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Chocobo Theme refers to the leitmotif of the series mascot Chocobo. Each game in the series utilizes a different mix of the central melody arranged in a particular style of music. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu for Final Fantasy II, the very first appearance of the namesake Chocobos. The naming scheme frequently states the musical style in which the theme is arranged followed by the French/Spanish/Portuguese preposition de, "of", and ending with "Chocobo".

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IIEdit

  • "Chocobo's Theme"

A guitar version of the theme appears on the Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection album. The original soundtrack version of the song also appears on the Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack and More Friends: Music From Final Fantasy original soundtrack.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

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"Chocobo's Theme" from Final Fantasy III (DS version)
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The track is called simply "Chocobo's Theme". "Chocobo's Theme" is also part of the "Montage" track on the Final Fantasy III: Eternal Legend of the Wind album.

The track, known as "Chocobos!", is included on the second disc of the Final Fantasy Vinyls collector's edition set.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

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"Chocobo-Chocobo" from Final Fantasy IV (DS)
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  • "Chocobo Forest" - the theme of Chocobo Forests.
  • "Chocobo-Chocobo" - called "Celtic de Chocobo" unofficially, due to the rearranged album in which it was subsequently included. This theme is also found on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IV album as a piano arrangement.
  • "Samba de Chocobo" - used when riding the black chocobo on the overworld.


Final Fantasy VEdit

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"Boko's Theme" from Final Fantasy V
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  • "Mambo de Chocobo" - used when riding the black chocobo on the overworld. It features the first voice-bit used in the series.
  • "Boko's Theme" - used when riding Boko on the world map.

A piano arrangement of "Mambo de Chocobo" is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy V album. A remix of "Mambo de Chocobo" by DJ duo Ante is included on the Final Fantasy Remix album. A mini album containing unreleased tracks from Final Fantasy V has also been released, called Final Fantasy V Mambo de Chocobo.

Final Fantasy: Legend of the CrystalsEdit

A version of the "Chocobo's Theme" plays in the OVA sequel to Final Fantasy V, called "Chocobo's Theme ~ Prettz has Come!" on the soundtrack.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

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"Techno de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy VI
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  • "Techno de Chocobo" - plays when riding a chocobo.

A remix of the track, called "Techno de Chocobo (Another Mix)" is included on the Final Fantasy VI Special Tracks album.

A piano version called "Waltz de Chocobo" is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VI album. An orchestrated version called "Milan de Chocobo" performed by the Milan Symphony Orchestra is found on the Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale album.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

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"Cinco de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy VII
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  • "Waltz de Chocobo" - heard at the Chocobo Farm when the chocobos dance.
  • "Electric de Chocobo" - used whenever the player encounters a chocobo. Arguably the chocobo's battle theme. A pastiche of surf music.
  • "Cinco de Chocobo" - used when the player rides the chocobo on the overworld. An homage to The Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Take Five".
  • "Fiddle de Chocobo" - used during the Chocobo Race sequence.

"Electric de Chocobo" is available as a battle background music for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as part of a downloadable content pack of three tracks from Final Fantasy VII and is also included on the compilation album Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition. "Cinco de Chocobo" is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII album.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

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"Mods de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy VIII
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  • "ODEKA ke Chocobo" - Played in the Chocobo World minigame that comes with the PC version of the game. "Odekake" in Japanese means "going out".
  • "Mods de Chocobo" - used when the player rides the chocobo on the overworld. A pastiche of mod bands, such as the early works of The Who.
  • "Mods de Chocobo" is also included on the The Best of Final Fantasy 1994 - 1999: A Musical Tribute album, performed by Hollywood Symphony Orchestra.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

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"Ukulele de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy IX
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  • "Aloha de Chocobo" - played in Chocobo's Forest.
  • "Ukulele de Chocobo" - played while traveling on the back of a chocobo on the world map.


Final Fantasy XEdit

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"Brass de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy X
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Final Fantasy X-2Edit

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"Chocobo" from Final Fantasy X-2
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  • "Chocobo" - shorter and significantly different from the rest of the chocobo themes. It features remixed chocobo sound effects, and a female voice.


Final Fantasy XIEdit

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"Dash de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy XI
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Final Fantasy XIIEdit

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"Chocobo ~FFXII Version~" from Final Fantasy XII
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  • "Chocobo ~FFXII Version~" - used when the player chooses to ride the chocobo, it maintains a militaristic theme.
  • "Chocobo FFXII Arrange Ver.1" - not used in game, but nevertheless included in the soundtrack.


Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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"Chocobos of Pulse" from Final Fantasy XIII
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Final Fantasy XIII has two chocobo themes, one being "Chocobos of Pulse" - a jazzy and upbeat theme that was originally titled "Pulse de Chocobo", referencing both the song's origin and style.

The composer of the Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack, Masashi Hamauzu, supervised and directed the two chocobo themes, and the arrangements were done by his long term colleagues, Toru Tabui and Ryo Yamazaki. Hamauzu made "Chocobos of Pulse" with Tabui in a session, but suddenly changed the groove and chords completely at the last minute. For the two chocobo themes, the director Motomu Toriyama had a vivid image, and requested the composers the songs' basic style he was looking for.[1]

The game version of the song has been released on both Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack album, and W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII "best of" type vinyl album. The English localization of the song has been released on Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS. This album also contains the composer Masashi Hamauzu's notes on the track:

A number of songs, including the main theme, were altered or replaced in the English version of Final Fantasy XIII. 'Chocobos of Cocoon' was one of them, featuring all-English lyrics. The vocalist was Frances Maya, just as in the domestic version. The Square Enix localization team, Frances, and I put a lot of careful thought and consideration into the choice of lyrics, and I think the final song has a very cohesive feel as a result.
—Masashi Hamauzu, liner notes to Original Soundtrack PLUS.

"Chocobos of Cocoon - Chasing Dreams"Edit

"Chocobos of Cocoon - Chasing Dreams" is an upbeat theme with female vocals that plays in Nautilus. It is available as a battle background music for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as part of a downloadable content pack of five tracks from Final Fantasy XIII.

Run like the wind just leave your cares behind~
(Let's go now~)
Take us around the world and back again~
(Let's Join In)
Promise together we will chase the sun~
(Let's Follow)
And make some green to share the ride in store, for you and me~
Let's go find gil and fame
Dig a little, stake our claim
Take a chance, trust in me
You will see~
We will find them x4

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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"Groovy Chocobo"
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Three chocobo themes have been composed by Nobuo Uematsu for Final Fantasy XIII-2: "Groovy Chocobo", "Chocobo Rodeo", and "Crazy Chocobo". "Groovy Chocobo" is the default Chocobo theme within the game, which plays when riding a normal chocobo. "Chocobo Rodeo" is the Chocobo Racing theme which plays in Serendipity whenever the player is engaged in a Chocobo Race.

The chocobo themes from Final Fantasy XIII also return, and the player is able to choose which theme they want to play when they are riding a chocobo with the "Chocobo Music" Fragment Skill, which is obtained after acquiring all Fragments from the Monster Bits and Bounty Hunter categories. The Final Fantasy XIII-2: Original Soundtrack PLUS includes an alternate version of "Crazy Chocobo", as well as "Hopping Chocobo", a variation of "Chocobo Rodeo".

"Crazy Chocobo"Edit

"Crazy Chocobo" is a vocal theme that plays while riding a Rambunctious Chocobo and as a background theme in the Sunleth Waterscape 400AF when the Miniflan get rowdy. It is performed by Shootie HG.

Gas 'em up with the greens and let him go
Stand back, stand clear as he puts on a show
So cute yet fierce, is he from hell?
I cannot tell, yet I don't even want to know
So you wanna be a trailblazer?
Kickin' dirt like a hell raiser?
Take the reins, but don't react slow
It's time to feel the force of the chocobo
So you think you can ride this chocobo?
Got Chocobucks? You better put them on this chocobo!
Saddle up, if you think you can ride in this rodeo
Are we in hell? I don't know... to the dirt, let's roll!
You're loco if you think you're gonna hide this chocobo
Everybody's gonna wanna ride your chocobo
It's choco-loco style in a choco-rodeo
Gonna ride him straight through hell in this chocobo rodeo!
Yeah, let's ride!
Gas 'em up with the greens and let him go
Stand back, stand clear as he puts on a show
So cute yet fierce, is he from hell?
I cannot tell, yet I don't even want to know
So you wanna be a trailblazer?
Kickin' dirt like a hell raiser?
Take the reins, but don't react slow
It's time to feel the force of the chocobo
So you think you can ride this chocobo?
Got Chocobucks? You better put them on this chocobo!
Saddle up, if you think you can ride in this rodeo
Are we in hell? I don't know... to the dirt, let's roll!
You're loco if you think you're gonna hide this chocobo
Everybody's gonna wanna ride your chocobo
It's choco-loco style in a choco-rodeo
Gonna ride him straight through hell in this chocobo rodeo!
Yeah, let's ride!

