|Discovered||January 31, 1997|
|Reproduction||Sexual; lays eggs|
|Feeding Behavior||Carnivorous (presumed)|
|Prey||Presumed: Crown Lance|
|Predators||Presumed: Desert Sahagin|
|Distinctive Features||Chest markings similar to Japanese character for "anger" (怒)|
|Members||Shake (when polymorphed)|
|Species||skeeskee (Somarinoa, 2016)|
|Creator||Shin Nagasawa and/or Tetsu Tsukamoto|
|First Sighting||January 31, 1997|
Skeeskee are a species of warm water penguins indigenous to Cosmo Canyon on the planet Gaia. They are superficially similar to a related genus, the Crested Penguins, though clawed flippers and long tail feathers indicate that Skeeskee are significantly more basal in form, granting them their own genus. They always travel in flocks of two or three, and have been spotted around Griffins, as well.
They notably have what appears to be the Japanese symbol for anger (怒) emblazoned across their chest, which is also seen on their close relatives, the Headbombers. As this is seen even in the wild and there has been at least 10,000 years since the local Humes have had any connection to Earth, if they ever had any to begin with, this is simply a coincidence.
Although aggressive, these penguins will usually only peck a foe. However, should they feel that they are losing a battle they will resort to desperate tactics, with a shout referred to as the Rage Bomber, which often will enrage their opponents as well. The defensive purpose of this is unknown, though it will inflict heavy injury so the infuriation may only be an unintentional side effect.
As with other penguins, Skeeskee are assumed to be migratory birds, and even though they nest in the canyon itself, it is entirely likely that they travel to find food. The closest source of sustenance close to what penguins are known to consume are the Crown Lances found along Cosmo Beach. Although birds are known to feed on reptiles, the local Bagrisks would be particularly risky due to their petrifying nature. The lack of aggression towards Griffins seen around them also indicates that the two do not share a predator/prey relationship. Considering that their close relatives, the Head Bombers, live on a completely separate continent, there may be even more migration occurring, an ancestor may have existed covering more area at one time, or more species may exist. It is also possible that, like penguins on Earth, Skeeskee and Head Bombers spend a portion of their lives out at sea, and that they could have split into separate species during these transitions.
For a time, Battle Square in the Gold Saucer amusement park would capture these creatures and stock them for use in battle against would-be adventurers and heroes. These may have been specifically bred for this purpose, as they were notably twice as durable and a quarter stronger in both their regular strength as well as magical fortitude.
Later, Wutai resident Shake would use magic to shapeshift into a Skeeskee when Yuffie Kisaragi challenged her father Godo's tower.
- Skeeskee may serve as a possible homage to Neon Genesis Evangelion character Pen Pen. Both have similar naming schemes and are warm-water penguins.
- As mentioned above, the marking on the monster's chest is the Japanese kanji for "anger," 怒.
- Final Fantasy VII (First appearance)
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper (via Shake boss battle)