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    Sonic Adventure 2: BATTLE
    Nintendo Gamecube
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    FAQ / Walkthrough written by Thunder Dragon.
    
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    v.1.3 - The Kart Racing and 2P Battle sections have been completed, and 
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    Contents
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    1. The Basics
       -characters and stage types
       -mission objectives
       -bonus points
       -items and objects
       -the enemies
       -character upgrades
       -the emblems
       -secrets and cheats
       -differences from the DC version
    2. Walkthrough: Hero Side Story
       -City Escape
       -Boss: Big Foot
       -Wild Canyon
       -Boss: Eggman
       -Prison Lane
       -Metal Harbor
       -Boss: Shadow
       -Green Forest
       -Pumpkin Hill
       -Mission Street
       -Aquatic Mine
       -Route 101
       -Hidden Base
       -Pyramid Cave
       -Death Chamber
       -Boss: King Boom Boo
       -Boss: Egg Golem
       -Eternal Engine
       -Meteor Herd
       -Boss: Rouge
       -Crazy Gadget
       -Boss: Eggman
       -Final Rush
       -Boss: Shadow
    3. Walkthrough: Dark Side Story
       -Iron Gate
       -Boss: Hot Shot
       -Dry Lagoon
       -Sand Ocean
       -Radical Highway
       -Egg Quarters
       -Lost Colony
       -Weapons Bed
       -Boss: Tails
       -Security Hall
       -Boss: Flying Dog
       -White Jungle
       -Boss: Sonic
       -Route 280
       -Sky Rail
       -Boss: Egg Golem
       -Mad Space
       -Boss: Knuckles
       -Cosmic Wall
       -Boss: Tails
       -Final Chase
       -Boss: Sonic
    4. Walkthrough: Last Episode
       -Cannon's Core
       -Boss: The Biolizard
       -Boss: The Finalhazard
       -Extra Stage
    5. Kart Racing
       -The Basics
       -The Tracks
       -The Karts
    6. 2P Battle
       -Action Race Battle
       -Treasure Hunt Race
       -Shooting Battle
       -Other Modes
    7. Chao
       -Coming soon...
    8. Closing
       -Contact Thunder Dragon
       -Special Thanks
       -The End.
    
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    1. The Basics.
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    Characters and stage types
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    ACTION RACE
    Hero Character: Sonic
    Dark Character: Shadow
    These stages are basicly 3D recreations of the classic Sonic-type 
    games.  Of course, Sonic has new moves, such as homing attack, and 
    more.  Shadow shares the same moves as Sonic, as do all the hero/dark 
    counterparts.  You can earn bonus points by doing trick manuevers, more 
    on that in the walkthrough.
    
    Moves:
    
    Homing Dash - press A while in the air to perform the homing attack.  
    You will dash straight at the nearest enemy, destroying it. It can be 
    used immediately once more after bouncing off the detroyed enemy.  The 
    more enemies destroyed with this attack without touching the ground, 
    the more bonus points you earn.
    
    Somersault - press B on the ground to perform the somersault.  This can 
    be used to break boxes,destroy enemies, etc.
    
    Spindash - hold B to charge up, then release to get an enourmous burst 
    of speed.
    
    Rail Grind - Jump on any rail to grind down it.  Use the control stick 
    to center yourself, and hold B to grind down faster.  At the end of 
    many grinds, you can jump off and score a bonus.
    
    Light Dash - this is accessable once you aquire the light/air shoes.  
    Press B near a path of rings to dash across it at light speed.
    
    Light Attack - this is accessable once you find the ancient light 
    upgrade. To do the light attack, you must first hold B to charge up a 
    spindash.  After charging up, Sonic/Shadow will stand up and be able to 
    move with the light attack charged up, as long as you are still holding 
    B.  Once you are near an enemy, release B to destroy all enemies in the 
    area with a dash of light.  Bonus points are awarded.
    
    Bounce Attack - this is accessable only to Sonic after obtaining the 
    bounce bracelet.  Press B in the air to bounce, and keep pressing be to 
    bounce higher. (this is a lot like the bubble sheild way back in the 
    days of Sonic 3)  This is great for reaching  high places, as well as 
    earning a ridiculous amount of bonus points.  As long as you are 
    bouncing, you can destroy many 
    enemies, and you'll be rewarded the points once you stop bouncing.
    
    Magic Hands - a move accessable only with Sonic after he has found the 
    magic gloves.  Press Y to switch Sonic's action to Magic Hands, and 
    press B anywhere nearby an enemy to destroy it.  Not only will it be 
    destroyed, but it will be turned into a ball in Sonic's hands that he 
    can throw at other enemies with B.
    
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    HUNTING
    Hero Character: Knuckles
    Dark Character: Rouge
    These stages can be quite annoying, especially to beginners.  The 
    object is to find 3 chaos emeralds, using the help of your radar.  
    However, the emeralds are randomly placed, and the radar may not always 
    help.  To earn lots of bonus points, you must quickly find an emerald 
    without using the help of any of the hint-giving monitors.
    
    To use the radar:
    Look at the emerald icon at the bottom of the screen.  As you search 
    around, it will start flashing colors.  The first color it will flash 
    is green, meaning it should be around this area somewhere.  As you get 
    closer, it will flash yellow, and when you are really close, it will 
    start flashing red.  When the emerald is right in front of you, a "!" 
    will appear over your character.
    
    If you are stumped on finding the emerald, you may check any of the 
    monitors around the stage by pressing B near them, but remember, it 
    subtracts the points you earn ro finding the emerald.
    
    Moves:
    
    Glide - Hold A while in the air to glide through the air.  You can 
    destroy any enemy you crash into.
    
    Drill Claw/Drive - Press B while gliding.  Use it to destroy enemies or 
    dig into the ground if you possess the digging tool.
    
    Punch/Kick - press B to attack.  Press it repeatedly to fire many blows 
    simoutainiously.  The final blow will be an uppercut.  This may be used 
    to destroy boxes and enemies.
    
    Screw Attack - rotate the control pad, then press B to do an uppercut.  
    This reaches higher than a normal jump.
    
    Climb - simply jump or glide onto a wall, and you can climb it.  Press 
    B to dig into the wall, if you posess a digging tool.  Not all walls 
    can be dug into, however.
    
    Swim - in water, press B to swim down, and A to swim up.  Don't stay in 
    too long, or else you will drown.
    
    Sunglasses/Treasure Scope - you must find the respective upgrade first.  
    Press Y until the option appears, then press B to turn it on.  You will 
    be able to see items that you couldn't see before.  Jump to deactivate 
    it.  This is required for hard mode.
    
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    SHOOTING
    Hero Character: Tails
    Dark Character: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman
    Not quite what you'd think of as a Sonic game: They aren't insanely 
    fast, and your health relies on a health bar, rather than purely rings.  
    In shooting stages, you pilot a big, clumsy mech, and are able lock on 
    to many enemies at once, then fire.  The more enemies you destroy at 
    once, the more bonus points you earn.
    
    Moves:
    
    Hover - Hold A while in the air to hover long distances, or descend 
    slowly.  You must possess the jet engine, however.
    
    Lock on and Fire - Hold B to lock on.  Aim the lock on ray to the 
    enemies you wish the blow to pieces, then release the B button to fire.  
    The more enemies you lock on to, the more bonus points you earn.  But 
    remember, you can only hold the lock on ray for so long until it 
    dissapears and you lose your targets.
    
    Volcan Cannon - Press B to fire single shots to destroy containers.
    
    Punch - Press B when close up to an enemy to punch it.
    
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    KART RACING
    Hero Character: Tails
    Dark Character: Rouge
    There are only 2 of these driving levels in the game.  You must reach a 
    destination before time runs out.  You get extended time for every 
    checkpoint you pass.  After clearing these levels, the Kart Race mini 
    game becomes available.
    
    Controls:
    Hold A to accelerate.
    Press B to brake.
    Press Y to get a speed boost*
    
    *speed boosts are accessable every time you collect 20 rings.
    
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    Mission objectives
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    All normal stages have the same mission types.
    
    Mission 1:  Simply comlete the stage as normal - get to the goal ring, 
    find the emeralds, whatever.  If you wish to score an A, try earning a 
    lot of points.
    
    Mission 2:  Collect 100 Rings.  For an A, do it as quickly as possible.  
    If you don't have 100 rings by the end of the level, a back ring will 
    replace the goal ring. For Knux and Rouge, a back ring will appear at 
    the beginning if you get hit.  
    
    Mission 3:  Find the lost Chao.  Mystic Melody is REQUIRED, because the 
    Chao is usually fould behind the secret path of an ancient shrine.  For 
    an A, find the little chao quickly as possible.
    
    Mission 4:  Complete the stage with a time limit.  Besides the time 
    limit, this is similar to the first mission.  High score is the key to 
    an A rank.
    
    Mission 5:  Clear Hard Mode - more, tougher enemies, and slight 
    structure changes to make the level more difficult.  Get an A by 
    scoring lots of points.
    
    
    The two Kart Racing stages, however, have different objectives.  All 
    rely on time for an A rank.  The Kart Racing Objectives are as 
    followed:
    
    Mission 1:  Chase either the president's limo (hero) or Tails (dark) 
    before time runs out.  They are always at the level's end.
    
    Mission 2:  Collect 100 Rings.  Baloons contain random amounts of 
    rings.
    
    Mission 3:  Don't hit or get hit by other cars.
    
    Mission 4:  Don't hit the walls.
    
    Mission 5:  Hard mode - Less time, and more traffic to slow you down.
    
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    Bonus Points
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    All characters get the same bonuses for destroying multiple enemies.  
    You will see one of these bonus' in the top left corner of the screen:
    Good: 100pts, 2 enemies.
    Nice: 200pts, 3 enemies.
    Great: 300pts, 4 enemies.
    Jammin: 400pts, 5 enemies.
    Cool: 500pts, 6 enemies.
    Radical: 600pts, 7 enemies.
    Tight: 800pts, 8 enemies.
    Awesome: 1000pts, 9 enemies.
    Extreme: 1500pts, 10 enemies.
    Perfect: 2000pts, 11+ enemies.
    
    Hunting scoring:
    
    No hints:
    Perfect, 2000:  find the emerald in under 60sec.
    Awesome, 1000:  find the emerald in over 60sec.
    
