Hamfruitcake bringing you everything you would ever need to know about Choco Hot and Cold and the entire sidequest that will surely take up a good portion of your life for now.
Choco Hot and ColdEdit
Mene the moogle who is in runs the game will charge you 60 gil per game which isn't really breaking the bank and from the money you get from level grinding and even just fighting normally you'll still have enough to play this game until the cows come home. Or someone knocks on your door and asks why you haven't surfaced in three days. When you reach Chocobo Lagoon for the first time you will find Choco can only play in half of the area so Mene knocks the price down to 30 gil until Choco learns the Ocean Ability. Then it's back to your usual fare.
Choco has great sense of touch or something because when his beak hits the floor he can sense whether treasure is nearby. If it isn't you'll get the paltry Kweh which means there's nothing there so you should move on until Choco starts to get more excited. The best way to play is to work your way diagonally across the forest. Pinball from side to side of the forest tapping square as you go until you get some exclaimations from Choco. It's a sure fire way of finding something. Perhaps that's just insulting your intelligence suggesting that but it's my method and it works!
|Noise||What to do|
|Kweh||Nothing there, go somewhere else|
|Kweh!?||It's nearby, starting running around this area digging|
|Kwehhh!?||So close! Furiously dig left right and centre|
|K-KWEHHH!!||Motherload... Start tapping furiously!|
Once you've found your treasure you have a counter in the corner of the screen which counts down how deep your treasure is. The deeper the treasure the more valuable, and the more points you get, but also the longer it takes. If Choco has a strong beak level it'll take less time to dig up. When you've dug up your treasure you quickly move on.
For each treasure you get you will recieve points from Mene who will give points in correspondence to the rarity of the treasure and if you find a treasure within 5 seconds of another. Points will all be totalled up and you can exchange them for prizes. Depending on how much you play you can get some rare items but whilst you're early on in the game it's a good place to stock up on Ethers.
If you manage to succeed in finding 4 treasures in the 60 second time limit Mene will get very excited and offer you ten extra seconds and double points for anything else you find. Getting 8 treasures in the 60 second time limit (you lucky/sad sod) Mene will then panic and flutter over telling you to stop and she will give you points relative to the amount of time you have left and end the game. In Chocobo Lagoon when you only have half the area to dig if you find 4 treasures Mene will end the game there and then and give you bonus points depending on the time left.
Ocassionally you will come across particularly deep treasures such as Tents or Elixirs or 200 gil that will get you excited for nothing but sometimes you will find a Chocograph. Now this is where it gets exciting because with a Chocograph you can go out into the world and find masses of treasure with very valuable treasure inside them. The clue is that the Chocograph has a very vague picture of where the treasure could be and Mene provides you with a hint. Then it's up to you to go out into the world and find it by digging around with . To summon up Choco on the World Map you go to the Items menu and click on Gyshal Greens and Choco will KWEH!! and be standing right next to you. Mount him with X and be on your way. Along with treasures some chests will open and take Choco to a magical dream world where he will change colour and gain new abilities:
|Yellow||Standard Choco, can just run on green grass, through forests and on the beaches.|
|Light Blue||Choco can run around the shallow waters which are light blue getting in from any beach.|
|Red||Choco can run up mountains and cliff faces and retains his water ability.|
|Deep Blue||Choco can run all over the oceans no matter how deep as long as goes in via a beach.|
|Gold||Choco can fly! Must take off and land from any forest.|
Here's the treasures you will recieve.
