Perhaps every misbehaving San d'Orian child has had nightmares of the gargouille effigies that once graced the proud San d'Orian Cathedral coming to life and stealing away the souls of those who lack proper discipline and self-control. While the story may have been a childhood fable meant to instill the best qualities in restless young ones, when it was discovered during the Crystal War that the Allied Forces had to contend with similar living, breathing beasts, the church leadership quickly (and rather quietly) dismantled all traces of the statuary from the cathedral.

Several conjectures existed to explain the origin and the nature of these bitter enemies of Altana. Some thought them to be the product of an unholy union between imps, demons and the very earth itself. Others speculated that they were drawn from the nightmares of Altana's children, made flesh and stone by the wicked forces behind the war. Still more found them to be not truly living, but more like the magic dolls of Windurst, with near mindless, automated servitude. Whatever the case, gargouille are still formidable foes, possessing not only the power of flight and fear, but commanding potent dark attacks, as well as being able to rally their strength by focusing on the thrill and the triumph of victory.

Gargouille have not been seen since the climatic battles of the Northlands that brought an end to the Great War, giving some credence the “borne from a dream” hypothesis. Perhaps because of their obscure origins and unique nature, academics and crafters both have a high demand for the varied gargouille remains that have lasted into the Present Day.

Family Information
Type: Demons
Common Behavior: A, S, H
Strong against: Resist Vs. Dark
Traits: High evasion
Charmable: Eks.gif
Pankration: Eks.gif
Aspir: Eks.gif
Drain: Susceptible to Drain
Notes: Alternates between flying and standing every 3 to 4 minutes.

Special Attacks[edit]

Special Abilities Wings of the Goddess Areas Abyssea
Bloody Claw - Single target damage, Drains HP, Status Down effect (random), bypasses shadows. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Dark Mist - Area of Effect, Additional Effect: Weight, strips shadows. Only used while flying. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Dark Orb - Area of Effect, Dark Damage. Only used while flying. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Terror Eye - Cone Gaze Attack terror. Only used while standing. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Triumphant Roar: - Increases Attack. Only used while standing. CheckCheck.gif CheckCheck.gif
Shadow Burst: - Area of Effect damage plus Curse. Only used by certain notorious monsters. XEks.gif CheckCheck.gif
Note: Notorious Monsters in this family may only use certain of the above and/or additional unique special abilities depending on type.

Notorious Monsters in Family[edit]

Name Spawn Information Level Zone Notable Drop(s)
Blanga Forced Spawn by trading a Rimed Wing and a Benumbed Eye to the ??? at (D-8). Unknown Abyssea - Uleguerand Tide Gages
Creed Seal: Body
Aoidos' Seal: Body
Sylvan Seal: Body
Raider's Seal: Body
Key ItemAtma of the Stone God
Empousa Timed Spawn around Flux 8. Unknown Abyssea - Uleguerand Breeze Belt
Vougier's contus
Stone of Ardor
Card of Ardor
Key ItemAtma of the Shrieking One
Grand'Goule Lottery Spawn from the gargouilles around (F-9) Qmark.gif Beaucedine Glacier (S) Unshomaru
Quasimodo Forced Spawn by trading a Gargouille Stone to the ??? at (G-11). Unknown Abyssea - Vunkerl Bounty Sickle
Goetia Seal: Feet
Estoqueur's Seal: Feet
Orison Seal: Feet
Savant's Seal: Feet
Key ItemOssified Gargouille Hand

Quest NMs: Astika, Kaliya, Shesha, Vasuki, Gargouille Warden

Mission NMs: None

Battlefield NMs: None

Campaign NMs: Shadowwing, Shadowwing Infuriator

Other NMs: None

Monsters in Family[edit]

Name Level Zone
Gargouille 77-81 Beaucedine Glacier (S)
Dire Gargouille 81-82 Xarcabard (S)
81-82 Castle Zvahl Baileys (S)
81-82 Castle Zvahl Keep (S)
Gnarled Gargouille 80-82 Castle Zvahl Keep (S)
Gruesome Gargouille Unknown Abyssea - Vunkerl
Benumbed Vodriga Unknown Abyssea - Uleguerand
Scowling Vodoriga 120-123 Ra'Kaznar Inner Court

Historical Background[edit]

The gargouille was a dragon and legendary creature originating from France. Known by name as Garguiem and not to be confused with gargoyle, it was allegedly a serpent-like water-spouting dragon that appeared in the Seine River in France. It was said to terrorize boats and flood the land. In legend, Saint Romain, the archbishop of Rouen, lured the monster to shore using a convict, and then made a cross with his fingers to tame the monster. He then led it into town where it was slaughtered. Some accounts say it was burned. The accounts of burning say that neither the monster's head or neck would burn, so they were mounted on the town's cathedral to display God's power. The creature was then said to have been carved onto buildings to be used as water drainage, therefore creating the modern gargoyle. It is similarly accounted that they have no relation other than their water-spouting abilities, leading to the words' similarities.

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