The Catoblepas is a beast type enemy from Final Fantasy IX, found as a regular enemy on the Forgotten Continent in the Seaways Canyon. Catoblepas is encountered in Treno weapon shop with the same stats, and the player wins 15,000 gil after defeating it.
Catoblepas can inflict Petrify through the use of Devil's Bell attack. It uses Earthquake to deal Earth damage to all party members. Its Heave attack deals strong physical damage to one opponent, uses the Thundara spell and will also use regular physical attacks, which are fairly powerful. Catoblepas uses Limit Glove on 1 HP. If its HP is reduced to one (either from really bad luck or through use of Matra Magic) it will counter with Limit Glove and deal 9999 damage to whomever attacked it last.
It is recommended to equip the Jelly ability to prevent Petrify, as as well as to have either Earth-resistant abilities or Auto-Float to avoid its Earthquake attack. Having Protect on everyone reduces the amount of damage Catoblepas can do with its powerful physical attacks.
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.