|1||2 Elixir, 3 Hi-Potion, 4 Ethers, 2 Germinas Boots|
|2||5 Potion, 5 Hi-Potion, 2 Tent, 2 Cotton Robe|
|3||10 Antidote, 1 Jade Armlet, 3 Wing Edge, 1 Cargo Ship Card|
|5||9 Phoenix Pinion, 5 Phoenix Down, 12 Peridot, 1 Diamond Gloves|
|6||5 Echo Screen, 7 Hi-Potion, 3 Tent, 1 Theater Ship Card|
|7||8 Gysahl Greens, 5 Ether, 7 Hi-Potion, 1 Dragon's Claws|
|8||37 Potion, 6 Magic Tag, 1 Shield Armor, 1 Gaia Gear|
|9||6 Soft, 4 Ether, 1 Feather Boots, 1 N-Kai Armlet|
|10||8 Potion, 4 Phoenix Down, 3 Ether, 1 Magician Robe|
|11||4 Remedy, 2 Elixir, 8 Rising Sun, 1 Oak Staff|
|13||7 Ether, 2 Elixir, 10 Wing Edge, 1 High Mage Staff|
|15||12 Phoenix Down, 14 Ore, 1 Kaiser Knuckles, 1 Iron Man Card|
|16||17 Ore, 5 Ether, 14 Opal, 1 Demon's Mail|
|17||15 Phoenix Pinion, 1 White Robe, 1 Diamond, 1 Masamune Card|
|18||27 Ore, 1 Light Robe, 1 Whale Whisker, 1 Alexander Card|
|19||11 Peridot, 9 Opal, 15 Sapphire, 19 Topaz|
|20||Golden Flying Ability|
|21||21 Amethyst, 16 Garnet, 1 Genji Armor, 1 Ragnarok|
|22||11 Sapphire, 1 Circlet, 1 Pumice Piece, 1 Hilda Garde 3 Card|
|23||33 Potion, 15 Annoyntment, 1 Holy Miter, 1 Dark Matter Card|
|24||1 Ribbon, 1 Rebirth Ring, 13 Amethyst, 1 Ark Card|
At this point you should have plenty of awesome equipment. But wait. There's more treasure!
Ok in this case we are looking for bubbles in the ocean, I know the whole ocean looks bubbly but keep your eyes peeled and they'll be quite visible. In this case you will have to be swimming in the ocean to access them.
|How to get to it||Where to Dig||Treasure|
|Go to the Lost Continent and swim off the beach into the sea.||Head to the point right between the two pointy bits coming off each of the opposite continents. There'll be the island off the coast of the Outer Continent serving as your pointy marker on one side and the other bit will be the pointy Lost Continent. Use the world map and you'll find it!||50 Potions, 25 Hi Potions, 5 Elixirs, 7 Ethers.|
|Swim to the Forgotten Continent around the bottom southern corner with all the coves.||There will be a lot of coves around here which you can swim in and out of. There is a very long cove to the right which has a bit of a way to get into and you'll find the bubbles.||10 Remedy, 1 Black Robe, 1 Genji Gloves, 1 Blue Narciss Card.|
|This one is easier to get to if you fly to Quan's Dwelling. Off you go.||So enter Quan's Dwelling and run over to Quan's Fishing spot and notice the foam and use a Dead Pepper.||9 Ore, 15 Topaz, 1 Tiger Racket, 1 Red Rose Card.|
After this Zidane says, Oh I get it now... what this means I don't know. Answers on a post card please!
Next up we will be looking for Cracks in mountainsides. You may think this sounds a bit silly as once again, they're covered cracks! But they are quite black and obvious so easy to find! You'll have to move the camera a round with the shoulder buttons a bit to get the angle right and see them but that's about all there is to it. Stand over it and feed Choco a Dead Pepper to collect the spoils.
|How to get to it||Where to Dig||Treasure|
|Head to the Lost Continent and hop on via on the usual beach.||Follow the coast along the bottom edge of the continent following the mountains until there is a little cul-de-sac converging in the top corner. It's around there!||41 Lapis Lazuli, Rosetta Ring, Protect Ring, Airship Card.|
|Fly to north east of the Forgotten Continent and land in a forest around there.||If you landed in the right forest you should see it when you get there. Otherwise it's just in a cliff face on the north eastern part of the Forgotten Continent, just keep running around it's not hard to miss.||19 Eyedrops, 1 Madain's Ring, 1 Genji Helmet, 1 Hilda Garde 1 Card.|
|Head South west from the crack you just handled.||Look for Woody Woodpecker's head on the map of the Forgotten Continent, it's on the western side and it has a quiff and an eye and a beak, just look for it... The treasure is right next to the eye. And if you find it with this advice let me know so I can yell 'I told you so' to the world.||Maiden Prayer, 1 Dragon's Hair, 1 Gauntlets, 1 Odin Card.|
|Fly to the top left hand corner of the map.||Here there should be a little island. Land in the forest and there should be a crack in the mountain. Use a Dead Pepper and a hole will appear.||Chocobo's Paradise|