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The Catoblepas is a Rank VI Mark from Final Fantasy XII. The hunt becomes available after the storyline events in Giruvegan.

Catoblepas can be found in the Hourglass Basin area of the Zertinan Caverns. There is also a scene later on where the party watches as a Catoblepas is defeated by Fury in the Necrohol of Nabudis. Catoblepas is also fought in the International Zodiac Job System trial mode at stage 52.

Clan Primer Edit

Hunt 30: Paying for the Past Edit

XIIBill-Catoblepas

Mark Bill.

Petitioner: War-chief Supinelu
Petitioner's Location: Jahara
  • Saw bill posted for the hunting of the Catoblepas (Rank VI). The petitioner is War-chief Supinelu in the Lull of the Land in Jahara.
  • Hunt accepted. The Catoblepas is War-chief Supinelu's sworn enemy. It is to be found in Zertinan Caverns.
  • Catoblepas defeated with War-chief Supinelu's assistance. Receive your reward in the Lull of the Land in Jahara.
  • Reward received. War-chief Supinelu rejoices that the Catoblepas is no more. He has taken his revenge on the creature that once wounded his brother.


Bestiary Entry Edit

A Tyrant among Behemoths, possessed of evil, red Eyes. Such who face it are consumed with fear upon meeting its Glare, their bodies becoming as Stone with their Terror. A Garif who fought the Catoblepas long ago and lived to tell of his Failure posted a Bill for this Mark.

Finding Catoblepas Edit

Catoblepas is located at the eastern part of Hourglass Basin, in its hidden area.

Once in Hourglass Basin, the player must use the south exit to The Undershore, then use the secret path located after the save crystal, reaching Hourglass Basin's secret area, where War-chief Supinelu will be waiting.

Battle Edit

FFXII Catoblepas

Battle with Catoblepas.

Catoblepas's attacks are similar to Behemoth-class enemies, only harder and faster - dealing an average of 3,000 - 3,500 damage. When Catoblepas's health hits HP Critical, the player should finish him quick as chain attacks will become more common.

Strategy Edit

Reaching the Save Crystal near the Zertinan Caverns secret pathway, it would be wise to cast as many buffs as possible on the party, War-Chief Supinelu included. Traps are scattered in some spots, making Float almost as useful as Haste. As The party should begin the fight with Dispel and debuffs on Catoblepas before charging in to attack.

War-Chief Supinelu should be casting magicks, but he can dish out a few physical attacks occasionally, although his physical attacks are weak. Catoblepas's powerful blows can easily bring down one of the party, if they are not high level enough, but Bubble can greatly improve their survival rate.

The player can try blinding Catoblepas to ease up the battle; this is easiest with Nihopalaoa.

Rewards Edit

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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.

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