Chocobo Hot & Cold
The Chocobo Hot & Cold side quest can be played as soon as you can access the Chocobo Forest after completing Gizamaluke’s Grotto. Finding each of the Chocobo Hot & Cold locations are required in order to help you complete the Chocograph side quest, Chocobo Dive Spots side quest, Chocobo Mountain Cracks side quest and Chocobo Beaches side quest. There are a ton of high quality rewards worth obtaining.
The Chocobo’s Forest can be found on the eastern side of the continent near the South Gate amid the King Ed Plains. Use the screenshot below and the map provided to help you find it.
You will meet up with a moogle named Mene as soon as you enter the forest. Mene will ask you if you would like to ride Choco, the Chocobo, in order to travel through the area without running into any monsters. He will provide you with Gysahl Greens which you can use to call Choco any time you are near a set of Chocobo footprints on the world map. Leave the Chocobo’s Forest and travel to the Chocobo footprints just outside of the forest (to the east) and then select and use the Gysahl Greens out of your item inventory.
Riding a Choco the Chocobo is a nice and easy way to get around the world map, but for now you should return to the Chocobo’s Forest with Choco. Walk over to Mene and ask him “What’s the big secret?” to have him expand on what he had said to Zidane earlier. He will explain that Choco has the ability to seek out treasures and items hidden underground. Choose to pay the 60 gil when prompted in order to play “Chocobo Hot & Cold”.
The object of the game is to dig up Chocographs and Choreograph Pieces in each of the Chocobo locations throughout the world but you can dig up a variety of other rewards. As indicated in the instructions provided (and shown in the screenshot above) press the Square Button to dig with your Chocobo. It will respond with either:
- “Kweh.” which means you are cold
- “Kweh?!” which means you are warm
- “Kewhhh?!” which means you are hot (close to the item)
- “K-KWEHHH!!!” means you have have found the item
The points you receive for each item are as follows:
|Stone with Patterns||20/25|
The best strategy for digging up items and Chocographs during the Chocobo Hot & Cold side quest is to move around in the center of each of the areas so you can cover as much of an area as possible. Chocobo Forest is the easiest location to hunt in (until you receive the Mountain Ability).
Uncovering Chocographs with your Chocobo will give you access to new abilities that allow Choco to traverse new terrain and will give you access to new Chocobo Hot & Cold zones. This includes the Chocobo’s Lagoon and the Chocobo’s Air Garden.
Return to the Chocobo Forest on Disc 3. Enter with your Chocobo (by using a Gysahl Green while standing on the Chocobo tracks to call forth a Chocobo). Mene the moogle will be missing when Zidane first enters the forest but will return to tell Zidane about an island called Palmnell to the southwest. Mene will automatically mark the spot on the map after he tells you about it.
Exit the area and check the mini-map to find a new area to the southwest identified as Chocobo’s Lagoon. You are too far away to reach it now, so hop back into the Blue Narciss (leaving Choco behind) and sail over to the Lagoon. You can’t actually reach it at this point though and will require a Chocobo with the Reef Ability (after obtaining Chocograph #4) in order to reach it. Travel to the island to the west of it, call a Chocobo using a Gysahl Green and then travel over to the lagoon. The pathway is a little bit difficult so use the video below to assist you:
Chocobo’s Air Garden
The first thing you need to do to reach the Chocobo’s Air Garden is obtain the Air Ability allowing you Chocobo to fly. You can do this by obtaining the proper Chocographs (click on the link for more information) and Chocograph pieces.
The hints to reaching the Air Garden can be found on the Chocograph Pieces that you dug up in the Chocobo Forest and Chocobo Lagoon. To view the Chocograph Pieces, enter the menu screen and check the “Key” tab in the Items section. Select each of the Chocographs to read the hints. There are five different spots that you can search but only one will have a shadow allowing you to reach the Chocobo’s Air Garden.
The spots are shown in the screenshots below: