I've got more lives than I do arms!
Ultros is a recurring boss and a minor character in Final Fantasy VI. An antagonistic, carnivorous purple octopus, Ultros is a nuisance for the party on multiple occasions, aiming to devour them every time he encounters them. Ultros is the only carnivorous villain in the Final Fantasy series. He serves mostly as a comic relief recurring boss, similar to Gilgamesh, and, like him, went on to appear in later games in the series. Ultros's name in Japanese is a reference to Orthrus, a monster from Greek mythology; unlike most mistranslations (and unlike Typhon, originally called "Chupon"), Ultros keeps the original translator Ted Woolsey's name in re-releases.
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Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ultros's field and enemy sprites depict him as a purple octopus with a mass of tentacles and large, bulging red eyes. His teeth form a row of sharp fangs, and his mouth looks smug, almost like a smirk. This is fitting given his personality. Ultros is large for an octopus, being about as tall as an average person. Although he is an octopus, he has no trouble moving on land.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Ultros is mischievous and a nuisance to the party. He has no other reason for antagonizing the party than what is seemingly his own fun, as well as his desire to satiate his appetite. He thinks highly of himself and has an affinity towards women, disliking the "muscle head" male characters. In battle, Ultros mocks the party and speaks in an over-the-top fashion; when attacked, he protests in response. Ultros is cowardly and prone to fleeing, but very persistent.
Story[edit | edit source]
Ultros is in the Lethe River when Terra, Edgar, Sabin, and Banon raft towards Narshe to examine the frozen esper and to convince the city to ally with the Returners. Ultros attacks them in the hopes of eating them, then hides underwater after being defeated. Sabin tries to hit Ultros with a blitz, jumping off the raft and washing down the river.
Ultros travels to the Opera House where he decides to pull a trick on the Returners, who are staging a plot to reach the Southern Continent. Setzer Gabbiani, the notorious gambler and the owner of the world's only airship, has his sights set on Maria, the star of the opera Maria and Draco. Locke has Celes take Maria's place that night so that his friends and he can meet with Setzer.
Ultros, fuming over his earlier defeat, decides to beat Setzer to the punch and drop a weight on Celes, and leaves a warning in the dressing room. Locke finds it and warns the Impresario. Ultros sets up camp on the rafters above the stage and attempts to drop the weight. Locke and his friends foil Ultros's plan and knock him off the rafter, interrupting the opera, but through some quick thinking to work it into the plot Locke continues on with the show and the party fights Ultros, with him intending to eat them upon his victory. After losing Ultros escapes, and his attempt to spoil their plan fails.
Ultros travels to the Esper Caves where he finds three golden statues meant to symbolize the Warring Triad, and plans to steal them to make his rival Siegfried jealous. Terra, Locke, and Strago stop him, and, realizing he is again hungry, he gets into a fight with them. Relm shows up and offers to paint a portrait of Ultros. He claims to not play kiddie games, but after some convincing from Terra and Locke, lets Relm draw the painting that wounds Ultros, forcing him to flee again.
As the Returners are heading to the Floating Continent to stop Kefka and Gestahl, Ultros brings his friend, Typhon, with him, intending to defeat and devour the party once and for all. The Returners fight the two, but Typhon sneezes and blows them off the airship's deck after he and Ultros are defeated.
One year after the cataclysm, Ultros is working as a receptionist in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum to pay off a large debt that would keep him there for a million years as his manager put it. He seemingly loses his enmity towards the party and warns them not to be stupid with their bets or Typhon will come and steal their wager by sneezing them off the arena.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Ultros is a recurring boss who fights the party many times: at the Lethe River, at the Opera House, in the Esper Caves, and finally on the airship. Ultros is not typically a difficult boss, and is normally weak to Fire. His recurring attacks are Tentacle (which deals heavy physical damage) and Octopus Ink (which inflicts Blind).
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Ultros appears in some Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Ultros Japanese's name is Orthros. 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,