FFXIV Chocobo Breeding & Racing: Whip it good!

How to breed the ultimate Chocobo – Rip up the racetrack and read the many many FAQS of breeding and racing! Feed, Pedigree, RNG and MORE!

So you’ve decided to exploit your feather friend(s) in Chocobo Racing? In this Chocobo Racing guide, we will discuss both major parts of the whole system: Breeding, Training, Feeding (everything about Raising) Chocobos is discussed in page 1 of this guide. Page 2 will be detailing the Racing Side (Tracks, Strategy and other race related information)

But for the 1M MGP question: “How do I start/unlock Chocobo Racing!?Gold Saucer, WEST of ENTRANCE DESK there is an elevator lift, here’s where you start the quest for Chocobo Races. Remember to activate the aetheryte here so you can aethernet goin’ up here.

All about Chocobo Breeding & Raising

Chocobo Feed (for Racing)

You are what you eat. Not surprisingly, this applies to Chocobos as well. Each time your chocobo levels up, you get ONE TRAINING SESSION. This basically means you can give him 1 piece of food. Grade 1 food gives 1 of the chosen stat, Grade 2 food gives 2 of the chosen stats, Grade 3 food gives three of the chosen stats.

You can buy grade 1 food in Bentbranch Meadows, CSH (20, 22). for 1500 Gil. You can buy Grade 2 food in GS for XXX MGP and Grade 3 food in GS for YYY MGP. First of all let’s look at how this pans out for the future of your chocobo racer. (For the table below, we assume average of 4.5 stats gained per level up, and looking at minimum breeding rank of 40)

Chocobo Feed?LevelupsFrom foodTotalCompare
1 all the way190402300%
2 all the way1908027017.4%
3 all the way19012031035% (15%)

Note that stat CAPS increase as the grade of your chocobo increases.

Hopefully you can make sense of this table. Though the importance of feed will SEEMINGLY be alot less as our chocobos rank up, time will tell. All I know is, the better feed you use, the easier it is to level up early on. Why? Because your chocobo will be a chunky % stronger than any chocobo fed on lower tier food – making winning races easier. It’s important to note that FEED DOESNT IMPROVE STAR RATING (I guess you can say the stars are genetics).

Chocobo Feed FAQ

Where do I farm Gregarious Worms / Mazlaya Greens? These appear in the unspoiled nodes of Gold Ore and Black Truffle respectively.
Mazlaya Greens: ETH XPM (Mazlaya is in slot 2, Black Truffle is in slot 7)
Gregarious Worms: ETH 9AM ET (Worm is in slot 1, Gold Ore is in slot 6)
They can only be gathered ONCE though.

How do I maximize each Worm/Green node? Use toil to discover the unreachables (no way around this). Gather the non-worm or non-green node until you’re at the last hit. Then use Blessed Harvest / Kings Yield so you can get more than 1 of these guys. You need close to 700 GP to do this (Since you gain a little gp while hitting… im guessing 675 is enough)

How can I easily get these feeds? Grade 1 can be bought with gil (don’t bother crafting this). Grade 2 can be bought with MGP or crafted, Grade 3 can be bought with MGP only. I prefer to craft Grade 2’s, because MGP is a bit harder to come by.

Where do I get this fruit!? that seed!? Okay, this needs table. (remember, Krakka Root seeds are bought from housing vendors)

Stat foodPlant neededCross 1Cross 2
SpeedSylkis BudKrakka RootAlmond
AccelerationPahsana FruitKrakka RootLinseed
StaminaMimett GourdKrakka RootMidland Cabbage
EnduranceTantalplantKrakka RootWizard Eggplant
CunningCuriel RootKrakka RootChamomile
Gregarious WormETH9AMSlot 1
Mazlaya GreensETH1PMSlot 2

Remember, if you’re attempting to breed these on your own, crossbreeding happens when you plant the seed. I guess the guys over at (ffxivgardening/planner) are a better source for this.

Breeding the ultimate Chocobo

I wish I could tell you guys more about this, but here is what I know for now:

Minimum Breeding Rank is 40. Once you “cover” (aka resign) your chocobo, you will now get something like a breeding permit. This breeding permit records the stats of the chocobo you retired. There are, however, some curious caveats. Once you cover a choco – you can use it to breed a max of 10 times.

AS I WAS WRITING THIS, I HAD TO DELETE A CHUNKY AMOUNT OF TEXT – There is still to many unknown factors, but I’ll continue to my conclusions in a bit. Check these out for other breeding info – here’s my take.

The ultimate Chocobo is a grade 9 4 star in each of the 5 statsWhile that may be obvious, we need to understand “how” we’re going to get there. And trust me, the HOW part is the bummer.

Star ratings are genetics: You cant improve them: no matter what grade of food, you cannot improve genetic garbage. Stars determine 2 things (starting stats, stat cap and possibly stat growth)

Stap cap calculation: Is a bit weird. I’ve seen some examples.. but I think I need to see more grade 3 and 4 chocobos. But in a nutshell – better star rating, higher stat cap. This formula I found, by /u/fawksb seems to hold up so far: (40x((Pedigree-1)+Star Rating))+20. So this would mean the ultra chocobo has 500 max in all stats, which is 2500 total stats.

When does my chocobo learn a skill? At level 10, your choco learns a random skill. Using MGP, you can unlearn a skill your chocobo got. If you unlearn, you get a new random skill the next time you rank up.

How are chocobo stats are inherited to fledlings?

I’ll update this soon. Im trying to find a good way to present this data without causing confusion.

DUE TO HOW NEW THIS CONTENT IS, MUCH RESEARCH IS STILL NEEDED, WILL BE UPDATING SOON AND OFTEN

FFXIV PvP General Guide & FAQ

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Entry into PvP matches can be started through a quest from your Grand Company NPC. The Wolves Den itself can be accessed through a ferry found in Moraby Drydocks.

ffxiv pvp wolves den npc ferry

Overview

After you get to Wolves Den and enable it on your duty finder, all you have to do is queue up!  At patch 2.1, there are only 4v4 matches available on one map. Each match has a 2 minute prep time at the start and the entire match lasts for 30 minutes or until one team is wiped out.

ffxiv pvp wolves den duty finder

Participating in PvP matches give you PvP experience  and Wolves marks. If you earn enough PvP experience you will level up your PvP rank and gain one action point which you can spend on skills or traits specific to PvP. These skills and traits can only be used during PvP matches. You must slot these skills like how you would slot a cross class skill.

It takes 3 Action Points to get one PvP skill and 1 Action Point for a PvP trait. Most of the PvP skills and traits have 3 levels each and increasing a skill or traits rank increases different things, debuff durations, potency increase or cooldown reductions.

ffxiv pvp wolves den profile rank action point

 

Wolf Marks is the currency of PvP. For every PvP match you participate in (win, lose or draw) you gain a certain number of Wolf Marks. You use these marks to purchase PvP gear and PvP materia. The PvP gear itself has a new stat called Morale. This stat replaces your Magic and Physical defense against human players and also increases your damage dealt to them.

ffxiv pvp wolves den wolf marks vendor

FFXIV Scholar (SCH) Cross Class skills guide

What are the Arcanst -> Scholar Cross Class Skills? Here, we will be strictly discussing the cross-class skills Scholar can get.

How many cross-class skills can I get as a Scholar? Any job class may only equip five (5) cross-class skills.

From what other classes does Scholar get skills from? Thaumaturge and Conjurer.

What are the best Scholar cross-class skills? This is discussed below.

Full list of Scholar (SCH) Cross-class skills

Scholar    
NameIconLevelDescriptionFrom Class
Cure2Restores target's HPConjurer (CNJ)
Aero4Wind damage over time (DOT)Conjurer (CNJ)
Cleric Stance6Switch MND and INT, turning you into a Magical DPS.Conjurer (CNJ)
Thunder6Lightning damage over time (DOT)Thaumaturge (THM)
Protect6Increases physical and magical defenseConjurer (CNJ)
Surecast8Next spell is cast without interruptionThaumaturge (THM)
Raise12Ressurect targetConjurer (CNJ)
Swfitcast26Next spell is cast immediatelyThaumaturge (THM)
Stoneskin34Shield that absorbs damageConjurer (CNJ)

Scholar (SCH) Cross-class skills discussion

Cure – Useless, since you have Physick. Protect is also useless if you have a WHM.

Aero, Thunder – Always good to have more DoT’s. I’d go with Aero on this one.

