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Chocobo (チョコボ, Chokobo?) is a race of bird in Final Fantasy Tactics. They are a major mode of transportation and are some of the most commonly recognized species in Ivalice. Player units can mount and ride chocobos by moving onto the square inhabited by an ally chocobo during a battle. This prevents the chocobo from taking action but provides the human unit with high movement and jump abilities.

Much like other monsters, Chocobos can be recruited if the party has an Orator with the Entice ability, or any job with the Speechcraft command and the Beast Tongue support ability. Players can also recruit an unique yellow Chocobo, Boco, on Chapter 2. Such as other recruitable creatures, Chocobos lay eggs (as long there are enough slots avaliable on the party), which can spawn three variations: yellow, black and red; they will only start laying eggs from the second chapter onwards.

A hazardous bug triggers by having a human character perform the Jump attack while riding a chocobo from where the water depth is 2-level (such water depth prevents combatant from performing any action without the movement abilities Swim or Waterwalking). After the one jumping has landed on the target and returned to the chocobo, the game will soft-freeze. This bug can be avoided by equipping the aforementioned movement abilities on the rider.


Rank I

A large bird with vestigial wings that are incapable of flight. Its fast running speed makes it an ideal mount.


Normal yellow chocobos are among the first enemies encountered in the game and their movement range and speed can be dangerous to an inexperienced player. They have the most balanced stats of all chocobos, and can use Choco Cure that works similarly to the Monk ability Chakra (but recovers only HP and can be used to heal others on a different height).

Rank II
Black Chocobo

A large bird whose fast running speed makes it an ideal mount. The only variety of chocobo capable of flight.


Black chocobos can fly. They are considered the "Berserkers" of their kind, possessing the highest attack and speed, accompanied by the lowest HP of any other chocobos in the game. Their ranged move, Choco Pellets/Ball, makes them more dangerous than their yellow counterparts. Due to their low HP and flying ability, this variant of chocobo makes the most ideal mount.

Rank III
Red Chocobo

A large bird with vestigial wings that are incapable of flight. Considered the finest variety of riding chocobo.


The red chocobo uses the powerful Choco Meteor attack, which deals massive damage from long range. The Choco Meteor's meteorite is in the shape of a chocobo's head.

Red chocobos have the highest HP of the three chocobo breeds and are the best breed to use in battle, considering their high speed and stout stats. They are fearsome birds to fight in numbers. They also have ignore height and can gain Choco Cure if next to an ally with beastmaster. This chocobo is nearly as versitile in movement as the black chocobo while also possessing the most HP, strongest attack moves, and the option to gain a healing move. The only thing this chocobo is missing (other than the ability to fly over enemies) is Choco esuna.


Monster Move Jump Phys. Evasion Rate Innate Abilities Common Poach Rare Poach
Chocobo 6 5 15% Swim, Counter Phoenix Down Hi-Potion
Black Chocobo 6 5 25% Swim, Fly, Counter Eye Drops X-Potion
Red chocobo 6 5 10% Swim, Ignore Elevation, Counter Remedy Barette


The damage formula for Choco Beak is as follows:

The damage formula for Choco Pellets is as follows:

The formula for Choco Cure and Choco Meteor are as follows:

The formula for the success Choco Esuna is as follows:

Ability Chocobo Black chocobo Red Chocobo Range Effect Vertical
Choco Beak Yes Yes Yes 1 1 2
Attack by pecking with enormous beak.
Choco Cure Yes No No* Auto 2 2
Invigorate the life force and restore HP with a flap of the wings.
Choco Esuna No* Yes No Auto 2 2
Purge status effects with a cleansing flap of the wings.
Removes: Stone, Blind, Silence, Poison, Stop, Immobilize, Disable
Choco Pellets No Yes Yes 4 1 Infinite
Attack by shooting concealed spheres.
Choco Meteor No No* Yes 5 1 Infinite
Attack by raining down a small meteor.

*Abilities can be learned by this race when a unit with the "Beastmaster" support ability is nearby.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

Different colored chocobos appear as enemies.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Chocobo appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Wind-elemental Forward cards.



The name "chocobo" derives from a Japanese brand of chocolate malt ball by Morinaga, ChocoBall (チョコボール, Chokobōru?). The mascot for this product is Kyoro-chan (キョロちゃん?), a bird who says "kweh".

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!