Laxedrane the Irrelevant wrote:
Keep in mind also that first generation chocobos are much more difficult to bring to max stats than chocobos who are from later generations. (First gen chocobos meaning eggs that came from loot pools.)
I'd ask around and see if anyone has some chocobo cards they'd be willing to give you, so you can breed a chocobo that is at least second generation, and get a head start on some stats. Then you won't need to be so exact with food.
Frankly, I know of no one who makes money off chocobo racing or chocobo digging any more. The time sink to reward ratio just isn't worth it. My current non-Abyssea gil making methods rake in 100K an hour or so, which is far more than I'd ever get from playing with my chocobos.
Ehhh.. That isn't completely true. For the high tier races it was my understanding that if you won you got 100k. I know of people who would log in do a 5 minute cut scene for the race, get 100k and log out for the day haha.(You could do it only once a day.) But raising a chocobo that could consistently win the highest races and then getting access to those races. Makes it so even a free 100k a day wouldn't make up for the time lost.(Again this is going by memory from something I read awhile ago)
However, if you just enjoy raising simulators and the money and items you could win are just a bonus. Then knock yourself out, it's a pretty solid sim. I Personally went buck wild with the Chao raising sim in Sonic Adventure 2. So I can understand people who enjoy that.
Another angle that hasn't been looked is you don't even need to own
a chocobo to make money in chocobo racing. You can make money betting on other player's chocobos (or even NPCs). If your friend has a fast chocobo and you can determine who will end up in second place, you can make money betting on their chocobo. For best results use 2 players (as NPC chocobos tend to lose against really... excuse the term... player owned "pimped out" chocobos. Sometimes taking your fellow friends from your LS to see your chocobo run and to make some friendly wagers can be fun in itself.
Not entirely true. As a veteran chocobo-gambler i have to point out that there's some major design flaws with choco-betting and that very few people are making money off of it. It's not hard to figure out who will win, it's usually one of the three SS/SS/A's that participate. But the chance to win and the payout is so minimal compared to the risk that it's not worth it unless you're the most lucky bastard out there in Vanadiel.
The thing with buying tickets for those winners is where it gets flawed. It starts off with how the more likely your favorite chocobo's are to win, the lower the payout for those birds starts out at. Second, if it says that one Chocobet ticket is worth, lets say... 400 gil (since only the chocobo's that have zero chance of winning have a 50,000 gil payout per ticket) and you buy 10, it doesnt lock in the price. It doesnt mean that if your pick wins, you get 10 times 400 gil. Once people start betting on the more likely victors, the gil prize actually drops. The more quills for a chocobet tickets are sold, the more the total payout per ticket drops.
I've seen times where the chocobet payout dropped to around 110 gil when someone bought a bunch of them. Seeing as how one quill to your ticket is 100 gil. If you do end up picking the winner, you only have a 10 gil profit to your ticket. Just last week i blew another 30k in gil chocobetting. Made a small profit, then lost most of it. When there's three strong chocobo's that can win. The possible combinations are 1-2, 1-3 and 2-3. Basicly giving you a one in three chance of guessing it right. I can asure you that very few people will buy 100 quills (10,000 gil) on their favorite, when they know it'll make the payout drop to next to nothing as well as the chance of actually getting it right is very slim.
You can buy 100 tickets for 10,000 gil and get a 110 gil payout for 11,000 gil return, which is a 1000 gil profit.
Or you can buy 10 tickets for 1000 gil, and get a 200+ gil payout, for 2000+ gil return, which is also a 1000 gil profit.
You might not think it does, but the gil prize drop is huge after only buying a few.