I've got more lives than I do arms!
Ultros (オルトロス, Orutorosu?), also known as Orthros, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. Ultros is a carnivorous purple octopus with a writhing mass of tentacles who has a mouth full of fangs. He frequently cracks corny jokes and makes lecherous comments towards female party members. Ultros works with his partner Typhon, who provides the muscle Ultros lacks. Ultros first appeared in Final Fantasy VI as an incompetent but recurring boss, and has since been featured in several other games as an optional encounter.
Since Final Fantasy XIII-2, Ultros is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in Japanese. In the English releases, he is voiced by Sam Riegel in World of Final Fantasy and Dave Wittenberg in Mobius Final Fantasy.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Appearances
- 2.1 Final Fantasy
- 2.2 Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
- 2.3 Final Fantasy VI
- 2.4 Final Fantasy XII
- 2.5 Final Fantasy XIII-2
- 2.6 Final Fantasy XIV
- 2.7 Final Fantasy XV Universe
- 2.8 Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
- 2.9 Final Fantasy Tactics S
- 2.10 Final Fantasy Dimensions II
- 2.11 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 2.12 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 2.13 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 2.14 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 2.15 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 2.16 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 2.17 Final Fantasy World Wide Words
- 2.18 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 2.19 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 2.20 World of Final Fantasy
- 2.21 Chocobo series
- 2.22 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 2.23 Triple Triad
- 3 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Etymology
- 7 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ultros is a large purple octopus with red eyes and a mass of tentacles that usually appear to emerge from his mouth below a row of sharp fangs, but his lower mouth is never seen. In almost all instances this gives him an iconic mocking grin. Ultros is not always depicted with eight tentacles, as real-life octopuses have, and is sometimes pink instead of purple. He has spots on his body in some appearances, and in Final Fantasy XIII-2 he has white markings. While his exact size varies, Ultros is usually larger than the party. His trademark attacks are Tentacle and Octopus Ink.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Ultros rarely, if ever, bears proper reason for his antagonism, and is often regarded as a bizarre nuisance who just likes causing trouble, rather than being truly evil. He adores females but hates males, and when fought often comments on how attractive the females are and how repulsive the "muscle head" males are. Ultros relies on his partner "Mr. Typhon" for assistance, as Typhon is much more powerful and durable.
Ultros thinks highly of himself, referring to himself as "octopus royalty" in Final Fantasy VI. He mocks the party and speaks in an over-the-top fashion. When fought he protests when attacked, specifically hating when Terra casts Fire on him in Final Fantasy VI, and calling out "No more!" when attacked in Final Fantasy XIII-2. At heart he is a coward, fleeing from battle and calling in Typhon for help when the tide of battle turns against him.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Uwee hee hee! What have we here? I'm warning you, I'm armed... Eight-armed, that is! Uwee hee hee!
Orthros is a boss in the Soul of Chaos dungeon, at Whisperwind Cove. Orthros retains his sense of humor and his ink attack to blind the party. However, he lacks his trademark attack, Tentacle. Defeating him earns the Rune Staff.
Orthros is one of four bosses from Final Fantasy VI that the party can fight on the True Moon. He uses a variation of his battle patterns from the third battle in Final Fantasy VI, and will comment on how cute the females are and berate the males as "muscle men". After the fight the party is confused by the encounter, but Rydia remarks he did not seem like a bad person, if somewhat strange.
In the 3D versions, Orthros is excised.
Ultros makes his debut as a recurring boss and minor character. Ultros appears in four boss battles and is relatively easy to defeat. His primary role is as comic relief, as he is not tied to any faction within the world. In the World of Ruin he can be found working in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum, a quirk that is referred to in later appearances in the series, where Ultros tends to appear at battle arenas.
Orthros is a Rank V Elite Mark fought in the Southern Sluiceway of the Garamsythe Waterway. Being a lecher, Orthros only appears when the party is made up of three female characters (but afterwards male characters can be switched in, and guests—Larsa and Reddas—won't prevent his appearance). Orthros is also a thief. This time he is a flan-type enemy rather than an octopus. The picture on his bill shows him in the same pose as his sprite in Final Fantasy VI.
