Catoblepas is a Rank VI Mark in Final Fantasy XII. The hunt becomes available after the storyline events in Giruvegan.

There is also a scene later on where the party watches a Catoblepas being defeated by Fury in the Necrohol of Nabudis.

Catoblepas is also fought in the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode at Stage 52 where the Golden Axe can be rarely stolen from it.

Clan Primer[edit | edit source]

Hunt 30: Paying for the Past[edit | edit source]

Mark Bill.

Petitioner: War-chief Supinelu
Petitioner's Location: Jahara
  • Saw bill posted for the hunting of the Catoblepas (Rank VI). The petitioner is War-chief Supinelu in the Lull of the Land in Jahara.
  • Hunt accepted. The Catoblepas is War-chief Supinelu's sworn enemy. It is to be found in Zertinan Caverns.
  • Catoblepas defeated with War-chief Supinelu's assistance. Receive your reward in the Lull of the Land in Jahara.
  • Reward received. War-chief Supinelu rejoices that the Catoblepas is no more. He has taken his revenge on the creature that once wounded his brother.

Bestiary entry[edit | edit source]

A Tyrant among Behemoths, possessed of evil, red Eyes. Such who face it are consumed with fear upon meeting its Glare, their bodies becoming as Stone with their Terror. A Garif who fought the Catoblepas long ago and lived to tell of his Failure posted a Bill for this Mark.

Stats[edit | edit source]

AI script[edit | edit source]

HasteHP <50% (25%)
ProtectHP <50% (25%)
Smite of RageHP >50% (5%)
HP <50% (25%)
RamUse all battle (25%)
Tail SwipeHP >50% (5%)
HP <50% (25%)
WailHP <20%; used once (100%)
Normal Damage+When HP <50%

How to find[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas is located at the eastern part of Hourglass Basin, in its hidden area.

Once in Hourglass Basin, the player must use the south exit to the Undershore, then use the secret path located after the save crystal, reaching Hourglass Basin's secret area, where War-chief Supinelu will be waiting.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas's attacks are similar to Behemoth-class enemies', only harder and faster—dealing 3,000–3,500 damage. It can inflict the party with statuses with Wail that it uses when it hits HP Critical. This is the time the player should finish it quick as chain attacks become more common.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Reaching the save crystal near the Zertinan Caverns' secret pathway, it would be wise to cast as many buffs as possible on the party, War-Chief Supinelu included. Traps are scattered in some spots, making Float almost as useful as Haste. The party should begin with Dispel and debuffs on Catoblepas before charging in to attack.

War-Chief Supinelu should be casting magicks, but he can dish out a few physical attacks occasionally, although his physical attacks are weak. Catoblepas's powerful blows can easily bring down one of the party, if they are not high level enough, but Bubble can greatly improve their survival rate.

The player can try blinding Catoblepas to ease up the battle; this is easiest with Nihopalaoa. Casting Blind spells with Indigo Pendant is also guaranteed to work.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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.

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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