The Impure, his touch is poison and death.

Description

Cúchulainn is the Rank II Water Melee Esper in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Its normal attack, Malaise, damages a single enemy, and its special attack, Blight, damages a single enemy and inflicts Poison. The teal Cúchulainns are ally Yarhi, while the brown ones are enemy Yarhi.

Cúchulainn's sprite for Malaise can be seen as the Cúchulainn hitting the enemy with his stomach. This is a result of Cúchulainn spewing the corruption and pollution from inside of its 'containment'.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Cúchulainn can be bought from the Ring of Pacts for 2 Auracite.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Summoning Cúchulainn costs 14 Affinity.

Cúchulainn has an advantage in battling enemy party leaders who are not immune to Poison by using Blight. Since it has the highest Mind and Magick Defense growth of the Espers, it is strong against enemies with high Magick, such as Black Mages or Time Mages.

Cúchulainn has low Strength for a Melee unit, which contrasts with its high Mind and Magick Defense. Letting it battle face-to face with a physical attacker may not be as effective as against a magickal one. Its Strength is much lower than Sahagin's or Leviathan's. It has the lowest Speed among all of the Esper Melee units, but pars with Golem's. Cúchulainn is an obvious contrast to Golem; they have similar stats except for their Stamina and Mind, which are the opposites of each other.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Cúchulainn is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. "Cú" is the Irish word for hound—"Cúchulainn" is literally "Hound of Culainn". "Cúchulainn" is technically mispronounced in the series, being closer to "coo-hullen" as audible in the following reading from Irish myths by Ronnie Drew via youtube.

The son of the god Lugh and Deichtine, sister of the king of Ulster, he was originally named Sétanta, but gained his better-known name as a child after he killed Culann's fierce guard-dog in self-defense, and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared. At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge.

It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but that his life would be short—one reason he is compared to the Greek hero Achilles. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy or "warp spasm", in which he becomes an unrecognizable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He fights from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg, and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dub Sainglend.

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