Family: Adamantoise
Crystal: Earth
Weak to: Ice

Notorious Monster
Title Obtained: Tortoise Torturer (Valley of Sorrows)


Zone Level Drops Steal Spawns Notes
Valley of Sorrows 72-74 1 A,T(H)
Nyzul Isle Investigation (Floor 20) Information Needed 1 A, T(H)
Nyzul Isle Investigation (Floor 40) Information Needed 1 A, T(H)
A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime



Historical Background

Adamantoise has no mythological background and is a Final Fantasy-series creation, first appearing in Final Fantasy II (1988). Its name is fused from the words "adamant" + "tortoise". Adamant, though, derives from Medieval legend and has roots in Greek and Norse mythology. Adamant refers to any extremely hard mineral and in mythology was so strong, it could harm gods or bind gods. In Greek mythology, Cronos used an adamantine sickle to castrate his father, Ouranos (Uranus) and take power from him. The Greek pit, Tartarus was sealed with columns of adamant. In Norse mythology, Loki was shackled with adamantine chains. Late Medieval and Early Modern European writers used adamant as well. In Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667), Satan was bound by adamantine chains. In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726), the floating island of Laputa was lined with adamant along its bottom. In The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1590; 1596), the golden sword Chrysaor, wielded by Sir Artegal, was tempered with adamant. Adamant is derived from the Greek word "adamas" meaning "untameable".

This turtle, by the name Adamantoise or Adamantaimai has appeared in Final Fantasy II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X. In most, but not all cases it had very high defense (the exceptions: FFIII, IV). It has not always been the most important turtle in the games it appeared in, with the Land Turtle being a more important turtle (a boss) in FFII and FFIII, and Gilgame being a special enemy in FFV.

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