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One of the main differences in Wakfu regarding the Osamodas is that their inner self gets closer to their animal instinct, as you can see from their new appearance. The arrival of the Osamodas’ new companion symbolizes this change. This little creature you can see on some illustrations is called Gobgob.

The Gobgob is a strange mineral thing, born of the soul-eating capacities of certain stones and an animal from Otomai. He looks like a starfish with a long forked tail. He’s cheeky but affectionate, liking nothing more than coiling up round his master. Bounded by their faith in Osamodas, the disciples and their Gobgobs are as one.

You guessed right! The Gobgob is a symbiote! The Gobgob feeds on the spiritual energy of his master. (Therefore, if either the disciple or the symbiote were to die, the other would die simultaneously.) However, it can happen that a symbiote eats a small creature’s soul or two. The symbiote quickly becomes the object of Osamodas’ affection, and thus the companion of all his disciples. He’s given to every young Osamodas when they start their apprenticeship. The Gobgob is quite a docile creature that Osamodas learn to tame. They must teach them how to absorb souls without devouring them, and spit them out on request. Such a practise now replaces the extra-dimensional creature summoning, which has become quite difficult since Ogrest’s arrival disrupted the order of things… For the players, the task is simple:

they just have to choose a monster and coerce it to obey. To do so, players should launch a fight and wait for the weakened creature to lower its guard, before using their symbiote to capture it. Only Osamodas have the ability to capture monsters by imprisoning their body and soul inside the symbiote. If perfectly trained, the symbiote won’t devour the creature but will keep it inside until his master tells him to spit it out. When the symbiote spits out a creature, he generally keeps a tiny part of its soul, thus enabling his master to control the creature through his symbiote. When inside the symbiote, the captured creature is in a sort of statis, curled up, impermeable to the outer world. The Osamodas can decide to release the creature back into the World, restoring its full abilities but retaining control over it through the symbiote. The released creature then obeys its new master according to its capacities, attacking the enemy with no strategy.

That’s the reason why young Osamodas learn a series of simple orders like “Attack!”, “Come Back!”, etc. in order to train their captive creatures, which become more and more docile as their master improves.

All the same, a trained Gobgob will be able to contain souls without devouring them and whereas young Gobgob can only contain a single soul, older symbiotes can contain up to five souls, giving their master the capacity to store the appropriate creatures for most situations. However, this system has limitations. If one of the creatures captured by the Osamodas is killed in a fight, it will be lost for good. The Gobgob cannot retain dead souls. The Osamodas will must capture a new one to replace the dead one. Finally, an Osamodas can decide to release a captured creature back into the wild either to replace it or simply be nice. Yohem-hem. Anyway, I would have called the symbiote Bob.

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