Catoblepas in the 3D versions of Final Fantasy III.

The Catoblepas (カトブレパス, Katoburepasu?), also known as Shoat, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. It first appeared in Final Fantasy III as a mammal resembling a buffalo, and later, a variety of a Behemoth; though the Finest Fantasy for Advance series renders them as Basilisk recolors. Catoblepases had their debut appearance in Final Fantasy III as a random encounter around Saronia.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas can be found in the Dawn of Souls dungeons also found in the PSP/iOS versions. It can Petrify foes with his Gaze attack.

There are three other enemies related to Catoblepas:


Final Fantasy II[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas can be found at the Unknown Palace on the Soul of Rebirth dungeons of the GBA/PSP/iOS versions.

There are three other enemies related to Catoblepas:


Final Fantasy III[edit | edit source]

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An enemy found on the northwestern part of the world map and inside the Dragon Spire in southeastern Saronia.

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas appears as an enemy in the Advance version and in the Complete Collection.

Related enemies:


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas are powerful enemies that can inflict Petrify on a party member, and are also one of the few enemies to drop the very rare Aegis Shield and Stoneblade. They are only fought in the Depths.

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

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The Catoblepas is also known as Shoat. It is a hidden enemy found around the areas of Moore and has the ability Evil Eye, an attack that will petrify a character. After besting it in battle it is acquired as a summon.


Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

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The Catoblepas is one of the eight minions fought in Ultimecia Castle and uses Thunder attacks. It has very high Strength and gives a powerful blow to the party with its Deadly Horn attack. It has a Triple Triad card.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas can be found in the Forgotten Continent in the Seaways Canyon and can be fought in the basement of Treno's Knight's House. The player will receive 15,000 gil from the owner upon defeating it.

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas is a fiend that can be unlocked in the Monster Arena. It is nearly identical in looks to the Behemoth but is a much stronger opponent.

Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas is a species of Dhalmel native to Bibiki Bay, valued for its hide.

Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

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Catoblepas is a Mark petitioned by War-chief Supinelu in Jahara. It is found in the Zertinan Caverns and is stronger than most of the other Behemoth-class monsters. There is also a scene where a Catoblepas is defeated by Fury in the Necrohol of Nabudis.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

Catoblepas appears as the second boss of Halatali (Hard Mode). Its appearance is based on the Catoblepas from Final Fantasy V.

A larger and stronger version called Nandi appears as an S-rank hunt mark in Upper La Noscea area.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

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Colossal Catoblepases reside on the pond in the Duscae region. They are enormous enemies with high amounts of HP. Additionally, Catoblepas is fought during the Hunt Marsh Madness! The Giant Awakens.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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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.

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

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