    1 hint:
    Extreme, 1500:  find the emerald in under 60sec.
    Tight, 800:  find the emerald in over 60sec.
    
    2 hints:
    Radical, 600:  find the emerald in under 60sec.
    Radical, 600:  find the emerald in over 60sec.
    
    3 hints:
    Jammin, 400:  find the emerald in under 60sec.
    Jammin, 400:  find the emerald in over 60sec.
    
    Shooting scoring is dependant completely on enemies.  Action Race 
    Scoring will be explained in the walkthrough, because each stage has 
    its own way of perfoming trick manuevers.
    
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    Items and objects
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    Rings - anyone who's ever played a Sonic game should know what these 
    do.  Rings serve many purposes.  They serve as sort of a defense; if 
    you get hurt, you will lose all the rings you have collected, but are 
    able to pick some back up, 20 is the most you can pick back up after 
    getting hit.  If you are hit with no rings, you die.  Rings can also be 
    used as a form of currency in the Chao World.  And finally, as all 
    coin-like collectables in just about all platforms do, collecting 100 
    rings gives you an extra life.  Rings are worth 10 points each.
    
    Chaos Drives - these come out of the robots that you destroy.  Collect 
    them and feed them to your Chao.  They come in 5 different colors, more 
    on this in the Chao section of the FAQ.  10pts.
    
    Small Animals - these can be found wandering around the stage in 
    various places.  Collect them and give them to your Chao.  Their are 21 
    animal types, more on this in the Chao section.
    
    (You can hold up to 10 animals/chaos drives at once until you release 
    them into the Chao Garden.  The hero and dark sides hold a separate 
    inventory of animals/chaos drives.)
    
    ITEM BOXES:
    5 Rings - you get 5 rings, 50pts.
    10 Rings - you get 10 rings, 100pts.
    20 Rings - you get 20 rings, 200pts.
    Sheild - protects you from one blow, 200pts.
    Magna Sheild - protects you and magnetizes rings, 200pts.
    Extra Life - gives you an extra life, 200pts.
    Power Sneakers - Temporary speed boost, 200pts.
    Bomb - destroys all nearby enemies, 200pts. + enemies' pts.
    Health Pack - shooters only, fully recovers health bar, 200pts.
    
    Baloons - these big, red baloons are pretty much the same thing as item 
    boxes, they have the same contents, just a different appearence.  
    Unlike item boxes, you cannot see what item is inside until you pop it.
    
    Lamp Posts/Checkpoints - run through them to activate.  If active when 
    you die, you will end up straight back to the checkpoint.  Also, you 
    can get item box items if you run through with a certain amount if 
    rings:
    20+ rings - 5 rings.
    40+ rings - 10 rings.
    50+ rings - 20 rings.
    80+ rings - Power Sneakers.
    90+ rings - Sheild*
    *If you have more than 90 rings as well as a sheild, you will get a 
    magna sheild.
    
    Chao Crate - 3 of these are hidden in each stage.  The first one 
    contains a key to Chao Garden, the second contains 5 random small 
    animals, and the 3rd contains one special small animal. (Dragon, 
    Unicorn, Pheonix, Skelliton Dog or Half-fish)  You get these items in 
    the order in which you get the Chao Crates, not in order of the 
    placement of the Chao Crates.
    
    Various Objects:
    
    Omochao - the mechanical Chao who tells you basic info on the game.
    
    Pick-up stuff - various objects in the game can be picked up, such as 
    wheels, skulls, Omochao and more.  Press B near one to pick it up.  
    While standing, press B to put it down.  While moving, press B to throw 
    it.  These items aren't really needed to complete missions, but it is 
    fun to bust enemies with 'em.
    
    Pipes - press B near one of the small, grey pipes to whistle, a small 
    animal will come out.
    
    Spring Boards - these bounce you higher.
    
    Bumpers - these are similar to springboards, only homing in at them 
    will make you bounce even higher.
    
    Propeller springs - homing dash these with Shadow to cause the 
    propeller to fly up higher, and you to bounce off.  These only go up to 
    a certain height, maked with a red circle.  They go down while you are 
    not dashing them.
    
    Pulley - grab hold of the hook to ride it up/down.
    
    Rockets - ride these to areas you normally can't reach.
    
    Missiles - step on the green launch pad button to fire a missile to 
    break walls.
    
    Dash Panel - increases your running speed.
    
    Jump Panel - dashes you into the air.
    
    Switch - now white with a star on it, press it to open doors, etc.
    
    Time Switch - the clock switches stop time for a few seconds.
    
    Gravity Switch - press B when near one to change the gravity into the 
    direction of the arrow on it.
    
    Hourglass - flip it to open a door.  The door closes when the time on 
    the hourglass has run out.
    
    Ancient Shrine - looks like a mini emerald shrine.  If you possess the 
    mystic melody, press B near one to open a new path, often leading to 
    that stage's lost Chao.
    
    Goal Ring - this marks the end of a stage.
    
    Back Ring - on missions 2 & 3, this replaces the goal ring.  Go into it 
    to restart the stage from the very beginning with everything restored, 
    only you will keep your rings, time, and score.
    
    Containers:
    
    Wood Box - these can easily be broken with an attack.
    
    Steel Box - these can only be broken with an upgrade.
    
    Black Box - these cannot be destroyed.
    
    Cage - these can be broken with bombs or missiles.
    
    Other breakable stuff - while not all of it may be containers, other 
    various objects can be broken in the same fasion.
    
    Hazards:
    
    Weight - Giant black crushers with flashing red light.  You can stand 
    on top of it, but don't go under it, unless you wish to be gushed 
    flatter than a pancake.
    
    Spike Ball - Some can be found alone, and some can be found attached to 
    a spinning bar.  They are indestructable.
    
    Spikes - you know not to touch these... or DO you?
    
    Tourches - come on, it's FIRE!
    
    Skull Statues - they blow fire in the direction that they face.
    
    Quicksand - you fall in, you die.  However, only Sonic can get out if 
    you top the A button repeatedly.
    
    Laser Beams - These are often blocking your way.  Watch out for moving 
    ones.  Time switches can temporarily turn them off.
    
    Electric Field - don't run into it. 'nuff said.
    
    Meteor - In space levels, these firey balls of rock will either be 
    floating around, or they fall from the sky and squash you.
    
    Dynamite - This is for shooters only.  Sometimes it can help get things 
    out of your way, but it can also hurt you by blowing up pieces of the 
    stage you need to get across, or squishing you with a collapsed wall.
    
    Chemical Container - Also for shooters only, these are found on Space 
    Station ARK.  Shooting them will cause a huge explosion that will shake 
    the ground.  Try to stay away from shooting these.
    
    Acid - while most just make you lose rings, some mean instant death, so 
    avoid it at all costs.
    
    Acid Lock - a wall of acid with a lock that can only be broken with a 
    missile.  At all costs, don't touch it, as it means instant death, no 
    matter what.
    
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    The Enemies
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    GUN ROBOTS: (these contain chaos drives)
    
    Hunter - the most common robot in the game.  They basicly just swoop 
    down and then shoot stuff at you. 100pts.
    
    Shield Hunter - this variety of hunter can only be attacked when their 
    sheild is down, specificaly when they are shooting.  Sonic and Shadow 
    can somersault to destroy them.  100pts.
    
    Beetle - this hovering bot is also a very common enemy.  Most are 
    helpless, and are used just as homing attack targets to get to farther 
    areas.  However, some are armed with guns or bombs, and some have 
    electric sheilds that suddenly pop up while homing in at them.  100pts.
    
    Spring Beetle - a rarer variety of beetle, this one doesn't attack, it 
    just sits there to be bounced off of. 100pts.
    
    Wing Beetle - a tougher variety of beetle with glowing red lights, and 
    the ability to fly around and shoot.  They are difficult to hit, as 
    they move very quickly.  500pts.
    
    Gold Beetle - one of these is hidden in each stage.  It will quickly 
    appear, then dissapear. Destroying it will help you earn an A rank in 
    score based missions.  1000pts.
    
    Hawk - an aireal bot with huge jet engines.  They like to attack by 
    surprise with a barrage of firepower. 200pts.
    
    Sky Hawk - the winged hawk that quickly flies by and shoots at you.  
    Like the Wing Beetle, hitting this may be a little difficult. 500pts.
    
    Rhino - a short to the ground tank bot that will charge at you.  
    100pts.
    
    Spiked Rhino - due to obvious reasons, this rhino should only be 
    attacked from the bottom.  100pts.
    
    Metal Rhino - this large metal box bot is virtually indestructable - 
    none of your attacks will hurt it.  Only bomb items can destroy it.  
    100pts.
    
    Rhino Cannon - this rhino doesn't charge like the others, instead, it 
    shoots bombs.  Try picking up the bomb, and throwing it back at him. 
    100pts.
    
    Hornet - a robot carrying a large load of bombs.  They will fire the 
    bombs at you, and they will home straight at you.  After frining, they 
    pretty much just float around and do nothing.  Hornets with 3 bombs are 
    worth 100pts, hornets with 6 bombs are worth 200 pts, and hornets with 
    9 bombs are worth 300pts.  But that's not all - with Tails and Eggman, 
    you can lock onto each individual bomb for a ridiculous amount of bonus 
    points.
    
    Pheonix - a rarer variety of hornet, this type is colored red.  They 
    seem to fire quicker. 100pts.
    
    Laser Hornet - this hornet fires a load of lasers rather than bombs.  
    It can also attack more than once.  100pts.
    
    Eagle Fighter - these are the huge jets that zoom across the sky and 
    drop bombs.  You can hear them coming, so stay clear.  It is possible 
    to destroy them, but it is quite difficult. 500pts.
    
    Artificial Chaos - described by Omochao as "robots that look like 
    research projects," this blue blob has offically been proven as the 
    most annoying enemy in the entire game.  Not only do they fire lasers, 
    they also are able to extend their blob portion of their bodies into 
    deadly tenticles, reaching great distances in many directions.  Also, 
    in various shooter stages, they hide their head in their indestructable 
    blob body, and only come out for a split second to attack.  The best 
    strategy for defeating this "P1 Type" is to constantly fire at it until 
    it lifts its head.  Attacking the head is the only way to put the 
    Artificial Chaos out of their misery.  200pts.
    
