Chocobo Hot and Cold is the biggest sidequest in Final Fantasy IX. It involves a mini-game part and a treasure hunt part.
To start the sidequest, the player must use Gysahl Greens in an area with Chocobo tracks. Choco will then come. If the player rides into Chocobo Forest on the Mist Continent, a Moogle named Mene will allow Zidane to use Choco to dig in the ground, to find items, and Chocographs, both of which will earn the player points, which the player can spend on various items. It normally costs 60 gil to play the game and you get 60 seconds to search for items; the exception is playing at Chocobo's Lagoon before obtaining the Sea abilty; then only half of the area will be available, and you can spend 30 gil for 30 seconds of searching.
Whenever the player digs up a Chocograph, the player can use it to find treasures on the world map, with the aid of three things: the picture on the Chocograph, the name of the Chocograph, and a hint is also given away by the Help-Moogle by pressing Select. The first chocograph you get will always be "Streamside" and will be called "Stone with Patterns", then Mene will explain what it is. Each following chocograph will be called a chocograph. Certain treasures require certain skills to obtain.
Chocograph Pieces are stones that gives the player a hint as to the various places where Chocobo's Air Garden floats on the world map.
List of Chocographs, along with when and where they can be found:
There are also hidden treasures on the world map, that have to be found to complete the sidequest. The player has to use Dead Peppers to uncover these, which are found beneath foaming water and in cracked mountain walls. There is also one hidden treasure that only appears after the completion of disc 3, which contains Zidane's Ultima Weapon.
Choco can gain Beak levels while playing Chocobo Hot and Cold, which makes it easier to dig. The formula for the depth that is subtracted is:
Forest: Beak Level + 6
Also, some Chocograph treasures may contain gas that sends Choco into Chocobo's Dream World, where can change his color, and learn a new ability (example, Red Choco can cross Mountains, Blue Choco can cross shallow waters). Choco is told that he can go to Chocobo's Paradise if he helps Zidane uncover all treasures.
After unlocking the second dig spot, Chocobo's Lagoon, the player can obtain Dead Peppers, an exotic pepper plant that Chocobos are fond of. These all have an effect when used in the field. When used when Choco is on land, Choco pecks furiously and can uncover hidden caves. When used in water, Choco can dive. When used in air, Choco can fly up to Chocobo's Air Garden.
You can dig up other treasures as well as chocographs which give points which can be used to buy other equipment:
|Chocograph||10 + 5|
|Stone with patterns (chocograph)||25|
|Chocograph piece||15 + 5|
These values change depending on where you dig. These values are from Chocobo's Forest. Item point values are doubled in Chocobo's Lagoon and tripled in Chocobo's Air Garden. The +5s for chocographs and chocograph pieces are not affected by this, however.
Note that Wing Edges, Extensions and Reflect Rings are extremely rare. There are probably many other ultra-rare loot items that are not contained in this list. Dead Peppers cannot be obtained until you obtain a mountain chocobo. Reflect ring may not be obtainable at first either.
If you manage to find four items within the time limit, Mene will reward you with an additional ten seconds on the clock and all subsequent points will be doubled. An exception exists for Chocobo's Lagoon before the Sea ability is obtained; in that case, the game will end after four items.
A further five points are available for finding an item within 5 seconds of finding the previous one. This bonus may also be subjected to the time and area multipliers.
It is not permitted to find more than eight items (four at the Lagoon before Sea); if you reach this limit within the time limit, Mene will complain that you're driving him out of business and your remaining time will be exchanged for bonus points according to the following formulas.
(These formulas may vary with Choco color; these were all determined from a Gold Chocobo.)
Points can be exchanged for items according to this list:
|Robe of Lords||10,000|
This is a set of strategies for players who already know how to play chocobo hot and cold, and want to boost their limit bonuses by a second or two every few games.
But first off; Where is best for getting good points?
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