A yeti with a love for bone carvings. Stronger than a gigas... but a bit unruly.
Umaro is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Yeti who lives deep in the mines of Narshe, uses primitive stone tools, and answers only to Mog. He is an optional character who can only be recruited in the World of Ruin. He is capable of limited speech.
Despite his intimidating appearance, Umaro obeys the much smaller Mog, as the latter seems to know how to control him. He will also willingly follow the party at his prompting, although he will not obey battle commands.
The player first encounters Umaro in the World of Balance when he pokes his head out of a part of the mine unreachable at this point. A (drunken) resident of Narshe even says he "saw some Moogles playing with a Yeti!" After acquiring Valigarmanda in the World of Ruin the party can enter the Yeti's Cave. When they take his precious stone (the magicite Midgardsormr), he gets angry and challenges the party to a fight. If the player wins, Umaro lets the party pass. If Mog is in the party, he will order Umaro to join.
Umaro is recruitable as a playable character after being fought as a boss. He is a Berserker, who cannot be given any commands, but has very high physical stats. He has four different attacks, and which he uses is randomly determined. While he can be potentially strong in battle, the lack of ability to select his commands makes him unreliable.
Creation and developmentEdit
Umaro was originally supposed to be a random encounter on the world map and could only be caught with a bait. Hidden game data suggests Umaro was at some point intended to be able to be encountered in the World of Balance, as an unused battle complete with stats and a simple AI script exists within the game's data.
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Umaro's theme is named after him, and is the theme played in his mine. It is mixed into the ending.
Umaro has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a summonable Legend.
- Final Fantasy Artniks as a series of cards.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad as a card.
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
In Secret of Evermore, Umaro appears among the crowd of spectators that includes other Final Fantasy VI characters at the gladiator battle of Antiqua. He appears alongside Terra, Locke, Mog, Relm, and Strago.
Umaro's name is a portmanteau of the Japanese term for cryptids, UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal), and the Japanese suffix "maru".
He is also known as Yeti. Yeti or Abominable Snowman is an ape-like cryptid taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet.The
- Umaro's Tent sprite in the iOS version is an igloo.
- Umaro is the first playable Berserker in the Final Fantasy series who is permanently in a berserk state.
- Umaro has a placement on the Blackjack, but it can only be seen by hacking Umaro into the party or using the Airship glitch. He uses the same line as the one when he's inside the Falcon.