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The Ochu (オチュー, Ochū?, lit. "Otyugh") is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. Its appearance is usually that of a large plant with either two or four thorny arms and a ring of flower petals that somewhat resemble a skirt. It commonly uses Sleep and Poison-based attacks.
Ochus (the name appeared in the original NES translation as Ocho) are a common sight when riding the canoe to Mount Gulg, and also make appearances in the Citadel of Trials. Neochus live in the Flying Fortress.
The Ho-chu is an exclusive enemy to the Battle Square. There exists in the game coding for an enemy formation consisting of one Ho-chu in the Ancient Forest. It seems to be treated as a special encounter, since it is not possible to escape from it.
- Main article: Ochu (Before Crisis)
- Main article: Ochu (Final Fantasy IX)
The Conde Petie Mountain Path has Ochu enemies on it.
Lord Ochu is an optional boss which can be fought in the Kilika Woods. Later on Ochus are encountered along the Moonflow road. Lastly, Mandragoras are encountered in the Mt. Gagazet caves and on the road leading to Zanarkand.
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Ochu appear in Final Fantasy XIII as both a regular enemy and as a mission. In this game, they are accompanied by Microchu in battle. A stronger variety, known as the Neochu is also fought in a mission, and is accompanied by several Picochu in battle.
The Ochu is a member of the Malboro species.
The Ochu and Neochu appears in this game as Malboro type enemies, they are more powerful than average Malboros and are only fought once as part of a special mission. According to the mission description, they are not native to Ivalice.
- Main article: Ochu (Crystal Chronicles)
- Main article: Ochu (My Life as a King)
- “The gaping maw and lethal tentacles almost ruin the beautiful flower atop its head.”
- —In-game description.
Like much of the bestiary from the original Final Fantasy, the "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.