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Follow Your Nose in Final Fantasy IX

Follow Your Nose36 (15)

Raise your chocobo's beak level to 99.

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TheviusRacoonus
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Posted on 13 March 19 at 14:54
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Important links that can help you a lot:
H+C: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Chocobo_Hot_and_Cold
H+C: https://jegged.com/Games/Final-Fantasy-IX/Side-Quests/Chocob...
Chocographs: https://jegged.com/Games/Final-Fantasy-IX/Side-Quests/Chocog...

Leveling up your chocobo beak can be done by playing the Chocobo Hot and Cold minigame located in the 3 Chocobo based locations in the game.

The first time you are able to do this is after leaving Lindblum Castle for the first time through the Dragon Gate, after Dagger and Steiner depart the party and Freya joins. To the east, across a bridge, is a domed forest. This is the Chocobo Forest.

In order to play H+C, you must go talk to the Moogle inside to obtain Gyshal Greens, use one on the Chocobo tracks outside the forest on the world map, then enter the forest riding Choco (your new Chocobo buddy). Talk to the Moogle, and you can now play it for 60 gil a game.

The rules of H+C are to run around the small map, pressing cn_X to try to dig up a spot. The response from Choco determines how close you are to an item. They are as follows:
Kweh. - Not close
Kweh?! - Close
Kwehhh?! - Very close
K-KWEHHH!!! - You've found an item

You have 60 seconds to try to find 8 items. You get 5 bonus seconds after the 2nd and 6th item, and 10 bonus seconds after the 4th. Items 5-8 give double points.

NOTE: High Speed Mode (cn_start + cn_RB) makes this a breeze. While you are much faster, the timer moves at normal speed, making finding all 8 items much easier.

Getting your beak up to 99 takes 14,000 points. My highest score in a game so far has been 202 points in the Chocobo Forest, but you can easily beat that with good luck and good movement.

The other 2 locations are the Chocbo Lagoon, located in the southern-most island in the archipelago of the Forgotten Continent, and the Chocobo Air Gardens, located in 1 of 5 locations only accessible through flying (links above and below).

The 2 other locations can only be accessed through upgrading Choco through finding the hidden Chocograph treasures found on the world map. Chocographs are found in H+C, and each Chocobo location only has a certain number of them you can find.

The upgrade locations are:
Reef - Chocograph #4 - Healing Shore (necessary for entering the Chocobo Lagoon)
Mountain - Chocograph #12 - Dawn Lagoon
Ocean - Chocograph #14 - Green Plains
Sky - Chocograph #20 - Mist Ocean (necessary for entering Chocobo Sky Garden)

The rules of H+C change in each location (Lagoon is half time/double points, etc) so it's easier to level up in the 2 later locations.

And that's basically it. It seems daunting, but with practice, and the High Speed Mode, this is exponentially easier than it was on the PS1.

Important links that can help you a lot:
H+C: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Chocobo_Hot_and_Cold
H+C: https://jegged.com/Games/Final-Fantasy-IX/Side-Quests/Chocob...
Chocographs: https://jegged.com/Games/Final-Fantasy-IX/Side-Quests/Chocog...
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