How to train Chocobo's and breed them to be able to climb mountains and walk on water
To begin the Chocobo side quest, you must travel to Choco Bill's Ranch near the Mythril mine. You should also have quite a bit of money saved up as raising Chocobo's isn't cheap. When you are ready to start, purchase your first Chocobo stable at the ranch. I recommend that you purchase at least three.
As you might have already seen, you can find Chocobo tracks while travelling the world map. That is where you can obtain your own Chocobo's. Each area with these tracks has a different quality of Chocobo as all of them are not the same. If you are interested in raising the best possible Chocobo's, you must find them at their best possible quality. Click here for a map.
Note: If you are interested in breeding special Chocobo's then you should start by capturing a male good Chocobo and a female great Chocobo.
To begin your quest for your first Chocobo, be sure to equip the "Chocobo lure" to one of your characters, purchase some greens from Choco Billy, and have some stables ready to receive them. When you find a Chocobo, a special type of music will play and you have the opportunity to capture a Chocobo. To capture the Chocobo, feed it greens while attacking the other enemies. Be careful not to hurt the Chocobo! If the Chocobo does not run away before you finish off the last of the enemies, the Chocobo is yours!
You can capture up to four Chocobo's at a time and afterwards you will have to return to the ranch and speak with Choco Billy about your finds. He will give you a short description about which type of Chocobo you have captured. Below is a chart explaining his evaluations.
Now that you hopefully got yourself a decent Chocobo or two, you are ready to start training them. Chocobo's love to eat greens which you can buy from Choco Billy and the Chocobo Sage. Each green raises a certain statistic of the Chocobo that can be found below.
While the expensive greens will boost more statistics they also cost much more Gil. You must be prepared to feed the Chocobo's as it will empty your wallet quickly. You can easily spend more than 500,000 Gil on greens while raising Chocobo's. The more expensive greens may also make Chocobo capturing a bit easier as well. The chart below gives details on each of the types of greens available to purchase.
If you feed a Chocobo a
green and it fails to raise any of its ability points, then the
statistics which that green boosts have been maxed out.
Note: When you begin breeding, be sure to leave an empty stable for the newborn Chocobo!
Note: To find your own Zeio nut which is required to breed the gold Chocobo, you must travel to the goblin forest which is an island located northeast of the Chocobo ranch. There you will have to land the airship and battle goblins until you receive the nut. Afterwards, return to the ranch and breed your hard earned gold Chocobo!
Congratulations! You now have a gold Chocobo to call your own! With this special breed, you can now access areas of the world map which could not be found before. One of these areas is the legendary island which holds the Knights of the Round materia. Have fun!
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