notes.|
|Amana Priestess||アマナの巫女||Amana shrine maiden||アマナの司祭||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miko|
|Archdrake Pilgrim||古竜院の巡礼||Pilgrim from the Ancient Dragon Institution||護り竜長の巡礼者||Most instances of "archdrake" are translations of 古竜院.
The 古竜院/Ancient Dragon('s) Institution is some sort of organization that seems to have both academic and religious overtones, and judging from the name has links to an ancient dragon or the ancient dragons, but I haven't looked into the other stuff yet so I'm leaving it at that for now.
|Leydia Pyromancer||レディアの呪術師||Ledia Jujutsushi||レイディアの呪術師||A jujutsushi is a practitioner of jujutsu, which is translated to "pyromancy". See previous post for notes on jujutsu.|
|Leydia Witch||レディアの魔女||Ledia Witch||レイディアの魔女|
|Undead Crypt Knight||不死廟の騎士||Knight of the Undead Crypt||Not a crypt knight who's undead, but a knight of the undead crypt.
|Dragon Acolyte||竜の学徒||Student of the Dragon||竜の信徒|
|Dragon||護り竜||Guardian Dragon||竜||Same name as the boss.|
|Dark Priestess||亡者司祭||Hollow priest(ess)||暗黒司祭||(No gender distinction)|
|Dragon Knight||黒竜の騎士||Black dragon knight||竜騎士|
|Drakekeeper||竜の番兵||Dragon guardians||守り竜の管理人||"Drakekeepers" suggest that they're people who take care of the drakes in the aerie, while the original name suggest that they're, duh, the ancient dragon's bodyguards.
|Witchtree||妖木||Animate tree||妖/you is the same word as used in Arlon's youtou (see stuff on Arlon's sword in previous post).
The nuance is that it's an ancient tree that has gained sentience and now has supernatural powers and whatever. Basically just a tree monster.
Red phantom/dark spirit names.
As the names (but not titles) are written phonetically, there are multiple ways of romanizing them: For example, aside from the official translation's "Rhoy" and my "Roy", that same guy's name could also be: Lhoy/Llhoy/Loi/Roi/Royh/Loyh/See what I mean? I'm just going with what comes natural to me. If the name is COMPLETELY different though there's an asterisk in the note field.
|English name||Japanese name||Literal translation||英語名の和訳||Notes/備考|
|Vorgol the Sinner||罪人フォーゲル||Vogel the Sinner||罪人ヴォーゴル||*
(German pronunciation so it's "foh-gel" with a hard G)
|Merciless Roenna||無慈悲なリュース||Luse the Merciless||無慈悲なロエーナ||*|
|Bowman Guthry||射手のガイラム||Gyram the Marksman||弓兵ガスリー||*|
|Rhoy the Explorer||探索者ロイ||Roy the Explorer||探索者ローイ|
|Melinda the Butcher||肉断ちのマリダ||Marida the Meat-cleaver||虐殺者メリンダ||*
|Nameless Usurper||無名の簒奪者||Nameless Usurper|
|Peculiar Kindalur||奇妙なキンドロ||Kindro the Odd||奇妙なキンダルー||*|
|Aslatiel of Mirrah||ミラのアズラティエル||Azratiel of Mirrah||ミラのアスらティエル|
|Dragonfang Villard||竜の牙ウィアード||Weird the Dragonfang||竜牙ヴィラード||Yes that's a guy whose name is "Weird" or at least something close to it. Weerd? Wierd? Wiyered?
Anyway if you pronounce "V" as a W like reverse-German and the "ll" as a Y like Spanish then yes, it's Villard.
|Royal Sorcerer Navlaan||宮廷術師ナヴァーラン||Court Magician Navaaran||王国魔術師ナヴラーン||*
Note that he is markedly NOT a sorceror (majutsushi) but a "jutsushi" (see my previous post on sorceries/pyromancies/hexes), and WHAT jutsu he uses isn't specified.
He could be a practictioner of any of the types of magic, or all of them, or maybe even an entirely different kind.
Ruin sentinel soul, English:
>Soul of the Ruin Sentinel, a creation of the Jailer.
Empty guardian soul, Japanese:
>Soul of an Empty Guardian, a creation of the master of the prison
(Considering how there are multiple jailers, and how they're just random mooks, I think it's safe to assume that the master of the prison is someone above them.)
