The Humbaba is a giant/behemoth-type enemy from Final Fantasy XII. It can be found in the Mosphoran Highwaste. Humbabas are fairly strong and often stay in pairs, so they can be rather difficult to defeat. This is the easiest mob to farm to acquire Beastlord Horns, of which three must be sold to the bazaar to unlock the Sagittarius, the best bow in the game. There are four Humbabas on the far west section of Empyrean Way. Monograph drops are not affected by the chain level, so if one is trying to get Beastlord's Horn for Sagittarius, there is a fixed 8% chance for a drop.
Being a fell creature, some calling it the 'Lord of the Beasts' for its vicious temperament and snarling, lightning-fast manner of attack. The working of its heart and lungs is specially adapted to the mountainous regions in which it dwells, enabling long, protracted combat without pause. The humbaba is a social creature, known to raise great howls in communication with others of its kind, thereby coordinating a pursuit, or warning of danger.
There's a legend, you see, which claims that if you were to crush the beastlord's horn, and steep it into a brew, you would know the tongue of beasts by the time you'd drunk a draft. Now, the legend doesn't say what exactly this 'beastlord' may be, so to ascertain the truth of the matter, experiments were performed in antiquity using the powdered horns of many a creature. If reports are true, they learned what is meant by the 'beastlord,' yet none remain to tell the tale, for all those who participated were transformed into fell humbabas, and were never seen again!
[view·edit·purge]In Akkadian mythology, Humbaba (Assyrian spelling) or Huwawa (Babylonian) was a monstrous giant of immemorial age raised by Utu, the Sun. Humbaba/Huwawa was also the guardian of the Cedar Forest where the gods lived. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh slays Humbaba for fame and glory.
Humbabas, and their stronger counterpart Humbaba Mistant, carry swords different from those wielded by the other Behemoths, except for their size. They are more decorated, and have a two-sided edge, while regular Behemoth weapons specialize in one-sided edges.