If you’re the kind of player who’s interested in glamour, I’m betting that probably extends to your Chocobo companion as well, and you’d prefer to give them a stylish look that complements your own attire. As soon as you unlock your combat buddy you actually have the ability to change its appearance without requiring any further quests.
The first aesthetic option is to change the colour of its feathers, which requires access to a Chocobo stable, either from a private estate, FC estate, or apartment building. The second customization is to change the barding it wears. While barding is typically a type of armour, for gameplay purposes it’s purely aesthetic and doesn’t affect your chocobo’s stats or survivability in any way.
You might also be a completionist looking to get as many of these bardings in your collection as possible. I’ve organized the bardings into categories based on how you go about obtaining them, so you can see which ones are easy to pick up, and which ones will require more time (or money) to collect.
How to View and Change Your Bardings
Head to the Companion Window under Character > Companion. Once there you’ll see three tabs: Actions, Skills, and Appearance. The appearance tab will show you the current colour of your Chocobo, as well as the barding equipped on its head, body, and legs.
Therefore, most Bardings are really a set of three pieces, and you can mix and match these pieces for your Chocobo to wear. They don’t have to be wearing a complete outfit either. You can select the currently selected piece from the list to unequip it and leave that slot empty.
Unfortunately this won’t allow you to actually see the Barding displayed on your Chocobo unless you’re outside of a city and have it summoned in front of you. The visual of your Chocobo in the Companion Window will only display the bare model in the current colour, without any barding shown.
Simply head to any area outside city walls and use a bundle of Gysahl Greens so you can play around with different Barding combinations and see them displayed on the Chocobo right in front of you.
How to Get Chocobo Bardings
If you’re curious to see how the bardings look in game, check out this post which is a pretty good quick compilation of pictures, listing them alphabetically. It’s a couple years old so it’s missing some of the newer ones, and some of its information is outdated. I’ve made sure to link to clear images of all bardings further down, and I’ll be covering how you get every barding in the different categories.
An asterisk (*) denotes a barding that can be purchased from other players on the marketboard. Keep this in mind if you would rather spend gil instead of time. There are 26 bardings you can buy and sell on the marketboard.
Of those, 22 can be crafted. 2 of the others are from loot boxes: Abigail Barding (PotD) and Red Mage Barding (Eureka Anemos). The remaining 2 are from past seasonal events: Starlight Barding (from the Starlight Celebration Seasonal Event) and Paramour Barding (from Valentione’s Day 2015).
In-Game Currency Exchange
There are tons of activities to do in FFXIV, and I guess Square Enix wants to encourage us to try them all out. There are so many items that can only be bought with a specific currency, so you’ll have to dip your toes in specific parts of the game in order to earn these items. The following bardings involve different currencies from Hunts, The Gold Saucer, Gathering, and Grand Companies.
Chocobo Raincoat (800 Gatherer’s Scrip)
Gambler Barding (20,000 MGP)
Gridanian Barding (6,000 Company Seals)
Hingan Barding (4 Veteran Clan Mark Logs = 2,000 Centurio Seals)
Ishgardian Barding (350 Centurio Seals)
Lominsan Barding (6,000 Company Seals)
Mandervillian Barding (150,000 MGP)
Ul’Dahn Barding (6,000 Company Seals)
There’s only one quest-related barding, and it’s not a full barding set either, just a head piece. This quest is the only way to let your Chocobo Companion fly, too. It’s a slightly tedious quest, but you’re probably going to want to do it anyway, otherwise your feathery friend will remain grounded.
If you spend enough time in these areas you’ll amass quite a collection of loot boxes to sit down and open up. If you’re unlucky or impatient you can buy a couple of these bardings on the marketboard.
*Abigail Barding (Trimmed Sacks from PotD)
Red Mage Barding (Anemos Lockbox from Eureka Anemos)
*Samurai Barding (Heat-warped Lockbox from Eureka Pyros)
FATEs and FATE Tokens
Grab some friends or join a party finder group to grind out the Shared FATEs in the Shadowbringers zones. For the other bardings, the FATEs are kind of rare so keep an eye on the appropriate server linkshells for callouts. I often see callouts like these in the same linkshells people use for The Hunt A and S ranks.
