A player fighting alongside their Chocobo Companion.

Companions are pet chocobos that will fight alongside the player in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Players can make their chocobos fill the role of a tank, healer, or damage dealer by putting the companion's skill points into the Defender, Healer, or Attacker skill trees. Companions cannot be used in instanced dungeons or duties.

Players can customize their chocobo with various bardings. The bardings are only cosmetic, and give no bonus stats or other benefits. After patch 2.35, players also gained the ability to dye their chocobo different colors.

To obtain a companion to summon into battle, players must obtain their chocobo from their Grand Company by completing the "My Little Chocobo" quest at level 20, and then complete the "My Little Feisty Chocobo" quest at level 30. Afterward, players can summon the companion to fight alongside them by using Gysahl Greens sold by vendors in the starting cities.

Patch 3.5 changed companions to function as a pet rather than a full party member, allowing more flexibility when it comes to joining parties or starting leves, and permitting the use of Duty Finder or Raid Finder. Note that the companion will be temporarily disabled while inside instanced duties, with the timer halted.

Companion rank[edit | edit source]

To obtain SP for a chocobo to learn skill tree abilities, players must rank up their chocobo by obtaining experience for their companions. Players can get their chocobo companion to a max rank of 10. The amount of experience to rank up a companion increases by each rank, making the achieving of rank 10 a long process.

Experience for companions is accumulated through different means, such as defeating monsters in zones, training chocobos with a Krakka Root, or by completing the Bosom Buddies weekly challenge logs. There are also buffs that allow players to increase the amount of experience a chocobo earns, including the "Man's Best Friend" Free Company action, and training a companion with the Curiel Root food item.

After the release of patch 2.3, should players train their companion with a Thavnairian Onion at rank 10, their chocobo can now break the level cap and go to higher ranks. The effect can repeated a total of ten times to rank 20. Thavnairian Onions are extremely rare to obtain through gardening, making the ranks above 10 rare among the player base.

Companion roles[edit | edit source]

Learning role abilities[edit | edit source]

After obtaining SP for a chocobo through ranking, players can make them learn abilities and traits from role skill trees. The amount of SP received matches the rank the companion achieved, so should a companion achieve rank 3, they will receive 3 SP to spend. All companions receive 11 SP for achieving all ranks after 10. In total, players can achieve 165, which will allow their chocobo to learn all skill tree actions.

Defender[edit | edit source]

Chocobo in Defender Relic barding.

The Defender skill tree allows a chocobo to function as a tank. The skills allow the chocobo to attempt to gain enemy enmity and hold their attention away from the player. For the chocobo to solely act in this role, the player must have their companion in the Defender Stance. As of Patch 2.3, the Defender chocobo is not able to hold monster aggro, and is largely ineffectual in combat.

Achieving rank 10 on the Defender skill tree awards the player with the Defender Relic barding, allowing them to decorate their chocobo to resemble a Paladin.

Ability Icon Level SP Cost Skill Type Description
Choco Drop Choco Drop from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 1 1 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: Increased enmity
Enhanced Strength Enhanced Strength from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 2 3 Trait Increases companion strength by 5%.
Increased HP Increased HP from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 3 6 Trait Increases companion HP by 10%.
Choco Kick Choco Kick from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 4 10 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with a potency of 130.
Additional Effect: Slows target for 12 seconds.
Enhanced Accuracy Enhanced Accuracy from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 5 15 Trait Increases companion accuracy by 5%.
Enhanced Critical Hit Rate Enhanced Critical Hit Rate from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 6 21 Trait Increases companion critical hit rate by 15%.
Choco Guard Choco Guard from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 7 28 Weaponskill Reduces damage taken by chocobo by 15% for 15 seconds.
Enhanced Strength Enhanced Strength from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 8 36 Trait Increases companion strength by 5%.
Increased HP Increased HP from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 9 45 Trait Increases companion HP by 10%.
Choco Strike Choco Strike from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 10 55 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with potency of 150 to all enemies in a cone before it.
Additional Effect: Increased enmity

Attacker[edit | edit source]

Chocobo in Attacker Relic barding.

The Attacker skill tree allows a chocobo to function as a damage dealer. The skills allow the chocobo to deal damage to enemies. For the chocobo to solely act in this role, the player must have their companion in the Attacker Stance.

Achieving rank 10 on the Attacker skill tree awards the player with the Attacker Relic barding, allowing the player to decorate their chocobo to resemble a Dragoon.

Ability Icon Level SP Cost Skill Type Description
Choco Slash Choco Slash from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 1 1 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with a potency of 150.
Enhance Strength Enhanced Strength from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 2 3 Trait Increases companion strength by 5%.
Increased HP Increased HP from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 3 6 Trait Increases companion HP by 10%.
Choco Beak Choco Beak from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 4 10 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with a potency of 130.
Additional Effect: Inflicts damage over time with potency of 20 for 18 seconds.
Enhanced Accuracy Enhanced Accuracy from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 5 15 Trait Increases companion accuracy by 5%.
Enhanced Critical Hit Rate Enhanced Critical Hit Rate from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 6 21 Trait Increases companion critical hit rate by 15%.
Choco Rush Choco Rush from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 7 28 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver attack with a potency of 130.
Additional Effect: Stuns for 5 seconds
Enhanced Strength Enhanced Strength from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 8 36 Trait Increases companion strength by 5%.
Increased Attack Speed Increased Attack Speed from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 9 45 Trait Increases companion attack speed by 10%.
Choco Blast Choco Blast from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 10 55 Weaponskill Orders chocobo to deliver an attack with a potency of 170 to all enemies in a cone before it.

Healer[edit | edit source]

Chocobo in Healer Relic barding.

The Healer skill tree allows a chocobo to function as a healer. The skills allow the chocobo to heal the player and their allies in battle. For the chocobo to solely act in this role, the player must have their companion in the Healer Stance.

Achieving rank 10 on the Healer skill tree awards the player with the Healer Relic barding, allowing the player to decorate their chocobo to resemble a White Mage.

Ability Icon Level SP Cost Skill Type Description
Choco Regen Choco Regen from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 1 1 Spell Orders chocobo to grant healing over time effect to target.
Enhanced Mind Enhanced Mind from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 2 3 Trait Increases companion mind by 10%.
Increased HP Increased HP from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 3 6 Trait Increases companion HP by 10%.
Cure Potency: 25
Choco Cure Choco Cure from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 4 10 Spell Orders chocobo to restore target's HP.
Cure Potency: 300
Enhanced Accuracy Enhanced Accuracy from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 5 15 Trait Increases companion accuracy by 5%.
Enhanced Critical Hit Rate Enhanced Critical Hit Rate from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 6 21 Trait Increases companion critical hit rate by 15%.
Choco Surge Choco Surge from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 7 28 Spell Increases chocobo's healing magic potency by 30% for 30 seconds.
Enhanced Mind Enhanced Mind from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 8 36 Trait Increases companion strength by 5%.
Increased HP Increased HP from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 9 45 Trait Increases companion HP by 10%.
Choco Medica Choco Medica from Final Fantasy XIV icon.png 10 55 Spell Orders chocobo to restore its own HP and the HP of all nearby party members.
Cure Potency: 150

Training companions[edit | edit source]

Chocobo Companion in a training session.

Players may start to train their companions after unlocking the ability to do chocobo raising after completing the "Bird in Hand" quest at level 30.

To train a chocobo, players must rest their chocobo in a stable either in their Free Company or personal housing stable. Players can then feed their companions fruits or vegetables. After training a chocobo, they will have to remain resting in the stables for an hour until they can be trained again.

Each item has a different effect on the chocobo, such as rewarding experience or bestowing a buff raising a certain stat for the companion. Should the player feed a certain fruit or vegetable repeatedly for a period of time, that item will become the chocobo's favorite feed and will provide an extra temporary buff to the chocobo.

Players can obtain training fruits and vegetables from gardening.

Food items[edit | edit source]

Item Normal Effect Favorite Effect
Curiel Root Companion EXP Up Companion EXP Up II
Sylkis Bud Companion Attack Up Companion Attack Up II
Mimett Gourd Companion Healing potency Up Companion Healing potency Up II
Tantalplant Companion Maximum HP Up Companion Maximum HP Up II
Curiel Root Companion Enmity Up Companion Enmity Up II

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