The Malboro is a species of monster and a specific monster in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. As always, their huge maws breathe putrid fumes that inflict various debuffs.

In addition to the famous Bad Breath move, advanced Malboros know a few other toxic skills, including Cloying Breath and Putrid Breath. Their multiple tentacles also allow them to walk on the surface of water.

Classes[edit | edit source]


A slithering mass of tentacles and filth. The stench is terrible.

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Great Malboro

The stench is greater too.

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Malboro King

Lord of the Malboros, with the crown to prove it.

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Cassies are notable for being the source of De'Vine ribbons made by the clothing designer Galmia Pepe. They are also more agile than their fellow kin.

Cassies are pink in color, have "bunny-ear"-like antennae, and use Charm and Sleep effects with their "Honeyed Breath" attack. They also wear Ribbons, making them immune to all debuffs. These factors make them surprisingly formidable foes.


Kukunochs only appear in Brightmoon Tor.


Nemeshis only appear in Brightmoon Tor. They also have the Brightmoon Tor secondary ability skillset of Turning.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Monster Move Jump Evasion Resilience Weak Half Null Absorb
Malboro 3 2 0 40 Air
Great Malboro 3 2 0 40 Air
Malboro King 3 2 0 40 Air
Cassie 3 2 0 40 Air

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Halitosis[edit | edit source]

Malboros and their kin belch noxious gasses and are generally unpleasant.


Ability MP Range Malboro Great Malboro Malboro King Cassie Kukunoch Nemeshis
Bad Breath* 8 T-shape Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Inflicts Blind, Poison, and Silence.
Eerie Sound Wave* 8 4 Yes Yes Yes No ? ?
Dispels buffs on one unit.
Goo 1 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Inflicts Immobilize and lowers Speed of one target.
Malboro Song 4 No Yes Yes No ? Yes
Bestows Regen and raises Attack in an area.
Putrid Breath 12 1 Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes
Inflicts Toad, Doom, and Confuse.
Purify Self Yes Yes Yes No ? ?
Removes all debuffs.
Honeyed Breath T-shape No No No Yes ? ?
Inflicts Charm.
Love Song 4 No No No Yes ? Yes
Restores HP, grants Regen, and increases Defense in an area.
Cloying Breath T-shape No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Inflicts Sleep and Slow.

*Denotes a Blue Magick skill.

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.

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