Being a hideous creature with brownish-green mottled skin, and writhing tentacles. It eats only of flesh, drawing no sustenance from photosynthesis as common plants do. Favoring stealth, it approaches its prey in silence, then strikes without warning, swallowing its victim whole. Its maw is filled with powerfully acidic saliva, and breathing the miasma that is its foul breath causes poisoning and madness.
They appear in groups and their main attack is Bad Breath, which inflicts the party with Slow, Blind and Poison; and Cloying Breath that inflicts Sleep and Slow. If they get afflicted with ailments they will heal themselves. They are weak to wind.
The player can rarely steal the Elfin Bow from the variant in Golmore.
The player can blast wind spells at them with the Cherry Staff equipped, as it boosts the power of the wind element. This is especially useful in the Golmore Jungle that is often swarming with enemies and where paths are narrow. Protecting against Sleep is useful. with the Nishijin Belt (in shops from Nam-Yensa Sandsea onwards in the Zodiac versions, but not available to buy until Mt Bur-Omisace in the original).
[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.