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Only a select few can become Chocobo Knights. You have to be a skilled rider or achieve some combat merit to become one.

Crusader soldier from Final Fantasy X.

The Chocobo Knights are a recurring group of mounted knights in Final Fantasy. Frequently depicted as a specialized unit, they use trained chocobos as mounts to ride into battle.


Final Fantasy X[]

Chocobo Knights' charge during Operation Mi'ihen.

The Chocobo Knights of Spira are an elite group of mounted soldiers, consisting of the serious but kind Captain Lucil, cheerful Elma, and the uncomfortable and slightly incompetent Clasko. It is mentioned by an NPC that normally one must be a skilled chocobo rider or achieve combat merit to become a chocobo knight, and that Clasko was likely knighted because he is good at earning chocobos' trust. It is never stated directly that the knights are part of the Crusaders, but they do take part in Operation Mi'ihen and both Lucil and Elma are shown giving orders to Luzzu and Gatta.

The knights encounter Yuna and her guardians at various moments along Yuna's pilgrimage in Final Fantasy X and fight, bravely enough, in Operation Mi'ihen. After the battle the Chocobo Knights' numbers are severely damaged as Lucil, Elma and Clasko travel past the Moonflow to acquire new chocobos to replace those they lost.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

Two years later, the trio have joined the Youth League and Lucil and Elma have risen to the positions of command, while Clasko is still low in the ranks and spends much of his time being ordered around. Later on, depending on the player's actions, Clasko may set up a Chocobo Ranch in the Calm Lands.

During a trip to Mushroom Rock Road towards the end of the game, depending on the player's actions, the party may participate in a fighting tournament, with the last two opponents being Elma and Lucil. Elma attacks with a sword, and Lucil uses elemental gems. Depending on the player's actions late in the game, Elma may indicate that she is considering reorganizing the mounted Chocobo Knights.

Final Fantasy XI[]

Concept of an armored Chocobo Knight and his Destrier chocobo.

The Chocobo Knights were active combat units some twenty years before original game events.

Bred in San d'Oria, the Chocobo Knight mounts underwent training that allowed them to bear the weight of heavy armor and withstand the shock of cavalry charges. Known as Destriers the chocobo were characterized by their large, jet-black bodies and thick, powerful legs. With the decline of lance combat and improvements to ranged weaponry, Destriers lost their place in battle to the faster breeds; such as Coursers. The Chocobo Knights would be gradually faded out of the battlefield.

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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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!

A knight is a mounted soldier in armor who served his sovereign or lord in the Middle Ages. The word comes from Old English cniht ("boy" or "servant"), a cognate of the German word Knecht ("servant, bondsman, vassal"). In most European languages (with the notable exception of English), the word for "knight" comes from "horse", thus implying that a knight is a "noble horseman" or a "horse-mounted nobleman".