Chocobos have always been a cute staple, mascot, and reliable mount in the Final Fantasy series. Their red variants, on the other hand, are anything but friendly.
They’re usually bloodthirsty (in Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII)…
…and have a fondness for death metal.
The latest critical engagement encounter you’ll get from this update is not a follow-up to the Warrior of Light and Darkness, but is arguably more fearsome: Red Comet the Red Chocobo. Most encounters with Red Comet usually have dozens of players in them. Said dozen usually end up wiped.
This is what you need to know. pic.twitter.com/hSKe3LAQDf
— おはお空@赤チョコボ地獄 (@OkuuTheEngineer) October 14, 2020
There are no words to describe the carnage that transpired once we engaged this bird. EVERYONE died. It was horrible. Bodies were scattered everywhere. Res achievements were received. I'm still not entirely sure what happened but it was BAD pic.twitter.com/O1dmv4h7IU
— Desperado LLC. Speculator & Spoiler Purveyor (@VirunSeptimus) October 13, 2020
Memes soon start to follow, where this portrait of a killer is the subject of fear and loathing.
ffxiv players posting about the red chocobo pic.twitter.com/bwPwsFOfbh
— haurchefant kissie indulgence ✿ (@handlesscombos) October 14, 2020
We doubt Red Comet’s critical engagement will be nerfed anytime soon. So grin and bear the meteors and the “kwek” you hear as you breathe your last. At least you won’t wipe alone.
Fun fact: legendary RPG designer & director Yasumi Matsuno helmed Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, both of which feature OP Red Chocobo fights. FFXIV’s content is mostly a tribute to Matsuno’s world of Ivalice, to the point where Matsuno himself designed the Return to Ivalice raid. Which also features red chocobos and player deaths associated with the bird. Huh.