Catoblepas is an optional boss from Final Fantasy VIII, found in Ultimecia Castle's Treasure Room. To access the Treasure Room, the player needs the (invisible) key found outside the fountain after the Floodgate has been closed. The boss is fought to unlock one of the party's sealed abilities.
To access the Treasure Room the player must find the Treasury Key from the fountain area. The key is invisible, but can be found by clicking around the ground around the fountain after the Floodgate has been opened. The treasury can be found in the hallway leading to the lift, when the camera angle is tilted. The treasury is on the left of that screen.
The player needs to open all coffins in the Treasure Room to summon the Catoblepas. From the default position, the puzzle can be solved by touch the first, second, third and then fourth coffins in this order.
Catoblepas is a hulking Behemoth who has an affinity with Thunder. His strength is high (the Deadly Horn attack can do around 7,000 damage), but he has quite low Defense, which can be further reduced with Vit 0 from Meltdown or Doomtrain. As a final attack, Catoblepas will cast Meteor, which will do around 2,000 damage to all party members.
The player can lower the boss's defense with Meltdown or Doomtrain. Damage from Meteor can be mitigated with Shell. Resisting Thunder damage via elemental junctions makes the boss's Thundaga attacks ineffective. The player can junction Water, Quake or Meteor to Elem-Def-J to deal increased damage with every physical hit. The party can also summon Cerberus and triple-cast these spells, or summon and boost Leviathan and Brothers.
[view·edit·purge]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.