Legend was true, kupo! I'll tell you a secret. I'm looking for paradise on earth! Only chosen chocobos can evolve and lead their masters to that paradise, kupo! Let's evolve Choco so that we can go to paradise! Kupo!
Chocobo's Paradise is a location in Final Fantasy IX. It is a realm where chocobos can live free, under the rule of the Fat Chocobo. It was established over 5,000 years ago. The famous explorer Ipsen may have once visited here, as if the player challenges the chocobos to card games, the Fat Chocobo says that a traveler had taught him how to play, and another mentions they learned to play cards from Ipsen.
Chocobo's Paradise is found by using a Dead Pepper on the mountainside of an unmarked island in the northwest corner of the world map. Choco needs the ability to fly to get here, and thus the player needs to progress far enough in the Chocobo Hot and Cold sidequest to gain the skill. The residents give various hints to hidden treasures on the world map that can only be found when using Dead Peppers when riding on Choco.
Quests[edit | edit source]
Treasure clues[edit | edit source]
The chocobo seated to the left of Fat Chocobo relinquishes 99 Dead Peppers a limited number of times. The chocobo seated to the right of Fat Chocobo explains about Chocograph Pieces and how to access Chocobo's Air Garden by spotting its shadow. The three colored chocobos on the upper level, as well as the golden chocobo near the entrance, provide clues to the whereabouts of hidden treasures the party can find by using Dead Peppers on the world map. There are nine clues altogether, two from each colored chocobo, and one from the Fat Chocobo. The player does not need to get the clue to get the treasure, but this is a way to find them without a guide.
To talk to the light and dark blue chocobos, the player needs to find the hidden spots in the lower right corner of the upper area to slide/jump to reach them. Going behind the bush in the lower right gets to the top. Jumping into the central pool from there gets the light blue chocobo out of the water. The player can now talk to it. To talk to the dark blue chocobo, the player can go behind the building on the right side of the screen to ride the tallest slide, and then jump off near where the dark blue chocobo is standing. The red chocobo is initially unreachable, but descends from the ledge after the player has the Hilda Garde III (before entering Shimmering Island).
The player gets different clues from the colored chocobos (light blue, red, dark blue and gold) by talking to them with either the normal prompt, or the card game prompt (the player can then say "No" to playing cards if they do not actually want to challenge them). The ninth and final clue is available in the endgame by talking to the Fat Chocobo with the Tetra Master prompt.
- I heard the mountain on Seatence Ice Field on the Lost Continent has a crack in it.
- There's a crack on the mountain located on a long island north of Outer Continent. I heard something saying 'Kupo' from the crack.
- This is a hint to the location of the Mognet Central.
- The east side of the mountain on Seaways Canyon on the Forgotten Continent has a crack in it.
- The western side of the mountain on Seaways Canyon on the Forgotten Continent also has a crack in it. But it's very hard to find...
- There's foam on the surface of the ocean between the Mist Continent and the Outer Continent.
- The ocean is foaming between the Outer Continent and the Lost Continent.
- The water was foaming in the lagoon on the southmost tip of the Forgotten Continent.
- The seawater is foaming on the ocean surface near Quan's Dwelling.
- When you leave, try visiting all the world's beaches by yourself. Do not fear the monsters. I'll grant you peace and restore you once you've visited them all.
- Hint to the beach quest (see below).
Event[edit | edit source]
The blue chocobo says something different every time the player goes down the slide; his dialogue will change every increment of three the player slides down, up to ten times.
Beaches[edit | edit source]
If the player returns to Chocobo's Paradise after finding all Chocograph treasures and the hidden bubbles and mountain cracks, including the Ultima Weapon and Mognet Central, Fat Chocobo will give his Tetra Master card when spoken to. If the player returns and tries to challenge him to a card game, he will tell Zidane to visit every beach. The player can then visit every beach in Gaia, dismount Choco and press . A chime will play in confirmation. On the last beach, the player's HP and MP are restored. The player can now do this at any time: go to a beach to be instantly healed.
If the player challenges the Fat Chocobo to a card game he reveals that a traveler once taught him how to play. This was likely the famous explorer Ipsen, as another chocobo mentions him as well. Not surprisingly, all of Fat Chocobo's cards are chocobos. There is a very rare chance to win either a Mog or Boco card from him. Some of the other chocobos on the island also play cards. If the player failed to get a card from a Chocograph or a hidden chocobo treasure because their card quota was full, Fat Chocobo returns these discarded cards after all treasures have been found.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
"Aloha de Chocobo" plays while in Chocobo's Paradise. During the search for treasure in Chocobo Hot and Cold, the music switches to "Vamo Alla Flamenco".
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
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!
Paradise is a religious or metaphysical term for a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and eternal. Paradise is often described as a "higher place", the holiest place, in contrast to this world, or underworlds such as Hell.
References[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy IX, Chocobo: "Kwo, kwek, kweh, kweh..." (This paradise existed long before the disaster 5,000 years ago...)
"Kwekkwek, kweh, kwoh..." (The Dead Pepper has been our favorite food for 5,000 years...)