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The Biding Mantis is a Trophy Rare Game enemy in the game Final Fantasy XII. It can be found in Golmore Jungle.

Bestiary entry Edit

Derivation: Preying Mantis

Mutant with a carapace many times thicker than that of the typical preying mantis. Hunted in Golmore Jungle.


Final Fantasy XII enemy stats
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Location Species Aggression Movement type Rare Game Other information
Golmore Jungle (The Needlebrake)
Condition: Appears when the clock timer displays a number between 30 and 59 minutes.
Insect/Mantis Aggressive (attacks on detection) Movement type? (Speed: Movement speed?) Number: 16 of 80
Rank: ☆☆☆☆Rare Game rank
Has Haste and Bravery.
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power
47 - 48 68,170 - 68,280 715 - 720 40 - 42 19 - 19
Vitality Speed Attack Power Defense Magick Resist
79 - 80 19 - 19 78 - 80 28 - 30 26 - 26
Evade EXP LP CP Gil
0 - 0 5,330 - 5,419 13 2,065 - 2,139 0 - 0
Elemental affinities
FFXII Fire Icon FFXII Ice Icon FFXII Thunder Icon FFXII Water Icon FFXII Wind Icon FFXII Earth Icon FFXII Dark Icon FFXII Holy Icon
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs 150%
Statuses and immunities*% refers to chance to spawn under status
FFXII Stone Icon FFXII Stop Icon FFXII KO Icon FFXII Confuse Icon FFXII Reverse Icon FFXII Sleep Icon FFXII Blind Icon FFXII Poison Icon
Immune Immune Immune Immune 0% Immune Immune Immune
FFXII Silence Icon FFXII Oil Icon FFXII Disease Icon FFXII Disable Icon FFXII Immobilize Icon FFXII Sap Icon FFXII Slow Icon FFXII Lure Icon
Immune 0% Immune Immune Immune Immune 0% Immune
FFXII Libra Icon FFXII Bravery Icon FFXII Faith Icon FFXII Protect Icon FFXII Shell Icon FFXII Haste Icon FFXII Regen Icon FFXII Invisible Icon
100% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
FFXII Reflect Icon Immunities granted by Safety
0% Enemy has innate Safety; additional immunity to Instant Death, Warp, Poach, Fractional Damage (Gravity, Graviga), "Fang" items, Sight Unseeing, Syphon, Charm, Achilles
Item dropped Steal Poach
Attacks Magicks Technicks Augments Items
Normal Attack

Max Combo hits: 12

None Cannibalize, Gnaw Innate: Safety, No Knockback, Full-HP ATK+, Low-HP Def+, Counter+, Attack CT0
Conditional: If HP < 50% - Counter

Requirement Edit

FF12 Map - Golmore Jungle
Map of Biding Mantis's approximate spawn point.

To find the Biding Mantis the player must have spoken to the "Huntmaster" in Phon Coast and defeated Thalassinon, which will trigger the start of the Rare Game quest. This mantis will then appear in the southern portion of the Needlebrake area of the Golmore Jungle, when the game clock is between 30 and 59 minutes.

Battle Edit

The Biding Mantis is a great way to test the party's strength on higher level foes. If the Biding Mantis is lured to other enemies it will cannibalize them, growing in strength. Once at a very high level it can deal 9,999 damage to a character with a single strike.

Biding Mantis is fast and the player should cast Reverse on a character to make every one of the enemy's attacks heal a character. Physical attacks become useless on high levels so magick is the way to go. One can also use Quickenings, but most of the time they kill the enemy in one hit.

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Etymology Edit

Mantises is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most are in the family Mantidae. A common name, often applied to any species in the order, is "praying mantis" due to the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, however, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa.

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