I've got more lives than I do arms!
Ultros (オルトロス, Orutorosu?), also known as Orthros, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. Ultros is a carnivorous purple octopus with a writhing mass of tentacles and has many fangs. He frequently cracks corny jokes and makes lecherous comments towards female party members. Ultros works with his partner Typhon, who provides the muscle Ultros lacks. Ultros first appeared in Final Fantasy VI as an incompetent but recurring boss, and has since been featured in several other games as an optional encounter.
Ultros is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Ultros is a large purple octopus with red eyes and a large mass of tentacles. They usually appear to be coming from his mouth below a row of sharp fangs, but his lower mouth is never seen. Ultros is not always depicted with eight tentacles, as real-life octopuses have, and is sometimes pink instead of purple. He has spots on his body in some appearances, and in Final Fantasy XIII-2 has white markings. While his exact size varies, Ultros is usually larger than the party. His trademark attacks are Tentacle and Octopus Ink.
Ultros rarely, if ever, bears any true reasons for his antagonism, and is sometimes regarded as a bizarre nuisance who just likes causing trouble, rather than being truly evil. He adores females but hates males, and when fought often comments on how attractive the females are and how repulsive the "muscle head" males are. Ultros relies on his partner "Mr. Typhon" for assistance, as Typhon is much more powerful and durable.
Ultros thinks highly of himself, referring to himself as "octopus royalty" in Final Fantasy VI. He mocks the party and speaks in an over-the-top fashion. When fought he protests when attacked, specifically hating when Terra casts Fire on him in Final Fantasy VI, and calling out "No more!" when attacked in Final Fantasy XIII-2. At heart he is a coward, fleeing from battle and calling in Typhon for help when the tide of battle turns against him.
Uwee hee hee! What have we here? I'm warning you, I'm armed... Eight-armed, that is! Uwee hee hee!
- Main article: Orthros (Final Fantasy)
Orthros appears as a boss in the Soul of Chaos dungeon, at Whisperwind Cove. Orthros retains his sense of humor and his ink attack to blind the party. However his trademark attack, Tentacle, is absent. Defeating him earns the party the Rune Staff.
- Main article: Orthros (The After Years)
Orthros is one of four bosses from Final Fantasy VI in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years that the party can fight on the True Moon. He uses a variation of his battle patterns from the third battle in Final Fantasy VI, and will speak to the party as they fight, commenting on how cute the females are and berating the men as "muscle men". After the fight the party is confused by the encounter, but Rydia remarks he did not seem like a bad person, if only somewhat strange.
"Dancing Calcabrina" plays during the first phase of the fight with Orthros, switching to the usual boss theme in the second phase.
In the iOS version, Orthros is excised.
- Main article: Ultros (Final Fantasy VI)
Ultros makes his debut in Final Fantasy VI as a recurring boss and minor character with a similar role to Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy V. Ultros appears in four different boss battles and is relatively easy to defeat on all occasions. Ultros's primary role in the story is as comic relief, as he is not tied major to any real faction within the world.
- For the battle information, see: Orthros (Final Fantasy XII)
Orthros is a Rank V Elite Mark in Final Fantasy XII fought in the Southern Sluiceway of the Garamsythe Waterway. Being a lecher, Orthros only appears when the party is made up of three female characters (but afterwards male characters can be switched in, and guests, Larsa and Reddas, won't prevent his appearance). Like his Final Fantasy VI incarnation, Orthros is also a thief. This time he is more of a flan-like enemy than an octopus. The picture on his bill shows him in the same pose as his sprite in Final Fantasy VI.
A fighter group in the Battle above Rabanastre is also called "Orthros".
- Main article: Ultros (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
What a pretty little girl! I do like 'em pretty! But look at this boy, he's even prettier!
- —Ultros upon seeing Serah and Noel
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Ultros appears as downloadable content in the Coliseum, referred to by the Arbiter of Time as Ultros the Uninvited due to the octopus coming to the Coliseum uninvited and the Arbiter wanting him gone by any means. As the battle begins, Ultros flirts with Serah Farron while screwing with Noel Kreiss's head prior to calling Typhon to lend him a helping hand.
After Typhon is defeated, Ultros tries to escape, but Serah pins his tentacles to the ground with arrows as she and Noel combine their fire spells to fry Ultros and knock him unconscious. Upon defeat, he can be recruited into the Paradigm Pack as a Synergist as a reward for a perfect Cinematic Action.
