Chocobo's Forest is a location in Final Fantasy IX where the player first acquires a chocobo. Chocobo's Forest is an optional location found on the bottom level of the eastern side of Mist Continent. Chocobo forests are a recurring type of location in the Final Fantasy series and usually associated as places where the player can catch a chocobo to ride on the world map; in Final Fantasy IX the player does obtain a chocobo by visiting the forest, but the place from there on is used for playing the minigame Chocobo Hot and Cold. After befriending Mene, the player can buy Gysahl Greens from him in the forest.
When the player first visits Chocobo's Forest Mene will give the player a Gysahl Greens to call for Choco. If the player goes and sells the Gysahl Green back at Lindblum Mene will keep giving more Gysahl Greens until the player calls Choco.
Chocobo's Forest is an optional location. It can be visited as early as the first disc, but the initial conversation is different between Zidane and Mene depending at what point in the game the player first visits the Chocobo Forest.
After the Festival of the Hunt and the banquet in Lindblum Castle, Zidane, Freya, and Vivi leave Lindblum via the Dragon's Gate and decide to head towards Burmecia. If they take a detour and head east, across the Ceebell River bridge, they can go to Chocobo's Forest, where they meet the moogle Mene and Choco the chocobo.
To tame Choco, Zidane receives Gysahl Greens from Mene and uses the chocobo tracks outside the forest to lure Choco out with the greens. Riding Choco back to the forest, Mene will teach Zidane how to play Chocobo Hot and Cold to find Chocographs.
Chocobo Hot and ColdEdit
Chocobo Hot and Cold is the game's main sidequest and starts in Chocobo's Forest. The object of the game is to use Choco to find hidden treasures in the forest, the most valuable treasures being Chocographs, treasure maps that pinpoint hidden treasure chests on the world map only a chocobo can find. Chocobo's Forest is the beginner's location, but after Choco upgrades into a mountain chocobo, he can search the higher ledges of the forest.
When digging in Chocobo's Forest, the player should cover the ground before heading up the two hills, as climbing up and down such small areas takes time and are not worth going out of the way to access unless the player is certain the treasure is not on the ground. Choco cannot detect treasures on the hills while on the ground and vice versa.
"Aloha de Chocobo" plays while in Chocobo's Forest. During the search for treasure in Chocobo Hot and Cold, the music switches to "Vamo Alla Flamenco".