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Master Tonberry (Final Fantasy VI)

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The mightiest of Tonberrys. Attacks with a mighty Cleaver and changes defenses with WallChange. Fight as vs. Tonberry. Defend with Golem, Vanish, and Safe.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Master Tonberry, also known as Master Pug, is a monster-in-a-box boss in Final Fantasy VI.


Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#327#328 (GBA) #329
☆002☆003 (iOS) ☆004
Names Location Type Other information
SNES: Master Pug
PS: Master Pug
GBA: Master Tonberry
iOS: Master Tonberry
Ancient Castle (GBA)
Ancient Castle (SNES)
None Harder to run from. The party cannot escape.
Level HP MP Attack Magic
73 22,000 1,200 13 9
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
0 165 0 45 100
Evasion EXP Gil
0 0 0
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
Varies Varies Varies -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
- Immune - Immune - Immune Immune Immune Immune -
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
- Immune Immune Immune Immune - - - - -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
Immune - - - - - - Immune Immune -
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 100%)
[87.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Elixir
[12.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Megalixir
[100%In both item drop slots, leading to 100%.] Gladius [Slot 1 (25%)]Antidote
[Slot 2 (25%)]Green Cherry
[Slot 3 (25%)]Eyedrops
[Slot 4 (25%)]Gold Needle
Morph ID: 0
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control(Immune) & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Dagger
Special Attack: Knife (Level 14 = Attack x 8)
Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, Bio, Tornado, Holy, Quake, Tsunami, Barrier Change, Traveller None Attack, Knife Attack, Knife


Like its cousin, the Tonberry, Master Tonberry counters all forms of damage with Traveler. The Master Tonberry, however, has a trick up its sleeve that its weaker cousin does not have: it can use Barrier Change to change its elemental weakness. Players can figure out to which element it is weak from the spell it casts; it always casts a spell of the "opposite" element to which it is weak:

Weaknesses of the Master Tonberry
Ability Elemental weakness
Firaga Ice
Blizzaga Fire
Thundaga Wind
Tornado Lightning
Quake Water
El Niño Earth
Holy Poison
Bio Holy

The Master Tonberry always starts out with a physical attack, then begins taking steps towards the party once every fifteen seconds. Each time it takes a step, it uses Barrier Change to change its weakness. After seven steps, it uses the dreaded Knife attack on a party member, which deals damage equivalent to fourteen physical attacks. It then retreats halfway and starts using Knife every four steps. It is vulnerable to Sleep, which can be utilised to slow it down, but all attacks dealt to it while asleep must be magical (so it does not wake up) and non-elemental (so it does not get healed). Flare fits this job nicely, as Grand Delta and Ultima do.

The Master Tonberry drops the Gladius, a powerful Holy-elemental dagger, when defeated.

AI scriptEdit

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (100%)

If weak to Ice: Firaga (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Fire: Blizzaga (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Wind: Thundaga (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Holy: Bio (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Lightning: Tornado (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Poison: Holy (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Water: Quake (66%) or Nothing (33%)
If weak to Earth: Tsunami (66%) or Nothing (33%)

If Timer >= 15:

Set Timer = 0
Barrier Change
Monster flashes and moves a little closer to Characters
Increase Var3 by 1
If Var3 >= 7:
Set Var3 = 0
Target: Random Character
Knife (100%)
Master Tonberry moves back to left side of field

If attacked by anything: Traveler (33%)


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