Sunday, 24 August 2014

A-well-a Everybody's Heard About the Bird!

The other new feature that Patch 2.35 introduced was the ability to dye our Grand Company Chocobos!

With a bit of Hunts, gardening, theorycrafting and community discussion, players from across the world quickly "solved" the rather complex method!

The process is as follows:

Take part in the new "Mob Hunt / The Hunt" system that was introduced in Patch 2.3 and earn some Allied Seals.
Buy a pouch of seeds for 15 seals from your Grand Company's Allied Seal vendor. These seeds are planted via gardening and grow into special fruit that "influence" your Chocobo's feather hue. There are 6 types; 3 that darken the R G B colour scale, and 3 that lighten it.
Your Chocobo can by dyed into any of the colours that are available via the Equipment Dye system and starts at "Desert Yellow". In order to obtain a specific colour, you can research other player's methods via the official forums or popular discussion pages such as Reddit's /r/ffxiv subreddit. Buy seeds of the same type of fruit they used and then keep following this guide!
In your Free Company garden, plant the seeds with any Shroud Topsoil (Grade 3 works the best as it yields the most fruit at a whopping 36 per seed!)
Each batch of seeds take 48 hours to grow. Water them once a day and use fertilizer to shorten that time by one hour (remember, you can only fertilize plants once every hour!).
Once you have all the fruit you need, you can approach the dyeing method two ways:

The "careful" approach: Feed your Chocobo one type of fruit until you see a confirmation message informing you that your Chocobo is "growing new feathers". This prompt means your Chocobo's feather hue has changed up or down exactly one colour. For some players, this prompt can take as little as 1 fruit or as many as 9 to appear, which is why you might need a lot of fruit! Now, you must wait 6 hours to see a result. After you see the hue shift, you can decide which fruits to use next to get the colour you desire.
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The "Gimmie my Black Chocobo NOW!" approach: Feed your Chocobo a whole bunch of fruit within the 6 hour waiting period. As you continually feed it, you will receive multiple confirmation prompts regarding your Chocobo growing new feathers. That's okay! It just means the game is cycling through loads of colours one after the other. Once you run out of fruit and wait 6 hours, your Chocobo will dramatically change colour with even greater results than method ①. Be warned, though, it's harder to recover from this should you not get the colour you want!
Luckily, if you do mess up, you can buy a pouch of Han Lemon seeds with Allied Seals and grow them into a fruit that - when fed to your Chocobo - will instantly revert it's feathers back to Desert Yellow in order to try again. There's no need to wait 6 hours either, the process is instant!

As for me, I wanted a Dalamud Red Chocobo, and finally got one by using a mixture of the two methods above. I started off very carefully, then ended up cramming Mochi's face full of fruit. It took a total of 4 feeding sessions (24 hours waiting time total) to achieve, and this was the process I used:

3 Xelphatol Apples, 1 Feather prompt
= Millioncorn Yellow
9 Xelphatol Apples, 1 Feather prompt
= Pumpkin Orange
22 Xelphatol Apples, 12 Feather prompts
   12 O'Ghomoro Berries, 12 Feather prompts
   8 Mamook Pears, 8 Feather prompts
= Blood Red ※※
 1 O'Ghomoro Berries, 1 Feather prompt
= Dalamud Red

※ Be wary of online guides or word of mouth that tell you to feed X amount of fruit in order to obtain the colour you desire. The only way to achieve it is through "Feather prompts". As you can see, ① and ② both darkened the hue only one step, but ② took 6 more apples, which means in order to get Pumpkin Orange, it takes "2 Feather prompts", not "12 Xelphatol Apples". The prompt is entirely random, and even though one person may only see it once over the course of feeding 9 fruit, you may see it up to 9 times, so be careful!

※※ During the third feeding I went full-out and followed a friend's guide to obtaining Dalamud Red. She never told me how many feather prompts she got, just how much fruit she used, which resulted in Blood Red despite us both using the same amount of fruit (see the note above regarding this). After feeding my chocobo a single O'Ghomoro Berry which triggered one feather change prompt, I waited 6 hours (just to be safe!) and finally got Dalamud Red. I was nervous the entire time and worried I had overshot the colour!

In the end, I was extremely lucky with my guesswork and very lucky to have such a small FC that doesn't use the garden, haha. Good luck with getting the colour you desire!


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