||ニワトリス (Niwatorisu, lit. Chickentrice)
The Dodo is an enemy appearing in Chrono Cross. Strangely resembling an over-sized stork, Dodos have white-colored feathers covering the most part of their bodies. The only exceptions are their head feathers, which are red, and their wing feathers, which are green and orange. Dodos possess large beaks and balance precariously on a pair of long, skinny legs. Dodos can be found in Fossil Valley in both worlds and the Shadow Forest in Another World, and can be formidable foes to behold. Dodos can be trapped in the Forget-Me-Not Pot and added to the pool of Doppelgangs performed by Sprigg.
It is worth noting that the male Dodo varies in terms of stats, drops and steals depending on whether the player is in Home World or Another World. The female Dodo is the same in both worlds.
Battle and Strategy
Dodos usually appear alone, in pairs or with a couple of Drongos. They will, however, appear alongside Bulbs and Cuscuses, though on more infrequent occasions. A Dodo in Another World guards the Big Egg, a Key Item required to recruit Draggy. Dodos attack by pecking with their beaks, smacking with their wings, or even by kicking with their feet. These very physical attacks alone are able to inflict fairly heavy damage onto characters with low defenses, so caution should be exercised. It is strongly advised, if at all possible, not to cast any elements on Dodos in battle. Doing so will enrage them, causing them to activate their powerful Peck personal tech, which is capable of inflicting heavy amounts of damage. When the field color is completely White, Dodos will cast the ☆Unicorn summoning element, and as such, it would be sound to set out the ↓Unicorn trap as soon as possible.
The dodo was a flightless bird endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. They became extinct in 1681, due to being killed by hungry sailors or their domesticated animals. The name of the Dodo enemy thus makes sense, as it mainly resides in Fossil Valley, a location where Draggy's mother passed away eons before the events of the game, supposedly marking the end of her kind.
The Japanese name of the Dodo, Niwatorisu, is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ニワトリ (niwatori, chicken) and コカトリス (kokatorisu, cockatrice). This could be a play on the fact that a Dodo is known to care for an egg that does not belong to it (specifically Draggy's), implying that like real-life hens, Dodos are motherly and homely.