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This repulsive monster will eat all that comes before its gaping maw. Its body is covered in fetid slime.

Malboros in Final Fantasy Tactics are the familiar tentacled monstrosities that appear in so many other Final Fantasy games. They have a large amount of HP, but no evasion at all. Malboros' special abilities generally focus on debilitating their enemies with various status effects. They can move on the surface of water and have a weakness to Ice.


Rank I
Malboro (Morbol)

The quickly-recognized Malboro appears as the standard green monster with orange eyes and a gaping maw.

Rank II

Ochus Goo ability can adhere enemies to the ground.

Rank III
Great Malboro (Great Morbol)

Great Malboros can cause a plethora of devastating status effects with "Bad Breath". They also have a ton of HP and can use Malboro Spores to turn a generic enemy permanently into a Malboro.


Monster Move Jump Phy. Evasion Rate Innate Abilities Common Poach Rare Poach
Malboro 3 3 0% Waterwalking, Counter Platinum Dagger Ice Shield
Ochu 3 3 0% Waterwalking, Counter Nu Khai Armband Chameleon Robe
Great Malboro 3 3 0% Waterwalking, Counter Elixir Omnilex


The damage formula for Tentacles is as follows:

Damage = (Phys.Atk)^2 \times (Bravery/100)

The formula for success of status attacks is as follows:

Magick Attack + PWR
Ability Malboro Ochu Great Malboro Range Effect Vertical
Tentacles Yes Yes Yes 1 1 1
Attack by flinging filthy tentacles about.
Lick Yes No* No 1 1 0
Smear on viscous saliva to form an invisible, magick-reflecting wall.
Effect: Reflect.
Goo No Yes No 1 1 0
Belch forth sticky secretions from deep within to gum up the target and prevent movement.
Effect: Immobilize.
Bad Breath No* No Yes Auto 3 0
Belch forth putrid stench to inflict status ailments.
Effect: Stone, Blind, Confuse, Silence, Oil, Toad, Poison, Sleep.
Malboro Spores No No No* 1 1 0
Coat the target in malboro spores, turning it into a malboro.
The effect is permanent even after battle and cannot be reverted by any means.

* Abilities can be learned by this race when a unit with the "Beastmaster" Support Ability is nearby.



"Malboro" may derive from the Japanese onomatopoeia boro, the sound of an upset stomach. Their name is most likely 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 fumes.

"Ochu" comes from Dungeons & Dragons; specifically, it is the otyugh. The name in Japanese (and transliterations) comes from the pronunciation; it is pronounced with a short O and T (practically to a ch), making the pronunciation close to "o-chuugh". "オチュー" is the closest the katakana system can get to representing the sound without using compound katakana pronunciations not natively found in Japanese.

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