Condensing the information

I have noticed that the drops listed for the various zones seem to be more or less exact across areas reached by the same chocograph (and aside from Plains/Bush the areas within the same chocograph tier) have an alarming similarity, such that it's quite likely that they all drop the same stuff. As a result, I think the drops should be condensed to show what drops per chocograph, not per area (and if it turns out the discrepancy between Plains and Bush is an error, then group drops by the tier of chocograph). This would be useful not only to make the information easier to sort through, but also to increase the sample rate when calculating the drop rate on items.--Urth 00:34, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

August 27, 2007 update

I get a temp Treasure Finder ability after three successful digs (Your chocobo seems especially sharp today!) and an increase in number of available digs if you rest for one day (Your chocobo seems especially energetic today!) Ahkvan 22:18, 11 September 2007 (CDT)

Dunes Fatigue

I got the "Your chocobo seems a little fatigued." after 6 digs in the Valkurm Dunes. It took 6 digs to get the chest up. I just had my Chocobo stop digging in dunes after 11 digs. --Devious 17:03, 25 March 2007 (EDT)

My chocobo with first-class Discernment, substandard Receptivity, poor Endurance, Impressive Strength, Treasure Hunter, and Bore gets the fatigued message in 6 digs in the dunes and coastal areas. He always digs up the treasure in 3 digs in coastal, and 5 digs in dunes. Today, I got desert chocograph and there it was a mere 4 digs to "little fatigued" and 5 digs to get the treasure. -Ean.

Speculation / Thoughts / Ideas

From the possible treasure data we've accumulated so far, I'm starting to suspect that the treasure pools may be identical for each grouping of three areas from the chocographs. We'll see. :Kalice 14:30, 20 December 2006 (EST)

After the latest updated, I seem to get 2 items every time I open a VCS crate. One of them is always a gausebit green and then another random item. On another note, I do not seem to be getting any fish anymore. Though I've only done it a handful of times.
: Kalice 10:40, 21 January 2007 (EST)

I also get two items consistantly, but not always a Gausebit Grass. I've only been doing the Prairie Chocograph recently. Do Red Terrapin count as fish? I still get them regularly. I'm keeping one as my pet. ^^; --Tinuvael 10:46, 21 January 2007 (EST)

Post your treasure updates here

Got Dragon Scales in Jugner Forest today. --Kaeli 21:26, 19 December 2006 (EST)

  • Thanks Kaeli, I've updated the main page. :Kalice 00:22, 20 December 2006 (EST)

Got Mushroom Locust in Konschtat Highlands today. --Saikun 13:43, 20 December 2006 (EST)

  • Thanks Saikun, I've added it to the possible treasure section. :Kalice 14:30, 20 December 2006 (EST)

Got Fresh Mugwort in Tahrongi Canyon today. --Saikun 21:40, 21 December 2006 (EST)

  • Thanks again Saikun, I've added it. :Kalice 22:28, 21 December 2006 (EST)

Got Parasite Worm in Konschtat Highlands today. --Saikun 14:45, 24 December 2006 (EST)

Got Philosopher's Stone in Meriphataud Mountains last night. -- Traezen 6 January 2007

Got an Indurated Gold, and Neutralizing Silver out of a chest in Buburimu Peninsula last night -- Mym

My results @ Pashhow Marshlands

Simply going to list off every item I get here in the order that I get it. I think that others should do the same, for all the areas. This will help us to get a lock on rarities of various items. I will continue to update this every day (once it starts getting long I will move this to a subpage of my user page).

--Toksyuryel 22:20, 28 December 2006 (EST)

Drop results

  • Common results include gysahl greens, gausebit grass, and blue peas. I only gotten 2 dragon scales, 2 alum. ore, 1 celerity salad, 2 parasite worm, 1 chocoelixir, 1 garidav wildgrass, and I'm 0 for the other rare items (most notably the Whistle Coupon). ~~

Obtaining Dune and Coastal Chocograph

Confirmed: To recieve the Dune and Coastal chocographs you must have 7 successful digs in the same praire or bush area. When I first started the game, the first thing I did was dig once in each area (3 praire and 3 bush). After that, I begain digging in La Thiene. After 6 more sucessful digs there, the next time I asked for grass the NPC gave me a Dune Chocograph.

I dug a total of 12 times, 1 highlands, 1 canyon, 1 forrest, 1 mountians, 1 marshlands, and 7 plateu.

Jugner Forest today gave me: "Silver Shark" and "Piece of Yellow Ginseng". I don't see the latter listed on this page. frameRATE

10:38, 25 July 2007 (CDT)

The effect of "Day of the Week" on possible Treasure

A few days ago i was lazy to do the mini-game, so i just obtained the grass for it. As a result next day i went to dig twice in a row. That's when i noticed the in-game "Day of the Week" might have a huge role in the possible treasures - as i obtained the very same treasures in the two digs.

Since then i do the digging only on Lightsday at Buburimu Peninsula.

So far i had 5x Cermet Chunk + Gausebit Grass, 1x Titanictus + Blue Peas and 3x fail

Maybe should find another day for better treasure ;-)

Anyway... will continue the testing for the forthcoming weeks. -- feczo

Looks alike i can prove myself being wrong. See my my user page for results -- feczo

Slight Tactics Adjustment?

