Catoblepas, also known as Shoat, is an optional boss in Final Fantasy V found at a large island forest covered in mountains in the northwest, which is only accessible by submarine in Galuf's World. It appears as a random encounter, just like Ramuh in Bartz's World. Defeating it in battle grants the Catoblepas summon. The player obtains the spell in the inventory as an item, and needs to use it for it to be listed in summon section.
One of the strategies to defeat Catoblepas quickly is by catching an Ironback near or in the cave at the Northern Lake and then releasing it, dealing over 5,000 HP damage that will kill the Catoblepas instantly.
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".
- The Final Fantasy V incarnation of the Catoblepas was used as starting point and reference when designing the catoblepas in Final Fantasy XV.
- The enemy ability known as Resploder in the PS version and Chain Detonation in the GBA version, is named ゆうばく in Japanese. It may have been intended to be a special attack (as it appears in the attack lists for Ramuh, Catoblepas, Sekhmet, Sandworm, Exdeath's normal and tree forms, Archeoaevis, Gilgamesh, and Wendigo), but it is just a normal physical attack. Crystal Dragon has it as a Catch/Release ability, but when used as a Release it acts the same as a normal Attack. The ability was removed (at least from Crystal Dragon) in the iOS version.