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|Price||100g / 30,000 yen (meat)|
|Related Ingredient||Mellow Cola (its tears)|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 136|
|Anime Debut||Episode 64|
|Game Debut||Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2|
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The Salamander Sphinx is the ruler of the Gourmet Pyramid, found very deep down in its lowest levels. As such, it is an extremely powerful fighter, with Toriko and Zebra having to work very hard together to take it down and effectively using up all of their energy in the process.
The Salamander Sphinx is a gigantic beast with a body structure that is similar to a lion's. Its skin is completely covered in tough scales and its mane is light in color and has a very elaborate, curly and wavy style. It has an intimidating humanoid face with pitch black eyes and white pupils, and a large fanged maw. On its back it has slightly large white wings, although they appear to be vestigial and it is unknown if it can fly with them. It has a living snake for tail which has a triangular-shaped head and both it and the Salamander Sphinx share the same sense of pain.
It is a very ferocious beast with a very foul temper who has little mercy for those that enter its territory and will immediately attack on sight. However it does appear to be able to show genuine happiness, as shown when it was finally able to cry and release all the built up cola in its eyes.
Abilities and Weakness
Its attacks consist of using its sharp claws, its powerful prehensile tongue, and extending mane. It was able to dissipate Zebra's Roar Bullet and Sound Wall and take several of Toriko and Zebra's attacks unfazed. It can create powerful air slashes merely by lightly waving its paw. Zebra also commented that he couldn't find a weakness with his Weak-Point Voice, or that it simply didn't have a definite one and that a weak point must be exposed when certain attacks are done in a specified order. Even after taking a considerable beating from both Toriko and Zebra, it was able to completely recover very quickly afterwards and quickly chases Toriko, Zebra and Komatsu away.
The Salamander Sphinx has the highest Human World CLVL known on the manga (92), making it one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, natural Human World beast.
It is the producer of the Mellow Cola, which Toriko was able to detect through smell. It is said by Melk that the Mellow Cola matures inside of it's body, and a cook book found by Komatsu and wall imprints state that its tears are the Cola, as the storage for the sugar in its body (similar to how Sea Turtles eject salt stored in their bodies through their tears when they lay eggs). Despite the beating it must take to release the cola it is noted as looking happy from releasing the cola, likely from whatever pressure the build up caused.
It appears that its meat is in fact edible and can fetch over 30,000 yen in markets. However it is never mentioned what its meat tastes like.
Special Cooking Preparations
- Uniformly striking every inch of it's body
- Strong hit in the pit of the stomach
- Shaving scales of his back
- Stimulate the bottom of it's feet (clockwise starting from front-right leg)
- Simultaneously taking out a feather from both wings
- Final: Very strong hit on the snake-tail.
Mellow Cola Arc
When Toriko, Zebra and Komatsu went seeking the Mellow Cola in the Gourmet Pyramid, they encountered this monstrous beast in the lower levels of the pyramid were it easily overwhelmed them with its incredible strength. Luckily Komatsu had discovered an ancient cook book which explained that the Mellow Cola was actually the beast's tears and using the instructions in the book, Komatsu was able to guide Toriko and Zebra through the beast's weak spots. And after much effort and blood they finally made the beast cry making it release the Mellow Cola. However the Mellow Cola was quickly swallowed by a reawakened mummified Nitro, who quickly tried to kill Komatsu and attack Toriko and Zebra with its incredible might. But soon enough they managed to gain the upper hand and with the last bit of their strength they were able to kill the Nitro once and for all. At that moment the Salamander Sphinx began to cry once more and is it turned out the tears the Nitro drank earlier were actually greasy build up and the true Mellow Cola was being cried out by the beast then and there, gifting the drink the three had gone through so much hardship for.
Cooking Festival ArcGourmet Pyramid was destroyed by King Octopus Kong during the Four Beasts Arc, but the Salamander Sphinx was uninjured. While Sunny, Coco, and Toriko were fulfiling IGO requests for ingredients for the Cooking Festival, Zebra re-visited Gourmet Pyramid. Amazingly, the Salamander Sphinx remembered Zebra and appeared fond of him (or perhaps terrified into submission). The Sphinx immediately began to cry when Zebra arrived, but stopped when Zebra told it to, and even nodded along when Zebra warned that there could be danger coming soon, and that the Sphinx should try to stay alive. The Salamander Sphinx seemed sad as it watched Zebra leave.
On his way out of Gourmet Pyramid, Zebra sealed the entrance with a Sound Wall. Most likely, Zebra did this to protect the Salamander Sphinx itself, but he might also have been trying to prevent others from taking Mellow Cola in the future. Unfortunately, shortly after Zebra left, Joie easily broke down the Sound Wall in search of the Ancient Cookbook. Since Komatsu had the cookbook, Joie was unsuccessful in his search, but it is unclear if he hurt or otherwise interacted with the Salamander Sphinx before leaving Gourmet Pyramid.
Appearances in Other Media
Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2
The Salamander Sphinx makes its video game debut in Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 as the boss of the Gattsuki Continent's desert region and it is one of the three strongest beasts in the game, alongside the Pankuchen and Earth Bear. The Four Heavenly Kings encounter this beast deep beneath the ruins of the desert, however the battle this time proves much easier for them as all four united to take it down instead of just Toriko and Zebra.
Toriko: Gourmet Monsters
The Salamander Sphinx appears in the 3DS game Toriko: Gourmet Monsters as one the many tamable enemy beasts in the game. After being tamed, it can be entered in Gourmet Royale matches and fight in wild battles. It is a fearsome and strong beast with very high stats.
Toriko: Gourmet Battle
The Salamander Sphinx appears in Toriko: Gourmet Battle as an enemy beast in the game and collectible card. Its card's statistics classify it as a "Power" class beast. It also has a subspecies known as the Lion Dance Darling Sphinx (獅子舞ダースフィンクス, Shishimai Dāsufinkusu).
Toriko: Ultimate Survival
The Salamander Sphinx has been featured in several merchandise items, such as a miniature figurine, on several trading cards and two videos games.
- It is unknown if there is more than one Salamander Sphinx in the Pyramid as only one member of this species was ever seen in it.
- Despite its amalgamated appearance and the fact that it has a snake for a tail, it is not considered a mixed breed and is still only a mammal beast.
- It ranked 24th in the first Popularity Poll with 29 votes, tieing with the GT Robo, and Ichiryu.