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Marsh Man

Do you really think it's safe to drink a bottle of ether that I've been carting around in my slimy guts for God knows how long?

Gooey entities that can be encountered in Squaresoft's 1991 Final Fantasy Adventure Gameboy video game [original Japanese title: Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Holy Sword Legend: Final Fantasy Side Story); European moniker: Mystic Quest]. A complete remake of said game was also released in 2003, on the Gameboy Advance, sporting the new name Sword of Mana.

Marsh Men glide effortlessly through the muck and tangled vegetation of their habitat, randomly sinking down into the stagnant mire, and out of sight, only to arise again, moments later, in a different location. Physical contact with one of these monsters will damage the player, as their semi-solid bodies are highly acidic, but, they're relatively slow and not terribly aggressive. These creatures are impervious to most conventional attacks; it is only through the use of spells, or magical/elemental weapons, that one has any hope of harming them.

Slain Marsh Men are worth 10 experience points and 5 pieces of gold. After being defeated, they will occasionally drop a chest containing either a bottle of Ether (restores 10 magic points) or a Will Stone (temporarily boosts the Will attribute, which affects how quickly your attack meter, at the bottom of the screen, replenishes itself.) Marsh Men are often found living in close proximity to other swampland enemies, namely Jellyfish and Poison Flowers.

Newsprint, white glue, gloss nail polish, and acrylic paint.

2.7 cm/1.1 in. x 2.7 cm/1.1 in. (widest point x highest point)

Three days: June 8, 9, and 11 (2012)

For comparison purposes, below are some relevant images (more information on mouse-over):

The hero encounters two Marsh Men.

Marsh Men sprites that I digitally colored.


  • various Final Fantasy Adventure guides/walkthroughs.

  •   Final Fantasy Adventure Gameboy video game and instruction manual.

  •   RPG Final Fantasy Adventure bestiary.

  •   The Shyguy Kingdom Final Fantasy Adventure sprites sheet.

  •   Wikipedia Mana (series) article.

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