Vana'diel Bestiary: Tanihwa  

Found in:Ghoyu's Reverie (MMM)
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Detects by True Sound
  • Based on Fire
  • Weak against Ice
Involved in Quests:
Updated: Tue Jan 20 08:12:16 2009

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General Information

    • To ensure that Tanihwa will spawn, the maze runes Beast and Great Warrior must be equipped to your Maze Tabula.

Tanihwa's Special Attacks

Note: The following attacks are the ones that Tanihwa is always able to use. Spells it is capable of using with the equipping of runes such as Enfeebling Magic will not be listed.

  • Awful Eye Frontal cone AoE Strength Down effect.

  • Bone Crunch - Single target physical damage with an additional Plague effect.

  • Heavy Bellow - Frontal cone AoE Stun effect.

  • Scutum - Self target Defense Boost (Effect can be dispelled).

  • Tail Roll - Single target physical damage.

  • Tusk - Single target physical damage with an additional Knockback effect.

Historical Information

Taniwha are mythical water creatures from Maori legend, that act as guardian or protector of holy places. The word taniwha has been reconstructed to Proto-Oceanic tanifa, with the meaning 'species of shark'. The Maori name for the Great White Shark is Mango-taniwha. In Tongan and Niuean, tenifa refers to a large dangerous shark, as does the Samoan tanifa; the Tokelauan tanifa is a sea-monster that eats people.

At sea, taniwha often are described as a whale or a large shark, whereas inn inland waters, they may still be of whale-like dimensions, but have an appearance more like a gecko or a tuatara, having a row of spines along the back.

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