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This foe's PetriBlast, Blow Fish, and El Nino attacks will keep you on your toes.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Angler Whelk, also known as the Presenter, is an enemy in Final Fantasy VI.






The shell can use Gigavolt and Magnitude 8, which can be powerful. The head has a chance of using El Niño on its second turn, but if the player keeps up their offensive the head should not be out long enough to get a chance.

The battle can be won if either the head or the shell is killed. They both drop items, in this case, the Dragon Claws for Sabin. Thus, it is possible to kill the shell and head simultaneously and receive two of the weapon. Depending on how the player is using Sabin, this can be advantageous, as the Dragon Claws is one of Sabin's best weapons.


It can be killed with one hit if the player casts Break on the shell, or by using the Chainsaw Tool against the head. Otherwise, Fira spells are most effective.

The easiest way to kill both the head and the shell simultaneously is to weaken both to under a thousand HP, then have Celes cast Fira on both parts. Alternately, a weaker party may want to summon Catoblepas as both the shell and head are vulnerable to petrification. Another easy way to kill both parts is to cast Banish—if only the shell dies, killing the head after will still result in two Dragon Claws being awarded. However, the player will only have a short time before the head's AI script registers the shell has been killed and the fight ends without rewarding the second Dragon Claw.


Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
433 Angler Whelk (Shell), Angler Whelk (Head) Y N N N Sides, synch. The Decisive Battle 2
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AI script[]


If head is inside of shell: Magnitude 8 (66%) or Nothing (33%)

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Nothing (33%)
2nd Turn: Megavolt (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Nothing (33%)

If attacked by anything: Gigavolt (33%)


If head is inside shell:

If Timer >= 20:
Head comes outside of shell

If monster has been damaged twice or more:

Head goes inside shell
Set Timer == 0

If head is outside of shell:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Megavolt (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or El Niño (33%) or Petriblast (33%)

Other appearances[]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

PFF Angler Whelk.png
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

FFRK Angler Whelk FFVI.png

Angler Whelk appears as a BOSS battle in Darill's Tomb - 2nd Level - Inner Chamber

Behind the scenes[]

Presenter's sprite in Bahamut Lagoon.

Angler Whelk's sprite from Final Fantasy VI, with new colors, is also used for an enemy of the same name in Bahamut Lagoon.


Related enemies[]