Catoblepas is an enemy in Final Fantasy XV found in Duscae. They can be seen lounging about in the lake in Alstor Slough under normal conditions, but can only be engaged during the hunt Marsh Madness! The Giant Awakens and the tour sidequest Up Close and Personal, though it is recommended to run away in the latter instance.
|Marsh Madness! The Giant Awakens||Coernix Station - Alstor||4||Catoblepas x1||Alstor Slough (All Times)||38||6,560 gil, Blue Choker||3|
Creation and developmentEdit
To help get a balanced mix between a classic form and modern form, the artists used Catoblepas's Final Fantasy V design as a starting point and reference, but wanted to make it more realistic to fit with the game's setting. Its long neck was seen as a way for it to grasp things underwater, using its tusks to rustle plants. The team even mapped out its bone and muscle structure, examining its movement and shape. The inspiration came from giraffes, elephants, and rhinoceroses. To support its long neck while searching for food, Catoblepas uses its front leg muscles, long backbone, and low center of gravity to balance its neck like a suspension bridge while walking, and it has several large ears it can flap to control its body temperature. After the team settled on the final design, they changed its coloring depending on each region so it would blend into its natural environment; in desert regions, Catoblepas has a sandy color, while cold regions use bluer hues.
In the updated Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, Catoblepas can be fought. At first they are in the water and thus unreachable, but after doing the tour with Prompto Argentum one settles on land where it can be approached and fought. It is docile unless provoked and likely to wipe out the party's HP in one hit unless on a high level.
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.