|Special Abilities||Wings of the Goddess Areas||Abyssea|
|Extreme Purgation - AoE status-effect draining move. This move can drain both negative and positive status effects.|
|Desiccation - Strips off some (or all) of the target's equipment + knockback effect. Will also set all Job Ability timers to maximum recast time.|
|Aeolian Void - Cone Silence + Blind + 300~ damage.|
|Dustvoid - Knockback, damage and all equipment removed.|
|Slaverous Gale - Cone AoE damage.|
|Doomvoid - Draws in and teleports players in AoE to a battlefield to fight the shadowreign version of either Serket, King Arthro, or Guivre, depending on the region in which the Sandworm was found. Occasionally, Lambton Worm will randomly appear in place of one of the three NMs mentioned above, regardless of the region in which the Sandworm was found.|
|Gorge - Drains HP from targets within area of effect.|
|Disgorge - Conal Earth based magic damage from the front of the Sandworm. Damage is based on Gorge.|
|Note: Notorious Monsters in this family may use all of the above and/or additional unique special abilities.|
Notorious Monsters in Family
Monsters in Family
|Vermes Carnium||??-??||Abyssea - Tahrongi|
Sandworms originate from modern fantasy literature, first appearing in Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) on the desert world of Arrakis. They were depicted as gigantic, eyeless worms with a mouth filled with sharp teeth. They were weak against water, which was poison to them. They produce the spice which is viciously fought over in the Dune franchise.
Since then, Sandworms have appeared in some movies during the 1980s, like Beetlejuice (1988) as giant black & white striped worms which roam a desert dimension which ghosts can visit and Tremors (1990) as smaller, but still large, sand-colored worms called Graboids that have teeth and prey on anything living that moves in the Nevada desert.
The release of the film Dune in 1984 would appear to be the inspiration for the appearances made by Sandworms in films and in Final Fantasy (1987) in the late ‘80s.