The Killer Mantis (キラーマンティス, Kirāmantisu?) is a recurring enemy in the series, introduced in Final Fantasy II. They often resemble tank-sized bugs whose scythe-like raptorial legs are big enough to slice a limb out.
Killer Mantises debut as enemies in the Mysidian Tower, Palamecia, the Jade Passage, Castle Fynn, and on the world map around Mysidia and the southern point of the map. They have strong physical attacks and are weak to ice.
Killer Mantises are a mantis enemy encountered in the Skull Valley area Western La Noscea, both as regular enemies and in the FATEs "Absolutely, Positively,", and "In the Sac." Their appearance is based in their Final Fantasy XII counterpart.
Mantises is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most are in the family Mantidae. A common name, often applied to any species in the order, is "praying mantis" due to the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, however, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa.