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Chocobo Family

Chocobos are normally between 8 to 9 feet tall and weigh about 400 lbs. Chocobos are easily trained as mounts, and are used similarly to heavy warhorses. They are omnivores, but prefer to eat greens and nuts. Their wings are vestigial, serving no purpose but to assist in balance and jumping. Chocobos are masters of terrain, able to easily run over anything except water and mountains. Although chocobos cannot speak, they do understand basic commands in Common. The common type of Chocobo is Yellow, but you can find or breed some other types.

A chocobo requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. Training a chocobo requires three weeks of work and a DC 15 Handle Animal check. Riding a chocobo requires an exotic saddle. A chocobo can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. Yellow Chocobo eggs are worth 200 gil apiece on the open market, while young Yellow Chocobos are worth 300 gil each. Professional trainers charge 200 gil to rear or train a chocobo.

Carrying Capacity: A light load for a chocobo is 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; a heavy load, 601-900 pounds. A chocobo can drag 4,500 pounds. They count as quadrupeds for carrying capacity purposes.

Skills: Chocobos have a +3 racial bonus on Acrobatics and Perception checks.

Combat

While chocobos tend to be peaceful, they will defend themselves violently if they feel threatened, lashing out with their beak. If a chocobo is riderless and packless, it may also make a claw attack. A chocobo can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check.