Native to the land are the Goblins, a race of fighters who dwell in the forests. From them, the player can obtain the Zeio Nut, a crucial item in advanced Chocobo breeding. Goblins also teach the enemy skill Goblin Punch.
The BradyGames guide does not call the island Goblin Island, but the forest Goblin Forest. This is due to Goblin enemies only being fought in forests, with other enemies being fought on other terrain.
Goblin Island is surrounded by four other islands that are labeled Goblin Island in the menu. Since these islands do not contain forests, Goblins cannot be fought on them. Another island mostly covered in beach further north is also Goblin Island in the menu, but also does not contain forests. This island is notable because, as with all Goblin Island areas, battles on beaches result in the usual grass encounters even though on this island one is standing entirely on beach.
Round Island, an island entirely covered in forest, shares Goblin Islands encounters, and therefore is infested only with Goblins. Since Round Island is difficult to get to, requiring a gold Chocobo, it is not a good place to battle Goblins, whose value is their involvement in the breeding sidequest.
Goblin Island is located to the North-East beyond Gaia's eastern continent.
Grassland and Beach
The background in these battles are in grassland, never in beach.
- [22/64] Goblin x2
- [21/64] Goblin x3
- [21/64] Goblin
- [4/64] Goblin (Back attack)
- [10/64] Goblin x2 (Side attack)
- [4/64] Goblin x3 (Ambush)
- Mystery Ninja
Goblin Island is thus named as it is inhabited by goblins. goblin is a small, mischievous creature found in many European folk tales and legends. The word "goblin" comes from the Norman French word Gobelinus, the name of a ghost that haunted the town of Évreux in the 12th century.A