Ala Mhigan Barding (‘Rattle and Humbaba’ FATE in The Peaks)
Dancer Barding (350 Bicolour Gemstones [Rank 3 in all Shared FATE zones])
Deepshadow Barding (350 Bicolour Gemstones [Rank 3 in Lakeland Shared FATEs])
Ishgardian Half Barding (‘Vedrfolnir Devoteth’ FATE in The Churning Mists)
Ixion Barding (5 Ixion Horns from ‘A Horse Outside’ FATE in The Lochs)
Sleipnir Barding (5 Odin’s Mantle from ‘Steel Reign’ in The Black Shroud zones)
This is a one-off, but there is a barding that drops directly from a duty in the Hildibrand quest line.
Yojimbo Barding (Kugane Ohashi)
Chocobo Skill Tree
These are super simple to get, they just take time because your Chocobo Companion needs to level up. Getting enough skill points to max out a single tree can take a decent amount of grinding, so just keep at it and take advantage of the companion tasks in the Challenge Log each week.
Dragoon Barding (Maxed Attacker skill tree)
Paladin Barding (Maxed Defender skill tree)
White Mage Barding (Maxed Healer skill tree)
These bardings used to be veteran rewards, but are now available to buy with achievement certificates from Jonathas <Master of the Rolls> in Gridania.
Barding of Light (3 achievement certificates)
Black Mage Barding (3 achievement certificates)
Wild Rose Barding (3 achievement certificates)
You (or I guess your Chocobo Companion) will be rewarded for certain feats you accomplish. Check out your Achievements window to track your progress on these bardings.
Race Barding (Ride to the Challenge I – Complete the first 15 Chocobo Challenge races)
Plumed Barding (Breaking Bo – Train another player’s chocobo 30 times) Head slot only
Sovereign Barding (Leaving a Good Impression IV – 300 player commendations) Head slot only
Extreme Trial (Token Exchange)
I don’t know why this particular barding is different from the rest of the Extreme Trial bardings, but you need to earn enough tokens from the fight and then purchase it.
Round Table Barding (15 Heaven’s Ward’s Helm Fragments from The Minstrel’s Ballad: Thordan’s Reign)
Extreme Trial (Crafted From Drops)
If you’re lucky enough to see the crafting material drop after the fight, and lucky enough to win the roll, you can craft a barding set in the theme of the boss you just fought. All of these are sellable on the marketboard so you can probably find one there if you don’t craft.
*Blissful Barding (Lakshimi EX)
*Byakko Barding (Byakko EX)
*Expanse Barding (Bismarck EX)
*Hades Barding (Hades EX)
*Hive Barding (Ravana EX)
*Horde Barding (Nidhogg EX)
*Ice Barding (Shiva EX)
*Innocence Barding (Innocence EX)
*Levin Barding (Ramuh EX)
*Lunar Barding (Tsukuyomi EX)
*Reveler’s Barding (Susano EX)
*Ruby Barding (Ruby Weapon EX)
*Seiryu Barding (Seiryu EX)
*Sephirotic Barding (Sephirot EX)
*Shinryu Barding (Shinryu EX)
*Sophic Barding (Sophia EX)
*Suzaku Barding (Suzaku EX)
*Tidal Barding (Leviathan EX)
*Titania Barding (Titania EX)
*Zurvanite Barding (Zurvan EX)
There are a couple of low level crafting recipes that let you make your very own barding.
*Highland Barding (Level 40 Leatherworker using Blue Fox Hide – Treasure Hunt Drop)
*Orthodox Barding (Level 56 Weaver)
These are (mostly) no longer obtainable, but here are some bardings from past seasonal events. I’m not sure why, but a couple of these are still tradeable on the marketboard.
Egg Harness (Hatching-tide 2014) Head slot only
Egg Hunter Barding (Hatching-tide 2016)
Eerie Barding (All-Saints’ Wake 2014)
Noble Barding (Hairstyle Contest 2015/FanFest 2016)
*Paramour Barding (Valentione’s 2015)
Saintly Barding (Starlight Celebration 2019)
*Starlight Barding (Starlight Celebration)
These bardings are available for real money. Head to the Mog Station for most of these if you’re interested in them.
Angelic Barding (Mog Station)
Behemoth Barding (Collector’s Edition)
Butlery Barding (Mog Station)
Demonic Barding (Mog Station)
Far Eastern Barding (Mog Station)
Nezha Barding (Mog Station)
While there are some chocobo bardings that are locked behind Mog Station purchases or limited-time events, the majority are always available, and some are really quite simple to go pick up. There are so many styles that I’m sure there’s something in here for everybody, too. And of course, they’re always adding new bardings when they release new trials, seasonal events, and other content.
Being able to mix and match different barding pieces as well as chocobo colour gives you a lot of power to customize your companion to your personal tastes. So, which barding do you like the most? And what colour chocobo do you think it goes best with? Let me know in the comments.