    Artificial Chaos Guard Type - only seeming to appear in Sonic's stages, 
    this blob will break into several explosive cells as soon as it sees 
    him.  In order to destroy the army of cells, you must destroy the 
    floating head. Homing attack is useless against it, because you will 
    aim for the cells, and perhaps have them explode in your face.  To 
    defeat it, use the bounce attack to bounce through the cells, then 
    bounce on the head to destroy it.  You could also use the spindash to 
    bust through the cells to earn lots of points, however there is the 
    risk of being blown up by them.  Cells are 10pts each, the head is 
    200pts.
    
    Gyro - These green spinning things float around, doing absolutely 
    nothing. Gold Gyros can be locked onto by Eggman twice. 20pts.
    
    Energy Control Cannon - Found in Eternal Engine and Cannon's Core, the 
    cannons themselves cannot be destroyed, however, its projectiles can 
    be. 
    
    EGGMAN'S ROBOTS: (these contain small animals)
    
    Gola - a classic enemy that dates way back to Sonic 2, it is the red 
    ball surrounded by flames.  Attack in the middle red ball to destroy 
    it. 100pts.
    
    Unidus - the spike ball version of Gola, as seen in Sonic 3.  The 
    center ball is still the place to attack, however, the spikeballs 
    surround Unidus in all directions, so be carefull.  100pts.
    
    Kiki - the monkey also known as Coconuts returns, and as always, he 
    throws bombs.  Like the Rhino Cannon, his bombs can be picked up and 
    thrown back at him or at cages.  You don't have to worry about the bomb 
    exploding while holding it. 100pts.
    
    E-1000 - this Eggrobo-like robot is quite tough.  He fires at you quite 
    quickly, in all directions.  200pts.
    
    Egg Beetle - this indestructable annoyance patrols the Egg Quarters in 
    search of intruders to blast.  When the screen in glowing green, that 
    means he is nearby.  When the screen turns red, and you hear beeping, 
    that means he has sighted you, and is about to blast you.  His laser 
    blasts are impossable to avoid, however, you can get out of his sight 
    by hiding in the shadows.
    
    Buzz Bomber - one of the first Sonic enemies ever, these bees fly 
    around and shoot projectiles at you once you are in sight. 100pts.
    
    Pihrana - These fish jump out of the water in a poor attempt to bite 
    you. But when they do, it hurts. 100pts.
    
    GHOSTS: (these contain nothing)
    
    Ghost:  what a worthless, annoying thing.  It just simply grabs you or 
    jumps out at you, thus wasting your time. 0pts.
    
    Attack Boo:  this kind can hurt you, at least... simply don't let it 
    touch you, and attack it as normal. 100pts.
    
    Boom Boo:  this is a HUGE ghost with a stitched mouth.  Each time you 
    attack it, it will shrink smaller.  It will take 3 hits to shrink into 
    nothing, and then you will be rewarded 300pts.
    
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    Character Upgrades
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    SONIC'S UPGRADES
    
    Light Shoes - this upgrade enables Sonic to use the mystic melody.  The 
    stage is Metal Harbor.  After the 1st checkpoint, you'll get to an area 
    where you homing dash over a bunch of Beetles to get to the next ground 
    area.  From there, you'll see a pulley, take it up and get the light 
    shoes.
    
    Bounce Bracelet - this enables Sonic to use the bounce attack. The 
    bracelet is in plain sight on the main path of Pyramid Cave.
    
    Flame Ring - this alows Sonic to break metal boxes.  This can be found 
    in Crazy Gadget.  Pass the 4th checkpoint and the long tube and the 
    three Artifical Chaos.  Reverse the gravity to normal with the switch, 
    then go backward to a spring.  The ring will be up there.
    
    Ancient Light - this enables Sonic to use the light attack.  In Green 
    Forest, it is located just before the 2nd checkpoint.  Before entering 
    the tree tunnel the the lamp posts, go the the lower right area of the 
    ledge you are on.  You'll spot a bombing beetle, homing attack it, then 
    homing attack the 5 rings box, then use another homing attack to get an 
    extra life.  You will now be on the platform with the ancient light.
    
    Magic Gloves - this allows Sonic to use the Magic Hands feature.  In 
    city escape, after the part where you run down the building, you may 
    notice a few metal boxes in the ground.  Make sure you have the flame 
    ring and bounce bracelet, then bounce through the boxes to the room 
    with the gloves.
    
    Mystic Melody - this allows Sonic to access ancient shrines.  In Final 
    Rush, just after the 6th checkpoint, grind slowly down the pipe.  
    You'll spot two platforms, jump on one of them.  Take the rocket, which 
    leads to a platform with an extra life.  Now, look around, and you'll 
    see another platform, with an animal and a spring on it.  Spring up to 
    another path, and follow it until you come to the upgrade.
    
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    KNUX'S UPGRADES
    
    Shovel Claw - this upgrade enables Knuckles to dig.  It is located in 
    Pumpkin Hill, right in front of the beginning.
    
    Hammer Gloves - this allowes Knuckles to break steel boxes.  Located in 
    Death Chamber, go straight foward through the door.  Break the wooden 
    boxes and youíll see it.
    
    Air Necklace - to get the underwater breathing device, go to Aquatic 
    Mine.  Set the water depth to 3 with the switch at the very top room.  
    Now, find the shaft with the Caution sign.  Go down it.  If you see a 
    spring, youíre in the right place.  Now, follow the path, and hurry 
    through the underwater area until you reach the end with the necklace.
    
    Sunglasses - enables Knuckles to see hidden items.  Find them at Meteor 
    Herd.  Near the central tower, find the floating platform with a 
    punchable meteor on it.  Try punching the meteor into the door with a 
    red - on it.  If you did it right, the door will be open, and youíll 
    find a steel box inside.  Punch it open with your hammer gloves to 
    reveal a switch, which opens the floor in the central tower.  Go into 
    the tower, and fall into the floor.  Donít worry about the magma, as 
    you float right over it.  Find the lowest platform, and the upgrade 
    will be right there.
    
    Mystic Melody - enables Knuckles to activate ancient shrines.  Find it 
    in wild canyon.  Make your way to the lonely statue area, and climb 
    above the statue.  Youíll see a painting now.  Dig into the center to 
    find the upgrade.
    
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    TAILSíS UPGRADES
    
    Booster - allows Tails to hover.  Find it in Mission Street, just after 
    you ride down the collapsed road.  Walk straight along the road, and at 
    the end, go to the left and grab the booster.
    
    Bazooka - allows Tails to bust metal boxes.  It is located in Eternal 
    Engine.  After the 4th checkpoint, youíll get to a bridge with a switch 
    at the end.  If you blow up the bridge, donít worry, the same switch is 
    available below.  Throw the switch, then get up to the door it opened.  
    The upgrade is in there.
    
    Laser Blaster - this makes the explosions of your bazooka larger, so 
    they destroy all nearby enemies.  Find it at the very end of Prison 
    Lane.  Destroy all the enemies in the room to make sure the jail door 
    in the back opens.  Bust the metal boxes, and the Hunters, and the 
    upgrade is right there.
    
    Mystic Melody - this allows Tails to activate ancient shrines.  The 
    place is Hidden Base.  At some point after the 1st checkpoint, youíll 
    take a pully up to an area where you are completely surrounded by 
    Kikiís.  After you pass that area, go to the lower route, and bust open 
    4 steel boxes, revealing a room with the upgrade in it.
    
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    EGGMAN'S UPGRADES
    
    Jet Engine - this enables Robotnik's mech to hover.  The upgrade is 
    located in Lost Colony.  After you pass the 1st Checkpoint, you'll get 
    to the looping room.  Make your way to the upper floor using the black 
    boxes, and you'll find the upgrade around here.
    
    Large Cannon - allows Robotnik to break steel boxes.  The location is 
    Weapons Bed.  On the left side hangar of the beginning, blow up the 
    dynamite on the doors.  A small room with the upgrade is revealed.
    
    Laser Blaster - increases the explosion size of Robotnik's Large 
    Cannon.  Find it at Iron Gate.  Just after the 2nd checkpoint, blow up 
    the large tanks and the steel boxes to reaveal a path to the upgrade.
    
    Protection Armor - this increases Robuttnik's defense and health meter.  
    In Cosmic Wall, just before Checkpoint #3, when you are falling through 
    a room with many platforms, be sure to land on the one that has the 
    missile.  Launch it, and proceed to the platform that it went to.  The 
    upgrade is there, right under another platform.
    
    Mystic Melody - enables Robotnik to activate ancient shrines.  In Sand 
    Ocean, on the first spinning platform, wait for the edge you are on to 
    be facing west.  Hover to the platform over the quicksand, and get the 
    upgrade.
    
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    ROUGE'S UPGRADES
    
    Pick Nails - this allows Rouge to dig.  Find it at Egg Quarters.  When 
    you get to the egg fish chamber, launch the missile to break the cages 
    blocking a room.  Go in that room, and find the upgrade behind the 
    weight.
    
    Iron Boots - allows Rouge to break steel boxes.  In Mad Space, go to 
    the spherical planet (the only rocket available is the one that takes 
    you here) and find the boots in the center blue building.
    
    Mystic Melody - enables Rouge to activate ancient shrines.  In Dry 
    Lagoon, find the painting under one of the ledges in the small Oasis.  
    Dig into it and find the upgrade.
    
    Treasure Scope - allows Rouge to see things she couldn't see before.  
    The upgrade can be found in Security Hall.  From the beginning, take 
    the east path, and follow it until you get to the large air 
    conditioner.  Climb up the wall, and find the ancient shrine on the 
    ledge.  Activate it, and platforms will appear, leading to a room 
    blocked by metal boxes.  Break the boxes with the iron boots and go in 
    to find Rouge's last upgrade.
    
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    SHADOW'S UPGRADES
    
    Air Shoes - this allows Shadow to use the Light Dash.  The location is 
    White Jungle.  Some time after the 3rd checkpoint, you'll make it to an 
    area with a path of rings suspending over a cliff.  To the right, 
    you'll see a wood box.  Break it, then fall to the upgrade.
    
