Malboro is an enemy in Final Fantasy XV fought as a boss during the main quest The Hand of the King, a mark in the hunt No Stopping the Great Stink, and a normal enemy in the Costlemark Tower maze.

Malboros are fought alongside malbodooms in a Timed Quest every 14th of a month. Defeating them yields 100 QP.

Stinker: Malboro is a fishing lure fashioned after malboro. Li'l Malbuddy is a cartoon character popular in Insomnia based on a malboro.

Bestiary[edit | edit source]

Alpha
Plant-like monster native to Niflheim's southern region of Succarpe. This highly evolved rotifer awaits it prey in silence, then latches onto its victim with its plentiful tentacles and sucks it up in a single breath.
Size: 29.10 ft. Weight: 68.34 t
Beta
Although native to Niflheim, this ferocious faux flora survived a cross-continental migration and now resides in the northern reaches of Leide. Hunters have prioritized its elimination due to the deleterious effects it has had on the local ecosystem.
Size: 29.43 ft. Weight: 69.10 t
Gamma
Possible subspecies of malboro that appeared in great number outside of Cape Caem in southern Cleigne, prompting Meldacio HQ to issue an emergency notice calling for its extermination. Scientists suspect this plant-like monster may actually be a close-relative of the Lucian-born malbodoom.
Size: 28.90 ft. Weight: 68.31 t
Delta
Malboro that, long ago, drifted through the Styrian Swells and across the Cygillan Ocean, ultimately taking up root in the deepest recesses of Costlemark Tower. Perhaps toughened over the course of its extensive voyage, this particular specimen exhibits an incredible strength.
Size: 29.62 ft. Weight: 70.02 t

Hunt[edit | edit source]

NameLocationRankTypeMarkHabitatLevelRewardStars
No Stopping the Great StinkLestallum – Surgate's Beanmine (Chapter 15)1
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Malboro x1Kelbass Grasslands (All Times)386,780 gil, Golden Hourglass★★★

Stats[edit | edit source]

Main Quest

Hunt

Timed Quest

Enemy

Battle[edit | edit source]

Bad Breath.

A malboro spawns outside the royal tomb in Fodina Caestino. It is weak to greatswords, machinery, and fire. The player may want to equip status-protection accessories, as the malboro inhales before spewing toxic mist that inflicts the party with various status ailments. It also summon sprouts. It can be difficult to get blindside-strikes on them as they turn fast. They flail their tentacles and chomp at targets with their big mouths. They can pick Noctis up in their mouth to chew on him before spitting them back out. This attack has a counter prompt which has Noctis throw fire magic back at the malboro, which can inflict it with Burnt and makes it recoil.

When low on health the malboro becomes more aggressive and when it dies it revives itself. When out of health again the player is prompted to flee to the marked spot slightly right of the tomb's entrance to trigger a scripted ending to the battle.

Tougher malboros are also fought in Lucis in a Chapter 15 hunt, Timed Quests and a menace dungeon.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player should run and dodge when the malboro breathes in. The sprouts can be cleared via greatswords and Firaga spells. The player can try and stay away from the range of its mouth, but it can turn easily.

When fighting then in Lucis, Ignis can bestow Noctis's weapon with the fire element with Enhancement. During the hunt the malboro is found in a crater filled with shallow water; the player can freeze the water with Blizzard spells, rendering the malboro helpless until it thaws out (the player must not be touching the water when it freezes or they will be frozen in place too). When playing in Lucis the player can character-swap to Prompto to stay further out of the malboro's reach.

The player can protect against the ailments the malboro inflicts with accessories, food buffs and the Trendy Outfit attire. Eating recipes that give Resilient immunizes the party to all status effects: Beanball Croquettes (Orienteering Checkpoint D), Three-Mushroom Kebabs (from collecting a malmashroom), Grilled Mighty Barramundi (catch a Mighty Barramundi), Broiled King-on-a-Stick (catch a King Trout) and Feast of the Divine (Gentiana's recipe in Comrades, now a default recipe in the game).

Creation and development[edit | edit source]

Noctis facing against Malboro in Final Fantasy XV.

During Gamescom 2015 it was revealed Malboros would lurk in swampy areas to ambush players. It was said Malboros would be found beyond the halfway point of the game and that they would use Bad Breath to poison anyone in range, and that they could not be defeated with normal physical attacks.[1]

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

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

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Unless it is stunned with attacks, the Malboro will fire breath projectiles that confuse and impair Regis, causing controls to become reversed and causing the screen to distort and become pixelated.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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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.

The malboro's hunt is called "No Stopping the Great Stink". The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 that came to a head due to the ageing and inadequate sewer system that emptied directly into the Thames.

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