Hornet (ホーネット, Hōnetto?) is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. It is a giant insect that often appear in swarms and use status effect attacks. Hornets are aerial enemies and are usually weak defensively. Hornets are modeled after the real world insects, the largest of wasps.
Hornet first appeared in Final Fantasy II. They are found at the beginning of the game and attack in swarms and may inflict the Venom status effect.
The Hornet often attacks in groups, but has no special attacks. They are fought in South Figaro Cave.
Hornets are fought during missions. They are part of group of monsters made after the Slaps enemy from Final Fantasy VII. Unlike the other hornet enemies in the series, the Hornets in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- are resistant to physical attacks and are best defeated with magic.
The most formidable version of Hornet appears in Final Fantasy X. It is a special enemy created in the Species Conquest at Monster Arena. It has several dangerous attacks inflicting Silence, Sleep, Darkness, Poison and Instant Death. It can also use Curaga on itself.
Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps. Some species can reach up to 5.5 cm (2.2 in) in length. Most species make exposed nests in trees and shrubs, but some build their nests underground or in other cavities.