Cleric Stance – People underestimate this skill… A must have to squeeze out full use of your Scholar.

Surecast – Never a bad choice. Use it when damage is inevitable, and a heal right after would be good.

Swiftcast – Need I say more about this skill? +Raise, or +Anything, this skill is a must have.

Ideal Scholar (SCH) Cross-class progression

  1. Arcanist to 15 for: Unlocking other classes.
  2. Conjurer to 4 for: Aero.
  3. Arcanist to 30 for: SCH Requirement.
  4. Conjurer to 15 for: SCH Requirement.
  5. SCH to 50 for: Maximum level.
  6. Thaumaturge to 26 for: Swiftcast.
  7.  Conjurer to 34 for: Stoneskin (All Cross Class Skills Obtained)

Nothing fancy here, you’ll get what you need as you level up.

Summary

  • Scholar use skills from: Conjurer and Thaumaturge.
  • Alot of great Utility. Stoneskin, Swift/Surecast
  • Cleric Stance, an underrated skill overall. Only the best healers use this: So get used to it.
  • Best Scholar Cross-Class Skills:
    Swiftcast, Stoneskin, Surecast, Aero, Cleric Stance

More Info: Arcanist | Scholar | ACN SCH Stats

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Pre-order FFXIV A Realm Reborn

PreOrder

FFXIV A Realm Reborn will be out in the market on August 27, 2013!

Pre-ordering gives you a few bonus items and benefits. Note that these items may change or vary depending on availability from Square

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Helm of Light
The design of this headgear is based on the helmet worn by the Warrior of Light from FINAL FANTASY I and can be equipped by all classes at level one.

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Coeurl Mount

Adventurers will be able to ride a variety of mounts for transportation in A Realm Reborn – including chocobos, Magitek armor and more! With this bonus, you’ll be able to hop aboard a coeurl and chase down your foes!
* Players will be able to ride mounts once they have reached level 20 and have obtained a chocobo.

 

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Behemoth Barding
In A Realm Reborn, adventurers will be able to do battle against the ferocious enemies of Eorzea alongside their personal chocobo, as well as equip their trusted companions with unique armor! The Collector’s Edition includes special Behemoth-themed armor that you can outfit your chocobo with!
* Players must first reach level 20 to obtain a chocobo before they can outfit it with barding.

 

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Baby Behemoth Minion
Adventurers can often be found with their own personal minion by their side as they tame the wilds of Eorzea. The Collector’s Edition comes with a baby behemoth minion.
* Minions are vanity pets that do not have any affect on a player’s stats.

 

Redeeming your Collector’s Edition Items
For PC: Items can be redeemed by entering the registration code that comes with the PC game purchase on the Square Enix account management site.
For PS3: Items can be redeemed by entering the promotional code that comes with the PS3 game purchase on the Sony Entertainment Network account.

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Early Access to FFXIV: A Realm Reborn
If you pre-order FFXIV: A Realm Reborn from a participating retailer and register the pre-order code within the specificied time period, you will be granted access to play FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn prior to the official launch!
*Details will be announced at a later date with early access commencing prior to launch.
*An internet connection is required for early access.

 

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Pre-Order Bonus In-Game Items
The bonus in-game items (a “Cait Sith Doll Minion” and “Mog Cap”) will be delivered to the account that the pre-order bonus code has been registered to.
* The pre-order bonus code will be valid until December 31, 2013.
* Further details will be announced at a later date.

 

Please note that the pre-order bonus codes are different for the Playstation 3 and Windows versions. Also, please be aware that the number of early access codes will be limited and distribution will cease when the limit has been reached.

* The pre-order bonus code distribution timing and method may vary depending on the retailer.

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Square Enix Releases Free Mobile Wallpapers!

Today Square Enix put up a number of free to download wallpapers for your smartphones, as well as cool new Twitter icons. Check it out!

Today, Square Enix gave out a bunch of free FFXIV A Realm Reborn mobile wallpapers. Here are some samples!

ARRWallpaper ARRWallpaper2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also gave out some pretty cool Twitter icons!

FFXIV a realm reborn twitter icons

Make sure to check them out here.

Take a piece of Eorzea wherever you go! They also announced that they will be adding more and more wallpapers, icons, and whatever digital media for all of us to use. Make sure so Subscribe to us, and be the first to know!