- “Grotesque, strange, plant-life beasts with countless tentacles and gaping maws. Despite being plant life, some are able to fly.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
The Malboro (モルボル, Moruboru?), also known as a Molbol, Morbol or Oscar (as well as Xylomid in the French localization of the series), is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series. In early games they attack in large groups, and in later games they tend to attack solo. Malboros appear as large, green, tentacled plants with an anemone-like head and very large mouths. In most games, Malboros are much larger than humans.
Similar to the Tonberry, Malboros have ranked among the more difficult and annoying enemies in the series, as their signature move Bad Breath can inflict many status ailments on its targets, crippling unprotected parties. In addition, Malboros often have other status attacks as well, and other "breath"-based attacks. Common variants include the Great Malboro (モルボルグレート, Moruboru Gurēto?), and the Malboro Menace (モルボルワースト, Moruboru Wāsuto?), among others.
There are several types of Malboros. None of them know the Bad Breath attack, but their regular attacks cause several status aliments.
- Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy IV)
- Main article: Malboro (The After Years)
The Malboro appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It has other versions of the Malboro, including the Count Malboro and its counterparts, the Marquis Malboro and Duke Malboro. Their titles are possible references to the ones shared by the demons mentioned in the book, The Lesser Key of Solomon. Some are bosses or recurring enemy encounters. The Worst Malboro and Great Malboro are also present in the game.
Malboros, translated as Oscars in early versions, usually attack with a group of stronger enemies. Once all other enemies have been defeated, the Malboros will start using the Bad Breath (Sour Mouth in earlier versions) attack on the whole party, where it can be learned by Strago.
- Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy VII)
Malboro enemies appear on the cold mountain paths of Gaea's Cliff and also rarely appear in the Northern Cave. Malboro enemies can also appear in the Gold Saucer as a monster in the Battle Square's seventh round, after obtaining the Highwind. They use their signature move, Bad Breath, which can be learned as an enemy skill.
- Main article: Malboro (Crisis Core)
Malboros can be found underneath Banora. They appear and behave similarly to the Final Fantasy VII version.
- Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy VIII)
Malboros appear on the Island Closest to Heaven and the Island Closest to Hell, the Grandidi Forest, as well as the Great Plains of Esthar before the Lunar Cry. The Malboro almost always uses Bad Breath on its first turn. They give Malboro Tentacles used in weapon upgrades, as well as to teach Quistis the Blue Magic, Bad Breath, and also needed to acquire Doomtrain by collecting six of the Tentacles.
- Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy IX)
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- Main article: Morbol (Final Fantasy XI)
Malboro is a monster in the Morbol family in Final Fantasy XI. The specific morbols known as Malboros can be encountered in the Pashhow Marshlands, an area that serves as part of the route between Bastok and Jeuno. Because monster names are universally the same in all languages in Final Fantasy XI, Morbol is the name of the monster family. The enemy named Malboro in the morbol family is a reference to the English translation of the name.
Morbol type monsters are particularly difficult, as they possess an array of breath attacks not limited to the trademark Bad Breath. For example, Extremely Bad Breath causes Instant Death to all players in a wide frontal area of effect.
Malboros are the weakest member of the Malboro genus. They can be found wandering the Golmore Jungle. Malboro-type enemies in Final Fantasy XII are generally much smaller than in earlier games, usually only human height. However, giant Malboros closer to typical Malboro size, can be found during Hunts.
Malboros are shown to walk with their mouths facing upwards when not in battle - they tilt their mouths down to attack when they engage the party. They have a range of breath attacks, like Cloying Breath and Putrid Breath, each with a variation of status afflictions.
- Malboro Overking
- Great Malboro
- Malboro King
- Kris (Rare)
- Wild Malboro (Mark)
- Carrot (Elite Mark)
- Main article: Malboro (Revenant Wings)
The Malboro keeps its renowned Bad Breath attack and is an enemy in four missions. The Great Malboro is a tougher version of the original.
The Malboro appears in a green/orange variant, with smaller mouths on the inside of its mouth (in place of teeth) and on its long tentacles. It is gigantic in size, as large as a castle.
Malboros make no physical appearance, but one of Vanille's weapons is known as the Malboro Wand. It improves her ability to afflict enemies with status effects, referencing the Malboro's traditional method of attack.
Malboros make an appearance in the game's bestiary. Following the tradition started in early translations of Final Fantasy IV, Malboros in Eorzea are called Morbols & Stropers.
- Main article: Malboro (Tactics)
Malboros are a family that include Malboros and Ochus and Great Malboro. In addition to their breath attacks, they can also turn other generic enemies into Malboros with their Malboro Spores ability.
Malboros appear in several maps, along with their upgrade.
- Main article: Malboro (Tactics A2)
The Malboro species now includes four members: the Malboro, Great Malboro, Malboro King, and Cassie. The Cassie is a unique "domesticated" Malboro that is pink in color and has "bunny ears". Unlike regular Malboros, Cassies have very sweet, good-smelling breath that charms the opponent or puts them to sleep with 100% success, and a type of Malboro also appears in Brightmoon Tor with the Turning job command.
- Main article: Malboro (Crystal Defenders)
Malboros appear as enemies. They have an appearance similar to Malboros from Crisis Core.
A Malboro appears as a boss in the Mushroom Forest, casting Blizzard and Slowga as well as using its Bad Breath attack. Like most enemies, its appearance was similar to its Final Fantasy IX counterpart.
Malboro appears as enemies in Langooth Peak, Rinfor Nightwood, Beltevra Forest, and Musqu Mazewood. A Great Malboro also appears as a boss in the optional dungeon Infinity Spire.
- Main article: Malboro (The Crystal Bearers)
Malboro appears as a field boss, which can be rather difficult if accompanied by Goblin Healers. a purple malboro called Hydra can also be found as a field boss in the game.
Malboro appears in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a summon. When used, it rapidly decreases the foe's Bravery points for a certain period of time. It causes more damage if the summoner is closer to the opponent, and an animation resembling its signature move Bad Breath also occurs. The artwork used for the summon is from Final Fantasy II. This summon can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Destiny Odyssey II storyline.
Malboro appears as an enemy in this rhythm game.
- “Far too many arms, far too large a mouth, and breath that can end life. Just run away.”
- —In-game description.
In one episode, Earl Tyrant is served a Malboro, but is mispronounced Marbolo.
The Malboro is sometimes encountered in dungeons. Also, a "Drunken Malboro" appears in a restaurant in the town.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
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Two Malboros appeared in the secret court Malboro Gardens, one behind each basket. The Malboros would sometimes attack with their purple Bad Breath, which knocked down players if hit by it and inflict them with the Poison, which slows down characters. The Malboros stray from their normal appearances, with only five eyes, each very large and pink, but still retaining their green skin.
A Malboro appears as a card in the card game Lord of Vermilion III.
Puzzle & DragonsEdit
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A likely possibility is that it comes from the Japanese onomatopoeia "boro", which is the sound of an upset stomach. Their name may also be 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-smelling fumes.