First appearance: Final Fantasy II (Square, FC, 1988)
Aliases: Morbol; Marlboro; Death Flower; Mad Oscar; Cassie; Carrot
M.O.: Vile-tempered vegetable; Inflicts a prodigious array of crippling status effects on prey
Weaknesses: Experience- and materiél-hunting warriors equipped with Ribbons

Profile by Ben Elgin | April 8, 2011

Excerpt from Merlose’s Guide to the Natural World and Beyond: The Wylde Malboro

Overview: Long feared for the many terrible effects of their vile breath, the Malboro is a large and aggressive variety of mobile plant life, best given a wide berth by all but the most experienced and hardy adventurers.

Geographic Range and Habitat: Varieties of the Malboro appear on many worlds and in many climates; indeed, they seem surprisingly adaptable. Often found in deep jungles or dank caves, the great plants have also been spotted on vast plains, in mountainous and snowy regions, and even in the sewers of some unfortunate cities. They also seem curiously attracted to ancient ruins of long-forgotten castles or temples. Rumors indicate they may even be able to live on the moon. Indeed, anywhere strong monsters congregate is a likely habitat for these unusual plants.

Physical Description: Malboros are a very large variety of plant, their most striking feature being a gaping maw filled with sharp teeth which looks strikingly out of place on a creature outside the animal kingdom. Surrounding the large mouth are an array of countless tentacles, many of which seem to be tipped with light-sensing organs. This whole apparatus tops a stout and squat body or trunk, which is in turn supported by another mass of root-like tentacles. These last are mobile and allow the creature to move about from place to place. Most Malboros stand much larger than a man, reaching from 8 to 15 feet in height depending on the variety. The most common coloration is a mottled green, but some types are seen in other shades ranging from grey to yellow and orange.

Behavior: Malboros are known to be aggressively territorial, and will attack any perceived intruders within their claimed range. They spend most of their time moving, and contrary to their plant nature are rarely seen to be “rooted.” Fortunately, their bulk and tentacle-based locomotion prevent them from moving terribly quickly; most reach a top speed of not more than five miles per hour. If they do encounter an enemy, the Malboro will invariably lead off by attacking with its foul breath, which can cause a wide variety of ailments, including poisoning, paralysis, somnolence, confusion, loss of speech and, in rare and mysterious cases, miniaturization. Once their foe or prey is incapacitated, they follow up with a deadly beating from their tentacles and sharp teeth.

Social Behavior: This varies widely between different sub-species; some are quite solitary, while others live in packs. In rare cases, some form of social hierarchy seems to emerge with colonies of Malboro, with some adopting strangely familiar-looking accoutrements of nobility such as crown-like decorations and cape-like coverings.

Food Habits: Malboros are opportunistic and omnivorous feeders, eating almost anything they can catch and disable, up to and including unfortunate humans who enter their territory.

Reproduction: I don’t think about it, and neither should you.

Domestication: You must be joking.

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