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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Enemy
Forked Cat
ネコマタ (Nekomata)
FFXIII2 enemy ForkedCat
Statistics
HP FFXIII-2 Strength Icon FFXIII-2 Magic Icon
24,400 137 2,054
Stagger Icon FFXIII Chain Icon FFXIII
180 90
Keep Launch Libra
10 Immune 20
CP Gil
96 215
Vulnerabilities
Fire Icon FFXIII Ice Icon FFXIII Lightning Icon FFXIII
- - -
Wind Icon FFXIII Physical Icon FFXIII Magical Icon FFXIII
- Halved -
Status resistanceThe lower the number, the more suspectible the enemy is to the status.
Deprotect-ffxiii-icon Deshell-ffxiii-icon Slow-ffxiii-icon Poison-ffxiii-icon Imperil-ffxiii-icon
30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Curse-ffxiii-icon Pain-ffxiii-icon Fog-ffxiii-icon Debrave-ffxiii-icon Defaith-ffxiii-icon
30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Daze-ffxiii-icon Wound Death-ffxiii-icon Dispel-ffxiii-icon Provoke-ffxiii-icon
30% - 30% - 30%
Location Oerba -400AF- (Village Proper, The Ashensand)
Type Feral Creature
Subtype Potcat
Recruit Chance 10%
Common Drop Mana Essence (20%)
Rare Drop Mana Essence (5%)
Abilities Cura, Curasa
Notes - Capable of restoring HP.

The Forked Cat is an enemy in Final Fantasy XIII-2. It is encountered in Oerba 400 AF, in the company of Zaghnal. It is also one of very few if any regular creatures that can, very rarely, appear in Cie'th formations. It is commonly found on the wider beach formed by the receding waters of the 400 AF timeline, which is not accessible in other periods.

BattleEdit

It will heal the Zaghnal and players aiming at killing the Zaghnal before it rears up may wish to remove the Forked Cat first. Spells or Ruin should be hand-selected, at least until its Halved vulnerability to Physical shows up on its Bestiary entry, whereupon the AI will refrain from using physical attacks.

Paradigm PackEdit

Forked Cat, with over 1,000 Magic, is second highest among Saboteurs, just below Ahriman's 1,100+. The "HP +30%" it gains at level 54 is often infused into other monsters, a much cheaper alternative to Necrosis at level 72. Conversely, Curse, Fog, and Pain (that Serah cannot cast and is therefore the best reason for using a tamed monster in that role) can be infused into it from other monsters; Ahriman, Viking and Dendrobium, respectively. Monsters are commonly infused with up to the maximum of ten passive abilities, and infusion of role abilities is a much simpler process.

Forked Cat learns the valuable Improved Debuffing II at level 41. Debuffing reduces enemy's defenses (Deprotect, Deshell, Imperil, Poison) as opposed to Debilitation, which negates enemy actions (Pain, Fog, Curse). Its Feral Link casts Protect and Shell on the party and heals them.

It uses 24 Grade two (Sliver) monster materials to get to level 15, 32 grade three (Orbs) to level 30, 59 grade 4 (Essences) to level 45, and 52 grade 5 (Crystal) monster materials to its final level of 70.

Forked Cat rarely if ever makes the list of the top three or four best Saboteurs, despite its advantages; part of the reason is surely players' reliance on it for HP +30%. However, provided that the player can infuse into it only passive abilities that are useful on all potential recipients of HP +30% (or that can be removed), and is prepared to pay the additional cost of leveling Forked Cat to level 70 rather than 54, there is no reason it cannot be both an infusion source and a working member of the Paradigm Pack. Black Chocobo is typically listed alone as the best Saboteur. Necrosis, second most mentioned, has the same disadvantage as Forked Cat, but unlike Forked Cat, Necrosis is the sole infusion source of the tactically powerful Resilience +40%; like Dendrobium, Necrosis' Feral Link poisons. Chelicerata has enough benefits to put it in the top four, arguably tied with Dendrobium, which gives access to six status ailments, where the others have five.

Tameable Monster
Name Forked Cat Role Saboteur
Traits Late Bloomer - Magical - Elegant
Composition Biological Start Grade Monster Grade 2
Max Level 70 HP 953
Strength 47 Magic 111
ATB Segments 3 Stages 4
Innate Affinities Halves: Physical
Feral Link Precious Prayer (Restore HP to all allies. Input Type: Multiple)
Ability Type Level Infusible
Deshell Command Initial Yes checkY
Improved Debuffing Passive Initial X markN
HP: +10% Passive 7 Yes checkY
Deprotect Command 9 Yes checkY
Magic: +16% Passive 15 Yes checkY
Wound Command 23 Yes checkY
Dispel Command 28 Yes checkY
HP: +16% Passive 30 Yes checkY
Improved Debuffing II Passive 41 X markN
HP: +25% Passive 44 Yes checkY
Woundga Command 50 Yes checkY
HP: +30% Passive 54 Yes checkY
Dispelga Command 60 Yes checkY
Deprotega Command 70 Yes checkY

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