Grotesque, strange, plant-life beasts with countless tentacles and gaping maws. Despite being plant life, some are able to fly.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
The Malboro (モルボル, Moruboru?), also known as a Molbol, Morbol or Oscar, is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series ever since its first appearance in Final Fantasy II. In early games they attack in large groups, and in later games they tend to attack solo. Malboros are large, green, tentacled beings, with an anemone-like head and large mouths. They may be inspired by real world scallops (which can have up to 200 eyes). In most games, Malboros are much larger than humans.
Similar to the Tonberry, Malboros have ranked among the more difficult enemies in the series, as their signature move Bad Breath can inflict many status effects on its targets, crippling unprotected parties. Malboros often have other status attacks as well, and other breath-based attacks. Common variants include the Great Malboro (モルボルグレート, Moruboru Gurēto?), and the Malboro Menace (モルボルワースト, Moruboru Wāsuto?), among others.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy II
- 1.2 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.3 Final Fantasy VI
- 1.4 Final Fantasy VII
- 1.5 Final Fantasy VIII
- 1.6 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.7 Final Fantasy X
- 1.8 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.9 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.10 Final Fantasy XIII
- 1.11 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.12 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.13 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.14 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.15 Crystal Defenders
- 1.16 Final Fantasy Type-0
- 1.17 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
- 1.18 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.19 Final Fantasy Dimensions II
- 1.20 Dissidia Final Fantasy
- 1.21 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 1.22 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.23 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 1.24 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 1.25 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.26 Final Fantasy Explorers
- 1.27 Final Fantasy World Wide Words
- 1.28 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 1.29 World of Final Fantasy
- 1.30 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 1.31 Final Fantasy: Unlimited
- 1.32 Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon
- 1.33 Dice de Chocobo
- 1.34 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 1.35 Triple Triad
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Etymology
- 4 References
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Malboros seem to have been conceived as water dwellers, hence the need of a subspecies that lives on land, Malboro Terra (ランドモルボル, Randomoruboru?). There are several types of Malboros. None of them know the Bad Breath attack, but their regular attacks cause several status aliments.
Malboros appear in both the Sylph Cave and Lunar Ruins. The Malboro Menace is fought in the Lunar Ruins and Great Malboro in the Cave of Trials, both exclusive to the Advance and The Complete Collection versions.
The Malboro also has other versions, including the Count Malboro and its counterparts, the Marquis Malboro and Duke Malboro. Their titles are possible references to the ones shared by the demons mentioned in the book, The Lesser Key of Solomon. Some are bosses or recurring enemy encounters. The Worst Malboro and Great Malboro are also present.
Malboros (Oscars in early versions) usually attack with a group of stronger enemies. Once all other enemies have been defeated, the Malboros will start using the Bad Breath (Sour Mouth in earlier versions) on the whole party, where it can be learned by Strago. Its stronger variants are Great Malboro and Malboro Menace
Malboros appear on the cold mountain paths of Gaea's Cliff and also rarely in the Northern Cave. Malboros can also appear in the Gold Saucer as a monster in the Battle Square's seventh round, after obtaining the Highwind. They use their signature move, Bad Breath, which can be learned as an enemy skill.
Malboros appear on the Island Closest to Heaven and the Island Closest to Hell, the Grandidi Forest, as well as the Great Plains of Esthar before the Lunar Cry. They almost always use Bad Breath on their first turn, and thus the party should be prepared with good status defense junctions. They give Malboro Tentacles used to teach Quistis the Blue Magic, Bad Breath and to make her ultimate weapon, Save the Queen. The tentacles are also needed to acquire Doomtrain. Malboros can be devoured to boost Spirit. Malboro has a Triple Triad card with good values for a Level 5 Monster Card.
The Malboro first appears at Pandemonium, and afterward on the world map on the Mist Continent during disc 4. They can float, but are not very difficult, partly because (unlike in other games) their Bad Breath only hits one character.
Malboros appear in the Calm Lands and tend to use normal attacks over their Bad Breath. An upgrade, the Great Malboro, has a high chance of ambushing the party and opening with Bad Breath. Malboro Menace is another variant which appears in the Monster Arena.
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Malboro is a monster in the Morbol family. The specific morbols known as Malboros can be encountered in the Pashhow Marshlands, an area that serves as part of the route between Bastok and Jeuno. Because monster names are universally the same in all languages, Morbol is the name of the monster family. The enemy named Malboro in the morbol family is a reference to the English translation of the name.
Morbol type monsters are particularly difficult, as they possess an array of breath attacks not limited to the trademark Bad Breath. For example, Extremely Bad Breath causes Instant Death to all players in a wide frontal area of effect.
Malboros are the weakest member of the Malboro genus found wandering the Golmore Jungle. Malboro-type enemies are fairly small, usually only human height. However, giant Malboros closer to typical Malboro size can be found during Hunts.
Malboros walk with their mouths facing upwards when not in battle—they tilt their mouths down to attack when they engage the party. They have a range of breath attacks, like Cloying Breath and Putrid Breath, each with a variation of status afflictions.
- Malboro Overking
- Great Malboro
- Malboro King
- Kris (Rare)
- Wild Malboro (Mark)
- Carrot (Elite Mark)
The Malboro keeps its renowned Bad Breath attack and is an enemy in four missions. The Great Malboro is a tougher version of the original.
The Malboro appeared in a green/orange variant, with smaller mouths on the inside of its mouth (in place of teeth) and on its long tentacles. It was gigantic in size, as large as a castle.
Malboros make no physical appearance, but one of Vanille's weapons is known as the Malboro Wand. It improves her ability to afflict enemies with status effects, referring to the Malboro's traditional method of attack.