- Main article: Ultros (Final Fantasy XIV)
Ultros, using a modified version of his Final Fantasy XIII-2 model, appears in the Hildibrand Manderville sidequests for patch 2.4 as an receptionist for Dour Meadow at Master Fygreis's Coliseum. However, while attempting to sabotage the competitors and attempting at ask Gilgamesh to help before later being attacked by Godbert Manderville, Ultros is revealed to be helping Avila with Typhon's help. Once the deception of Avila's Tempest Blade is exposed, Ultros convinces Dour to let him and Typhon fight the Adventurer in the Dragon's Neck arena. After losing, Ultros is present at the award ceremony before he and Gilgamesh are sent flying by Typhon's wind.
Ultros and Typhon are described in this game as being Voidsent summoned by the Thaumaturge Guild's experiments.
Players can also obtain a "Wind-Up Ultros" minion as a random treasure from the aforementioned battle.
- For the battle information, see: Flan (Tactics A2)
Orthros makes another appearance as a flan-type enemy, at the top of Brightmoon Tor during the second ascent. He is level 99 and possesses several devastating attacks, including the Gold Hourglass, a move which targets everyone on the player's team for both massive damage and Slow.
Ultros appears as a recruitable character and boss in Final Fantasy Tactics S.
An octopus-like monster. He often hires "Mr.Typhon" to help out with his exploits.
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Ultros appears as a summon in Dissidia. When summoned, his Final Fantasy VI artwork appears and he uses Octopus Ink, spewing ink across both players' Bravery points, making their Bravery points a mystery. Ultros's Summonstone is obtained as a level bonus in Destiny Odyssey III.
Ultros is also a ghost card that can be fought. The Ultros card is Level 100 Terra, and has the Red Gem and Delicious Fish accessories to be won via battlegen. The quote on the card is what Ultros says to Terra during the party's first battle with him in Final Fantasy VI.
I don't know all the details. I'm just a summon in this title!
Ultros makes a cameo in the in-game manuals, explaining accessories with Relm and Typhon. Ultros also returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. He can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 20 KP.
Though his name has at times been mixed up with that of a certain two-headed dog of legend, Ultros is quite definitely just an octopus with no sense of propriety and an eye for women. He is quite strong, though.
- —Ultros' CollectaCard
Ultros is a boss enemy, appearing mainly when playing The Decisive Battle.
Ultros appears in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a boss inside the Opera House and the Passage of the Eidolons.
Many have come to question the nature of this octopus's relationship to Typhon.
- —In-game description.
Orthros appears as an boss in Final Fantasy Record Keeper. He makes several appearances in the Final Fantasy VI Realm, twice by himself and once alongside Typhon. He is weak against fire and lightning attacks in all battles.
Ultros appears in Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2 as a boss. He attacks mainly by using Drain on Chocobo and Shirma. His head and two tentacles appear as separate targets with their own ATB gauges. Ultros remains in a lake for the duration of the fight, requiring Chocobo to use magic unless he is near the shore.
Ultros in his Final Fantasy XIII-2 render and Yoshitaka Amano artwork appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with water-elemental cards.
Ultros appears on a Triple Triad card.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Ultros is a chance card in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, the card's ability: Get teleport spell, warp.
Cerberus. It was slain as part of the twelve labors of Hercules.Orthros, also spelled Orthrus and Orthos, is a creature from Greek mythology, a two-headed dog that is brother to
The Orthros of Final Fantasy has no connection with the mythical Orthros, save for their link to Typhon, which in the Greek myth was the father of Orthros and Cerberus. The likely reason Orthros is an octopus in the game is given in the book for Final Fantasy Origins: Final Fantasy VI. An octopus was the main character in the first game Square ever made, in addition to the fact that in the production of Final Fantasy VI, a programmer told Amano and Sakaguchi that the octopus they were designing reminded him of a purple octopus toy he had as a child named Orthros. The Orthrus spelling is also the name of a genus of jumping spider, another eight-limbed creature.
Ultros's CollectaCard in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy addresses the character's recurring naming discrepancy:
Though his name has at times been mixed up with that of a certain two-headed dog of legend, Ultros is quite definitely just an octopus with no sense of propriety for women. He is quite strong, though.
- Even though Ultros is said to be an octopus, in his 3D debut in Final Fantasy XIII-2 he only has seven tentacles, not eight. This would make him a septopus. This may be a reference to the one tentacle the player defeated before his initial boss encounter in Final Fantasy VI.
- In LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII - Retro-spective Trailer, Ultros has a cameo appearance in Sunleth Waterscape 300 AF (mistakenly marked as 500 AF) where he is seen hidden in a cave watching as Serah, Noel, and a chocobo are rushing to help Snow fight the Royal Ripeness.
- Square Enix's Eorzea Cafe serves a food item called "Marinated Orthros ~Genovese style~" with a description that translates to: Orthros, lover of many. Regretfully defeated and then marinated. However, even after being cooked, his mind still continues to be filled with thoughts of his "bro"...
- ↑ Interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama, p200, April 12, 2012 issue of Weekly Famitsu