Chocobo's Forest is a location in Final Fantasy IX where the player first acquires a chocobo. Chocobo's Forest is an optional location found on the bottom level of the eastern side of Mist Continent. Chocobo forests are a recurring type of location in the Final Fantasy series and are usually places where the player can catch a chocobo to ride on the world map; in Final Fantasy IX, the player does obtain a chocobo by visiting the forest, but the place from there on is used for playing the minigame Chocobo Hot and Cold. After befriending Mene the moogle at the forest, the player can buy Gysahl Greens from him in the forest.
When the player first visits Chocobo's Forest, Mene will give the player a Gysahl Green to call for Choco. If the player consumes or sells the Gysahl Green, Mene will keep giving more of them until the player calls Choco.
Chocobo's Forest is an optional location. It can be visited as early as the first disc, but the initial conversation is different between Zidane and Mene depending at what point in the game the player first visits Chocobo's Forest.
During his stay in Lindblum Castle, Zidane uses the telescope at the top of the castle to survey the area, and spots a chocobo near a forest. After the Festival of the Hunt and the banquet in Lindblum Castle, Zidane, Freya, and Vivi leave Lindblum via the Dragon's Gate and decide to head towards Burmecia. If they take a detour and head east, across the Ceebell River bridge, they can go to Chocobo's Forest, where they meet the moogle Mene and Choco the chocobo.
To tame Choco, Zidane receives a Gysahl Green from Mene and uses the chocobo tracks outside the forest to lure Choco out with the green. Riding Choco back to the forest, Mene will teach Zidane how to play Chocobo Hot and Cold to find Chocographs.
Chocobo Hot and Cold
Chocobo Hot and Cold is the game's main sidequest and starts in Chocobo's Forest. The object of the game is to use Choco to find hidden treasures in the forest, the most valuable treasures being Chocographs, treasure maps that pinpoint hidden treasure chests on the world map only a chocobo can find. Chocobo's Forest is the beginner's location, but after Choco upgrades into a mountain chocobo, he can search the higher ledges of the forest.
When digging in Chocobo's Forest, the player should cover the ground before heading up the two hills, as climbing up and down such small areas takes time and are not worth going out of the way to access unless the player is certain the treasure is not on the ground. Choco cannot detect treasures on the hills while on the ground and vice versa.
"Aloha de Chocobo" plays while in Chocobo's Forest. During the search for treasures in Chocobo Hot and Cold, the music switches to "Vamo Alla Flamenco".
食う / くう / kuu is a rough way to say "eat", whose volitional casual form is 食え / くえ / kue ("let's scoff 'em down!"), leading to Kweh!