    Flame Ring - this allows Shadow to break steel containers.  Located at 
    Radical Highway, pretty early in the stage.  After you take the pully 
    then spring up to the higher road, you'll notice a large, spinning drum 
    to the left.  Somersault under it, then light dash to the ring.
    
    Ancient Light - enables Shadow's light attack.  In Sky Rail, when you 
    get to the first rocket, don't take it, but rather dash the Beetle and 
    go onto the next ledge.  Go to the edge where the Chao Crate is, and 
    more Beetles will appear.  Dash them up to the area with the upgrade.
    
    Mystic Melody - enables Shadow to activate Ancient Shrines.  It is 
    located at the Final Chase.  On the area before the 4th checkpoint, 
    circle the gravity cylanders all the way to the top.  On top of one of 
    them, you'll spot another gravity cylander with an electric field 
    around it.  Jump to that one and get to the top, and you'll spot the 
    upgrade on a platform.
    
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    The Emblems
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    Here is a short list of all the emblems that can be found in Sonic 
    Adventure 2: Battle.  
    
    Clearing all the missions: 155 Emblems
    
    Clearing every mission with 'A': 7 Emblems
    
    Clearing all of the Chao Races: 5 Emblems
    
    Clearing Chao Karate: 4 Emblems
    
    Clearing Kart Race: 3 Emblems
    
    Clearing Boss Attack: 3 Emblems
    
    Clearing the game on all stories: 3 Emblems
    
    Total: 180 Emblems
    
    For collecting all 180 emblems, you will be rewarded a secret stage, 
    and all the items in the black market will now be available.
    
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    Secrets & Cheats
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    BASIC SECRETS
    
    Kart Racing Mini Game - this is unlocked once you beat either Route 101 
    or 280.  Beat both those levels to get it in 2P mode.
    
    Boss Attack Mini Game - this is unlocked once you beat the game in any 
    of the 3 stories.  Beating the hero side story unlocks hero story 
    bosses, beating the dark side story unlocks dark side bosses, and 
    beating the last story unlocks all the bosses.
    
    Secret Karts - to get a new car for a specific character in Kart 
    Racing, beat all of that character's missions.
    
    Secret Costumes - to get a new costume for a specific character in 2P 
    Battle, earn an A rank on all of that character's missions.
    
    Guarunteed A Rank - you must collect all the rings on the stage.  When 
    the stage ends, it will say "Perfect" over your ring counter.  Keep in 
    mind, though, this is IMPOSSIBLE on most stages.
    
    Secret Stage - to unlock the secret stage, collect all 180 emblems.  A 
    ? icon will appear on the stage select.  I won't spoil you right away 
    on what the stage is, but you probably already know, as no one seems to 
    keep their mouths shut.
    
    CHAO SECRETS
    
    Additional Chao Gardens - to unlock the Hero Garden, raise a Chao into 
    a Hero type.  To unlock the Dark Garden, raise a Chao into a Dark type.
    
    Additional Chao Races - to unlock the Jewel and Challenge Races, beat 
    all the beginner races.  To unlock the Hero and Dark races, unlock the 
    Hero and Dark Gardens.
    
    Additional Chao Karate Tournament - to unlock the "Super" tournament, 
    beat all the other tournaments.  Only a specific Chao who has beaten 
    the others will have access to this tournament.
    
    Burried Chao Masks - go to Chao garden with Knuckles or Rouge.  Keep 
    digging into the ground until an item pops out.  Normal and Hero 
    gardens have pumpkins, while Dark garden has skulls.  These items sell 
    for 50 rings.
    
    GLITCHES
    
    Peak into the Cocoon - when your Chao is transforming and you are 
    impatient to see how it will turn out, slowly move away from the cocoon 
    with the cocoon facing your back, closest to the screen.  You can now 
    see the Chao inside.
    
    Jump after being hit - after Sonic or Shadow is hit by an enemy's 
    attack and you are falling, try jumping.  If you time it right, it is a 
    real life saver.
    
    The back ring trick - this makes Knuckles's and Rouge's 2nd mission a 
    lot easier.  First, collect 1 ring, then go and get hit by an enemy.  
    The back ring will appear at the beginning of the stage.  Now, get as 
    many rings as you wish, preferably over 50.  Then, go to the back ring, 
    and restart the stage with regenerated rings as well as the rings 
    you've collected before.  It is now much easier to obtain 100 rings.
    
    Quick Cash - go to the Black Market, and buy any expensive item.  
    Release it into any of the Chao gardens, then exit Chao World.  Then, 
    go back into Chao World and take the item, then sell it back to the 
    Black Market. (you will get 1/4 its value in rings.)  Now, reset the 
    game.  Re-enter Chao world.  You will keep the same amount of rings, 
    yet the item will still be there.  Repeat this process until you have 
    all the rings you want.  When you are done, be sure to beat any stage, 
    or else you could loose all the rings if your Gamecube gets turned off.
    
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    Differences from the DC version
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    First of all, I do not own the Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2, 
    nor do I even own a DC for that matter.  Many of the differences below 
    may not be correct, but I'll try to explain them.
    
    1. 2P Battle
    The features in 2P Battle mode have increased greatly, hence the name 
    Sonic Adventure 2 BATTLE. There are now TONS more levels to choose, and 
    multiple characters to choose.  Also, new costumes can be unlocked 
    later in the game, and they affect the characters' performance as well 
    as their appearance.
    
    2. Chao Garden
    The other major change of the GCN version is the features in Chao 
    World, which have also greatly increased.  There is a new mini-game, 
    Chao Karate (I THINK its new), and there tons more features in the 
    kindergarten.
    There is a more complete black market, where you can buy a variety of 
    fruit, as well as new colored Chao Eggs.  The Chao's stats are easier 
    to view when you pick it up, or with a medical chart in the doctor's 
    office. There is also a fortune telling house to name your Chao.  And, 
    of course, there is the ability to link to Sonic Advance on the GBA to 
    transport Chao, as well as being able to purchase exotic Chao eggs, 
    such as gold, silver, and jewel chao.
    
    3. Kart Racing
    New, secret karts are available.  Complete the desired character's 
    every mission to get that character a new car. If you complete all of 
    Tails's missions, a Chao kart will be available.  If you complete all 
    of Rouge's missions,  Eggrobo from Sonic and Knuckles will be 
    available.  All the other characters get new, better karts if you beat 
    their missions.
    
    4. Menu Themes/Voices
    These were availiable on the DC version only for download, but on SA2B, 
    they come pre-loaded.  Also, new themes including Amy, Omochao and 
    Maria's themes can be unlocked much later in the game.
    
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    2. Walkthrough: Hero Side Story
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    Stage 01: City Escape
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 18000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:20
    Mission 3: Under 2:30
    Mission 4: 18000pts.
    Mission 5: 19000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Racoon, Rabbit, Ram, Skunk
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn
    
    Total Rings: 444
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. At the end of the stairs past the 1st checkpoint, it is on the ledge 
    with the "item box expo" sign to the right.
    2. Before the 2nd checkpoint, you are grinding down a rail.  Hold B to 
    gain speed, and you will quickly run up the ramp.  The box is up there.
    3. Just as you are running down the building, hold foward so you are 
    sure to grab onto the swinging bar.  Swing jump over 2 bars then onto 
    the ledge with the 3rd Chao Crate.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: On the same platform as the 2nd Chao Crate.
    Hard: It is along the main path, after you light dash past the 
    botomless pit.
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    MISSION 1: ESCAPE FROM THE MILITART PURSUIT
    
    Sonic's first stage begins with him boarding down the street.  Manuever 
    him with left and right, press B to break.  You can do jumps over the 
    ramps for some bonus points, and perhaps some items.  Don't worry about 
    hitting cars, as they won't hurt you, they merely slow you down.
    
    After getting off the board, continue along the path, and be sure to 
    practice Sonic's moves on the enemies.  Now would be a good time to 
    break them in.
    
    After the first checkpoint, you'll run down a dash panel, and go down 
    the hill quite quickly.  This is sort of like the boatding part, only 
    without the board - you can still do jumps over the ramps while running 
    at a high speed.
    
    Some time after the 2nd checkpoint, you'll be dashed up a loop.  Hold 
    up on the control stick to ensure staying on it.  After the loop, you 
    will run down a building.  You may then be bounced up onto a bar that 
    Sonic will constantly spin on.  Press A when you hear the "whoosh" 
    sound to get a high jump in.
    
    After the 3rd checkpoint, the Semi chase will begin.  Hold down to run 
    away from the truck, but still be sure to turn Sonic left and right.  
    There are many dash panels along the path, these should easily help you 
    pass the truck and get to the end of the stage.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This mission is quite simple, as there are a lot of rings in City 
    Escape.  Remember, don't run into enemies, as loosing rings will pretty 
    much ruin your progress on the 2nd Mission.  By the end of the boarding 
    part, you should easily have gained over 30 rings.  And be sure to get 
    any item box rings you see, as they help a LOT.  So do Magna Shields.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Remember, you must have the Mystic Melody upgrade before even 
    attempting the 3rd mission.  Find the Ancient Shrine just after the big 
    loop.  Activate it to make a spring appear.  Take the spring to a few 
    pulleys, and also use the Spring Beetles to get higher up.  Beware of 
    the shock Beetle, though.  Make your way up to the bar, and swing 
    yourself into the air, then land in the room where the Chao is.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:00
    
    At the boarding part, AVOID RUNNING INTO CARS.  These will surely slow 
    you down.  Also, doing jumps over the ramps help speed you up by quite 
    a lot.  Light dashes and spin dashes also help.  Be sure to run over 
    dash panels, and hold B while grinding straight down rails.  Also, keep 
    in mind there are no checkpoints in the 4th mission.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    You may notice a few differences on ramp placement while at the 
    boarding part.
    
    After you get off the board, you will certainly notice that there are a 
    lot more Hunters swooping down.  As you progress through the beginning 
    area, you will also notice some shield Hunters.  Somersault to destroy 
    them.  
    
    After you bust past the hunters, you may be shot by a Gun Beetle that 
    attacks by surprise.  Destroy it immediately.  After grinding down this 
    area, you will notice a fence blocking the end of the stairs.  Either 
    try to jump around it, or bounce off the second Gun Beetle.
    
    After going down the hill past the 1st checkpoint, you'll notice that 
    the stairs are fenced off again.  You'll need to bounce attack to get 
    above this area.  There are several robots shooting at you here, so 
    look out.
    
    Then, you will go down another hill.  Be on your guard, or else you 
    could run straight into an enemy robot.  Passing the 2nd checkpoint, 
    the main difference you will notice is a ramp in the center of the road 
    with a few wing Beetles hovering above.
    
    Once you have passed down the large loop, the path to the right is now 
    nothing but a botomless pit.  To get across it, bash the Beetle then 
    light dash across the rings.  But be sure to time it right, as you 
    could end up bouncing straight down the large pit.
    
    When you make it to the Semi chase, you will have to run faster, as 
    there are less dash panels.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    These are the bonus points that you earn by doing trick manuevers.
    
    The ramps - whenever you approch a ramp in this stage, run up it as 
    quickly as possible, then, when at the end of the ramp, jump.  You can 
    score up to 1000pts. by doing these jumps.
    
    Jump through a hoop of rings - after the 1st checkpoint, when the hill 
    turns right, run over the dash panels and do jumps over the ramps.  
    Over the first ramp, you'll get a magna shield, and over the second, 
    you'll go through a "ring of rings," giving you an 800pts. bonus.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Stuff over the jumps - There are item boxes over many of the jumps.  To 
    get them, you will need to jump up higher - run as quickly as possible, 
    and jump at the ramp's highest point.
    
    Take Omochao through goal ring - on various stages, taking Omochao 
    through the goal ring will make him say different things.  Here, he'll 
    say "Whew, that big truck scared me!"
    
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    Boss: Big Foot
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Location: City Escape at night
    
    Hits: 4
    
    The first of the 3 GUN mechs, Spider Troop Big Foot is the easiest.  
    Don't bother jumping at him while he's in the air, as you can't damage 
    him.  While he is shooting around, go and grab some rings - but not 
    them all, as you may need them later if you get hit.  Remember this for 
    any boss battle.  Anyways, when he lands, immediately get under the 
    cockpit and jump to damage him, then he will go back to flying around.  
    Repeat 3 more times.
    
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    Stage 02: Wild Canyon
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 16000pts.
    Mission 2: under 1:30
    Mission 3: under 0:40
    Mission 4: 16000pts.
    Mission 5: 17000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Ram, Cheetah, Peacock, Condor, Dragon
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 171
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. On one the 3rd pillar on the left in Chamber of Wind.
    2. At the feet of the Lonely Statue.
    3. To the right of the Sphinx Head.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Behind the Sphinx Head, on the left.
    Hard: Currently unknown...
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    The hunting stages of SA2B are not straight-foward paths like the other 
    stage types, but rather, large areas divided into many sections.  Take 
    note of landmarks.
    
    Wild Canyon is the smallest hunting stage.  You start in the Chamber of 
    wind, a large room with many pillars surrounding an air lift.  You can 
    take the air lift to the upper part of the stage.
    
    At the top of the stage, there is the small center area with a few 
    enemies and a small hole leading back down to the Chamber of Wind.  
    This is called the Stone Dance Hall.  On one side of the Stone Dance 
    Hall, is a path leading to the Lonely Statue Area.  On the way there 
    are a few small chambers blocked by wooden boxes that you can break.  
    There are items in some of them.  On the other side of the Stone Dance 
    Hall, is a path leading to the Buried Sphinx Head.
    
    Pieces of the emerald are randomly hidden in the first mission, but 
    they shouldn't be too hard to find, being that this stage is very 
    small.  Also, they are hidden in easy places - none are burried etc.  
    Monitors aren't really nessassary for hints.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Read about the back ring trick in the secrets section?  It will help 
    you a lot in these 100 ring hunting missions.  Even if you consider 
    this cheating, this mission is still very easy as played normal.
    
    First of all, about 64 rings can be found inside the Chamber of Wind.  
    Check all the pillars, as that is where all the ring clusters and item 
    boxes will appear.
    
    Then, at the Stone Dance Hall, 30 rings worth of item boxes can be 
    found on one of the platforms.  The rest of the rings can then be found 
    on top of the chambers going toward the lonely statue.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Climb up to the upper path of the Chamber of Wind.  Find the 4 steel 
    boxes, and break them with your hammer gloves.  Then, dig into the 
    center of the painting that is revealed, and once in the room, activate 
    the shrine to open the door.  Inside is another shrine, activate that 
    one to reveal a portal.  Go into the portal and to the lost Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: COLLECT THE EMERALD PIECES IN 2:00
    
    While you have little time, remember, this stage is very small.  
    Although the emerald pieces are randomly hidden, they shouldn't be too 
    tough to find.  Use hints only if you NEED to.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Unlike the other stage types, hunting stages on hard mode seem to have 
    little or no stucture changes whatsoever.  The changes seem to be 
    completely on the enemies, however, there is also one other major 
    change: the emeralds are now in set positions, rather than just being 
    tossed into random spots.  They are in tricky areas, however, you will 
    remember where they all are if you come back to the stage.
    
    Oh yeah, one more thing.  If you are using this guide, ignore the hint 
    monitors at all time.  They will do nothing for you, besides 
    subtracting bonus points from the emeralds.  All the locations for the 
    hard mode emeralds will be listed in this quide.
    
    For the first emerald, head for the Lonely Statue Area.  You will 
    notice it floating right under a platform.  In order to get it, you 
    will have to jump from the top of the closest chamber, and glide into 
    the emerald.
    
    To find the next emerald, go to the Stone Dance Hall.  RIGHT under one 
    of the platforms is a painting that you can dig into.  Dig into it, and 
    you'll end up in a room with a bunch more of the same type of painting.  
    Dig into the second one from the right to find the emerald.
    
    The last emerald is located in the Chamber of Wind.  Find the shortest 
    pilar with a circle of rings on it.  Put on the sunglasses, and a 
    spring will appear.  It will bounce you straight into the air lift, 
    directly where the emerald is.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Free Dragon: In the room where you got the Mystic Melody (dig into the 
    painting above the Lonely Statue), climb up to the top of the walls.  
    You'll spot a Dragon flying around the exit painting.
    
    4 item boxes: Go to the area where you found the lost Chao, only on 
    hard mode.  There will be 45 rings and an extra life.
    
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    Boss: Eggman
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    Character: Tails
    
    Location: Weapons Bed
    
    Hits: 5
    
    This battle is quite simple.  There are many rings around to fill up 
    your health bar, and Eggman won't use many threatening attacks.  Don't 
    lock on to him, but rather keep fireing your volcan cannon.  When up 
    close to him, punching him can knock him really far back.  Don't get 
    too close through, as he punches as well.
    
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    Stage 03: Prison Lane
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    Character: Tails
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 26000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 2:30
    Mission 3: Under 2:00
    Mission 4: 26000pts.
    Mission 5: 26000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Otter, Tiger, Ram, Gorilla, Unicorn
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn
    
    Total Rings: 134
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. To the right of the very beginning are a bunch of steel boxes.  Bust 
    them with the bazooka to find the crate.
    2. Find the 3rd elevator lift in the stage at the exit of one of the 
    jails. Use it to get atop the jail, and look to your right to see 
    another jail.  Destroy all the enemies and hover down to that jail and 
    find the Chao Crate inside.
    3. Alter the 1st checkpoint, you'll spot the box behind a jail gate.  
    Destroy the hunter to open it.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Just before the caged Unicorn, you should spot it under the 
    platform, to the right.
    Hard: It is in the same area, only now its to the left.
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND THE CORE OF THE PRISON
    
    This stage should be pretty easy to get through, as long as you know 
    how to open the prison doors.  In order to do so, lock on to EVERY 
    enemy in sight then bust them to bits.  Once all the enemies in an area 
    are destroyed, a prison door leading to the next area will open.  Start 
    by busting the beetles at the beginning.
    
    Proceed through the stage, busting everything in sight.  When you pass 
    the elevator lifts, beware of Wing Beetles, they can knock you off the 
    edge of the path and into a hole of doom.  Procees into the jail, and 
    aim your lock-on ray in all directions.
    
    Just before the first checkpoint, you'll encounter a hornet.  Lock on 
    to all its bombs and proceed - but look out for the two Wing Beetles 
    that will crash into your face.  When you get to the checkpoint lamp 
    posts, you'll notice a gate blocking your way.  Bust all the enemies 
    behind the gate to open it.  Then, you'll get to another gate blocking 
    your way.  Bust all the Hunters, but beware of those darned Wing 
    Beetles.
    
    Proceed through the stage, and after you bust a large propane tank, 
    you'll get to the big elevator.  While on the elevator, aim at all the 
    beetles and blow them up for some bonus points.  After the elevator has 
    reached its top destination, head for the 2nd checkpoint.  Once again, 
    you must blow up the Beetles to open the gate.
    
    Proceed through the stage, looking out for Wing Beetles, as usual.  
    When you get to the part with the gate on the left and a pit all 
    around, aim your ray in all directions, being sure to blow up all the 
    enemies to proceed through the gate.  You may have to lock on a few 
    times.
    
    Continue through the stage, blowing up Beetles to open gates.  At the 
    3rd checkpoint, you'll have to aim into the gate (like you did for 
    checkpoint 1) and destroy all the enemies.  After busting past a few 
    more gates, you'll take an elevator lift up to another closed gate.  To 
    open it,  go to the elevator lift on the right, and find the Beetle.  
    Bust it and proceed to the final room.  To get into the final room, 
    lock onto all the enemies in there.  Now go get that goal ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    The rings are easily laid out along the main path.  Finding them 
    shouldn't be a problem, but beware of the enemies, who shoot a barage 
    of projectiles at you.  Especially those annoying Wing Beetles.  By the 
    2nd ckeckpoint, you should have about 70 rings.  Be sure to grab the 20 
    ring box acessable from the next elevator lift.  The final 10 can be 
    found laid out along the main path.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    After the 2nd Checkpoint, take the next elevator lift.  Once above the 
    jail, rotate the camera with R and you'll see a platform with a shrine 
    on it.  Hover to it and activate the shrine.  Now, take the spring up 
    to a higher jail area.  Destroy all the Beetles to bust the Chao out of 
    its cell.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:00
    
    Just keep on moving ahead, and stop as little as possible.  Keep a lock 
    on ray up while running to bust any annoyance in your way.  Don't waste 
    too much time destroying enemies, however.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The first difference you will notice is are hunters that swoop down at 
    the beginning.  After passing them, quickly shoot the Wing Beetle (yes, 
    there are more of them... learn to deal with 'em) then you'll approach 
    a Shield Hunter.  Keep a lock on ray on it, and fire when it begins to 
    shoot.
    
