Chocobo Racing and Breeding

You can begin breeding Chocobos after you have obtained the Highwind during the escape from Junon. You can begin racing Chocobos after you have rescued Cloud from the second visit to Mideel as this is when Gold Saucer reopens for business. The Chocobo side quests are much easier later in the game once you have reached Disc 3.

The goal of this side quest is to breed a Blue Chocobo, a Green Chocobo, a Black Chocobo and finally a Gold Chocobo. Each color of Chocobo possess unique characteristics and abilities when you ride them on the world map.

Blue Chocobo: Also known as River Chocobos are capable of running across shallow water (similar to the Tiny Bronco)
Green Chocobo: Also known as Mountain Chocobos are capable of running over mountainous terrain
Black Chocobo: Are capable of crossing both shallow waters and mountainous areas
Gold Chocobo: Are capable of crossing all terrain including oceans and can travel unrestricted to any area of the map

There are numerous items and rewards that can be picked up in various areas of the map called the Materia Caves. The Blue Chocobo can reach a cave that contains a Support Materia Quadra Magic Materia, the Green Chocobo can reach a cave that contains a Command Materia Mime Materia, the Black Chocobo can reach both of the previous areas as well as another cave that contains an Independent Materia HP <--> MP Materia and finally the Gold Chocobo can reach all three previously listed items as well as a special cave that contains the most powerful summon in the game, Summon Materia Knights of the Round Materia.

Preparations

The first step to breeding and racing Chocobos is to take the Highwind and travel back to the Chocobo Farm. Enter the barn, speak to Choco Bill in the house next to the barn and choose to rent all six Chocobo stables. Each of them will cost you 10,000 gil. There is another Independent Materia Chocobo Lure Materia which you can pick up outside the farm as well (shown in the screenshot below).

Chocobo Stables
Second Chocobo Lure Materia

Equip both of your Independent Materia Chocobo Lure Materia to your characters (using both of them will increase your chances of encountering a Chocobo). You also need to purchase Greens to assist you with capturing a Chocobo. You have the following options:

Type of Greens Location Effect
Gysahl Greens Chocobo Farm Distracts a Chocobo for 2 turns.
Krakka Greens Chocobo Farm Reduces a Chocobos chance to run away each turn to 33.3%
Tantal Greens Chocobo Farm Distracts a Chocobo for 3 turns.
Pahsana Greens Chocobo Farm Reduces a Chocobos chance to run away each turn to 20.0%
Curiel Greens Chocobo Farm Distracts a Chocobo for 4 turns.
Mimett Greens Chocobo Farm Distracts a Chocobo for 1 turn (allows the use of Chocobuckle)
Reagan Greens Chocobo Sage’s House Distracts a Chocobo for 8 turns and
reduces the Chocobos chance to run away each turn to 12.5%
Sylkis Greens Chocobo Sage’s House Distracts a Chocobo for 1 turn (allows the use of Chocobuckle)

As you can see from the chart above, the most expensive greens (Item IconSylkis Greens) are not ideal for capturing Chocobos in a battle. Their primary use in battle is for obtaining the Chocobuckle move on your Command Materia Enemy Skill Materia. You should stock up on Item IconReagan Greens (around 5 should do) which can be purchased at the Chocobo Sage’s House (click on the link for more information about this particular location).

Chocobo Sage
Buying Sylkis Greens from the Chocobo Sage

You will still require around 25-30 Sylkis Greens to raise the stats of your Chocobos so make sure that you buy some of those as well while you are at the Chocobo Sage’s House.

After you capture a Chocobo in battle you will now be given the option to send Chocobos back to the stables at the Chocobo Farm after you dismount from them. You can then move them from the large pen out front into the six stalls that you purchased. Choco Billy will give you a short description of a Chocobo before you move it into the pen. There are 8 different types of Chocobos that you can catch that are described as follows: Terrible, Bad, Poor, Average, Fair, Good, Great and Wonderful. Choco Billy’s descriptions of the Chocobos are listed below:

Chocobo Descriptions

“This...is a wonderful Chocobo!" (Wonderful)

“This is a great Chocobo." (Great)

“Mmm, this seems like a good Chocobo." (Good)

“This Chocobo’s so-so." (Fair)

“This is a pretty average Chocobo." (Average)

“Mmm, this one’s not bad." (Poor)

“This one doesn’t seem to be very good." (Bad)

“I can’t recommend this one." (Terrible)

In addition to needing greens for capturing the Chocobo you will also need different nuts for breeding your Chocobos. The first nut you require is called a Item IconCarob Nut. Carob Nuts can be stolen (using your Command Materia Steal Materia) from an enemy called Vlakrados which can be found in the fields just south of Bone Village (pictured in the screenshot below). You will need at least 3 of them.

Bone Village
Stealing Carob Nut from Vlakrados

The second nut you require is called a Item IconZeio Nut. These can be stolen from Goblin enemies which can be found in the forests on Goblin Island. Goblin Island is an island located in the northeastern section of the World Map and you can fly there in the Highwind. The Goblin enemies are pictured in the screenshot below. You will only require one Zeio Nut.

Goblin Island
Stealing Zeio Nut from Goblins


Breeding Blue and Green Chocobos

In order to breed Blue and Green Chocobos you will need to capture either Good or Great Chocobos. You can breed any combination of either Good/Good, Good/Great or Great/Great Chocobos to do this, but Great Chocobos have the best stats which will be helpful later on when you race them so it is advised that you capture two Great Chocobos.

