A little while back I wrote a list called Ornithophobia, about particularly antagonistic avians you're likely to encounter in video games. As a result, I feel like I've demonized our feathered friends a little too much. I mean, sure, they're an absolute pain in Ninja Gaiden, but they've been big helps too. Sort of.

The following is a list of games that feature loyal bird companions, or those who have lent their assistance in some manner. We couldn't have beaten these games without them. Or at least, we wouldn't have received some really cryptic advice that may or may not have actually contributed to the success of the adventure in any meaningful way. But hey, at least they're helping, rather than knocking us off a precarious platform to our ninja-ey demise. I'll take some plodding drivel about the Triforce over that any day.

(As always, feel free to post your own suggestions in the comments below and I'll be sure to add 'em. Unless they're from Chrono Cross.)

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Edited by drhazard

Sparkly and Snuggly the Crows, from Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, respectively. Those neurotic little guys can't get enough crap! I think we need to stage an intervention.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I dunno about including Skyward Sword. Sure, there's a connection between Link and the bird, but the bird doesn't even have a name! Come on, Link! Name your bird!

Posted by Yummylee

Came for Borderlands. Was not disappointed.

Anywhoo as for suggestions, there's that baritone-voice eagle in LOTR: War in The North, which was about one of the only aspects that helped elevate it a little above mediocrity. Game's still kinda pants overall mind.

Posted by Mento

@drhazard: Man, those guys are basically merchants. They don't lend assistance without expecting something in return anyway. I'm also not including that giant-ass crow that gets you out of the asylum. I don't think I got far enough into Dark Souls to know what his deal was.

@mooseymcman: Yeah, my cut-off point was going to be giant birds you can fly around on so I wasn't sure whether to include that guy. You do spend like half an hour trying to break him out of a cage though, so clearly he's worth something to the plot. It's not like Skyward Sword would just waste my time with a four hour long tutorial session for no reason at all. Right?

@yummylee: I was excluding the LOTR eagles too for the reasons as above, but one actually tells you where to go in War in the North? That's interesting.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

The bird laguz from the 9th and 10th Fire Emblem games probably count, right?

Posted by Pepsiman

"I also have to wonder why someone decided that the baby chocobo should grow up to be a humanoid dimension-hopping merchant wearing a super-revealing chocobo costume."

What the hell? That's actually a thing in XIII-2? I wanna believe that that was put in for irony's sake like the infamous death metal chocobo song, but my instincts tell me that Squeenix doesn't have that same sense of humor when it comes to its character designs.

Posted by Mento

@pepsiman: You don't know about Chocolina? I recall blowing Hailinel's mind with that in some earlier thing I wrote. Sure, her backstory is buried in the DLC for XIII-2 (which means statistically around minus eight people actually saw it) but it's canon.

Posted by Slag

re: Cedric the Owl

-Kill it with fire.

re: Chocolina-

That was what my free PSN bucks went to, it was probably the most fanservicey thing I've ever seen in a videogame.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I think you just killed what little interest I had left in the Final Fantasy XIII universe (not that I needed much of a push in that regard). Thanks for saving me a few bucks!

Edited by Video_Game_King
This is all that needs to be said of Chocolina.