    Continue through the stage, busting the extra enemies.  When you are 
    walking though the second jail, approach with caution, because Beetles 
    will suddenly appear in your face.  After that, you'll end up near a 
    giant, crushing weight.  To pass it, start moving when it hits the 
    ground.
    
    Proceed through areas littered with enemies, until you get to the big 
    elevator.  Beware, the Beetles shoot now.  Continue through the rest of 
    the stage, staying alert for projectiles in all directions.
    
    When you get to the gate leading to the end of the stage, slowly 
    approach the right, and 3 Beetles will appear.  Bust them to open the 
    gate.  The last obstacle before the end is a Sheild Hunter, do as you 
    did near the beginning one.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Atop the jail cells - at the ends of some elevator lifts, you can go 
    backwards and on top of some of the jails.  There, you can find extra 
    lives etc.
    
    Shield and 20 Ring boxes - after the 2nd checkpoint, take the elevator 
    lift up to a platform with the 2 item boxes.
    
    Caged Unicorn - you'll see it along the main path.  To free it, hover 
    backwards to a platform with a missile.  Launch it to break the cage.
    
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    Stage 04: Metal Harbor
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 20000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:10
    Mission 3: Under 0:50
    Mission 4: 18000pts.
    Mission 5: 18000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Seal, Peacock, Penguin, Racoon
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 184
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Stay on top of the overhead platforms near the beginning.  You'll 
    see it on a large oil tank, homing bash the Beetle to get it.
    2. In the airplane hangar after light dashing across the sea.
    3. Right near the 3rd checkpoint; continue walking foward.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: On the part where you are dashing across Beetles to pass over 
    the sea, hold the control stick left after the 4th Beetle, and dash to 
    the extra life.  The Gold Beetle is next to the Extra Life.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: ESCAPE FROM THE MILITARY BASE
    
    The stage starts out with Sonic running down a ramp and being launched 
    into the air.  This pretty much continues onto the first checkpoint.  
    Once you pass the checkpoint, you will be bounced to an area with a 
    bunch of Beetles floating over the sea.  Homing attack them to get 
    across.
    
    On the next platform, take the pulley up to get the Light Shoes, then 
    light dash the rings to get across the sea.  You are now on the large 
    airplane hangar area, and watch out for the Eagle airplanes bombing 
    you.  At the end of this area, light dash another path of rings to the 
    second checkpoint.
    
    Go up the hill, and light dash some more rings.  You'll then be dashed 
    up a loop.  Continue onto the stage until you get to the stucture with 
    blinking green arrows at the bottom.  Somersault to get under it, then 
    take the pulley up.  There will be a few more structures just like 
    this.
    
    Then, you'll come to more Beetles over the sea, homing bash to get 
    across once again to the 3rd checkpoint.  Now, take the rocket to the 
    large launch pad.  A large missile will launch in 15 seconds, but don't 
    worry, that's enough time.  At the end of the path, grab hold of the 
    missile, and it will launch.
    
    Jump off the missile when the camera angle changes, and you'll fall 
    into a duct with a board.  The controls are similar to the boarding 
    part in City Escape, only this part is shorter.  Try and grab some of 
    the item boxes on the way.  Afterward, you will be launched into the 
    goal ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    First off, grab the 4 rings leading to the left rail.  Now, stay to the 
    tops of the overhead platforms.  On one of them, you'll spot a path of 
    rings to light dash across, so do so.  Then, continue the stage as 
    normal, light dashing across every ring path you see.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Get to the airplane hangar.  When you are near the Chao Crate, bounce 
    to the room above with the ancient shrine.  Activate the shrine to make 
    a platform appear outside the room, and use it to get to the top right 
    of the hangar.  Bounce to the other platform, and jump to the others 
    then to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 2:00
    
    First of all, you need to take the first light dash-able path of rings 
    I mentioned in mission 2.  This also serves as a tremendous shortcut.  
    Continue through the rest of the stage as quickly as possible, and 
    wherever you see rings, light dash.  When you are on the missile, jump 
    off as quickly as possible.  When boarding down the duct, don't break 
    for items, and especially, don't hit the walls.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    There aren't many differences at first, just a few bombing Beetles here 
    and there.  Once you are at the area with the airplane hangar, don't 
    take the dash panels, as they will lead you straight into spinning 
    spike balls!
    
    The next difference you will notice is that the path of rings after the 
    2nd checkpoint has been removed.  You will have to jump from the oil 
    tank, and make sure the Hawk doesn't shoot you into the water.
    
    There will also be tons of Hawks on the next path, waiting to annoy the 
    heck out of you.  After passing the path littered with Hawks, you'll 
    make it to the 3rd checkpoint.  You will notice the rocket is gone, so 
    you need to take the Beetles that appear over the sea to get across.
    
    When running up the launch pad, beware of yet another Hawk at the end.  
    After that, there are no other changes in the stage.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Grind rail - near the beginning, you will spot a path of 4 rings to the 
    left as you are going down the ramp.  Light dash across them and onto a 
    grind rail, giving you 600pts.
    
    Light dash - light dash the rings after the 2nd checkpoint for an 
    additional 300pts.
    
    Tight spaces - when somersaulting under those tight spaces, you may 
    earn a little bonus points, 100-200pts.
    
    Another grind rail - after the structures you somersault under, you go 
    over a jump, then the path will curve to the right and dip down.  The 
    left rail will look different, so grind down it for 500pts.
    
    Rocket handle - when grabbing onto the missile, you will be rewarded a 
    bonus depending on how long you took.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Alternate rocket handle - at the end of the launch pad, you can see a 
    few beetles.  Dash across them, then light dash the rings.  Then bounce 
    to the alternate missile handle.  You earn more points this way, but it 
    is tricky to pull off.
    
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    Boss: Shadow
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Location: Green Forest
    
    Hits: 3
    
    You won't be able to attack him with your homing attack - when you 
    jump, he will jump.  When Shadow is jumping, he is impossible to hurt.  
    You can only hurt him when he is landing from a jump, or is grounded.  
    The best way to attack him is to use your somersault.  And be carefull 
    not to fall off the edge of the stage.
    
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    Stage 05: Green Forest
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 5
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 15000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 2:30
    Mission 3: Under 1:30
    Mission 4: 12000pts.
    Mission 5: 12000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Rabbit, Racoon, Cheetah, Parot, Half-fish
    3rd Chao Crate: Half-fish
    
    Total Rings: 366
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. In the first cave, near the swampy area with a Spiked Rhino.  There 
    is a small hole in the right wall, somersault under it.
    2. At the part with several moving, floating platforms some point after 
    the 2nd checkpoint, fall off the platform with the hollow tree and onto 
    one with the crate.
    3. You'll come across it at the springboard part past the 3rd 
    checkpoint.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: In the tree-cave after checkpoint 1, above three Hunters.
    Hard: In the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: ESCAPE FROM THE ISLAND IN 8:00
    
    Although you only have 8 minutes before the whole place goes 'boom,' 
    there is more than enough time to complete the stage.
    
    At the start of the level, Sonic is running downhill.  Then, he will 
    take a jump plate onto the next area.  There, 3 hunters will jump out.  
    Destroy them, and proceed through the cave.  When you see the Spiked 
    Rhino, use the somersault to destroy it.
    
    Dash through the cave, and take the jump plate to the first checkpoint.  
    Continue to the spring, and swing a vine to the next tree-cave.  Homing 
    attack all the enemies there for loads of bonus points.  Then take the 
    spring to the vine, and swing to the next downhill area.
    
    Go through the loop, and into the next tree-cave.  Destroy the 3 
    Hunters in front of the passage, then continue to the dash panels.  
    Take the next dash panels to a half-loop, and continue to the 2nd 
    checkpoint.
    
    Take the next half-pipe down, then be bounced then swinged to the 
    hollow tree platform.  Continue toward the floating ledges, homing at 
    Beetles.  You'll then be bounced to chekpoint 3, where you go up 
    another loop, then proceed to the spring area.
    
    Take the springs up to the higher platforms, and be sure not to fall 
    off.  Eventually, you'll get to an area with a Hunter and a Beetle.  
    Homing attack the Beetle then the spring, and follow more floating 
    platforms to checkpoint 4.  Go down the hill, then be bounced to a 
    vine.  
    
    Go to checkpoint 5, then follow the path to the earthquake area.  Here, 
    the ground is breaking apart, so hurry foward to any of the springs 
    that will take you to the goal.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Not only has the time limit been removed, but this mission is also 
    incredibly easy.
    
    First of all, after the first downhill area, instead of going straight, 
    go to the platforms to the left, and there will be a long path of rings 
    to light dash.  Continue through the stage, light dashing on every ring 
    path.  In the tree-cave before the 2nd checkpoint, be sure to grab all 
    3 item boxes, and you should have easily completed the mission with an 
    A at the 3rd checkpoint.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    At the very beginning of the path leading to the 3rd checkpoint, look 
    off the cliff to the left to see a platform with an ancient shrine.  
    Activate the shrine for some platforms.  You need to use bounce attack 
    to get to each platform, because they are high apart.  On the 3rd 
    platform, homing attack the Beetles then grab the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 4:00
    
    This is exactly like the 1st mission, only with half the time.  
    However, that is still enough time, as long as you keep on moving 
    ahead, and don't waste your time.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    More, tougher enemies have been added, of course.  Also, you will 
    notice that the time limit is now gone.
    
    Continue through the stage with the additional enemies until you reach 
    the 2nd checkpoint.  Down the half-pipe are a bunch of spikeballs, so 
    be carefull!  One touch and you could be bounced to death into the 
    swamp.
    
