Populating the Final Fantasy worlds like Chocobos, Cids, and airships, Moogles are a cute and versatile Squaresoft stamp. Called Mogli in Japan, they are easily spotted by their white fur, teddy bear-like stature, bat wings (which come in red, pink, or purple), and pom-pom antenna. Moogles first appeared in Final Fantasy III for the Famicom, acting as bodyguards to a scrooge-y wizard named Dorga. Since then, they've branched out into other roles of Squaredom.
In Secret of Mana, Moogles live in the foresty Upperland, their village overrun by Spring Beak, a tall-legged jumping bird boss. Certain enemies can "Moogle" a party member, transforming them into one of the helpless little critters. Conversely, they wield a crazy assortment of weaponry in Final Fantasy VI. Led by Mog (pictured), the only one who can speak English and the poster Moogle of the game, they protect Terra Branford from a monster onslaught. Mog can later join the party and add dangerous dance steps to the battlefield. Cait Sith rides a beastly Moogle in Final Fantasy VII. One Moogle holds an air bubble chalice in a one-player game of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles; another delivers mail to traveling caravans from home.
And so Moogles continue to pop up.
Selected game appearances
- Final Fantasy III (1990)
- Final Fantasy Adventure (1991)
- Final Fantasy VII (1997)
- Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
- Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
- Final Fantasy IX (2000)
- Final Fantasy X (2001)
- Kingdom Hearts (2002)
- Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005)
- Final Fantasy XII (2006)
- Final Fantasy XI Online (2002)
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (2003)