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FFTA-Antlion
FFTA-spr-Antlion
Giant bug with needle-like legs and a powerful jaw.
—Description

Antlions are blue insects in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and unlike some previous games, they are common enemies rather than bosses. Antlions make use of their strong mandibles and affinity with sand to damage party members. They have stronger relatives called Jawbreakers.

Abilities Edit

Sandstorm Edit

Antlion command. Attack with swirling sand.

Skill Effect MP Use
LV 3 Def-Less* Lowers weapon defense and magic resistance of enemies whose level is divisible by 3. 20
Sandstorm Dark tornado. Damages and inflicts Darkness on enemies adjacent to caster. N/A

Reaction Edit

Skill Effect
Counter Follows up enemy attack with a counterattack.

Appearances Edit

Missions Edit

Mission Name Information
Turf Defense Mission: Mission: Help Eluut! One Antlion is a member of the monsters that try to take over Eluut.
Turf Defense Mission: Mission: Help Giza! Two Antlions appear here, along with a Jawbreaker and an Animist
Mission #051: Desert Rose Two Antlions appear here, along with a Jawbreaker.
Mission #037: Village Hunt Marche stumbles across an Antlion nest while searching for the lost Moogle village, and 3 Antlions will lead a monster charge against him.
Mission #055: White Flowers Another 3 Antlions interrupt Marche's flower picking.
Mission #004: Desert Peril One Antlion begins the battle in the southern corner of the map.
Mission #012: Jagd Hunt The Antlion here is one of the two monsters that assists the bandits that stole Nono's airship.
Mission #034: Magewyrm An Antlion is at the head of Magewyrm Gerland's forces.
Mission #107: Old Friends An Antlion and Bomb are underlings of the Viera clan in this mission.

Clan Encounter Edit

Home Base Clan Name Information
Eluut Sands Antlions As you might expect, two Antlions are part of this mainly Bug clan.
Kudik Peaks Kudik Beasts There is one Antlion in this all-monster clan.

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game Edit

Antlion TCG

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance's Antlion appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with an earth-elemental card.

Etymology Edit

Antlions are a family of insects, known by the scientific name Myrmeleontidae. "Antlion" usually refers to the larval form of the insect, and they are so named because the larva's typical food is ants, though they will eat other insects as well. Antlions will dig pits in sand inches deep and lurk in the bottom waiting for prey to come close. When the prey falls into the pit, the loose sand on the sides of the pit prevents them from escaping and causes them to fall further down towards the antlion. The antlion's jaws are hollow, and upon biting its prey it will suck out its juices rather than actually eat it. When the antlion is finished, it flicks the husk out of its sandpit and fixes any damage done to the walls, then waits for its next meal to pass by.

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