    The next notable difference is after the 3rd checkpoint, at the spring 
    part.  There will now be swinging spike balls on the platforms, be 
    warned.  Once to the top of the spring area, you'll notice the Beetle 
    used to get across is now gone.  Don't take the spring ahead, but 
    rather, go backwards to the platforms behind the Hunter.
    
    Continue to checkpoint 4 then down the half pipe - beware, there are 
    more spike balls.  Continue to the 5th checkpoint, then to the 
    earthquake area.  Be ready to bounce, as the ground falls apart 
    quicker, and you will need to make higher jumps.  Also, there are some 
    spikeballs here.  Take the springs to the goal.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Grind the branch - after the first checkpoint, light dash the rings and 
    hold foward to land on a grind-able branch.  If you do it right, you 
    will recieve 500pts.
    
    Low vine - on the vine after checkpoint 4, hold down A to get two 
    balloons.  Beware of spikeballs, though.  When you land, you will 
    recieve 1000pts.
    
    Grind another branch - when running down the half-pipe after the 5th 
    checkpoint, stay to the left edge, and you may end up grinding a 
    branch.  If you do so, you recieve 600pts.
    
    Springs - at the end of the earthquake area, after bouncing multiple 
    springs, you will get a free 1000pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Secret Route - on the hollow tree platform, you will spot a bunch of 
    crates to the right.  Bounce them to get under and to the secret route, 
    which has a light dash ring path that will quickly take you to the 3rd 
    checkpoint.
    
    Free Half-fish - on the hollow tree platform, around the crates to the 
    secret route, the rare sea monster can be seen walking around.  Grab 
    it.
    
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    Stage 06: Pumpkin Hill
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 12000pts.
    Mission 2: under 3:00
    Mission 3: under 1:00
    Mission 4: 13000pts.
    Mission 5: 16000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skeliton Dog, Bat, Cheetah, Boar
    3rd Chao Crate: Half-fish
    
    Total Rings: 159
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. On the paths connecting the 3 mountains, above the starting path.
    2. On the bottom area of Pumpkin Mountain, the area that can be seen 
    from the rocket that leads to the top of the mountain.
    3. Glide along the baloons from the top of Ghost Train Mountain.  
    You'll end up on a pumpkin formation, then climb down the back of it to 
    find the crate on a platform.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard: Currently unknown...
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    Pumpkin Hill is divided up into 3 large mountains: Pumpkin Mountain, 
    Church Mountain, and Ghost Train Mountain.  The mountains' names give 
    an acurate description of what is on it.
    
    To get to Ghost Train Mountain, go foward then to the rocket on the 
    right.  To get to Church Mountain, go foward then take the rocket on 
    the left.  To get to Pumpkin Mountain, take the rocket from Church 
    Mountain.
    
    Search each mountain for emeralds, and remember, they may be burried 
    now.  When you see an ! yet you don't see an emerald, try your new 
    digging ability.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    First, get all the rings around the beginning path.  Then, head to 
    Ghost Train Mountain for a path of balloons.  The rest of the rings can 
    easily be found in baloons and item boxes.  If you can't find any more, 
    use the back ring trick- errr, right, no cheating.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Head to the top of Pumpkin Mountain.  Activate the shring along the 
    second highest area, then take the platforms up to the path leading to 
    the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: COLLECT THE EMERALD PIECES IN 3:00
    
    Finding the emeralds without hints before time runs out is an extremely 
    difficult task.  You may need to use minimal monitors here.  Although 
    they take away bonus points, you will still have a big, fat time bonus 
    awarded for clearing the mission.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    More enemies have been added, including a bunch of Hawks and Boom Boos.
    
    For the first emerald, get to the bottom of the Ghost Train Turntable 
    atop Ghost Train Mountain.  You'll see some swinging spikeballs.  The 
    emerald is right above them.
    
    The next one is on a lower part of Pumpkin Mountain, where too skulls 
    are shooting flames at the walls.  Get rid of the pesky Hawk, then dig 
    into the wall where the flames touched, once the skulls stop flaming.
    
    The final one is atop Church Mountain.  Before getting to the very tip 
    of the church building, destroy the Hawk... dang, these things are a 
    pain in the butt.  Then, gently climb up to the very tip of the church 
    and put on the sunglasses.  You will be bounced up by an invisible 
    spring, then glide into the final emerald.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Easy extra life - dig into the circle where the shovel claw upgrade 
    was.  There will always be an extra life under there.
    
    Skeliton Dog bonanza - you can find up to 5 of these usefull animals on 
    Pumpkin Hill.  First, on Church Mountain, one will be walking around 
    the cemetary.  Then, go to Ghost Train Mountain.  There are two dogs 
    here, but there is also a chance they could come out as bats.  One is 
    under a skull, inside a breakable hut on the side ledge of the 
    mountain.  Lift the skull to reveal the animal.  The other is on the 
    lower ledge of the mountain, inside 2 crates stacked on top of one 
    another.  And finally, up to 2 can be obtained from the 2nd Chao Crate.  
    This is the only stage that will have rare animals in the second crate.
    
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    Stage 07: Mission Street
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    Character: Tails
    
    Checkpoints: 2
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 25000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 3:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:20
    Mission 4: 22000pts.
    Mission 5: 30000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Gorilla, Boar, Ram, Rabbit, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 104
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. At the first collapsing road, hover to the road ahead before the 
    road below you collapses.
    2. Just before the cylander elevators, go to the left and find it 
    surrounded by wooden boxes.
    3. Just as you get on the road that leads to the falling weights, find 
    it on the left.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: You'll spot it on the left of the elevator cylanders just 
    before the first checkpoint.
    Hard: You'll spot it on the right of the elevator cylanders just before 
    the 2nd checkpoint.
    
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    MISSION 1: ELUDE ENEMY PURSUIT
    
    At the beginning, you are on the road surrounded by many enemies.  Lock 
    on to them all.  Proceed ahead, but not too fast, as Eagle jets are 
    bombing the area right in front of you.
    
    Get through the tunnel, destroying all crates and enemies.  After the 
    tunnel, the road below you will collapse.  Don't worry, as that just 
    leads to the main path.
    
    Grab the jet engine, then hover across the next gap.  After destroying 
    several hunters that appear, get onto the weight when it falls.  At the 
    top, lock on to all the dynamite and the Hornet for a lot of bonus 
    points.
    
    Now, get to the elevator cylanders ahead.  After reaching the top, get 
    the first checkpoint then hover over the breaking road.  Lock on to the 
    enemies on the sides without being hit by more Eagle bombs.
    
    Get to the area with the Hornet, and you'll notice the bridge on the 
    right is blocked by cages.  launch the missile to the left to break 
    them, but beware the collapsing road.  Get over the bridge, locking 
    onto all dynamite and enemies.
    
    At the end of the bridge, you'll need to use one of the collapsed 
    cylanders to get up on the raised area.  Continue across, and hover to 
    the other side.  Beware, there are falling weights on the road ahead.  
    To deactivate them, break the wood box on the right and throw the 
    switch.
    
    With the weights deactivated, make it up to the gap with a Hornet on 
    the other side.  Blow it up, then hover over there.  Take the elevator 
    cylanders up to the 2nd checkpoint.
    
    Avoid the bombs, and hover across the long, breaking road from the 
    upper area to get across.  Blow up the dynamite to knock down the 
    cylanders, then walk across it to get to the broken road.
    
    Get up the hill, but remember, Eagles bomb from behind you now, so 
    you'll need to rush.  At the top, the road will start shaking back and 
    forth due to an earthquake.  It shouldn't be too hard to cross, as long 
    as you don't let yourself get dumped off.
    
    Go into the tunnel.  When you get out, you'll notice an overhead bridge 
    will fall on you, so hurry up!  Continue across the downtown area, 
    until you see the goal ring.  ANOTHER bridge will fall on you if you 
    don't hurry the heck up.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This mission can be real annoying, due to little rings and lots of 
    enemies.  
    
    First, continue across the city, grabbing all the rings and avoiding 
    the bombs.  Take the collapsing road down, as it contains more rings 
    than the top route.  Be sure to grab the 10 ring box in the crates.
    
    Continue through the stage as normal, picking up every ring in sight.  
    When you get to the part with the falling weights, be sure to get the 
    switch that deactivates them.  Continue without being hit, and you 
    should have 100 rings some time after 2nd checkpoint.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Before the 2nd checkpoint, you'll see a caged pheonix.  Go to the left 
    of it and fall to a platform with an ancient shrine.  Activate it to 
    open a portal, and go in.
    
    You'll now have to hover from cylander to cylander without being 
    knocked off by an enemy's projectile.  The Chao is seen on the last 
    cylander.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:00
    
    Keep on moving, shooting missiles at everything in sight.  When you get 
    to the first collapsing road, hover over it to the next road.  Once 
    past it, hover straight onto the weight and continue the rest of the 
    stage as quickly as possible.  Once again, the weight deactivation 
    switch will help.  It won't take much time to get, and it saves lots of 
    time without you trying to avoid the weights.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The main difference at first is the addition of a lot more enemies.  
    The existing enemies also seem to have gotten tougher, ex. Hornets have 
    more bombs.
    
    The first physical difference you'll notice is at the elevator 
    cylanders, which are now farther apart.  You will need to hover to get 
    between them.  The next physical differences are on the bridge - the 
    bridge will fall apart, so hurry across it!
    
    After the bridge, you will need to carefully hover around the spinning 
    spike balls.  And when you approach the falling weight area, you will 
    notice the switch is now gone, so you will need to rush this part.  
    When you get to the gap, the weights you used as a bridge will now 
    fall.  So, stand on the barrier and hover across to the platform with 
    the hornet.
    
    Pass the 2nd checkpoint, and at the end of the bridge, where you knock 
    down the cylanders, you'll notice the road ahead is rocking back and 
    forth.  To get on it, stad to the very edge of the left collapsed 
    cylander, and just as the road is tilting to the left, hover toward its 
    left.
    
    When you get to the Earthquake area, the middle piece will fall off, so 
    be warned of that.  For the rest of the stage, the only difference is 
    the addition of more enemies.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Caged Pheonix - you'll see it just before the 2nd checkpoint.  With 
    your bazooka, break the steel boxes ahead and launch the missile inside 
    in order to break the cage and free the pheonix.
    
