Chocobos (チョコボ chokobo) are a recurring race of avian mounts from many of the Final Fantasy
games. They first appeared as early as Final Fantasy II. They are often used as transportation around the world in a method that keeps random encounters
away and increases land speed. Chocobos are used as replacements for the real-world horses (horses appear rarely in the series, but are always monsters),
serving nearly all the functions horses perform in our world. For example they are used by Final Fantasy calvary, called Chocobo Knights. Though they
are used in the same way as horses, they are biologically the same as birds, being born from eggs.
The Chocobo have come in many different colors; some yellow, some blue, black, white and gold. There have also been numerous mini-games and events
involving the avian species, including Chocobo Racing, Chocobo Ranches, Chocobo Hot and Cold and Chocobo Stables. They have been known to have various
cries throughout the series. The earliest games had them crying "Cooc Cooc," the mid-series games had them crying "Wark," and the
newest games have them crying "Kweh".
Though Chocobos are usually friendly, they are occasionally found as wild enemies no different to any other, for example in the Ivalice games.
Chocobos are found primarily in Chocobo Forests and are captured to ride across the land and over shallow water. Final Fantasy VIII introduces the
concept of child Chocobos; known as Chicobos. There are many Side-Quests involving Chicobos, especially one Chicobo named Boco. There is also a
Boco and Fat Chocobo card used for the Triple Triad card game. The mini-game Chocobo World, which can be played on a PocketStation, a device sold
exclusively in Japan, unlocks certain items in the game and features Boco as its primary protagonist.