Small suggestion to tactics? In every dig I've done, I've never found the VCS crate exactly on the marked spot. As a result, I never dig this spot initially. I usually head out one direction (N/S/E/W) at a time until I can hone in on general direction. Sometimes that last dig is what keeps you from a tired choco and a VCS Crate :-)

--Thearchitect 04:07, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

I've found the chest exactly on the marked spot twice, both Bush chocograph areas. In a more "difficult" area, I'd skip that dig. NanaaMihgo 10:14, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

For the record, I just found the chest exactly on the marked spot again tonight, again in Bush chocograph. NanaaMihgo 12:15, 7 February 2009 (UTC)


Just something i realized from looking at the lists. Dont you think its rather disturbing to list an item and then put 0% next to it? Either it has a chance to pop in the chest ( which would be greater than 0%) or it has not ( and should be removed from list) --User:Windwhisper 14:29, 1 September 2008 (UTC+1)

When an item is on the list but has 0% for the drop rate, it simply means that it CAN drop, but in the drops reported so far, it has not dropped yet. The reason we know it does drop at all is from people who have gotten it, but didn't catalogue their other drops, and so could not accurately update the drop rate template. Typically, it's best to wait until an item is like, 0/500 (500 is the where the drop rate will become black rather than grey, indicating a high amount of data) or so before simply removing it from the list. --Kyrie 20:20, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

08 Sep. 2008 Version update

I find more difficult to find crate in Meriphataud Mountains, first I always get a "..." to start, and then have to check NE, NW, SW, SE to find a sign of I'm getting closer. Later, I even get a "You are in the top of it", but before getting the crate my chocobo fatigues. Has someone else notice this? --Jocicuo 08:59, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Yellow Ginseng

Just got this for the first time, in Eastern Altepa. It took the place of a plant item, which kinda surprised me. I got Yellow Ginseng, Gregarious Worm, Moblinweave, and X-Potion +1. (And yes, I did update the drop rate with that. :P) --Kyrie 01:15, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

The exact same thing happened to me today in Jugner Forest. I got a chocobuck slip, a parasite worm, and yellow ginseng. I was pretty confused... I wanted to take a screenshot of the chat log but I didn't know how (PS2). Anyway, I updated the table to reflect it. O.o NanaaMihgo 10:10, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Yellow ginseng strikes again; Buburimu Peninsula this time. Yellow ginseng, cermet chunk, and chocobucks. So weird. NanaaMihgo 12:18, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Groupings for Eastern Altepa Desert

For whoever has been working on determining these, just thought I'd mention I got Wooden Flowerpot from Group 3, a Freshwater Set (and nothing from the currently confirmed Group 2 items). I'm not sure of the criteria being used to confirm a grouping though, so I didn't move Freshwater Set to Group 2. --Kyrie 20:20, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Today I got a Gregarious Worm and a Cactuar Root, so Cactuar Root may be Group 3. --Kyrie 04:49, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
Celerity Salad and Cactuar Root this time. Thinking Cactuar Root is almost certainly Group 3 now. --Kyrie 00:03, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
Saltwater Set and Chiffonier. Saltwater Set may be Group 2. --Kyrie 23:27, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Target Marker and Platinum Nugget. Target Marker may be Group 2. --Kyrie 11:23, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Got both Secretaire and Vivified Coral today, both listed under Group 3. Not yet sure which would go where though. --Ferretclaw 02:36, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Secretaire and Chocolixir today, so I'm moving Vivified Coral into Group 2. If there's any discrepancies move it back to 3 or into unknown. --Ferretclaw 23:27, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Groupings for Yhoator Jungle

Results I've seen personally. Hopefully this can help to determine what items are in which grouping. Please feel free to aid your pairings here as well! Thearchitect 00:08, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

I got 4 treasures (5 if you include the chocobuck slip) So what would the last two be in? Or is there a mysterious 4th group?

  • Dug on 4/1/2009 and received a blue peas, parasite worm, hi-either, and buffalo hide in that order.--Lord0din69 01:37, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

4 possible groupings in Eastern Altepa Desert?

Either there are multiple drops possible in each group, or there are more than just the 3 groupings. Drops i got on my last run (13/3/2009) were:

Can anybody verify this? Rikayuu 21:15, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

Obtainable Items changed over time?

I suspect that the Hot-and-Cold obtainable items list may have been ninja-adjusted by SE at some point in history. I recall obtaining Armoires on rare occasions, but haven't found any in a very long time, and I see they have been removed from the list of items here. If this is true, then other older historical percentages on results may not be accurate. --FFXI-Guppy 20:29, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Retired Chocobos

Can retired chocobos continue digging in the Hot & Cold game? I'm sure someone knows the answer to this by now, but it's not posted anywhere. --FantajiFan 15:07, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Yes, retired chocos will still come when you use a Tjn. Wildgrass as long as they are registered on your whistle (same as pre-retirement).
    --Kreutz 23:57, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Group 2+ drops

Just had a successful Valkurm dig, but the VCS Crate contained nothing but the chocobuck slip and a bunch of gysahl greens. A reminder that nothing is certain beyond the chocobucks and group 1. I was going to make a hidden note on the edit screen recording the possibility of "Nothing" to the drop list just for completeness, but there's no need as the chance of no drop can be found by adding all the group's displayed drop %s together and subtracting from 100 (e.g., in Valkurm, probability of no group 2 drop is currently 1.6%). --Kreutz 03:27, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Today a successful dig in Eastern Altep granted 1x group 1, 1x group 2, 2x group 3 items. Indicates the current group 3 could load more than one item, distorting all the drop %s because the total can go over 100%. --Kreutz 21:27, 4 June 2009 (UTC)