The translation for Quest is "búsqueda" but it just does not work properly. In English we say "I'm on a quest for the holy grail" this is not quite the same as "I'm searching for the holy grail." So how do I get the seance of adventure implied in "quest" in Spanish. Can some one think of a better word.

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    A usual translation is "misión"
    – Laura
    Jan 5, 2012 at 22:19
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    Maybe en busca de can work. It might imply a bit of action. For example the film "Raiders of the lost ark" is known as "En busca del arca perdida"
    – Javi
    Jan 5, 2012 at 22:38
  • Misión y desafío traducen mejor a la magnifica palabra quest!
    – Susy
    Nov 5, 2015 at 11:51
  • Just out of curiosity: in Spanish the closest word etymologically speaking is cuestación: Petición o demanda de limosnas para un objeto piadoso o benéfico. It comes from the same latin word as "quest": Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere.
    – Charlie
    Sep 12, 2016 at 6:40

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Yes, "misión" is pretty common, here are some example websites in Spanish using it in a game context: http://es.wowhead.com/faction=942/expedicion-cenarion#quests

  • Grasias la palabra "misión" funsiona mejor.
    – Fortunato
    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:15
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    There are some movies with the word Quest translated to «Búsqueda». tinyurl.com/89p8orj
    – pferor
    Jan 6, 2012 at 22:31
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    "desafío" is another option
    – Sergio
    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18

I couldn't find a word in Spanish with the same sense of adventure. Nonetheless, a "quest" also means

a long and difficult effort to find or do something.

A word in Spanish with a similar meaning is empresa:


  1. f. Acción o tarea que entraña dificultad y cuya ejecución requiere decisión y esfuerzo.

In almost most of the cases, the word empresa means "company", "business", "enterprise". But it can also reflect a long, difficult task in general. An example taken from Don Quixote:

Por una parte, me acosa y fatiga el deseo de ver a mi señora; por otra, me incita y llama la prometida fe, y la gloria que he de alcanzar en esta empresa.

On the one hand the desire to see my lady pursues and harasses me, on the other my solemn promise and the glory I shall win in this enterprise urge and call me.

The translator chose "enterprise" for the translation, but maybe nowadays it could have been "quest" as well.


Quest. Como en la hermosa canción "The man of La Mancha", referida a Don Quijote, que tiene la preciosa expresión en inglés:

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

Lo traduciría como mi anhelo, mi sueño, mi ideal, mi sed, mi norte, mi causa. La canción de Paloma San Basilio usa la palabra afán, en el sentido de misión, propósito.

  • Bienvenido al foro. La propuesta que haces podría servir para otros casos, como la canción cuya letra copias; pero no veo cómo sirve para el ejemplo que se planteaba en la pregunta.
    – Gorpik
    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:44

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