A fighter group in the Battle above Rabanastre is also called "Orthros".
What a pretty little girl! I do like 'em pretty! But look at this boy, he's even prettier!
Ultros upon seeing Serah and Noel
Ultros appears as downloadable content in the Coliseum, referred to by the Arbiter of Time as Ultros the Uninvited due to the octopus barging into the Coliseum and the Arbiter wanting him gone by any means. As the battle begins, Ultros flirts with Serah Farron while screwing with Noel Kreiss's head prior to calling Typhon to lend him a helping hand.
After Typhon is defeated, Ultros tries to escape, but Serah pins his tentacles to the ground with arrows as she and Noel combine their fire spells to fry Ultros and knock him unconscious. Upon defeat, he can be recruited into the Paradigm Pack as a Synergist as a reward for a perfect Cinematic Action.
Ultros, using a modified version of his Final Fantasy XIII-2 model, appears in the Hildibrand Manderville sidequests for patch 2.4 as an receptionist for Dour Meadow at Master Fygreis's Coliseum. He attempts to sabotage the competitors and ask Gilgamesh to help. When attacked by Godbert Manderville, Ultros is revealed to be helping Avila with Typhon. Once the deception of Avila's Tempest Blade is exposed, Ultros convinces Dour to let him and Typhon fight the adventurer in the Dragon's Neck arena. After losing, Ultros is present at the award ceremony before he and Gilgamesh are sent flying by Typhon's wind. Ultros and Typhon are described as being Voidsent summoned by the Thaumaturge Guild's experiments.
Players can obtain a "Wind-Up Ultros" minion as a random treasure from the aforementioned battle.
Ultros made a guest appearance during the 2017 Moonfire Faire, where he appeared in the event FATE "The Summer of Ultros." Adventurers must subdue him before he can harass the beachgoers. Upon defeat, he promises he'll be good and spends a few in-game hours leering at beach girls from a distance before returning to the sea.
Ultros makes another appearance at the Sigmascape v3.0 as an add during the Guardian fight.
Ultros reappears as in the stage "Miss Typhon" in acts 2 and 3 at The Masked Carnivale.
Ultros is a daemon that appears in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV as an adversary to the Glaives, and in A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV as the final boss. Ultros is a monstrous purple octopus with a large mouth. He is much bigger than an average daemon, and in King's Tale he can talk. In Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV he appears to be a daemon either caught or created by Niflheim.
Orthros makes another appearance as a flan-type enemy, at the top of Brightmoon Tor during the second ascent. He is level 99 and possesses several devastating attacks, including the Gold Hourglass, a move which targets everyone on the player's team for both massive damage and Slow.
Ultros appeared as a recruitable character and boss.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
An octopus-like monster. He often hires "Mr.Typhon" to help out with his exploits.
Ultros is a summon. When summoned, his Final Fantasy VI artwork appears and he uses Octopus Ink, obscuring both players' Bravery points. Ultros's summonstone is obtained as a level bonus in Destiny Odyssey III.
Ultros is also a ghost card: Level 100 Terra, who has the Red Gem and Delicious Fish accessories to be won via battlegen. The quote on the card is what Ultros says to Terra during the party's first battle with him in Final Fantasy VI.
I don't know all the details. I'm just a summon in this title!
Ultros makes a cameo in the in-game manuals, explaining accessories with Relm and Typhon. Ultros returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in the first Dissidia. He can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 20 KP.
Though his name has at times been mixed up with that of a certain two-headed dog of legend, Ultros is quite definitely just an octopus with no sense of propriety and an eye for women. He is quite strong, though.
Ultros is a boss, appearing mainly when playing "The Decisive Battle".
Ultros appears as an enemy in Battle Music Sequences.
Ultros appears as a boss inside the Opera House and the Passage of the Eidolons.
Many have come to question the nature of this octopus's relationship to Typhon.
Orthros appears as a boss and makes several appearances in the Final Fantasy VI Realm, twice by himself and once alongside Typhon. In all cases, he is weak against fire and lightning. He became a Rank 4 Summon ability by way of fan vote for the global game's first anniversary. His attack, Tentacles, deals eight hits to enemy targets with a chance of inflicting Blind.
