A bizarre looking creature, the manticore was early on thought to be a demonic branch of beastmen. However, further study proves them to be a naturally occurring species in Vana'diel. Most manticore vary in size, though they are all larger than adventurers. Their striking red color along with their gigantic fangs and spiked tails makes them an imposing target to go after. Armed with various breath attacks, brute strength, and even an ability to lower MP, they are well equipped for combat. Interestingly, all manticore have wings, but it seems they are incapable of flight due to their size. It is believed these wings act as cooling units, since the majority of manticore are found in desert regions such as Altepa and Teriggan. Several notorious manticore are known to drop valuable weapons and armor, and even a rare type of hide.

Many a crafter has come to value the materials from manticores. Their hair is used in the synthesis of ninjitsu tools, and their famously large canines are a common ingredient in bonecrafting. Manticore hides are valuable to leathercrafters due to their wide application in the crafting of armor, from the Ogre set to the Bison set to the Wise set.

Family Information
Type: Beasts
Subfamilies: Legendary Manticore
Common Behavior: A, S, Sc
Weak against: Water Trans Water
Strong against: Trans Fire-50% Trans Wind-50%
Charmable: Eks
Pankration: Check
Aspir: Eks
Drain: Check
EXP Bonus: 10% (Greater Manticore)
Notes: Very high Delay (between 359 and 371)
Movement Speed +50%

Special Attacks

Special Abilities Original and Zilart Areas Promathia Areas Aht Urhgan Areas Wings of the Goddess Areas Pankration Abyssea
Riddle: 15' AoE Max MP Down (approx. -41.5%). CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark Qmark CheckCheck
Heat Breath: Fire-based Breath Attack. CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark CheckCheck CheckCheck
Great Whirlwind: Conal Wind damage and Choke CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark CheckCheck CheckCheck
Great Sandstorm: Single target Wind damage and Blind. CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark Qmark CheckCheck
Tail Smash: Single target damage CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark Qmark Qmark
Tail Swing: Single target damage and Bind. CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark CheckCheck CheckCheck
Deadly Hold: Single target critical damage. CheckCheck CheckCheck Qmark Qmark CheckCheck Qmark
Note: Notorious Monsters in this family may use all of the above and/or additional unique special abilities.

Notorious Monsters in Family

Name Spawn Information Level Zone Notable Drop(s)
Dahu Qmark 57 Western Altepa Desert Dahu Hair
Kirin Forced Spawn by trading a Seal of Byakko, Seal of Genbu, Seal of Seiryu, and a Seal of Suzaku to the ??? at (F-8) 92 Shrine of Ru'Avitau Damascus Ingot
Dryadic Abjuration: Body
Kirin's Osode
Kirin's Pole
Neptunal Abjuration: Body
Orichalcum Ingot
Shining Cloth
Wyrmal Abjuration: Legs
Narasimha Lottery Spawn from the Labyrinth Manticore in the small room in (F-6) - (G-6) 75-77 Labyrinth of Onzozo Narasimha Hide
Frostmane Lottery Spawn from the Greater Manticore along the beach at (G-5) - (G-6) approximately every hour 80 Cape Teriggan Lockheart
Qilin Spawned by examining a Planar Rift at (F-6), (F-9) or (J-6) on the Second Map (3rd map on the ffxiclopedia map page for the zone) in The Shrine of Ru'Avitau while in possession of an KeyItemAshen Stratum Abyssite III and a KeyItemVoidstone.  ?? The Shrine of Ru'Avitau Coruscanti
Lux Pugio
Fajin Boots
Houyi's Gorget
Heavy Metal Pouch
Level 76-96 Scrolls
Synthesis Materials
KeyItem Atmacite of Promises
Sharabha Trade Sand-caked fang to ??? @ (G-5) ?? Abyssea - Altepa Keen Ring
Sharabha Hide
Bale Seal: Hands
Iga Seal: Hands
Goetia Seal: Hands
Cirque Seal: Hands

Quest NMs: Ogmios (Carbuncle Debacle)

Mission NMs: Eastern Sphinx (Bastok Missions - Return of the Talekeeper), Western Sphinx (Bastok Missions - Return of the Talekeeper), Vyala (Moon Reading)

Battlefield NMs: Purson (BCNM - The Scarlet King)

Other NMs: Criosphinx (Limbus - NE Apollyon), Hieracosphinx (Limbus - NE Apollyon), Hraesvelg (Einherjar - Wing I), Manticore-X (Einherjar - Wing III), Nightmare Manticore (Dynamis - Valkurm), Satyral (FoV), Baricos (MMM - Actualization Team)

Monsters in Family

Name Level Zone
Lesser Manticore 47-49 Eastern Altepa Desert
Desert Manticore 53-57 Western Altepa Desert
Labyrinth Manticore 71-74 Labyrinth of Onzozo
Valley Manticore 72-74 Valley of Sorrows
Manticore 72-74 Nyzul Isle (layout 9)
Greater Manticore 76-79 Cape Teriggan
Hieracosphinx 76-89 Abyssea - Tahrongi
Dune Manticore 86-97 Abyssea - Altepa

Historical Background

The manticore is a legendary creature, a kind of chimera with the head of a man — often with horns, gray eyes, three rows of iron teeth, and a loud, trumpet/pipe roar — the body of a (sometimes red-furred) lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion, which may shoot out venomous spines or hairs to incapacitate prey (thus confusing its imagery with the cryptozoology of a porcupine, though tarantulas do something similar with their hairs). Occasionally, a manticore will possess wings of some description. Size reports range from lion-sized up to horse-sized.

The manticore was of Persian origin, where its name was "the Eater of People" (from early Middle Persian martya "human, mortal being" and xwar- "to eat"). The English term "manticore" was borrowed from Latin mantichora, itself borrowed from Greek mantikhoras - an erroneous pronunciation of the original Persian name. It passed into European mythology first through a remark by Ctesias, a Greek physician at the Persian court of King Artaxerxes II in the fourth century BCE, in his notes on India ("Indika"), which circulated among Greek writers on natural history, but have not survived.

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