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The Preying Mantis is an insect/mantis-type enemy from Final Fantasy XII. It can be found in the Feywood. This enemy has two out of the three items needed to sell to the bazaar in order to synthesize the Orochi: the second strongest ninja sword.

Bestiary entry Edit

Page 1: Observations Edit

Being a strain of killer mantis bearing four pairs of large wings upon its back. Though the wings have atrophied, a flight membrane spanning the legs suggests that these creatures were once able to fly. They are carnivorous by nature, and very aggressive, attacking with their blood red sickles held high. Many villagers call them demons, hungry for blood, and tell tales of them to scare children at night.

Page 2: A Curious Treasure Edit

One popular theory goes that the wind carries within its gossamer folds invisible sickles, apt to swirl and cut men's flesh. When these sickles are bared, the sound of slicing wind is heard in the air, and the body is suddenly ripped and torn. As no blood comes from the cuts, and there is no pain, many are they who have died without knowing aught was wrong. People call these unseen threats the sickle-blades.


Final Fantasy XII enemy stats
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Location Species Aggression Movement type Rare Game Other information
The Feywood (White Magick's Embrace, Ice Field of Clearsight, The Edge of Reason) Insect/Mantis Aggressive (attacks on detection) Movement type? (Speed: Movement speed?) N/A N/A
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power
43 - 44 7,465 - 7,705 475 - 482 33 - 35 16 - 16
Vitality Speed Attack Power Defense Magick Resist
48 - 50 19 - 19 61 - 63 28 - 31 22 - 22
Evade EXP LP CP Gil
0 - 0 2,629 - 2,786 1 356 - 516 0 - 0
Elemental affinities
FFXII Fire Icon FFXII Ice Icon FFXII Thunder Icon FFXII Water Icon FFXII Wind Icon FFXII Earth Icon FFXII Dark Icon FFXII Holy Icon
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 150%
Statuses and immunities*% refers to chance to spawn under status
FFXII Stone Icon FFXII Stop Icon FFXII KO Icon FFXII Confuse Icon FFXII Reverse Icon FFXII Sleep Icon FFXII Blind Icon FFXII Poison Icon
Immune Immune 0% 0% 0% Immune 0% 0%
FFXII Silence Icon FFXII Oil Icon FFXII Disease Icon FFXII Disable Icon FFXII Immobilize Icon FFXII Sap Icon FFXII Slow Icon FFXII Lure Icon
0% 0% 0% 0% Immune Immune 0% Immune
FFXII Libra Icon FFXII Bravery Icon FFXII Faith Icon FFXII Protect Icon FFXII Shell Icon FFXII Haste Icon FFXII Regen Icon FFXII Invisible Icon
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
FFXII Reflect Icon Immunities granted by Safety
0% Enemy does not have innate Safety augment
Item dropped Steal Poach

[10%] Monograph: Sickle-Blade (Knight)
[19%] Canopic Jar: Arcana
[95%] Insect Husk
[5%] Sickle-Blade
Attacks Magicks Technicks Augments Items
Normal Attack

Max Combo hits: 5

None Cannibalize, Gnaw, Shock Wave Ignore Evade, No Knockback, Counter, Counter+, Attack CT0 None

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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.

Related enemies Edit