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The Cephalopod's Concoction

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This month's ranked battle has a special summer theme! What does Ultros have in store that only Meia and Sarah can resist?
★Featuring Ultimeh cards!★
~ In-game description

The Cephalopod's Concoction is a Ranked "battle tower" event available in July 2018, as part of the Summer Resort event series. It features solo battles against Ultros and Typhon... again! As a new twist, this contest is only playable by the female characters in the game.

Event Details[edit | edit source]

  • Event Type -- progressive Tower Battle
  • (You must have completed Chapter 1 to see this.)

First Instance[edit | edit source]

  • Event time -- July 24 to August 1, 2018
  • Select The Cephalopod's Concoction region spot on the Act 1 World Map -- part of the red "specials" section.

Second Instance[edit | edit source]

  • Event time -- July 24 to August 1, 2019
  • Select The Cephalopod's Concoction region spot on the Act 2 World Map -- it's a stand-alone spot.

How to Participate[edit | edit source]

  • The player must have a female character equipped on both main and sub-job to participate. If Wol or Graff is on either one, the region's areas will not start. Valid jobs include:

For those that haven't obtained them through the main storyline, starting this event will get you:

Story[edit | edit source]

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Wol is down! He's barely able to keep from passing out, as Ultros swims up out of the sea, proclaiming that Wol has fallen for his cunning trap!

Apparently, Echo found what looked like a can of soda on the beach, and handed it off to Wol. It just looked so refreshing... (rather surprising, since the can has a picture of Ultros on its side) Instead of a nice drink, it's Ultros' own special brew of ink! Wol is seriously annoyed, Echo is nervous, and Ultros is gleeful. The octopus moves in for a long-desired kill.

But the kill doesn't happen. Ultros is smacked away with a shot from Sarah's bow. She and Meia have appeared just in time. Faced with foes that aren't helpless, Ultros beats a hasty retreat.

It's obvious that Wol has been either poisoned or cursed. Perhaps rest will cure this... or not. Wol is in no condition to fight, so the ladies take it upon themselves to get some answers from the conniving cephalopod. The hunt is on!

Utros playing games.jpg

Ultros sneaks back to gloat at Wol. Those who cannot fight are forgotten... so Wol's on his way out! Wol would be just as happy if the octopus would forget him... and then Sarah nails Ultros in the forehead with an arrow. Ultros is visibly upset, yelling about how his turn was active, and shooting him during his speech breaks the rules. Sarah is extremely confused.

The seven-tentacled octopus (septapus?) tries to make nice with the ladies. He notes that both he and Meia came from the sea... doesn't that make them kin? Meia is NOT pleased with such a thought, and hits him... hard. Repeatedly. Appeals to Sarah just gets the cephalopod shot with more arrows. Since that's not working out, he finally decides it's time to call in his own friend -- yep, it's Typhon (with a festive bow tie and top hat!).

Typhon isn't really interested in helping Ultros anymore, but Wol asks him to help out, and Typhon relents. Such compassion! Ultros has a friend... and the ladies have more chances to beat them up. In short order, Ultros is ready to tag out and leave the fighting entirely to Typhon, but some extra taunting from Wol keeps the cephalopod fighting on. After a major amount of walloping, Utros waves the white flag. With the fight over, Typhon quickly makes friends with the ladies, offering them his respect and sympathy. Ultros sees a last opportunity, and reaches for the helpless -- and undefended -- Wol. Oops... not so helpless! Wol kicks the surprised octopus completely off the beach.

The entire gang smiles in amusement. Wol never did drink the soda can. (I guess he did recognize the label!) The entire thing was a ruse on Wol's part, and everyone knew it except for Ultros. What a great opportunity for the ladies to get some combat practice in. It's tough being the only one on the outside of a joke, but Typhon states that's just an aspect of life that Ultros will have to get used to.

Event Map[edit | edit source]

Cephalopod's Concoction map.jpeg
Palamecia's loveliest ladies are ready to dish out a helping of pain to one of the deadliest eight-legged beasts ever to terrorize Palamecia!
~ World Map description

The player must have a female job equipped in both the main and sub-job spaces, or the area will be blocked before it can be started. Ultimate Hero Jobs Lightning and Y'Shtola can be used, and will cover for ANY valid job in the game -- the important part is the female appearance!

The player progresses through the first 14 "Site" areas in a linear fashion. Each level features increasingly powerful foes. Every level in these first 14 features Ultros as the final foe. Areas can be revisited as long as the player is still standing on them, but Ultros only shows as a final boss once for each area.

Odd-numbered areas cannot be revisited once the player steps off of them, but the even-numbers areas CAN be teleported to, so the player can collect Summer Break Ultros (Card)s, and possibly Professor Alraune (Card) through re-plays.

