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Karlabos (Final Fantasy V)

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Karlabos, also known as Karl Boss, is a boss in Final Fantasy V. It pulls the party's ship into a whirlpool and attacks them while they are navigating the Torna Canal, where it had been sealed. After the battle Karlabos drags Syldra into the vortex. Without Syldra to tow along their ship, the party is set adrift.


Final Fantasy V enemy stats
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Names Location Type Auto-hit Other information
PS: Karl Boss
GBA: Karlabos
Mobile/PC: Karlabos
Torna Canal Heavy None None
LV HP MP Strength Defense
5 650 100 10 0
Evasion Magic Magic Defense Magic Evasion Agility
0 0 10 0 30
Attack multiplier Magic multiplier Gil EXP ABP
4 4 0 0 5
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Poison Holy Earth Wind Water Healing
100% 100% 200% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs
Statuses and immunities
Death Petrify Toad Mini Float Poison Zombie Darkness
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - Immune Immune
Aging Sleep Paralyze Confuse Berserk Silence*(Mute) Image Reflect
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - -
Protect Shell Stop Haste Slow Invincible Regen Doom*(Countdown)
- - - - - - - -
Eject Catch Control*(Tame) Calm Scan Fractional damage HP to critical status Revive kill
Immune Immune Immune Immune - Immune Immune Immune
Items (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Steal (40%80% with Thief's Gloves) Item dropped
Potion (100%) Tent (100%)
Abilities (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Special Technique Abilities Control (Immune) & Berserk (Immune) Blue Magic Release*Immune to Catch
Feeler (Inflicts Paralyze) Attack, Tail Screw, Feeler Attack None None
Items (PS)
Steal (40%80% with Thief's Gloves) Item dropped
Tonic (100%) Tent (100%)
Abilities (PS)
Special Technique Abilities Control (Immune) & Berserk (Immune) Blue Magic Release*Immune to Catch
Tentacle (Inflicts Paralyz) Fight, Tail Screw, Tentacle Fight None None

Battle Edit

Karlabos's Tail Screw attack can reduce a character to HP Critical condition. It can also paralyze a character. It is weak to Lightning.

Strategy Edit

A Black Mage's Thunder spell should take it out quickly. Another strategy can be executed if the party has a Blue Mage on level 5 with the Goblin Punch learned; if the character is on the same level as the enemy, Goblin Punch will inflict around 240 damage, making this boss an easy kill.

Other appearancesEdit

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit


PFF Karlabos
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit


FFRK Karlabos FFV

Karlabos appears as a boss in Final Fantasy Record Keeper, fought in the Record of the Torna Canal.

Target Score
  • Exploit weakness to Lightning.

Karlabos will frequently use Tail Screw which reduces target's HP to critical level. As a sea creature, attacking it with lightning-elemental attacks will quickly dispatch it.

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

The creature's name is a mistranslation of "karabos." Karabos, from the ancient Greek word κάραβος, meant a type of spiny lobster or beetle.

Related enemies Edit

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