The Nibel Area is a region of the world map in Final Fantasy VII located in the middle-east of the western continent. The river to its south separates it from the Cosmo Area. Mountains, among them Mt. Nibel, border the Gold Saucer Area to the east, the North Corel Area to the northeast, and the Rocket Launch Pad Area to the northwest.
The Nibel Area is in two segments separated by Mt. Nibel. The west exit leads to a small area of land that contains a partial land border to the Rocket Launch Pad Area, with the two regions divide between two beaches roughly in line with the mountain. The east exit of Mt. Nibel is located behind Nibelheim.
Mt. Nibel contains the Nibel Reactor.
The Nibel Area is first passed through on the hunt for Sephiroth. The last hint the player has is that Sephiroth went east from the Gold Saucer toward Gongaga. After traveling past Gongaga and Cosmo Canyon, the player ends up at Nibelheim. In the Shinra Mansion the player can meet Sephirot] who tells Cloud he is heading north past Mt. Nibel.
Areas of the Nibel Area are first visited in the flashback of Cloud's past in Kalm. A Nibelheim and Mt. Nibel of five years ago are visited by a group of Shinra employees, including Sephiroth and Cloud. During the flashback Nibelheim and Mt. Nibel can be traveled between, although the player is transported directly from one to the other and does not have to traverse the world map as they do during the game's present day events. There is a scene with a the Shinra party traveling through the Nibel Area that has Sephiroth and Cloud encounter a Dragon.
- Nibel Area
The Bahba Velamyu is the only enemy in the forest area that can inflict negative status effectes, Silence and Slow, which both cannot be avoided through the use of accessories except the Ribbon, which is not available at this stage of the game. The Crown Lance is the only enemy fought on the beaches in the Nibel Area. They can inflict the Sleep and Petrify statuses, but these cannot be avoided through the use of accessories.
The Dazers item can be stolen from Battery Caps in their first slot with an average steal rate. The item inflicts Paralyze and can serve multiple purposes, including stopping enemies with high evasion, and stopping certain enemies from using their strong attacks.
The Nibel Wolf enemy fought on the grass areas can use the Howling ability to revive all fallen Nibel Wolf enemies defeated in the battle. Each one can use the ability three times. Allowing the wolves to revive each other allows for more EXP and gil to be won from the battle.
The Valron enemy can be fought in grass areas, and can be manipulated to use the Dive Kick command, which is a Gravity-elemental ability and thus cannot kill the player, and can be exploited to boost the player's Limit gauge to help learn additional Limit Breaks.
- [22/64] Nibel Wolf x2
- [21/64] Valron, Nibel Wolf x2
- [21/64] Valron
- [8/64] Nibel Wolf x2 (Back attack)
- [22/64] Bahba Velamyu x2
- [21/64] Battery Cap x4, Valron[note 1]
- [21/64] Battery Cap x6[note 2]
- [8/64] Bahba Velamyu x2 (Ambush)
- Mystery Ninja
- Ultimate Weapon (boss)
In "Episode: Nanaki" from On the Way to a Smile, Nanaki enters a forest in the area where Nibi bears (ニビ熊, Nibi kuma?) live, and nearby is a village settlement where hunters who hunt the bears reside.
- Covered by Battery Cap B, Battery Cap C
- Battery Cap B, C is covered by Battery Cap A; Battery Cap D is covered by Battery Cap B; Battery Cap E is covered by Battery Cap A, B, C; and Battery Cap F is covered by Battery Cap C