Western Sphinx is a Notorious Monster from Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart. It is spawned as part of Bastok Mission 6-1: Return of the Talekeeper, alongside Eastern Sphinx. While the two spawn simultaneously, they are not linked to each other, and it is possible to pull one without the other.
sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and a human head. In Greek tradition it is a female with the haunches of a lion, sometimes with the wings of a great bird, and the face of a human, and is mythicised as treacherous and merciless; those who cannot answer her riddle are killed and eaten. Unlike the Greek sphinx, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man and viewed as benevolent. Both were thought of as a guardian often flanking entrances to temples.A