- “One ugly Esper. Those that meet its magic glare turn to stone.”
- —Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section
- For the battle information, see: Catoblepas (Final Fantasy V Boss)
Catoblepas is obtained on the northwest island in the Galuf's World (accessible by submarine). It is fought on the world map as a boss that appears as a random encounter and then joins as a Level 3 Summon. It takes 33 MP to summon. Its summon magic is called "Demon Eye", and it can petrify all enemies.
Catoblepas, which was called Shoat in the SNES version, is an esper obtained automatically in the Magitek Research Facility. Its attack, Demon Eye, has a Hit Rate of 96 and fails on opponents immune to instant death. It costs 45 MP to summon, and it teaches the following spells:
Catoblepas (from the Greek expression καταβλέπω katablépō meaning "to look downwards") is the name of a mythological beast whose description matches to a varying extent its appearance in the games: It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a hog and the ability to turn people into stone with its gaze or its breath.