"Queen" is typically 女王/joou. While a joou can be taken as a queen regnant, while an 王妃/ouhi however is clearly distinguished as a queen consort.
I'm not bothering to take a look at the English version this time so as to keep it from influencing what I see in the original text.
Dunashandra's dialogue, first time you meet her:
"You have done well in overcoming many trials to come here, cursed undead.*1 "Inga", like "gou" (see the previous stuff on the Withering Ruin/Crawling mushi), is a Buddhist concept that has become a regular Japanese word.
I am Dunashandra, queen of Drangleig.
A king is one who bears the [karma]*1 of souls.
The former king of this country, whose name was Vanclad.
He gained power and became a king of man, and in order to fight the coming cursed ones...
He sought more power and tried many things.
But in the end, he never reached the [Throne]*2."
It can also be interpreted as something like "cause and effect". Either way it's really vague here.
*2 Throne here has quotation marks around it in Japanese which means it's something special, hence why I capitalised the word.
Second time you talk to her:
"Go to Vanclad."
"We do not need two kings."
After getting the king's ring:
"Drangleig has been destroyed, here and now."
After getting the king's ring 2:
"Undead, seek the Throne.*Can't think of anything better for 王の証 = something that proves that a king is a king.
Follow the [proof of the king]* and do what you have to do."
After getting the core of ashen mist:
"Undead. What did you hear from that dragon?
It is a false thing. A false god.
Do not let it fool you."
After getting the core 2:
"Head towards the forest.*With this wording it's vague if she's saying where "that horrible giant" sleeps (implying she's referring to a single giant) or "that horrible place where the giants sleep".
Where [that horrible giant sleeps]*."
You who have passed the trials.
Now you become one with the darkness..."
"That which was stagnant has started to move... It moves again...*Japanese does not need to specify a subject, and the ancient dragon certainly doesn't. It's thus unclear if he's talking about the player character, or maybe Dunashandra, or even living beings in general. ("They" isn't in the original text)
For as long as to seek is to live... There is no escape...
But, that is why... They seek the answer hidden in the mist."
Black Flamestone Parma's description of the Gutter:
Among those thrown into the [gutter]* were those who crawled out seeking a path to the surface. But none succeeded in returning, and they all perished cursing the world.*Already explained the original text in a previous post and why "gutter" is a great word for it so I'm leaving it as such.
Spider's Silk's description of the duke (note: Items' original name is Spider's Needle):
The man known as the Duke, who loved spiders*, eventually vanished to someplace.*Japanese doesn't need to distinguish between singular and plural so it's unclear if he loved spiders in general (likely the case) or just one in particular. Also the word used for "love" is 偏愛/hen'ai which implies a love unbalanced in relation to other stuff, implying he cared more for his spiders than the town.
Malformed Shell*'s description of Aldia/An-Dil:
It is said that the mysterious person known as An-Dil sought power to to solve the mysteries of the undead in order to find the truth of life.*Item name could mean the shell itself is malformed as the translator assumed, but could also mean "shell of a malformed/eldritch (see previous notes on "igyou") thing".
Undead Lockaway Key (key to undead stone prison cell)'s description of the area:
Prisons meant to hold undead still exist in this forest, where undead hunts were held in the age of the Iron King. But now, there is no difference between the hunter and the hunted*.*Literally "the abusers and the abused" but that sounds weird in English.
Emerald Herald's dialogue at dragon aerie (or going by the Japanese names, Pilgrim clad in green's dialogue at guardian dragon nest):
"Bearer of the curse. I have been waiting here all along for someone who can overcome [inga]*1. For someone who will free me.
Bearer of the curse. You who were led to this land by a [bunshin]*2 of me.
The ancient dragon has watched over the world all this time.
Take this (you get the [aged feather]*3). Do not fight. The dragon will welcome you."
*1: See Nashandra's dialogue notes
*2: A "bunshin" or "wakemi" is a common thing in Japanese fiction. The person is referred to as the "hontai" ("main body") while a bunshin ("split body") is an extension of their being which has a separate body. There's a wide range of what these actually are: Ninja "bunshin" are illusions used to trick enemies, while sorcerers and such can make actual copies of themselves, and gods can make bunshin that are completely independent (the main character turning out to be a "bunshin" of the evil final boss villain, for example). It can also be used as a metaphor (someone who really loves their car could call it their bunshin) tl;dr It's a thing that's a separate thing from the person yet is the same person.
*3: The feather is specifically a bird's.