This is uncompleted index page for my Chocobo Food Data.
In Chocobo’s Crystal Tower (© SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.), one of the important tasks to do everyday is to feed your chocobo. They gain various amount of exp (attribute points) from each kind of food. Notably, what stat and how much a chocobo gain from food does not depend only on the type of food, but also its own colour.
♫ Chocobo Colours
There are currently 7 colours of chocobo:
(By “currently,” I mean I have no idea whether or not SE will add more colours to the collection of the flock.)
Oh what? You want a pic of Yellow Chocobo too?
Er well, here:
OK, now as you’re satisfied, we shall continue…
What are the differences between colours? Well, they’re all about the same, but chocobo of each colour prefers (likes/dislikes) different kinds of food. So what will matter when it comes to colours is that you have to plan about their food according to the colour, and what kind of stats you want.
In my opinion, White, Black, and Yellow chocobos are easy to raise stats.
To hatch a White or a Black, you need some luck. Even if you breed your chocobo with a black or a white parent, there’s no guarantee that the egg will hatch the colour you want. Moreover, even when I breed Black x White, Black x Black, or White x White, there is a high possibility that I will get a Yellow chick, and a tiny chance of getting a totally different colour.
Personally, I used to hatch a Blue chick from a Black egg (Black x Black parents).
♫ Chocobo’s Foods
In my journal here, I will call the “all stats” food or “random stats” foods by their respective colour name (White Gysahl, Yellow Gysahl, for examples) and occasionally, I may refer to all other stat specific foods as a whole as “coloured food.”
Also, my “big food” means food that consumes 30 hunger (filling the “feed level” by 30), and “small food” means food that only does 20.
Coloured foods are;
Carrot and Red Gysahl (STR)
Mushroom and Brown Gysahl (AGI)
Blueberry and Blue Gysahl (INT)
Cabbage and Green Gysahl (MND)
Please note, however, that the game spells “Cabbage” as “Cabage.”
Other foods are
Turnip and White Gysahl (random stats)
Corn and Yellow Gysahl (all stats)
Black Gysahl (all stats)
♫ How much stat a food gives?
I cannot summarize it into a simple exact number, because it varies by many factors. However, in general, a chocobo gains more stat exp (the pink attribute bar in Status window) when;
1) It likes the food.
2) It is not very hungry.
3) The food is big food.
I will refer to this situation as “gaining full benefit” from food.
Therefore, a chick or a chocobo will, usually, only gain “half” of the full benefit when;
1) It dislikes the food.
2) It is very very hungry.
3) The food is small food.
There is also a possibility when you feed them at high feed level and the food still fails to yield full benefit.
So, according to these factors, when you feed a Red Gysahl to a Red chocobo when its Feed Level is above 60, you will most likely gain the FULL benefit from it. Which is, to be specific, gaining +8 to +10 STR per feed.
Whereas if you feed a Carrot, for example, to a Blue chocobo, he will most likely gain +2 STR.
♫ Which colour of food?
White, Black, and Yellow chocobo do not prefer any specific colour of food. So, they will always like whatever you feed. You can notice the food preference by looking at the chocobo when you feed them.
All other coloured chocobo will like Black and White foods, and the food of its colour.
For example, a Green chocobo will always like Cabbage and Green Gysahl, and also White or Black Gysahl. It will, however, look unhappy if you feed it a Yellow Gysahl or a Mushroom (Brown).
Whether or not a chocobo gain full benefit from a food also depends on its preference. Which leads to a conclusion that a Yellow, White, or Black chocobo is less picky about food and thus is easier to raise all stats eventually.
Mind you, though, that even when Yellow Chocobo likes all food, the Yellow Gysahl, on the contrary, is not liked by all Chocobos. The coloured chocobos which are Red, Brown, Blue, and Green, will dislike Yellow Gysahl.
♫ How do I know these stuff?
Well, the game hints, as well as official help page told me most of these. And I also keep track of a lot of feeding sessions. So I can even pinpoint that one attribute bar is 100 pixels long. And I also know how many pixels of exp a food gives to what colour of chocobo.
I used several chocobos of assorted colours and feed them specific kinds of food. I took screenshots of before, and then after the feeding. Sometimes I asked friends to tell me before they fed their chocobo, then I went to their farm, took screenshot, then let them feed the bird. After the confirmation, I refreshed their farm again to see the updated stats, then took another screenshot. So we can clearly compare the exp bar to see the exact amount of exp gained.
Let’s say there are 100 points to gain for half a star, because the bar is 100 pixel long.
I mostly conducted my repetitive experiments on “big foods” because small foods have small gain. Therefore, I only collected some data on “small foods.”
Regarding Hunger level VS. stat gain, I have also conducted a set of reliable experiments.
I have uploaded some of my untidy data here if you wish to explore;