The Basilisk, also known as the SAURIA in the NES version, is an enemy in the original Final Fantasy. They appear as a random encounters on the Cardia Islands, a chain most associated with dragons. Basilisks appear on the island that contains Bahamut's throne. Later, they appear in Chaos Shrine, on floor B1, as a rare encounter. In the PlayStation, GBA, and PSP/mobile versions, they don't appear in the Bahamut Islands, but are found in the island of the Citadel of Trials.
Physical attacks are the primary way to defeat these enemies; magic can be saved for the more difficult encounters in the Chaos Shrine. Due to their average Defense, they are not hard to defeat. Basilisks possess the ability to use Gaze to Petrify party members, but they also drop Gold Needles upon defeat.
Basilisk is a fictional beast that appeared in medieval bestiaries, it is said that a single gaze to their eyes would kill or petrify the observer. It was supposed to appear when a chicken's egg was hatched by a snake or a frog (hence their reptilian appearance).The
In the NES version, the Basilisk was called Sauria. Sauria derives from saura, which means "reptile" in Greek.