Malboros make an appearance in the bestiary. Following the tradition started in early translations of Final Fantasy IV, Malboros in Eorzea are called Morbols and Stropers, with the latter being a weaker variety.
Their signature Bad Breath move targets players in a wide-reaching fan, requiring swift maneuvering to avoid its crippling effects. Players can obtain smaller minion versions as treasure within the dungeon Aurum Vale.
Upon unlocking the Blue Mage job stone, the player can learn the Bad Breath spell by observing it being used by an enemy Malboro in battle.
Morbol Seedling is a minion the player can acquire. Square Enix's Eorzea Cafe also served a dish called "Green Salada of Malboro" whose description translates to: If you eat this with the purple bad breath sauce, then perhaps your breath will become as smelly as that of Toxic Tamlyn, the giant morbol you encountered on that Guildhest...?
Many variants of Malboro appear:
Li'l Malbuddy is a cartoon malboro popular in Insomnia, who stars on his own TV show. Some fishing lures are also fashioned after malboros, good for catching some of the bigger fish like Vesper Gar, Snakeheads and Arapaimas.
The Malboro appears in several elemental variations.
The Marine Malboro appears as an obtainable R monster. It is a Water-elemental monster whose type is Climb, class is Plant and its specialty is HP. Its hero tech is Toxic Bubbles which unleashes a large shockwave upward. Its leader bonus is Waterstorm which increases Water damage dealt by 30%. Its auto-effect is Dark Damage -10% which reduces Dark damage taken by 10%.
The Dark Malboro appears as an obtainable R monster. It is a Dark-elemental monster whose type is Climb, class is Plant and its specialty is HP. Its hero tech is Ghastly Breath which unleashes a large shockwave upward. Its leader bonus is Darkstorm which increases Dark damage dealt by 30%. Its auto-effect is Dark Damage -10% which reduces Dark damage taken by 10%.
Malboros are a family that include Malboros and Ochus and Great Malboro. In addition to their breath attacks, they can also turn other generic enemies into Malboros with their Malboro Spores ability.
Malboros appear in several maps, along with their upgrade.
The Malboro species now includes four members: the Malboro, Great Malboro, Malboro King, and Cassie. The Cassie is a unique "domesticated" Malboro that is pink in color and has "bunny ears". Unlike regular Malboros, Cassies have very sweet, good-smelling breath that charms the opponent or puts them to sleep with 100% success, and a type of Malboro also appears in Brightmoon Tor with the Turning job command.
Malboro appear as enemies.
There are four types:
Malboros appear as enemies.
Malboro appears as enemies in Langooth Peak, Rinfor Nightwood, Beltevra Forest, and Musqu Mazewood. A Great Malboro also appears as a boss in the optional dungeon Infinity Spire.
Malboro appears as a field boss, which can be rather difficult if accompanied by Goblin Healers. A purple malboro called Hydra can also be found as a field boss.
Malboro is an enemy family.
A dummied blue malboro sprite exists in the data.
Malboro appears as a summon. When used, it rapidly decreases the foe's Bravery points for a certain period of time. It causes more damage if the summoner is closer to the opponent, and an animation resembling its signature move Bad Breath also occurs. The artwork used for the summon is from Final Fantasy II. This summon can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Destiny Odyssey II storyline.
Any would be right to flinch away from the foul breath and writhing tentacles of the malboro, both being fearsome enough to traumatize. Yet there are humans who value the malboro as a delicacy, and even some who fancy them as pets...
Malboro appears as an enemy during Battle Music Sequences (BMS).
This overgrown malboro spews a fluid so foul that those bathed in it will experience terrible anguish - inspiring scientists to consider using it as a weapon. It's thought to have evolved into its current form all for the sake of predation...
Great Malboro's CollectaCard
Great Malboro appears as an enemy in Battle Music Sequences.
Malboro and Great Malboro from Final Fantasy VI appear as an enemies.
Malboros appear as enemies.
Far too many arms, far too large a mouth, and breath that can end life. Just run away.
Both Malboro and Great Malboro are the bosses of the Global Exclusive Trial The Rumble of Malboro. Only the Great Malboro uses their signature Bad Breath and Devour tactics, but the lesser Malboro are still a significant threat.
In one episode, Earl Tyrant is served a Malboro, but is mispronounced Marbolo.
The Malboro is sometimes encountered in dungeons. Also, a "Drunken Malboro" appears in a restaurant in the town.
Malboro appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Water-elemental Monster cards.
Malboros from the series appear on a Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Malboro is a chance card, with the ability: Pearl value up 10% on random street.
Two Malboros appeared in the secret court Malboro Gardens, one behind each basket. The Malboros would sometimes attack with their purple Bad Breath, which knocked down players if hit by it and inflict them with the Poison, which slows down characters. The Malboros stray from their normal appearances, with only five eyes, each very large and pink, but still retaining their green skin.
Lord of Vermilion[edit | edit source]
A Malboro appears as a card in the card game Lord of Vermilion III.
It also appears in Lord of Vermilion Arena.
Malboro appeared as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.
Malboro is set to appear as an enemy in the upcoming mobile action RPG.
Legend of Mana[edit | edit source]
All it can do is punch anything in front of it and exhale really stinky breath.
Monsters encyclopedia description
The Malboro is a plant type enemy and a potential pet. Its syncho ability is Paralysis.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Malboro is known as Xylomid in the French localization of the series. Perhaps in order to avoid references to the cigarette brand, the monster's name is altered to "Molboro" in the Italian version of the franchise.