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Lightning Returns features three Chocobo themes, "Bluesy Chocobo", which plays while Lightning rides the Angel of Valhalla while he's at level one, "Chocobo Returns", which plays while he is at level two, and "Marimba de Chocobo", which plays while he's at level three. "Crazy Chocobo" also plays during an event in the Wildlands where a Chocobo Eater appears in a Chaos infusion.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

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"Bo-down" from Final Fantasy XIV
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There are two versions of the chocobo theme on the game - "Bo-down", a wild west inspired one played while riding rental chocobos and "Eorzea de Chocobo" for personal chocobos. "Bo-down" is played before the "Chocobo Medley" in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

"Chocobo!" (チョコボ!, Chokobo!?) is the theme that plays when riding a chocobo on the world map. "The Earth Under Our Feet" (踏みしめる大地, Fumishimeru Daichi?, lit. Stepping Firmly on the Ground) is the World Map theme for Suzaku territory and uses a grand, orchestral variation of the chocobo theme.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal BearersEdit

The Chocobo Theme is used when riding a chocobo in The Crystal Bearers.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

"Funk de Chocobo" is the chocobo theme in Final Fantasy Dimensions.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

"Mambo de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy V plays while performing a Data Install, as well as during some cutscenes. It is available to play in the Museum.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

"Mambo de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy V is unlocked later in the game, in the challenge mode after amassing 37,500 Rhythmia and in the media player after 88,500 Rhythmia. It can also be encountered as a track in the Chaos Shrine.

Chocobo RacingEdit

As the chocobo's titular racing game, the game's soundtrack is filled with the chocobo's theme variations:

  • "Dash de Chocobo" - the intro, featuring electrical percussion and saxophone, used at the opening movie.
  • ("えらんでチョコボ", Erande Chocobo?, lit. Choose a Chocobo) - a high tempo arrangement used at the title screen. Its Japanese name maintains the "de" usage.
  • "Chocobo's Theme" - the titular character's theme.
  • "Cid's Test Course" - the theme for the first race course.

Final Fantasy: UnlimitedEdit

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  • ("チョコボは歩くよ、どこまでも", Chokobo wa aruku yo, doko made mo?, lit. Chocobo walks anywhere) - the theme song for Chobi the chocobo.
  • ("逃げろ", Nigero?, lit. Escape) - a fast-paced chocobo theme that plays whenever Chobi gets berserk with Ai Hayakawa.
  • ("チョコボ", "Chocobo"?) is a medley of three tracks associated with chocobos, including the Chocobo Sisters's theme.
  • "Ciel Chocobo" - a lively theme that plays when Chobi transforms into the Legendary Ciel chocobo.

Non-Final Fantasy GamesEdit

Live A LiveEdit

In the Mecha Chapter, the player can find a piano and play about two seconds of the "Chocobo's Theme".

Mario Sports MixEdit

In the Harmony Hustle party game, three variations of the theme can be chosen; "Chocobo Rhythm", "Chocobo Pop", and "Chocobo Beat".

Arrangement Album AppearancesEdit

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best CollectionEdit

"Chocobo Theme" is the fifth track on the Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection album, which consists entirely of solo classical guitar arrangements of tracks from the Final Fantasy main series, performed by Yuji Sekiguchi.

Cafe SQEdit

"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY III "Fat Chocobo Appears ~ Chocobo's Theme" / RÄFVEN" appears on this arrangement album. The theme is arranged to sound like cafe-theme music.

Live PerformancesEdit

20020220 music from Final FantasyEdit

"Chocobo's Theme" is part of the "FINAL FANTASY" Final Fantasy-Final Fantasy III Medley" track, performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning HomeEdit

"Chocobo Medley 2010" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.

A New World: intimate music from Final FantasyEdit

A live recording of "Chocobo Medley 2014" from at the London premiere of the concert of the same name on February 15, 2014, conducted by Arnie Roth, is included on this album.

TriviaEdit

  • "Mambo de Chocobo" is the first track in the series to feature a vocal sample.

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