Final Fantasy IX Chocobo
Chocobo Menu: Chocobo · Chocographs
Obtaining A Chocobo
Obtaining a Chocobo is simple. First you must find the Chocobo Forest area,
which is on the Mist Continent, by the lower exit of Lindbulm. Enter the forest,
and the Chocobo there will run away. Talk to the mogli, and he will give you a
Gisal vegetable (or greens). Go outside and use the Greens wherever you see
small Chocobo tracks on the ground (there is a set right outside the forest) and
call over the Chocobo. You can get more Greens from the mogli in the forest for
a certain amount of Gil, and you can also ride into the forest while on the
Chocobo. If you use a Dead Pepper while on the Chocobo, it's digging power will
increase, and it is even said that they can break through cracks in various
places of the world like this.
You can dig at one of 3 locations: The Chocobo Forest, The Chocobo Lagoon, and
the Chocobo Sky Garden once you get there. Talk to the Mogli and choose the top
option and you can dig for a set amount of time, which is different at different
places. When the Chocobo's "Kueeee" Sound gets long, you are on the right track,
and and there is an object buried nearby. Make sure you are always running,
rather than walking to save time. You can find cheap objects like potions which
are worth 1 point or sometimes slightly better stuff like Ethers. You can also
find important Chocobo items like Dead Peppers and Chocograph pieces. When you
gain enough points, your Chocobo will gain one level and dig faster, but while
digging in the Chocobo Lagoon, you will dig at half the normal rate as the
Chocobo Forest. Digging 4 items in one game of Digging at the Chocobo Forest
will net you 10 bonus seconds, while digging 4 items in one game at the
Chocobo's Lagoon will net you bonus points, unless you have a dark blue or
better Chocobo. Without a dark blue one, you will only get 30 seconds and half
of the lagoon area to dig in. When you get a dark blue one, the whole area
becomes available and you will get 60 seconds. You will also dig much faster, and
get the 10 bonus seconds after 4 items. You will also get a big bonus (around 60
points) for digging up 8 items in 70 seconds.
When you find a Chocograph while playing the digging game, you will get 15
points, and 5 bonus points. After you leave and return to the World Map, you can
select to equip a Chocograph, which will display a picture. You must find a
similar location somewhere in the world and dig in that location until you find
a treasure. The cry will get a little longer, just like in the digging game when
you are close. Some treasure will be items, while other treasure will be
upgrades (see the upgrades section for more details on upgrades). You can have 2
unsolved Chocographs from each digging game location until Chocographs will stop
appearing at that location (Until you solve one or both). The order in which you
get the Chocographs is totally random.
Finding Chocobo Upgrades
A few chests will teleport you to the Chocobo Dream World, where your Chocobo
will be granted a color change and new powers. Chocograph number 2 will give
your Chocobo the light blue Reef upgrade, which will let you walk and dig on
shallow water. Treasure number 12 will give you the red Mountain upgrade, which
will let you basically walk anywhere on any continent. Treasure number 14 will
give you the dark blue Sea upgrade, which will let you walk over deep water (but
you need to find a beach to board/leave land. Treasure number 20 will give you
the white/goldish Sky upgrade, which will let you fly by using the Circle Button
over a forest area. You need another forest to land. While you are flying, you
can press Triangle and use a Dead Pepper, which will cause you to shoot up into
the sky. If you use this ability over one of the large shadows on the
ground/sea, you will be shot up to the Chocobo Aerial Garden. There are a few
different places where this shadow can appear, including in the northeast by the
area where the Earth Temple was that is always shaking, Behind Alexandria, and
to the southwest of the world on an island.
Locations That Hide Something Else
On disc four, use a Dead Pepper in the water where Terra was (there is a circle
of ice burgs around the area, find the exact center of them).
Mognet Central Hidden HQ
On a small island north of the Outer Continent.
Go to the farthest northeast corner of the world map with a flying Chocobo.
Quan's Dwelling (a cave by Treno) - You can examine a bucket near the cliff and
use a Dead Pepper.