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Ultros

Ultros is a minor antagonist in Final Fantasy VI. A lecherous octopus with a love for corny jokes, Ultros repeatedly shows up to pester the party, seemingly for no reason but to cause them trouble.

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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 that make him appear to be smirking.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ultros is a mischievous nuisance. 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, fawning over Terra and disliking Sabin as a "muscle head". In battle, Ultros often shouts taunts and insults at the party throughout the fight. He is very cowardly and will turn and flee when things don't go his way.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The party encounters Ultros in the Lethe River

When the Returners set out to Narshe via the Lethe River, Ultros attacked them. When overwhelmed he dove into the water and feigned giving up, but discretely attacked Terra. Infuriated, Sabin leapt into the river to engage Ultros, but Ultros repelled him and sent him washing down an auxiliary branch of the river.

Ultros at the Opera House.

When the Returners made plans to travel to Vector, they went to the Opera House and hatched a plan to trick their way onto Setzer's airship, and ask him to take them there. Overhearing this, Ultros decided to sabotage the opera and ruin their plan, and dropped a letter taunting them about it. As Celes performed Maria and Draco disguised as Maria, Locke found the letter and delivered it to the Impresario. The two then noticed Ultros' plan: he had climbed into the rafters over the stage and was planning to drop a massive weight onto Celes.

Locke and his allies chased Ultros down, but they fell from the rafters and onto the stage, landing on the two male leads Draco and Ralse and knocking them unconscious. As the Impresario bemoaned the performance was ruined and the audience began to murmur, Locke improvised that he would be the one to save Celes. Ultros taunted the party and two groups fought. Ultros was defeated and ran, and his scheme to sabotage the Returners' meeting with Setzer failed.

Ultros wants Relm to draw his picture.

When Terra and Locke went to the Esper Caves with Strago, Ultros ambushed them as they left an altar with three golden statues in effigy to the Warring Triad, and planned to steal them to make Siegfried jealous. The three attacked Ultros to stop him, and during the battle they were interrupted by Relm, Strago's granddaughter that was secretly following them. Relm offered to draw a portrait of Ultros, but he angrily rebuffed her. Relm feigned sadness and pretended she intended to leap off a ledge. She whispered her plan to Terra, and Terra and Locke guilted Ultros into agreeing to a portrait. Relm drew him and Ultros was horrified to see he is just a normal octupus, and he flees.

As the Returners fly to the Floating Continent to stop Kefka and Gestahl, a strange creature flew to the Blackjack and disembarked Ultros. Though the tide quickly turned against him, he announced he had brought a friend - Typhon, the flying creature that had brought Ultros there. Ultros lost again despite Typhon's help and Typhon let loose a powerful Snort that blew the party off the airship.

One year after the cataclysm, Ultros had fallen so far in debt that he had taken up a job as a receptionist at Dragon's Neck Coliseum, and Typhon was effectively the house's muscle to deal with challengers who wagered low-value items.

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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]

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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Ultros appears in some Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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In World of Balance there is a painting of Ultros in Owzer's Mansion, but it is later replaced by a painting of Emperor Gestahl in the World of Ruin.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ultros Japanese's name is Orthros. In Greek mythology, 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.

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