One ugly Esper. Those that meet its magic glare turn to stone.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section

Catoblepas, known as Shoat in the SNES release, is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas is a dark green, quadrupedal creature with a single red eye and several tusks.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas is obtained automatically upon completion of the Magitek Research Facility.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Demon Eye (GBA).

Catoblepas casts Demon Eye when summoned for 45 MP. This inflicts Petrify on all enemies, has a Hit Rate of 96 and will fail on enemies immune to Death.

Magicite[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas is equippable as a magicite, and teaches:

At Level Up, it gives a +10% boost to HP.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas (from the Greek expression καταβλέπω katablépō meaning "to look downwards") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, described first by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus. It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a wild boar. Its back has scales that protect the beast, and its head is always pointing downwards due to its head being heavy. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone, or kill them.

Shoat is a word of unknown origin. Perhaps cognate with West Flemish schote "young piglet".

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