Artwork for Final Fantasy II by Yoshitaka Amano.

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.

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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy II[edit | edit source]

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There are several types of Malboros. None of them know the Bad Breath attack, but their regular attacks cause several status aliments.

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

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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.

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

Count Malboro

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.

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

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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

Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

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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.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[edit | edit source]

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Malboros are found in Banora Underground. They appear and behave similarly to the Final Fantasy VII version. Other variants also appear: Land Malboro, Gaea Malboro and Great Malboro.

Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

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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. It almost always uses Bad Breath on its 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.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

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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.

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

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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.

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

The Malbor-type fiends found are Malboro and Great Malboro. It takes 24 kills to Oversoul this type of fiend.

Sphere Break[edit | edit source]
Malboro Coin
Silver Malboro Coin
Gold Malboro Coin
Coin No. 16 Coin Value 3
Trait Multiplier Echo
Location Win: Luca Stadium (Dream Shop Core Sphere)
Find: Western or Southern Expanses of Bikanel Desert.

Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

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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.

Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

Malboro concept art.

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.

Other variants:


Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[edit | edit source]

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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.

Fortress[edit | edit source]

A Malboro from both sides.

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.

Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

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.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

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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...?

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

Noctis faces off against a Malboro.

Malboros are enemies fought during the Main Quest The Hand of the King, the Hunt No Stopping the Great Stink, and in Duscae. They appear in swampy areas and ambush the party.

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.

Justice Monsters Five[edit | edit source]

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%.

A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

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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.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[edit | edit source]

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Malboros appear in several maps, along with their upgrade.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[edit | edit source]

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.

Crystal Defenders[edit | edit source]

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Malboro appear as enemies.

There are four types:

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Final Fantasy Type-0[edit | edit source]

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Malboros appear as enemies.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles[edit | edit source]

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A Malboro appears as a boss in the Mushroom Forest, casting Blizzard and Slowga as well as using its Bad Breath attack.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King[edit | edit source]

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.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers[edit | edit source]

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.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

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Malboro is an enemy family.

A dummied blue malboro sprite exists in the data.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

God Malboro.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Malboro being summoned.

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.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Malboro appears as a summon. It can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 60 KP.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[edit | edit source]

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Malboro appears as an enemy. The Malboro resembles the Malboro from Final Fantasy VIII.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Malboro.

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...

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Malboro appears as an enemy during Battle Music Sequences (BMS).

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

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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...

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Great Malboro appears as an enemy in Battle Music Sequences.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Malboro and Great Malboro from Final Fantasy VI appear as an enemies.

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

Malboros appear as enemies.

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[edit | edit source]

Far too many arms, far too large a mouth, and breath that can end life. Just run away.

Description

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The Malboro appears as an enemy inside the Eureka Forest and the Zanarkand Ruins. It uses Bad Breath and drops the Partisan.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Explorers[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy World Wide Words[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[edit | edit source]

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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.

World of Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy: Unlimited[edit | edit source]

In one episode, Earl Tyrant is served a Malboro, but is mispronounced Marbolo.

Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon[edit | edit source]

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Chocobo's Dungeon 2[edit | edit source]

Malboro.

The Malboro is sometimes encountered in dungeons. Also, a "Drunken Malboro" appears in a restaurant in the town.

Dice de Chocobo[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

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Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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]

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[edit | edit source]

Malboro is a chance card, with the ability: Pearl value up 10% on random street.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit | edit source]

The Malboro Gardens.

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.

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Puzzle & Dragons[edit | edit source]

Malboro.

Malboro appeared as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.

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Samurai Rising[edit | edit source]

Malboro is set to appear as an enemy in the upcoming mobile action RPG.[1]

Legend of Mana[edit | edit source]

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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, it syncho ability is Paralysis.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

"Malboro" may derive from the Japanese onomatopoeia boro, the sound of an upset stomach. The word mal, means something bad or illness. The name could also be a reference to Marlboro Cigarettes, since the creatures often spew horrid fumes.

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.

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