Hokay, so Final Fantasy 10 has some annoyingly difficult sidequests to get the party member's Sigils, to power up their Ultima Weapons. One of the more well known, and hated of them is Catcher Chocobo. Basically, you and the AI are racing. The race is short, your goal is to beat it in under 45 seconds. Simple enough really. However, to make things interesting, birds are flying at you and the AI Trainer (don't ask, just accept your fate). A lot of people think the birds are random. This is half true. There's some patterns involved, and they alternate for homing after you and the Trainer. There's also balloons for the two of you to collect. Again, a lot of people think the balloon placement is random, and again, this is half true. There are set patterns. Now, the real important part: You want to collect as many balloons as possible (depending on the setup, and your skill, the first 5-6 are essentially a freebee). Every balloon you collect will lower your final time by 3, and every bird hit, will add 3 seconds to your final time (plus you're stunned for about 2 seconds). So, for example, let's say your final time is 40 seconds, you hit 5 birds, and collected 10 balloons, your new time will be 25 seconds. Congrats, you have enough to get Tidus's Ultima Weapon. Now, to get his sigil, your final time needs to be below 0h:00m:0s
Most people who are crazy enough to go for this sidequest, will wait for post game. This playthrough, I decided to get it ASAP, and I did. Not only that, but the run where I finally did, I had a shit start (missed all the freebee balloons) but I made it up by getting 12 balloons and dodging every bird.