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Malboro Artwork from Final Fantasy II
For the summon in Dissidia Final Fantasy, see: Malboro (Summon)

The Malboro (モルボル Moruboru), also known as a Molbol, Morbol or Oscar, is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series. In early games they attack in large groups, and in later games they tend to attack solo. Malboro appear as large, green, tentacled plants with an anemone-like head and very large mouths. In most games, Malboros are much larger than humans.

Similar to the Tonberry, Malboros have ranked among the more difficult and annoying enemies in the series, as their signature move Bad Breath can inflict many status ailments on its targets, crippling unprotected parties. In addition, Malboros often have other status attacks as well, and other "breath"-based attacks. Common variants include the Great Malboro (モルボルグレート Moruboru Gurēto), and the Malboro Menace (モルボルワースト Moruboru Wāsuto), among others.

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Final Fantasy II

There are several types of Malboros. None of them know the Bad Breath attack, but their regular attacks cause several status aliments.

Final Fantasy IV

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy IV)

Malboros appear in both the Sylph Cave and Lunar Ruins. The Worst Malboro is fought in the Lunar Ruins and Great Malboro in the Cave of Trials, both exclusive to the Advance version of Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Count Malboro
Main article: Malboro (The After Years)

The Malboro appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It has other versions of the Malboro, including the Count Malboro and its counterparts, the Marquis Malboro and Duke Malboro. Their titles are real ranks of nobility, and reflect how strong each one is. Some are bosses or recurring enemy encounters. The Worst Malboro and Great Malboro are also present in the game.

Final Fantasy VI

Malboros, translated as Oscars in early versions, usually attack with a group of stronger enemies. Once all other enemies have been defeated, the Malboros will start using its Bad Breath (Sour Mouth in earlier versions) attack on the whole party, where it can be learned by Strago.


Final Fantasy VII

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy VII)

Malboros appear on the cold mountain paths of Gaea's Cliff and rarely appear in the Northern Crater. Malboros can also appear in the Gold Saucer as a monster in the Arena.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Main article: Malboro (Crisis Core)

Malboros can be found underneath Banora. They appear and behave similarly to the Final Fantasy VII version.


Final Fantasy VIII

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy VIII)

Malboros appear on the Islands Closest to Heaven and Hell, as well as the Esthar Plains before the Lunar Cry. If the party isn't fast enough in defeating it, the Malboro will use Bad Breath on the entire party. Malboro Tentacles can be stolen from them, and are used in weapon upgrades, as well as to teach Quistis the Blue Magic, Bad Breath, and also needed to acquire Doomtrain by collecting x6 of the Tentacles.

Final Fantasy IX

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy IX)

The Malboro first appears at Pandemonium, then on the world map during Disc 4. They have a tendency to float, but are not as tough as in other games.

Final Fantasy X

The Malboro appear in the Calm Lands. They tend to use normal attacks over their Bad Breath. An upgrade, the Great Malboro, has a high chance of ambushing the party and opening with Bad Breath.

Final Fantasy X-2

Sphere Break

Malboro Coin
Coin No. 16 Coin Value 3
Trait Multiplier Echo
Location Found in the Western or Southern Expanses of the Bikanel Desert.

Final Fantasy XI

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy XI)

The lowest level of Malboro can be encountered in the Pashhow Marshlands, an area that serves as part of the route between Bastok and Jeuno. Almost every single weapon skill Morbols use causes a status effect, except for Vampric Lash, which drains HP. Impale serves as a simple attack that sometimes inflicts Paralysis, Sweet Breath puts the target to sleep, and Bad Breath (learnable by Blue Mages at a very high level) inflicts a slew of status effects as usual, and is known to be a danger even to players that are capable of easily taking them down.

Final Fantasy XII

Malboro, as seen in the bestiary.

Malboros are the weakest member of the Malboro genus. They can be found wandering the Golmore Jungle. Malboro enemies in this game are generally much smaller than earlier games, usually only human height. However, a giant Malboro closer to typical Malboro size, called Carrot, can be found during a Hunt. In this game, Malboros are shown to walk with their mouths facing upwards when not in battle - they tilt their mouths down to attack when they engage the party. They have a range of breath attacks, like Cloying Breath and Putrid Breath, each with a variation of status afflictions.


Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

Main article: Malboro (Revenant Wings)

The Malboro keeps its renowned Bad Breath attack and is an enemy in four missions. The Great Malboro is a tougher version of the original.

Fortress

A Malboro attacking a fortress

The Malboro appears in a green/orange variant, with smaller mouths on the inside of his mouth (in place of teeth) and on his long tentacles. It is gigantic in size, being as large as a large castle.

Final Fantasy XIV

Malboros have been revealed to make an appearance in the game as monsters.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy Tactics)

Malboros are a family tree that include Malboros and Ochus and Great Malboro.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Malboros appear in several maps, along with their upgrade.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Main article: Malboro (Final Fantasy Tactics A2)

The Malboro species now includes four members: The Malboro, Great Malboro, Malboro King, and Cassie. The Cassie is a unique "domesticated" Malboro that is pink in color and has "bunny ears". Unlike regular Malboros, Cassies have very sweet, good-smelling breath that charms the opponent or puts them to sleep with 100% success,and a type of Malboro also appears in Brightmoon Tor with the Turning job command.

Crystal Defenders

Main article: Malboro (Crystal Defenders)


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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

A Malboro appears as a boss in the Mushroom Forest, casting Blizzard and Slowga as well as using its Bad Breath attack. Like most enemies, its appearance was similar to its Final Fantasy IX counterpart.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

Main article: Malboro (My Life as a King)

Malboro appears as enemies in Langooth Peak, Rinfor Nightwood, Beltevra Forest, and Musqu Mazewood. A Great Malboro also appears as a boss in the optional dungeon Infinity Spire.

Final Fantasy Unlimited

In one episode, Earl Tyrant is served a Malboro, but is mispronounced Marbolo.

Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2

The Malboro is sometimes encountered in dungeons. Also, a "Drunken Malboro" appears in a restaurant in the town

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

The Malboro Gardens in Mario Hoops 3-on-3

Two Malboros appeared in the secret court Malboro Gardens, one behind each basket. The Malboros would sometimes attack with their purple Bad Breath, which knocked down players if hit by it and inflict them with the Poison, which slows down characters. The Malboros stray from their normal appearances, with only five eyes, each very large and pink, but still retaining their green skin.

Etymology

The name could be a reference to Marlboro Cigarettes, since the creatures often spew horrid-smelling fumes. A more likely possibility is that it comes from the Japanese onomatopoeia "boro", which is the sound of an upset stomach. Another is the Latin phrases mal (meaning bad) and boros (meaning breath), a reference to their infamous attack.


This article uses material from the "Malboro" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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