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How to Beat Malboro | Boss Guide

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This is a guide to beating the Boss Malboro in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7R). This article explains Malboro's attack patterns, weaknesses, and tips and strategies for defeating them.

Malboro Basic Information

Stats and Weaknesses

Malboro Enemy Icon
Species Movement Type
Biological Grounded Normal


These grotesque monsters have countless tentacles springing from their heads, along with a giant maw that spits a corrosive liquid and emits the most acrid of breath

Assess (Tips)

Aim for their mouth when they use Bad Breath or Chow Down, as hitting them there will make them susceptible to staggering.
Enemy skills can be learned from this monster.

Malboro Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP - - 58950
Attack - 418
Magic Attack - 261
Defense - 312
Magic Defense - 45

Malboro Weaknesses & Resistances

Weakness / Status Ailments -
Lesser Resistances -
Greater Resistances -
Immunities Posion, Berserk
Absorbed Elements -

Stagger Rates

×0.25※ ×0.25※ ×0.25※ ×1
×1 ×1 ×1 -

Stagger Length

Stagger Length 10 seconds


Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 0 0
AP - 60
Exp - 1584
Items Dropped -
Rare Items Dropped -
Steal -

Learnable Enemy Skills

Bad Breath Inflict poison, silence, and sleep. Costs 2 ATB.

List of Enemy Skills

Malboro Boss Battle Guide

Malboro Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngTentacle Swipe
fire.png Yes No -
Swings a tentacle at its target.
physical.pngBad Breath
- No No
poison.png (240 sec)
silence.png (60 sec)
sleep.png (60 sec)
toad.png (60 sec)
After shaking its body for around 5 seconds, spits out a red wave of breath for 3 seconds.
- No No
poison.png (180 sec)
slow.png (60 sec)
Spits out acid from its mouth. Acid will land on the battlefield and persist for 15 seconds. Does not consume ATB when under 40% HP.
physical.pngTest Bite
- No Yes
poison.png (240 sec)
silence.png (60 sec)
Swallows its target and chews for 6 seconds before spitting them out. If Malboro takes 3% of its total HP in damage it will spit its target out early.
physical.pngTentacle Whirl
- No Yes -
Spins in a circle, flailing its tentacles.
- Yes No
poison.png (120 sec)
Casts Biora on a target.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for This Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Barret IconBarret Tifa IconTifa Aerith IconAerith
Yuffie IconYuffie Sonon IconSonon

Recommended Characters

Information coming soon!

Malboro Attack Phases

Phase 1

Phase Point Summary
1 Malboro won't move very much but will swipe at the nearest person with its tentacles and periodically use Bad Breath with the occasional Test Bite and Tentacle Whirl. At lower HP it will begin to use Acid on further away targets.

Tips & Strategies for Beating Malboro

Strategy Checklist
チェックマークUse Esuna on Status Ailments

チェックマークHit Its Mouth to Stagger It

チェックマークSave Your Allies from Test Bite

チェックマークKeep Your Distance During Bad Breath

Use Esuna on Status Ailments

malboro esuna.jpeg

Malboro uses attacks that inflict various status ailments, but sinc eyou can't use items for this fight, you should make sure your party is equipped with the Cleansing Materia for access to Esuna. There are also accessories to shield you from status ailments as well as linking the Subversion and Warding materias on your armor.

Hit Its Mouth to Stagger It

malboro mouth.jpeg

When Malboro opens its mouth to use Bad Breath or Test Bite, its mouth becomes targettable. If you attack its mouth with magic it will stagger quicker, especially with its weakness, Lightning.

Save Your Allies from Test Bite

malboro test bite.jpeg

Malboro will occasionally use Test Bite and swallow up its target, binding them. If you deal enough damage while it's chewing on your party member you'll be able to rescue them, so use your strongest abilities here.

Keep Your Distance During Bad Breath

malboro bad breath.jpeg

Malboro are known in the Final Fantasy series for their signature move, Bad Breath. Getting hit by this attack will inflict you with poison, sleep, silence, and toad, so if you're unlucky have an unafflicted party member cast Esuna and resume the fight. Bad Breath has a wide range so you'll want to either get behind it or far away to protect yourself.

If you bring the Enemy Skill materia to this fight, getting hit by Bad Breath will teach you the Enemy Skill as well.

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