Among the best defenses against a Malboro is equipping a GF with the StatDefx4 ability and junctioningPain, Confuse, Berserk, and Sleep, negating nearly all the Malboro's status abnormalities, leaving only Slow and Petrifying. One can also replace Berserk with Break and allow the berserked character to whittle away the Malboro's HP. With Auto-Haste equipped, Slow will also be prevented, and if the party's HP is high enough, the Malboro's other attacks won't KO anyone before they kill it; with the entire party thus prepared, the player could simply wait for the battle to end.
If the player lacks the aforementioned spells (or StatDefx4), they should at least junction Sleep, Berserk and Confuse, which still leaves a character available to cure the party; Selphie'sFull-cureLimit Break is a quick way to cure the party from status effects, though Siren's Treatment command, Remedies and Esuna are good as well. Summoning Cerberus would let one party member use Esuna three times to heal all of the party in one turn.
If the player has Ribbon, they become invulnerable to Bad Breath. Obtaining the Ribbon item is difficult, however, being a rare treasure from either Chocobo World (original versions) or Angelo Search (Remastered).
Equipping a character with Initiative lets them have a turn before the Malboro can use its Bad Breath, further eased by lowering battle speed in the Config menu. Having Quistis in critical status and ready with Degenerator will instantly defeat any Malboro. If the party is at a low level, the player may wish to use the Tonberry GF's Level Up ability to ensure a better chance of Malboro Tentacle drops.
Because of Malboro's high HP, Demi works well against it, dealing 9999 damage easily. The spell can be drawn from Malboro, making draw-casting a good strategy. The player can also summon Cerberus to triple-cast Demi.
Malboro is a poison-elemental Level 5 Monster Card in Triple Triad that boasts two 7s, the highest value for Level 5, making it a good card to use in play against many NPCs. Four Malboro cards become Malboro Tentacle with Quezacotl'sCard Mod.
[view·edit·purge]"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 from their mouths.