One ugly Esper. Those that meet its magic glare turn to stone.
Catoblepas (カトブレパス, Katoburepasu?), also known as Shoat, is a summon that appears in two games in the series. Its attack, Demon Eye, attempts to Petrify all opponents. This creature made its summon debut in Final Fantasy V.
Catoblepas is obtained on the northwest island in Galuf's World (accessible by submarine). It is fought on the world map as a boss that appears as a random encounter and then joins as a Level 3 Summon. It takes 33 MP to summon. Its summon magic is called "Demon Eye", and it can petrify all enemies.
Catoblepas, which was called Shoat in the early translations, is an esper obtained automatically in the Magitek Research Facility. Its attack, Demon Eye, costs 45 MP to summon, inflicts Petrify on all enemies, has a Hit Rate of 96 and will fail on enemies immune to Death. As a Magicite, it teaches Bio (x8), Break (x5), Death (x2). At Level Up, it gives a +10% boost to HP.
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".