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The Death Claw (デスクロー, Desukurō?), also known as Deathclaw, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series that made its debut in Final Fantasy III. It is usually an anthropomorphic, six-armed insectoid enemy with spikes at the end of each limb.

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Final Fantasy III

Death Claw

The Death Claws can be fought in the Cave of Shadows. It splits into two when hit by a weapon other than a katana. The Iron Claws is a stronger, gray palette-swap fought at the Ancients' Maze.

Final Fantasy V


Death Claws can be found at the castle in the Interdimensional Rift. A weaker gray version with red claw tips, the Iron Claw is found in Karnak Castle.

Final Fantasy VII

Death Claw FF7

Death Claws can be found at the desert near Corel Prison. They seem to have a skull for a head and the bones of the spine protrude through the skin.

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Final Fantasy VIII

FF8 Death Claw

Death Claws can be found on the world map around Centra and inside the Galbadia Garden. In this version, Death Claws have a more mammalian appearance. In the Japanese version of the game, the Death Claw does not use the same name as other enemies of the same name in the series. The katakana is instead literally translated as "Wild Hook".

Final Fantasy XII


Mantises known as Deathclaws can be found on the Ridorana Cataract in Final Fantasy XII.

Final Fantasy XIV

Monster Death Claw

Deathclaw artwork from Final Fantasy XIV.

Death Claws are Garlean Magitek constructs resembling giant floating hands that start appearing in higher level content. In addition, there are also mantis-type enemies called Death Claws that appears in the Sunken Temple of Qarn, referencing its Final Fantasy XII appearance.

Final Fantasy XV

Deathclaw FFXV

Deathclaw is fought during the Breath of the Glacian Main Quest. It has very high HP.

Final Fantasy Dimensions


Death Claw is an enemy family in Final Fantasy Dimensions. The standard form of the enemy appears only in a Challenge Dungeon which were only included in the original phone release, and therefore cannot be fought in any English version.

A green-colored Death Claw is likely a dummied sprite.

Final Fantasy Artniks Dive

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Death Claw from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII. appears.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

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