The Gargoyle is an enemy in the original Final Fantasy. As a flying enemy, it resists Earth-based attacks. It is easy to find, especially in the Marsh Cave, where it appears in large groups along with other monsters that are located in the cavern. In the Chaos Shrine, it appears as a guardian, guarding upper and lower right-hand chests in the temple, and does require strong physical attacks because of its appearance early in the game.
Gargoyles were initially ordinary stone statues built on rooftops to let rainwater above flow down to the ground through certain paths. The statues were usually carved as monsters and strange creatures, which later spawned the belief that gargoyles are the guardians of the buildings they live in.