Make your way towards Shumi Village if you are not close to it already. Just behind Shumi Village you will notice a small, round forest which is the “Chocobo Forest: Beginner” for the start of the Chocobo Forest side quest.
Once inside the forest you will meet up with Chocoboy. Tell him that you want to catch a Chocobo. Chocoboy will offer you a whistle for catching Chocobos called a [ChocoWhis]. I will give you an explanation on how to complete the quests within this guide, but for 1,000 Gil it really cannot hurt to listen to Chocoboy’s explanation as well.
You will have access to two different whistles:
[ChocoSonar] is used to determine the Chicobo’s locations
[ChocoZiner] is used to draw out the Chicobos
Press Square to switch between the ChocoSonar to locate, the ChocoZiner to catch. Start by selecting the ChocoSonar and press Triangle until the bar rises and the sound effect changes and then switch to the ChocoZiner to call down the Chicobos. Once you are able to get just one Chicobo to drop talk to it to call over the mother Chocobo. Once you have found called down the mother Chocobo you can have her assist you with finding items by continuing to press Triangle. If you drop more than just the one Chicobo you can leave the forest to restart.
The screenshots below will assist you with locating both the single Chicobo and the treasures within each forest. Stand exactly where Squall is shown in each of the screenshots to drop the Chicobos and to receive the item.
Chocobo Forest: The Beginner’s Forest
(located near Shumi Village on Winter Island)
Use the ChocoZiner at the back left area of the screen to call down the single Chicobo and talk to it to make the mother Chocobo appear. Dig for items at the back right area of the screen and you will find an [Aura Stone].
Chocobo Forest: The Basics Forest
(located on the continent just south of Shumi Village called Sorbald Snowfield)
Sound the ChocoZiner where Squall is standing in the first screenshot (the middle of the screen). Once all three Chicobos drop stand on either of the two Chicobos and sound the ChocoZiner a second time to make two of them go back up into the trees. Have the mother Chocobo dig on the far left hand side of the screen to find a [Flare Stone].
Chocobo Forest: The Roaming Forest
(located north of Trabia Garden in a place called the Bika Snowfield)
Start by sounding the ChocoZiner right near where Chocoboy is standing to drop two Chicobos. Then stand between both Chicobos and blow the whistle to see a third drop and for all three to disappear. Walk towards the entrance and stand in front of the fallen log – call down another Chicobo. Talk to that Chicobo and mommy will arrive. To find the item you will need to stand at the far back of the screen behind where the mother Chocobo is standing to find a [Shell Stone] and a [Holy Stone].
Chocobo Forest: The Forest of Solitude
(located on the continent of Centra which is on the lower third of the map - but on the northern most point of the continent)
Finding the lone Chicobo can be pretty painful on this map. Be sure to stand exactly where Squall is shown in the screenshot to the right. It may take a few tries. After you call over the mother Chocobo you will need to challenge Chocoboy to a game of cards to get him to move, though you don’t actually have to play. He is standing on the spot where you need to dig to find a [Protect Stone], a [Meteor Stone] and five [Gysahl Greens].
Chocobo Forest: The Forest of Fun
(located on the south-western portion of Centra, the southernmost grouping of continents - you can ride a Chocobo there from the Forest of Solitude)
Chocobo Forest: The Enclosed Forest
(located on the northern tip of Centra in a place called the Grandidi Forest, which is the large continent on the east side of the map. It is impossible to take Balamb Garden over to this continent because there is nowhere to land. The only way to get to The Forest of Solitude is by riding a Chocobo over to Centra. Start off in the Roaming Forest and hop on a Chocobo and ride it over to the next forest. Click here for a video – mind the quality though, my recording software has a 1 second delay…)
Walk into the middle of the forest to complete the quest by watching the Chocobo dance. Talk to the leftover Chicobo to receive the Chicobo Card (though the game incorrectly calls it the Chocobo Card).
You can now use the Chicobo Card to complete the next part of the Queen of Cards side quest to win the Chubby Chocobo Card. Go back into the Chocobo Sanctuary to grab a Chocobo to get off this part of the continent.