These massive insects reside only in the desert of the Attohwa Chasm and are often found buried in the sand, waiting for their prey to unsuspectingly step into their trap. Tan in color, presumably an evolutionary attempt at camouflage, their bulk is anything but hidden when above ground.

In recent times, their jaws have become a crucial ingredient in arrows wanted by Rangers far and wide. Antlions are also often found to carry Scarlet Stones, the only known method for their acquisition.

Family Information
Type: Vermin
Subfamilies: Pitlion, Formiceros
Common Behavior: A, L, H
Weak against: Resist Vs. Wind Resist Vs. Light
Strong against: Resist Vs. Earth Resist Vs. Dark
Charmable: Able to be charmed
Pankration: Able to be captured
Aspir: Eks.gif
Drain: Susceptible to Drain

Special Attacks[edit]

Special Abilities Promathia Areas Wings of the Goddess Areas Pankration
Sandpit - Single target Bind. CheckCheck.gif Unknown CheckCheck.gif
Sandblast - 8' AoE Blind. CheckCheck.gif Unknown CheckCheck.gif
Pit Ambush - Extremely powerful, single-target attack. Used only by black Antlions (Pitlions), who are normally hidden under cracked ground and aggro using this move. Wipes Shadows. (Is not a TP ability) CheckCheck.gif Unknown CheckCheck.gif
Venom Spray - Cone Attack Poison (15/tic). CheckCheck.gif Unknown CheckCheck.gif
Mandibular Bite - Single target Damage. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Gravitic Horn - Heavy wind damage in a fan-shaped area of effect. Resets enmity. Only used by Formiceros subspecies. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif XEks.gif
Quake Blast - Earth damage in an area of effect and removes all equipment. Only used by certain Notorious Monsters. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif XEks.gif
Note: Notorious Monsters in this family may use all of the above and/or additional unique special abilities.

Notorious Monsters in Family[edit]

Name Spawn Information Level Zone Notable Drop(s)
Aggressor Antlion Timed Spawn around (E-8). Unknown Abyssea - Attohwa Magnus Pole
Caller's Seal: Head
Goetia Seal: Head
Aoidos' Seal: Head
Cirque Seal: Head
Alastor Antlion Forced Spawn by Feeler Antlion when it uses Sandblast. 83 Attohwa Chasm Rostrum Pumps
Ambusher Antlion Lottery Spawn from the Trench Antlion around (E-8) - (E-9). 75-77 Attohwa Chasm Archer's Jupon
Feeler Antlion Forced Spawn by trading an Antlion Trap to the ??? at (F-10). 73-75 Attohwa Chasm Spawns Alastor Antlion.
Myrmecoleon Spawned by bringing Lachrymater above it, where it will use Pit Ambush and instantly kill the Lachrymater. Unknown Abyssea - Tahrongi Owleyes
Tactical Mantle
Kengo Hachimaki
Key ItemAtma of the Impaler
Ogbunabali Spawned by examining a Planar Rift while in possession of a Key ItemJade Stratum Abyssite II and a Key ItemVoidstone. Unknown Maze of Shakhrami Mantodea Harpe
Pipilaka Belt
Key ItemVivid Periapt of Focus
Orcus Spawned with Brown Abyssite. Unknown West Sarutabaruta,
West Sarutabaruta (S),
Meriphataud Mountains,
Meriphataud Mountains (S)
Orcus Mandible
Bobcat Belt
Corneus Ring
Key ItemBlack Abyssite

Quest NMs: None

Mission NMs: Lioumere (Promathia Mission - Road Forks)

Battlefield NMs: Armored Hunter (ENM - Sheep in Antlion's Clothing), Shrewd Hunter (ENM - Sheep in Antlion's Clothing), Swift Hunter (ENM - Sheep in Antlion's Clothing), Tuchulcha (ENM - Sheep in Antlion's Clothing)

Dynamis NMs: Nightmare Antlion (Dynamis - Tavnazia)

Walk of Echoes NMs: Albino Antlion, Anthracite Antlion, Myrmeleontide

Other NMs: Executioner Antlion (Spawned by Feeler Antlion), Ambuscader Antlion (Spawned by Myrmecoleon)

Monsters in Family[edit]

Name Level Zone
Tracer Antlion 38-40 Attohwa Chasm
Burrow Antlion 41-44 Attohwa Chasm
Hunter Antlion 45-46 Attohwa Chasm
Pit Antlion 49-51 Attohwa Chasm
Trench Antlion 70-71 Attohwa Chasm
Tracker Antlion 70-73 Attohwa Chasm
Cave Antlion 77-79 Attohwa Chasm
Funnel Antlion Unknown Abyssea - Attohwa

Historical Background[edit]

Antlion are a real family of insects (Myrmeleontidae). They are known for their unique life cycle. While the adults are pollen and nectar feeders, the larvae feed on other insects, most notably ants. The adults are winged insects with dull brown & black bodies with a fly/moth-like head and clubbed antennae, but the larvae have a plump thorax and a very different head, very ant-like, with very large mandibles. The scary-looking larvae reside in sandy soils and dig up a cone-shaped sand pit, where they lay in wait at the bottom, hidden beneath the sand. The gradient is steep and the soil texture consists of very loose particles, making it precarious for any creature that tries to climb out of it (it's easy to lose footing and fall back to the bottom of the pit). The antlion ambushes anything that falls into its pit. They do not consume the prey. They suck the vital fluids out of it with their mandibles, which are hollow. Once finished, they toss the husk out of the pit and set up the trap again. They exist across Europe and Asia (not just in deserts, but anywhere sandy soil can be found).

The monster design for the Antlions in the original, 8-bit version of Final Fantasy II closely resembles the actual appearance of Antlions.

It should be noted, in Medieval bestiaries, a creature called the Mermecolion appeared. Its name meant "ant-lion", only it was an ant with the head of a lion.

This article uses material from the "Category:Antlions" article on FFXIclopedia and is licensed under the CC-BY-SA License.