Catoblepas is an enemy in Final Fantasy XV found in Duscae. They lounge about in the lake in Alstor Slough, but can only be engaged during the hunt Marsh Madness! The Giant Awakens and the tour sidequest Up Close and Personal, though it is recommended to run away in the latter instance. During the tour, even if the player were to engage and fell the catoblepas to finish the quest, in the next scene the duo behaves the same as if they had fled. The tour catoblepas's stats, detailed in the strategy guide, are not added to the bestiary, either, although the game will log it as a kill for the beast.
Bestiary[edit | edit source]
- The fable surrounding the Catoblepas holds that the great beast once had a second eye that turned all who met its gaze to stone, but when the solitude grew too much to bear, the catoblepas swallowed its own eye, hiding it from the world forevermore.
- Size: 153.70 ft. Weight: 233.28 t
Hunt[edit | edit source]
|Marsh Madness! The Giant Awakens||Coernix Station - Alstor||4||Catoblepas x1||Alstor Slough (All Times)||38||6,560 gil, Blue Choker||★★★|
Stats[edit | edit source]
Battle[edit | edit source]
The player can target the creature's head, body and legs. Catoblepas resists lightning and light damage, and is weak to ice, polearms and machinery. It stomps on targets near its feet and can rise to its hindlegs to slam its front legs on the ground. This attack can be parried. It sweeps its head along the ground in a wide arc. Attacking its legs can make it topple over and render it vulnerable.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
The player should get behind it to deal blindside attacks and to trigger blindside links. The player can quickly swap for a greatsword for a chance of an especially powerful blindside link. Noctis can warp-strike the head, but it can quickly deplete his MP.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
To help get a balanced mix between a classic form and modern form, the artists used Catoblepas's Final Fantasy V design as a starting point and reference, but wanted to make it more realistic to fit with the setting in Final Fantasy XV. Its long neck was seen as a way for it to grasp things underwater, using its tusks to rustle plants. The team even mapped out its bone and muscle structure, examining its movement and shape. The inspiration came from giraffes, elephants, and rhinoceroses. To support its long neck while searching for food, catoblepas uses its front leg muscles, long backbone, and low center of gravity to balance its neck like a suspension bridge while walking, and it has several large ears it can flap to control its body temperature. After the team settled on the final design, they changed its coloring depending on each region so it would blend into its natural environment; in desert regions, catoblepas has a sandy color, while cold regions use bluer hues.
In the updated Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, catoblepas can be fought. At first they are in the water and thus unreachable, but after doing the tour with Prompto Argentum, one settles on land where it can be approached and fought. It is docile unless provoked and likely to wipe out the party's HP in one hit unless on a high level.
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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.