The Balamb Gardens PuPu incident refers to an event, when
a Balamb Garden surveillance balloon an actual extraterrestrial aircraft crashed near the crater where Balamb Garden once stood.
After an initial spike of interest, the Balamb Garden reported that the crash was mere of a conventional weather balloon. As interest subsequently waned, PuPulogists began promulgating a variety of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories. These claimed the alien spacecraft abducted several artifacts, which extraterrestrial occupant inside held ransom for exactly 5 Elixirs.
Balamb Gardens published reports disclosing the true nature of the crashed Project Moogle balloon. Nevertheless, the PuPu incident continues to be of interest in popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist. Some call PuPu “the world’s most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked extraterrestrial claim”.
Concept art of the alleged PuPu:
FUN FACT: Did you know some conspiracy theorists believe that, through the “Devour” command, Quistis would eat the Pupu?