A mutation of some unknown animal. Details are unclear. Remembers people by licking their blood.Final Fantasy VIII Info Corner.
Moombas are a possible final stage in the evolving life cycle of a Shumi in Final Fantasy VIII. They are generally used as slaves or laborers and as such are treated poorly by their human masters; however, they are held highly as an ideal by the Shumi in Shumi Village. The Sculptor at the village workshop explains that often those who fail to evolve into Elders, turn into Moombas, and that their fur is red due to the "passionate ingenuity of their hearts."
Did you not see their noble features? Their gem-like eyes revealing innocence? Their bright red hair symbolizing passion? Their spectacular hair signifying power! Their soothing, adorable cries! Their mighty hands with incredible strength! Their proud postures demanding respect!Sculptor
Moombas are covered in red fur and stand at about a meter in height. They get around by running or walking on all fours, but can stand on their hind legs when stationary. Their paws are oversized in comparison to their bodies, with sharp claws which, coupled with sharp teeth, can be used for defense. Moombas cannot speak human language as a whole, but can be taught individual words.
Moombas mainly use expressive body language to convey their meaning to humans, but have no difficulty communicating with other Moombas and Shumi in more animalistic sounds. Moombas can recognize people by smelling or licking their blood. Being the "final form" of a Shumi, Moombas are generally benign, good-natured and hard-working, as this is the most common form a Shumi assumes.
A Moomba can be summoned into battle with the the Friendship item. In the original versions it is only obtainable with the PocketStation through Chocobo World. In Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Friendship can be found via Angelo Search.
A Moomba, named "Mumba" in-game, is a secret character in Chocobo Racing that can be unlocked after finishing the Story Mode four times, after which Mumba can be selected by pressing over Squall once he is unlocked. As a CPU racer, he holds attack stones until he gets three and uses them and instantly uses Haste and Reflect stones.
Moomba Warrior appears as a weapon.
Moomba appears as an Ice-elemental Eidolon card. It allows the player to choose one Forward and deal it damage equal to that Forward's power minus 1000. The Moomba is also an EX Burst card, causing its effect to activate immediately when sent to the Break Zone from the deck. The Moomba card being Ice-elemental may be because Shumi Village is located at the northern Trabia region in the world of Final Fantasy VIII.
- The appearance of a Moomba is reminiscent of Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII.
- The flashback sequence where Laguna works in the underground section of the lab has two possible versions. In one, the moomba will fall off the balcony, but be saved due to its safety harness. In the other, the moomba is about to fall, but is saved from falling in time. Which version of the event happens depends on whether Squall lies about SeeD or stays silent when he's being interrogated in D-District Prison.