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A yeti with a love for bone carvings. Stronger than a gigas... but a bit unruly.
—Game description

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.

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AppearanceEdit

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Umaro is a giant Yeti with purple skin and white fur covering most of his body, except for his face, hands and feet. He is the largest member of the party and is extremely strong, being capable of picking up and throwing other party members.

PersonalityEdit

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.

StoryEdit

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Umaro joins the party.

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.

In the ending, Umaro crushes some rocks to open up a passage. He is seen next to Gogo on the airship near the end of the credits.

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GameplayEdit

FF6 iOS Umaro Sprites

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

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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.

According to Hironobu Sakaguchi, Umaro has a strong sense of honor and feels like he owes a debt to Mog, because Mog shared some food with him when he had collapsed from exhaustion.[3]

Musical themesEdit

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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.

Other appearancesEdit

Umaro has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:

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GamesEdit

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Umaro and company.

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.

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EtymologyEdit

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. The 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.

TriviaEdit

FFVI iOS Umaro's Tent Sprite
  • 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.

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