The Catoblepas is an enemy in the Dawn of Souls and succeeding versions of the original Final Fantasy. It can be thought of as a more agile version of the Basilisk enemy found in the northern continents. It also uses a Gaze ability that will Petrify a character if successful.
Catoblepas (from the Greek expression καταβλέπω katablépō meaning "to look downwards") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, described first by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus. It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a wild boar. Its back has scales that protect the beast, and its head is always pointing downwards due to its head being heavy. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone, or kill them.