Chocobo gear known as 'barding' has been issued by the Grand Companies to be crafted in order to protect these avian mounts on and off the turmoils of the battlefield. A robust helm-like metal mask prevents war's debris from landing on the chocobo's beak, ensuring protecting as well as peace of mind for them. Draping on the sides of the saddle, emblazoned on fine textiles and sturdy embroidery are the emblems of the Grand Companies. These will be worn proudly by your steed within and away from the heat of battle. The emblem will be of the respective Grand Company the player pledge allegiance to.
There are currently 3 types of barding available for purchase; 3 per Grand Company and these are unique to each of them.
|The Order of the Twin Adder||The Maelstrom||The Immortal Flames|
|Gridanian Half Barding||Lominsan Half Barding||Ul'dahn Half Barding|
|Gridanian Barding||Lominsan Barding||Ul'dahn Barding|
|Gridanian Crested Barding||Lominsan Crested Barding||Ul'dahn Crested Barding|
After attaining level 10, for your companion,in any of the three skill trees, a unique set of barding armor is unlocked. All points must be put in to one tree to unlock the barding armor.
|Defender Barding||Attacker Barding||Healing Barding|
The other is the Behemoth Barding, which was a reward for purchasing the collector's edition of the game.
Black Mage Barding is obtained through the 180 Day Veteran Reward.
Starlight Barding is obtainable through the Starlight Celebration (2013) event.
|Sleipnir Barding||Behemoth Barding||Black Mage Barding||Starlight Barding|