Final Fantasy character
A chocobo from Final Fantasy X
First appearanceFinal Fantasy II
Created byKoichi Ishii

The Chocobo (Japanese: チョコボ, Hepburn: Chokobo) is a fictional species from the Final Fantasy video game series made by Square and Square Enix (since 1988). The creature is generally a flightless bird, though certain highly specialized breeds in some titles retain the ability to fly. It bears a resemblance to casuariiformes and ratites, capable of being ridden and otherwise used by player characters during gameplay. Chocobos first appeared in Final Fantasy II and have been featured in almost all subsequent Final Fantasy games, as well as making cameo appearances in numerous other games. A spin-off Chocobo series featuring chocobos has also been created.

Character design

The chocobo was created and designed by Koichi Ishii, a video game director who worked on various Final Fantasy titles.[1] The chocobo appears remarkably similar to and was likely inspired by the prehistoric bird Gastornis. Hiromichi Tanaka has speculated that the chocobo concept may have come from Kyorochan, a character in television advertisements for Morinaga & Company's chocolate candy, which is also a bird with the call of "kweh".[1] Morinaga has also released a tie-in product, Chocobo no Chocoball (チョコボのチョコボール, lit. "Chocobo's Chocoball"). Another likely inspiration was Hayao Miyazaki's Horseclaws, which appear in the manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the anime film of the same name, which Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi once cited as an influence on his series.[2] In turn, Miyazaki's Horseclaws were inspired by the extinct Gastornis species.[3] This mythical creature is a "cousin" of the ostrich and is designed to have yellow feathers, but there are rare Chocobo breeds that are capable of giving birth to different-colored chicks.

Other Languages
العربية: تشوكوبو
español: Chocobo
Esperanto: Ĉokobo
français: Chocobo
한국어: 초코보
Bahasa Indonesia: Chocobo
italiano: Chocobo
Nederlands: Chocobo
日本語: チョコボ
polski: Chocobo
português: Chocobo
русский: Чокобо
Simple English: Chocobo
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svenska: Chocobo
українська: Чокобо
中文: 陆行鸟