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The Great Malboro of Final Fantasy X is a stronger version of the standard Malboro encountered in the Omega Ruins and Inside Sin.


Final Fantasy X enemy stats
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Location Monster Arena Species Other information
Omega Ruins, Inside Sin Inside Sin Malboro When encountered in the Omega Ruins, it will always ambush the party.
Sensor description Scan description
Breathes Bad Breath 1/3 of the time. Be ready for anything. Danger! There is a 1/3 chance of it attacking with Bad Breath. To avoid being wiped out, equip armor that guards against status effects and attack with fire. Kimahri can learn Bad Breath.
HP MP Strength Magic Defense Magic Defense
64,000 (13,560) 1 36 42 1 1
Accuracy Accuracy Evasion Luck AP (Overkill) Gil
18 0 0 15 21,000 (31,500) 1,900
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Water Holy
150% 0% 100% 0% 100%
Statuses and immunities
Silence Sleep Darkness Poison Petrify Slow Zombie Power Break
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune 50
Magic Break Armor Break Mental Break Threaten Death Provoke Doom (5Turns taken for target to die) Nul
0 50 50 Immune Immune 0 0 0
Shell Protect Reflect Haste Demi Regen Distill Sensor
0 0 0 Immune 0 0 0 0
Scan Bribe Delay Zanmato Berserk Capture Physical Magical
0 Wings to Discovery 0 Lv. 2 0 0 0 0
Common steal (75%) Rare steal (25%) Common drop (87.5%) Rare drop (12.5%)
Remedy Mana Tonic Mana Sphere x1Overkill: x2 Mana Sphere x1Overkill: x2
Equipment drop (50%) Weapon abilities Armor abilities
3-4 slots, 1-3 abilities Piercing, Darktouch, Silencetouch, Sleeptouch, Poisontouch Dark Ward, Silence Ward, Sleep Ward, Poison Ward, Stone Ward, Confuse Ward, Berserk Ward Wings to Discovery x8 (1,280,000 gil)
Abilities Ronso Rage
Bad Breath, Gastric Juice, Staccato, Chow Time Bad Breath


When fought inside the Omega Ruins, The Nucleus area inside Sin and also the Monster Arena, Great Malboro always begins the battle by ambushing the party and unleashing Bad Breath. After the first turn, each of Malboro's three main attacks: a gastric juice attack on a single character; a volley of gastric juice hitting all characters; and Bad Breath, all have an equal chance of being used. Bad Breath inflicts several status effects: Silence (100% chance and by 3 turns), Darkness (100% chance and by 3 turns), Slow (30% chance and by 3 turns), Poison (150% chance), Confusion (80% chance), and Berserk (30% chance).

If the player has one character in Poison status, this prevents Great Malboro from using Bad Breath (except in the Omega Ruins / Sin's Nucleus Ambush first move). Also, it counters Delay Attack/Delay Buster with his Chow Time attack, which causes heavy damage to the character that delayed it.


It is a good idea to equip active party members with armor that resists some of the status effects from Bad Breath. Having one active member equipped with a First Strike weapon will make the fight easier. If that character has Delay Buster, they can even defeat the Malboro before it takes its first turn.

Having someone with a First Strike weapon who knows Provoke is useful; if provoked before it makes its turn, instead of using Bad Breath, it will use a weak attack that hits the entire party for less than 1000 damage, giving the player plenty of time to finish it off before its next turn. Having a member doublecast a Fire-elemental spell is also effective, as Great Malboro is weak to Fire. If Yuna has First Strike—or the player swaps the character with it for Yuna on their turn—she can summon an aeon (which are immune to status ailments) before the Great Malboro can act. A player merely trying to traverse the Omega Ruins can also give First Strike to any character who knows Flee.

Another option is to use Valefor who can delay the Great Malboro indefinitely without suffering the counterattack with Sonic Wings.



"Malboro" may derive from the Japanese onomatopoeia boro, the sound of an upset stomach. Their name is most likely derived from the Latin and Greek words mal (meaning bad) and boros (meaning breath), a reference to their infamous attack. The name could also be a reference to Marlboro Cigarettes, since the creatures often spew horrid fumes.

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