That's our cue, let's go.Auron
Later in the game, the player can find a Jecht Sphere on the Mi'ihen Highroad that shows Jecht, Braska, and Auron at the travel agency preparing to fight a "monster that eats chocobos". The Chocobo Eater itself is not actually seen, and whether they defeated it or were pushed off a cliff is unknown.
The battle has three possible endings:
- The Chocobo Eater is defeated outright. All rewards are received except Lv. 1 Key Sphere x2.
- The Chocobo Eater is pushed off the Highroad. All rewards, except for bonus AP for possible Overkill, are received.
- The party is pushed off the cliff. No reward.
The battlefield consists of four sections, and the Chocobo Eater's pushing attack drives the party backwards one section. The party must first knock the Chocobo Eater on its back by dealing over 1,200 damage. Once it is on its back, it will only take another 500 points of damage to slide the Eater towards the opposite ledge, which must be done three times from the starting position to push the monster off, so long as the Chocobo Eater doesn't have a chance to push the party back.
Whenever the Chocobo Eater says "You're next!", it will attack that party member on its next turn with Fist of Fury, a physical attack with increased power. Using Provoke or switching the party member's position will not change the Chocobo Eater's target, although it will do nothing on its next turn if the target is KO'd. If the character is removed from the active party, it will target whomever took their place.
When on its back, the Chocobo Eater will wait a turn before getting back up on its next turn and using a physical attack if not pushed back in time. It will also cast Blizzard on a party member as a counterattack when below 4,500 HP. If the party summons an aeon, the Chocobo Eater won't be able to push it back. If it prepares to use Fist of Fury and the aeon is dismissed, it will target a random party member with the attack.
To make the battle easier, everyone should start with full Overdrive, and it is helpful if Lulu knows Fira. Chocobo Eater has high Defense, but if it is knocked over, physical attacks will do normal damage. Aeons' Overdrives, especially Ifrit's Hellfire, are a better way of killing the Chocobo Eater than overturning it.
Conversely, players may be able to make up for a lack of Fira by using aeons to cast Fire with their Blk Magic command; their Magic level keeps pace with Yuna, who begins the game with higher Magic than Lulu. Wakka's Dark Attack and Auron's Power Break can reduce damage from the Fist of Fury counterattack that the Chocobo Eater uses on aeons, and its normal physical attack as well. Valefor is useful in this fight, as she cannot be pushed off, and can evade Chocobo Eater's attacks easily.
An easily exploitable strategy for the best outcome is to use Kimahri and/or Auron to attack the beast in the first instance to inflict 500+ damage and knock the Chocobo Eater down. In this form it will only retaliate with a weak Blizzard. The player can Focus with Lulu until the Eater has passed its turn to prepare to attack with Fire magic. After the monster's turn Fire/Fira can be used to inflict a further 500+ damage to knock it back. Chocobo Eater always rights itself after being knocked back, and the player must repeat this another two times. If done successfully, and the player knocks the monster back after it has just had its turn, one should be able to knock it over again before it has another turn. This is crucial in the final round when its first turn after righting itself will always be to knock the player back. Knocking the Eater off the cliff yields two Lv. 1 Key Spheres, but the player will miss out on the extra AP that would be given for an Overkill.
Chocobo Eater appears as a boss in Final Fantasy X realms.
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!