Both Ultros and Typhon appear reusing models from their appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Ultros appears as an enemy Mirage.
- Who's Who
- CV: Sam Riegel / Masaya Onosaka
- Notes: Octopus / Corny one-liners / "Gwee hee hee!" / Annoying / Too hideous to be true / Does that make him a bad octopus?
- A Series Regular
- Ultros first showed up as a kind of one-shot story character, and wasn't part of the main FINAL FANTASY lineup. However, he's been making a comeback in recent years—with full voice!
- Ultros's name comes from Orthros, a two-headed dog in Greek mythology. There's no explaining the mental leap from a dog to a weird purple octopus monster, but one thing's for certain: his name comes from Orthros, but it definitely isn't Orthros. (Guess the memo hasn't reached everyone yet. Sorry, so sorry!)
- Unanimously Hideous
- Terra's a purehearted girl who always looks for the best in everyone, but even she had to agree with prevailing opinion on Ultros: he really is too hideous to be true.
- Ink-credibly Resilient
- No matter how many times you beat this guy, he just keeps coming back for more. Wait! What if he's not coming back, but multiplying instead? No, no, no, that's...too frightening of a prospect to even consider.
- If Ultros hadn't shown up in Tometown and ruined everything, we might have gotten to see Celes and Cloud take the opera stage together. I'm sure some people hate Ultros all the more now for spoiling that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- First World of Origin:
- FINAL FANTASY VI
Ultros appears in Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon and Chocobo's Dungeon 2 as a boss. He attacks mainly by using Drain on Chocobo and Shirma. His head and two tentacles appear as separate targets with their own ATB gauges. Ultros remains in a lake for the duration of the fight, requiring Chocobo to use magic unless he is near the shore.
Ultros in his Final Fantasy XIII-2 render and Yoshitaka Amano artwork appears with water-elemental cards.
Ultros from the series along with Typhon from Final Fantasy XIV appear on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Itadaki Street[edit | edit source]
In Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, Ultros is a chance card. The card's ability: Get teleport spell, warp.
In Kingdom Hearts III, there is a constellation that can be photographed in the Ocean Between that takes the appearance of Ultros and unlocks a special Ultros Gummiship.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Even though Ultros is said to be an octopus, in his 3D debut in Final Fantasy XIII-2 he has seven tentacles. This would make him a heptopus. This may be a reference to the one tentacle the player defeated before his initial boss encounter in Final Fantasy VI.
In LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII - Retro-spective Trailer, Ultros has a cameo appearance in Sunleth Waterscape -300 AF- (mistakenly marked as -500 AF-) where he is hidden in a cave watching as Serah, Noel, and a chocobo are rushing to help Snow fight the Royal Ripeness.
Square Enix's Eorzea Cafe served a food item called "Marinated Orthros ~Genovese style~" with a description that translates to: Orthros, lover of many. Regretfully defeated and then marinated. However, even after being cooked, his mind still continues to be filled with thoughts of his "bro"...
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Orthrus or Orthus was, according to the mythographer Apollodorus, a two-headed dog who guarded Geryon's cattle and was killed by Heracles. He was the offspring of the monsters Echidna and Typhon, and the brother of Cerberus, who was also a multi-headed guard dog.In Greek mythology,
The Orthros of Final Fantasy has no connection with the mythical Orthros, save for their link to Typhon, which in the Greek myth was the father of Orthros and Cerberus. The likely reason Orthros is an octopus is given in the book for Final Fantasy Origins: Final Fantasy VI. An octopus was the main character in the first game Square ever made, and during the production of Final Fantasy VI, a programmer told illustrator Yoshitaka Amano and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi that the octopus they were designing reminded him of a purple octopus toy he had as a child named Orthros. The Orthrus spelling is also the name of a genus of jumping spider, another eight-limbed creature.
Ultros's CollectaCard in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy addresses the character's recurring naming discrepancy:
Though his name has at times been mixed up with that of a certain two-headed dog of legend, Ultros is quite definitely just an octopus with no sense of propriety for women. He is quite strong, though.
References[edit | edit source]
- Interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama, p200, April 12, 2012 issue of Weekly Famitsu