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The moai face in the Chocobo Racing of Final Fantasy VII.

The Moai (モアイ, Moai?) is a recurring easter egg in the Final Fantasy series, appearing in unexpected locations, usually on world maps far from important locations, and having little to no function whatsoever.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IVEdit

IV

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The moai face on the moon.

A stone appears on the Red Moon. This one is an allusion to the infamous face on Mars myth rather than the moai. A "happy face" crater and rock formation, inspired by the Galle crater of Mars, also appears.

In the Game Boy Advance version, the Lunar Ruins open in front of the stone face once Zeromus is defeated.

In the DS Remake, if the player stole Dark Matter from Zeromus and uses it on the Stone Face, they will fight Proto-Babil.

It is the new location of Golbez's second Challenge Dungeon in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.

Final Fantasy VEdit

V

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The moai face on the bottom of the ocean.

A moai appears at the bottom of the ocean. It serves no other purpose than being an Easter Egg.

In the Game Boy Advance version, it is revealed that the moai is in fact a structure constructed by the Ancients, used to transport people from the "Real" world to that of the Sealed Temple, and disguised to look like a relic from some long-lost civilization. The device was sealed off however, and only became accessible due to the recent earthquakes.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

VII

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The moai face at Great Glacier.

A moai appears on a cliff in the Great Glacier, while other moai statues appear in the Chocobo Racing Arena. This is the first time stone faces appear in locations rather than world maps.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

VIII

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In PuPu's sidequest, the UFO? enemy is sometimes seen abducting a stone face with its light beam. Additionally, colored stone faces are involved in the Obel Lake sidequest, though no graphics are shown for these.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

IX

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The moai face partially hidden by the tree on the right.

At the outset of the adventure, the Prima Vista crashes into the Evil Forest and Zidane is left to make a big decision. After recruiting the help of Steiner and Vivi, Zidane and company travel into the dark depths of the forest to save Princess Garnet.

Hanging left at the first fork will take the player to a serene waterfall glowing in the evening Mist. On the right side of the background is a tall moai, looming as high as the locale's alpine treeline. This zone is unique; aside from a trivial command prompt and the Easter egg, it is an item-less dead-end that holds no practical purpose in the game whatsoever.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

XIII

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Moai building behind Lightning.

At the Gapra Whitewood, at the "Maintenance Exit" past the save point, in the background one can see what resembles a moai face on one of the buildings in the north. Afterwards a scene reveals this is a building in Palumpolum.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia

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One of the player icons is a moai from Final Fantasy V.

FortressEdit

Fortress

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The moai face in a forest.

A moai appears in a forest in concept art for the game.

Non-Final Fantasy appearancesEdit

Secret of ManaEdit

Secret of Mana Moai

The moai in the mountains.

The game has two hidden Moai faces located on the world map. The first is near the Sunken continent while the second is in the mountains to the south of Northtown.

Live A LiveEdit

Live A Live Moai

The moai on the hill.

In the Prehistoric chapter, a moai can be found in the northern area of the caveman village on top of the hill. This area is only accessible after being kick out of the village.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500.

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