After completing the initial 14 areas, the player enters the "Phantasmic Coil" areas. This is a set of 5 areas that repeat in an infinite loop, also with an increasing difficulty with each area finished.

  • On the event's 2018 appearance, Ultros would team up with individual bosses.
  • On the event's 2019 appearance, Ultros instead stays in the "background" where he can't be targeted, and spams Wall (effect).pngWall and Snipe (effect).pngSnipe spells on the others. 2019 also features the new Boss Dark.pngNeslug boss as the final foe on every Coil level.

There are 20 areas and 8 treasure chests. Since the last treasure chest (in the Phantasmic Coil) automatically regenerates, the region can technically never be completed.

Areas[edit | edit source]

All areas carry the warning "Only Sarah Icon.pngSarah, Meia Icon.pngMeia and Sophie Icon.pngSophie jobs are available."

Area Stamina Battles Description 2018 Reward 2019 Reward
Starting Point - - (starting point) -
1st Site 5 2 (1) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
[WIND]Wind swarm sighted.
-
2nd Site 5 2 (1) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
Boss sighted
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1
Icon Gold Opener.png Gold Opener x1
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1
Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Icon Elixir.png Elixir x3
3rd Site 5 2 (1) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
[WIND]Wind swarm sighted.
- Seed fire.png Fire x100,000
4th Site 5 2 Boss Water.pngUltros awaits. Icon Mog Amulet.png Mog Amulet x1
Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Icon Ether.png Ether x3
Icon Crystal.png Crystal x3
5th Site 6 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
Boss sighted.
- Seed water.png Water x100,000
6th Site 6 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
Boss sighted.
Icon Crystal.png Crystal x3
Icon Elixir.png Elixir x4
Icon Extranger.png Extranger★4
7th Site 6 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros awaits.
Boss sighted.
- Seed wind.png Wind x100,000
8th Site 7 3 Boss Water.pngUltros awaits. Seed fire.png Fire x150,000
Seed water.png Water x150,000
Seed wind.png Wind x150,000
Seed earth.png Earth x150,000
Icon Gigantuar Bulb.png Gigantuar Bulb★3
Icon Mog Amulet.png Mog Amulet★4
9th Site 7 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await. - Seed earth.png Earth x100,000
10th Site 7 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await.
Boss sighted.
Seed light.png Light x150,000
Seed dark.png Dark x150,000
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x30
Icon Crystal.png Crystal x5
11th Site 7 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await.
Boss sighted.
- Seed light.png Light x100,000
12th Site 7 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await.
Boss sighted.
Icon Ether.png Ether x3 Icon Magicite.png Magicite x100
13th Site 7 3 (2) Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await.
Boss sighted.
- Seed dark.png Dark x100,000
Final Stage 7 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await. Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x20
Icon Magicite.png Magicite x500
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x50
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x2
Phantasmic Coil 1 8 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Earth.pngLich await.

Neslug and Mindflayer await.

-
Phantasmic Coil 2 8 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Dark.pngTonberry King await.

Neslug, Blizzard Dragon, and Behemoth Cub await.

-
Phantasmic Coil 3 8 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngMarilith await.

Neslug and Gigaworm await.

-
Phantasmic Coil 4 8 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Light.pngAlraune await.

Neslug, Fenrir, and Garm await.

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Phantasmic Coil 5 8 3 Boss Water.pngUltros and Boss Fire.pngTyphon await.

Neslug, Kesari, and Grand Dryad await.

Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x3
(on completing each loop of 5)
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5

Prizes[edit | edit source]

Along with the treasure chests, [WATER]Ultros can also drop Summer Break Ultros (Card), and a few levels will feature [LIGHT]Professor Alraune, who can drop a new "Ultimeh" card: Professor Alraune. This is a Monk card, meant as a lesser form of Duncan. While not as powerful as a Supreme Card, it still packs a punch.

Ranking[edit | edit source]

Final Ranking 2018 Reward 2019 Reward
1 - 50
51 - 100
101 - 500
501 - 1000
1,001 - 2,000
2,001 - 3,000
3,001 - 5,000
5,001 - 10,000
10,001 - 20,000
20,001 - 30,000
Participation bonus

Fiends[edit | edit source]

The Stars: The Sub-bosses The fodder

Reference[edit | edit source]

Summer Break Ultros boasts a few extra visual details:

  • He has a beach umbrella over his head
  • Two arms hold fans, decorated with Tonberry and Fire Bomb artworks
  • Two arms are waving banners with Kanji of some sort on them.
  • Two arms hold plates of shaved ice (cherry and blue raspberry??)
  • one arm holds a blue popsicle.
  • Three of the arms have life preservers on them.

The can of soda at the beginning of the event has a picture of Ultros on its front, with the name "Orthros" printed below it. The two names are synonymous in Japan, and Orthros has appeared in Final Fantasy I.