There's nothing to fear. Antlions are quite docile. They won't harm humans.
The Antlion (アントリオン, Antorion?), also called Ant Lion, is a recurring monster in the Final Fantasy series, appearing as a common enemy, a boss, and even a docile creature. They first appeared in Final Fantasy IV, though it is worth noting that there's an enemy creature in Final Fantasy II called Anjigoku (ありじごく) that was given this name in English. Despite being considered docile creatures in Final Fantasy IV, all Antlions are fought in every game appearance they have made.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy II
- 1.2 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.3 Final Fantasy V
- 1.4 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.5 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.6 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.7 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
- 1.8 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.9 Crystal Defenders
- 1.10 The Final Fantasy Legend
- 1.11 Final Fantasy Legend II
- 1.12 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.13 Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia
- 1.14 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.15 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.16 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 1.17 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 2 Other appearances
- 3 Etymology
Appearances[edit | edit source]
The Antlion is found around the large desert in Palamecia. Despite its English name, it doesn't share the same Japanese name as the rest of the entries, and thus may not be part of the same family. It has a powerful physical attack that can cause Paralysis, along with an elemental weakness to Ice and Poison.
The Antlion dwells within the Antlion's Den near Damcyan Castle. The secretion it produces when laying eggs can become a Sand Pearl. Cecil, Edward, and Rydia venture into the cave to obtain a Sand Pearl to heal Rosa from her desert fever. They reach the Antlion's nest, seemingly without any trouble, because the Antlion is usually docile and doesn't attack people. However, it attacks the party due to the influence that is making monsters aggressive, and they have to fight it.
The Antlion appears near the beginning of Episode 1 when Linaly and Hassam travel through the desert on the way to the Wind Shrine. The monster chases the two, who attempt to escape by chocobo, and almost kill them when Prettz comes to the rescue on his motorbike. He slices its head off, killing the Antlion and saving Linaly and Hassam.
The Antlion is a boss in a sand vortex near Cleyra and lures its prey into its grip. It captures Prince Puck when the Alexandrian army attacks Cleyra. Antlions are also fought later if the party attempts to enter the Desert Palace through the wrong sand pits.
Antlions are a family of creatures of the insect order found in some zones that were added by the expansion Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia. Generally Antlions are not aggressive. There are also jugs that can be used by Beastmasters that summon Antlions as pets.
The Antlion is a mark in the Lhusu Mines. It made its den deep in the mines, where some local children had gotten lost. Additionally, after the battle with Air Cutter Remora, "Tonberry" communicates with "Antlion", who instructs him to withdraw.
The Antlion is a common enemy, a non-elemental melee-type of Rank II. There also exists a red-colored Antlion, called the Antlion Queen, as a unique enemy.
An Antlion appears in the Lynari Desert as the stage boss, aided by a variety of Scorpions. It lives in a sandpit.
Antlions and the stronger Jawbreaker are regular enemies.
Antlions are associated with the element of Earth, and have another variant, the Pit Beast. They also have the slightly disturbing abilities to Cannibalize an ally unit and spew bodily fluids to cause debuffs.
Antlions appear as basic, weak enemies and are usually one of the first waves sent.
The Ant Lion is an enemy and also a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into. It can be found on the eleventh floor of the Tower.
The Ant Lion is an enemy and also a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into.
Antlion is an enemy family.
Antlions from Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IX appear as enemies.
Antlion from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance appears with an Earth-elemental card.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Antlions are a family of insects, known by the scientific name Myrmeleontidae. "Antlion" usually refers to the larval form of the insect, and they are so named because the larva's typical food is ants, though they will eat other insects as well. Antlions will dig pits in sand inches deep and lurk in the bottom waiting for prey to come close. When the prey falls into the pit, the loose sand on the sides of the pit prevents them from escaping and causes them to fall further down towards the antlion. The antlion's jaws are hollow, and upon biting its prey it will suck out its juices rather than actually eat it. When the antlion is finished, it flicks the husk out of its sandpit and fixes any damage done to the walls, then waits for its next meal to pass by.