Travel to the Chocobo tracks near the town of Mideel. You can catch two types of Chocobos in this area: Fair and Great. The type of Chocobo you receive depends on the type of enemies that surround it. For example, if either two or three Head Hunter enemies surround the Chocobo it will be of Fair quality. To capture Great Chocobos you need to ensure that the Chocobo is accompanied by Spiral enemies (shown in the screenshot below). They look like small grey bugs.

Mideel Chocobo tracks
A Chocobo with two Spiral enemies

Travel back to the Chocobo Farm, enter the barn and speak to Choco Billy. The gender of your Chocobo is chosen as soon as you move them from the outside pen into one of the stalls that you purchased inside the barn. Move your first Great Chocobo inside the barn and then exit the Chocobo Farm and save your game on the World Map. Return back to the barn and speak to Choco Billy again. Reset the game if you don’t receive the opposite gender of Chocobo when you move the second one into the barn.

Warning!

You need to switch your controller to the default controller setting in order to move a Chocobo into the barn as Choco Billy requires you to use the Circle button. Using a customized controller setting will cause the “Circle” button to function incorrectly. This is a glitch in the game’s programming and there is no way around it. Switch your controller back to the default setting when moving Chocobos into the barn.

You should now race your Chocobos in order to maximize the odds of obtaining a Blue or Green Chocobo. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to race your two Chocobos up to “S” class. All you need to do is win four races between your two Chocobos to maximize the potential of breeding a Blue or a Green Chocobo. This means that you only have to race one of them and you should pick the one with the best stats to race.

Speak to a character named Chole who can be found in the barn. Chole can tell you which of your two Great Chocobos have the best stats. Feed that one around 10 of your Item IconSylkis Greens until its stats discontinue rising and then travel to Gold Saucer to win 4 races with that Chocobo. Remember to hold down the R1 Button and R2 Button buttons on the PlayStation controller to slowly refill your Chocobo’s stamina meter. Make sure to take some GP as prizes for winning some of the Chocobo races in preparation for a later side quest involving Battle Square.

A Great Chocobo in the Chocobo Farm
Chole’s Chocobo Inspection

Return to the Chocobo Farm and save your game on the world map just outside. Breed your two Chocobos using a Item IconCarob Nut and you should receive either a Green or a Blue Chocobo. In order to breed your two Chocobos again you will need to fight at least ten battles without running away. Save your game before you attempt to breed them. You need to receive the opposite color and gender of your previous Chocobo so that you can breed the Blue and the Green. Reset the game using a soft reset (by holding L1, L2, R1, R2, Start and Select at the same time) and then try again until you succeed.

Blue Chocobo
Green Chocobo


Breeding a Black Chocobo

You need a Blue and a Green Chocobo of opposite genders in order to breed a Black Chocobo. In order to maximize the odds of breeding a Black you need to win approximately 9 races between your two Chocobos. The Green Chocobo is the best one to race as it receives no penalty when racing through the space section of the race track. Feed your Green Chocobo around 10 Item IconSylkis Greens and return to Gold Saucer to win the races.

Chocobos that you breed will not be old enough to breed themselves until you have engaged in somewhere between 3 to 18 battles (without running away). Complete the battles and then save your game outside of the Chocobo Farm. Breed the Green and the Blue Chocobo using a Item IconCarob Nut and you should receive a Black Chocobo.

Racing the Blue Chocobo instead of the Green for some reason
A Black Chocobo

Breeding a Gold Chocobo

In order to breed a Gold Chocobo you will need to breed your Black Chocobo with a Wonderful Chocobo. Wonderful Chocobos can be captured on the tracks near the Icicle Inn. You can land the Highwind close by on the non-snowy parts of the continent. Wonderful Chocobos are always accompanied by an enemy called a Jumping, but not by any enemies called Bandersnatches (if you get a mix of Jumpings with Bandersnatches and a Chocobo it will not be a Wonderful Chocobo). Jumping enemies are pictured in the screenshot below and look like rabbits while Bandersnatches look like wolves.

Icicle Inn Chocobo Tracks
Wonderful Chocobo with a Jumping enemy

Fly back to the Chocobo Farm and save your game outside on the world map. Go back into the barn and speak to Choco Billy to have him bring your Wonderful Chocobo into one of the stables. Soft reset your game if the Chocobo is not the opposite gender of your Black Chocobo. Feed your Black Chocobo around 10 Item IconSylkis Greens until its stats stop increasing.

You need to win 12 races between your Black Chocobo and your Wonderful Chocobo in order to guarantee that you receive a Gold Chocobo. It can be fairly difficult to win races in “S" class after you have won 9 races on either of your Chocobos so be prepared to have to race both of them. Remember that you might have to initiate between 3 to 18 battles again before you can breed your Black Chocobo. Save outside of the Chocobo Farm before you attempt to breed them just in case you don’t receive a Gold Chocobo. Reenter the Chocobo Farm and breed them using a Item IconZeio Nut and do another soft reset until it works.

Black Chocobo in S Class races
A Gold Chocobo

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a Gold Chocobo. The Gold Chocobo can travel anywhere on the World Map including across oceans. This includes a number of secret areas around the game such as the Materia Caves. Check out the Materia Caves side quest section below for more information:

Your Gold Chocobo will have the highest stats of any of the previous Chocobos you raised. This makes it ideal for racing in Chocobo Square to obtain all of the top prizes.