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#1 Feb 19 2010 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello all. I'm on day 90 with my first chocobo. I learned quite a bit with her and I'm ready to start my next one. I'm looking for the best strategy to raise a bird that has a high stat in both mental and physical traits. Say, 8 Disc and 7 End. I know you can use tokens bought with chocobucks to raise stats, but the number of tokens needed for such high stats would be prohibitive.
Has anyone raised a bird with very high mental and physical stats without heavy use of tokens? Or how about 8/7/5/3? How do you earn that 5/3 without destroying the 8/7? (Especially if you want the 8/7 to be your mental stats since there's no super training program for receptivity)
Thanks for any help!
#2 Feb 23 2010 at 3:26 AM Rating: Good
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I'm afraid I don't have any easy answers for you; what you seek is the equivalent of learning to run before you walk. I don't like to discourage players from experimenting and trying new approaches, but the chocobuck limitation you've placed makes it exceedingly difficult.

What you need to do, is pack as many overall "points" into your chocobo by any means possible before day 64. Use Kamp Kweh and appropriate foods to get as many extra points as you can. And since physical training tends to decrease mental training, and vice versa, you'll want to drive one pair of stats (generally, physical) up fast while letting the other hang at zero (thus causing the minus side of the training to have no effect on your overall point balance).

Then as you near maximum for one pair of stats, switch and just suck up the negative effect, since you still get a slight overall boos in point total. It is a matter of debate which training regimes are best -- while models of points gained/lost exist, their accuracy is debatable. Personally, I focus on Carrying Packages / Exhibiting to the Public, but I have no evidence to suggest if this is better or worse than other combinations of training.

Once you hit Day 64, whatever point deficiency you have must be made up with tokens. Looking at the chocobos I've raised, I would expect to spend some 20-30 tokens at least to reach cap at the end, assuming a well-optimized care plan.



Edited, Feb 23rd 2010 4:27am by Guppie
#3 Feb 23 2010 at 6:32 AM Rating: Good
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You haven't discouraged me at all, that's a clear and honest strategy. Thank you.
I know it's best to use mainly greens while on the heavy stress careplans. Though, when you do use some carrots after the stat switch do you use food that matches the kind of training you're doing, or food that's opposite to slightly offset the stat drain?
Thanks so much!
#4 Feb 23 2010 at 10:49 PM Rating: Decent
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So far as I know, you really need to have another choco racing for you to earn tokens for the chick. Otherwise there is no way to get the stats high enough for a maxed 'bo. And food, while useful, can only raise a stat in very small increments. So you cannot really rely on it


Edited, Feb 23rd 2010 11:57pm by SeraphOwl
#5 Feb 24 2010 at 1:31 PM Rating: Good
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Pirika wrote:
I know it's best to use mainly greens while on the heavy stress careplans. Though, when you do use some carrots after the stat switch do you use food that matches the kind of training you're doing, or food that's opposite to slightly offset the stat drain?


From a "max points" perspective it probably doesn't matter. And although I would use some greens in my careplan, I rarely fed more than one green per day, the majority consisted of carrots. Affection was kept up by taking a lot of walks together.

I also used quite a few celerity salads, which seemed to help offset the side effects of the high stress plans I was using.
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