Family: Coeurl
Crystal: Lightning
Weak to: Earth

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Meriphataud Mountains

22 - 25


A, S, Sc

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

Spawn locations:

  • Spawns in J-7, J/K-6, J/K-5, J/K-4

Historical Background

The Coeurl originates from the science fiction short story "Black Destroyer" by A.E. Van Vogt (published in Astounding magazine, July 1939). The short story was later included as part of a compilation work, The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950), with 3 other short stories by Van Vogt. It was depicted as a sentient alien panther-like creature with tentacles and psionic capabilities that resided on a planet that houses the ruins of ancient cities. It proves to be an extremely cunning creature. When the space expedition arrives, it masquerades as a dumb, common animal and is able to get on the ship without much concern. It kills several of the crew when the ship is traveling through space. The crew eventually manages to out-wile it and kill it. It fed off of people to obtain a substance known as id (described as an organic phosphate in the story).

Van Vogt's Coeurl provided the inspiration for the Displacer Beast, a black puma-like creature with tentacles that is very intelligent, which was first described in [place first D&D the Displacer Beast appeared in here]. The tentacles emerge from the cat creature's shoulders (the same position they had on Van Vogt's Coeurl). They are described as killing solely for pleasure and hate all other lifeforms. It is able to defend itself with its tentacles, which can skewer opponents and has a displacement ability, which creates the illusion that is a few feet away from its actual position (similar to the effect Utsusemi has for Ninja).

The Coeurl has appeared in Final Fantasy II, IV, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and Crystal Chronicles.

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