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    Stage 08: Aquatic Mine
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: under 1:50
    Mission 3: under 1:00
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 15000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skunk, Seal, Penguin, Condor, Dragon
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 138
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. In the room above the beginning, behind some wodden beams.
    2. In the same room, set the water level to 3 and then activate the 
    ancient shrine.  Go into the ghost room (past the door) and climb to 
    the top beams.  The crate will be on one of the beams, next to the 
    wall.
    3. Go to the very bottom of the stage, with the water still on level 3.  
    Go through the mine shaft, and you'll shortly find the box.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Along the ledges around the wall of the starting area.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    In order to access different parts of this stage, you need to change 
    the water depth with the switches.  Switches 1 and 2 can be found in a 
    room near the begginning area.  Switch 3 can be found in the area above 
    the beginning by taking a pulley to the top.  Water level 1 is the 
    highest, and the default water level.  Water level 2 is medium, and 
    water level 3 is the lowest.
    
    Aquatic Mine consists of 4 floors.  You start at floor three, and you 
    can go down to floor 1.  Go up to floor 4 at the start, this is where 
    you can find switch 3.
    
    Aside from the main room, Aquatic Mine also has a long shaft, leading 
    from floor 2 to 1.  There is also a ghost room, which is accessable 
    from either the pit with a "caution" sign around it on the 3rd floor.  
    There is another pit with a similar sign on floor 2, this way leads to 
    the air necklace.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    The easiest way is to first go to floor 4 after getting the rings at 
    the beginning.  Get the 10 ring up there, then throw switch 3.  
    Activate the ancient shrine to go to the ghost room where you can find 
    a 20 ring box.  Find the final rings on the way to the air necklace.  
    You shouldn't need the back ring trick.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Don't touch ANY switches, and head up to the 4th floor.  Activate the 
    ancient shrine, and make your way past the door it opened, punching 
    mine karts until you get to the underwater ghost room.  Once there, 
    find a path of rings leading up.  Follow them through a shaft until you 
    get to a spikeball.  Take the pulley up to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: GET THE EMERALD PIECES IN 3:30
    
    You will need to use the monitors here, as in Pumpkin Hill, the time 
    bonus far outweighs the bonus points lost by monitors.  And, be sure 
    you know this stage well.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    For the first emerald, do exactly as you did to get the lost Chao.  
    Only now, go past the spikeball rather than up the pulley.  The emerald 
    will be waiting right there.
    
    Next, swim down to floor 2.  Go into the mine shaft, then get to the 
    "botomless shaft" area, past all those ghosts.  Avoid the spikeballs, 
    and find the emerald below.
    
    Finally, go to floor 3 and onto the large water wheel that is not in 
    the water.  Stand on the beam without the wood box and put on the 
    sunglasses.  A spring will appear, bouncing you straight into the 
    emerald.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Free Dragon - in the room where you got the air necklace, climb up to 
    the top and you'll see a dragon flying around.
    
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    Stage 09: Route 101
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    Character: Tails (Kart Race)
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: Under 2:45
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:00
    Mission 4: Under 3:00
    Mission 5: Under 2:50
    
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    MISSION 1: CHASE THE PRESIDENT'S LIMOUSINE
    
    This is the easier of the 2 Kart Racing stages, as your only worry is 
    the remaining time.  All you do is drive to the end of the stage where 
    the limo is as quickly as possible.  Collect 20 rings for a boost.  
    Hitting cars and walls will slow you down, so avoid them at all time, 
    especially when you are trying to score an A.
    
    Also, keep in mind the checkpoints on this race are merely extensions 
    of your time, not like the lamp posts that you go back to if you die.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This mission is incredibly easy, as collecting rings here is really 
    quick with large paths and balloons, as well as the fact that you can't 
    lose your rings.  Whenever you see a balloon, go for it, as it may 
    contain up to 40 rings.
    
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    MISSION 3: DON'T HIT OTHER CARS
    
    This mission is actually harder than it seems.  If you are speeding, 
    you may not see that car coming in front of you.  Also, driving in 
    those tight caves is quite annoying with cars in front and back.  If a 
    car hits you suddenly from the back, you will still lose.
    
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    MISSION 4: DON'T HIT THE WALLS
    
    This mission is a little tough, but at least you know where all the 
    walls are, rather than the cars that suddenly appear.  Don't be afraid 
    to take your time here.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    You are now free to smash into walls all you want.  But don't waste too 
    much time running yourself into walls, as there is a shorter time limit 
    now.  Also, there are tons of cars on the road.  If you run into them, 
    they will slow you down.  Be sure to use boosts on straight areas.
    
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    Stage 10: Hidden Base
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    Character: Tails
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 3:15
    Mission 3: Under 2:50
    Mission 4: 12000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skunk, Tiger, Otter, Penguin, Half-fish
    3rd Chao Crate: Half-fish?
    
    Total Rings: 110
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. As you approach the "room" before the 1st checkpoint, bust down the 
    wall on the right.
    2. Instead of jumping across the gap to the 2nd checkpoint, fall down 
    instead.  The crate will be waiting ahead.
    3. Currently unknown...
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: after the 1st checkpoint, grab the pulley to the left of the 
    path.  It will take you up to the Beetle.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND THE ENTERANCE TO THE BASE
    
    A bunch of Hawks and Sky Hawks are guarding te beginning of the stage.  
    Destroy them first, then hover to the next platform.  Don't fall in the 
    quicksand!  Once on the platform, detonate the dynamite to lower the 
    next ledge.  Break the wall with Eggman's face on it, then blow up all 
    the dynamite in the next area.  Don't move until the ledges have fallen 
    down to a reach-able height, or you may accidentally walk into the 
    quicksand.
    
    Continue to the straight along the path to the 1st checkpoint, avoiding 
    barages by Hawks.  Get to the red blocks floating in quicksand, and use 
    them to get to the platform on the left side.  Bust through a few more 
    dynamite packs, and eventually you'll make it inside the base.  Once 
    you make it up the pully, a bunch of Kiki's will be waiting for you.  
    Aim your ray in all directions to destroy them and the nearby dynamite. 
    
    Work your way up to the 2nd checkpoint.  After passing over more 
    quicksand, you'll go up a pully with more Kiki's at the top.  Aim your 
    ray in all directions once again, then jump to either side then up to 
    the breakable door.  Beware of Kiki bombs on the other side.
    
    Make your way up to the maze area.  First, break the wall on the left, 
    next, go right and break the wall ahead, then, continue through the 
    left breakable door to the 3rd checkpoint.  Take the pullies up to 
    another Kiki area, then go up and bust the door ahead.  Continue along 
    the left path at the shrine, and hover over the blocks floating in the 
    quicksand.
    
    Blow up more dynamite, then blast 3 more eggman walls in a row.  When 
    the path turns right, take the left path.  hover over the quicksand, 
    then into the next room.  Take a series of pullies up to a bustable 
    door, and behind it is the goal ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Rings are quite scarce here, thus making the mission quite difficult.
    
    First, grab the easy 10 rings box, and hover over 6 more rings.  But 
    beware of the Hawks who shoot lots of projectiles at you.  Continue 
    along the path, collecting rings and avoiding enemies.  After getting 
    past the first set of Kiki's, go to the lower part of the stage.  To 
    the right, you may be able to spot a platform with about 12 rings on 
    it, floating in the quicksand.  Get them, then take the spring up and 
    continue as normal.  Now, once past the door where you see two Kiki's 
    bombing you, get ahead to the wall of this area.  There will be two 10 
    ring boxes.  After the maze part, get the 3rd checkpoint, but don't go 
    any farther.  This should raise your rings to about 90, so, now move 
    back, then go the the right of the enterence to the 3rd checkpoint.  
    Two 10 ring boxes will be there to help you finish the mission.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Some point after the 3rd checkpoint, you'll see an ancient shrine right 
    in front of you.  Activate it to open the door.  Go in, and hover down, 
    destroying the Hawks.  Go through the door ahead with the pulley and 
    the sunken blocks.  Take the pulley, then use one of the springs to 
    bounce up to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:30
    
    Follow the same strategy you used to clear all of Tails's other timed 
    missions.  Be sure you know your away around the maze area, and you 
    should be fine.  Also, there is a small shortcut toward the end of the 
    stage.  When the path turns right, and you normally take the left path 
    from there, take the right path.  Be sure you have the bazooka, then 
    use it to break the steal box.  Use the revealed spring to bounce to 
    the right of the screen, which is a slightly quicker route.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    A clear difference at the start is the dramatic increase in Hawks.  
    They suddenly swoop down at you, so look out.  After passing all the 
    Hawks, you'll get to the Kiki's, who now throw larger, more explosive 
    bombs.  Continue to the Unidus platform, where there are now swinging 
    spikeballs.  Go to the left to avoid them.
    
    After passing the 2nd checkpoint, you take the pulley up, but you won't 
    see a way to get up to the next area right away.  To get up there, look 
    around for another pully next to you.
    
    After moving past some more Unidus, you'll notice spinning platforms in 
    the quicksand that you need to get over.  Wait for them to stop 
    spinning, then get on.  Continue the stage to the end, as there are not 
    much other differences.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Hidden Half-fish - at the very last breakable door of the maze area, 
    break the door to the right instead.  From there, go backwards and 
    destroy another door.  The freaky fish will be walking around in the 
    shadows.
    
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    Stage 11: Pyramid Cave
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 15000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:45
    Mission 4: 13000pts.
    Mission 5: 14000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Ram, Condor, Peacock, Bat, Skeliton Dog
    3rd Chao Crate: Skeliton Dog
    
    Total Rings: 418
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. When at the first swing pole, don't get on it, but rather go down.  
    It will be against the wall to the left.
    2. When you get to the hourglass after the bounce bracelet upgrade, go 
    to the right.  The Chao Crate is behind a black box.
    3. From the secret shrine (see secrets) after light dashing the second 
    path of rings, try to land on the grind rail.  It will be straight 
    ahead at the end of the rail.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Past the 3rd checkpoint, to the E-1000.  Homing attack the 
    bumper to bounce higher, the homing attack the Beetle that appears.
    Hard: It is in the same location, only a little more to the right.
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    MISSION 1: INFILTRATE EGGMAN'S HIDDEN BASE
    
    You start by running down a tunnel.  By the end, you have already 
    reached the 1st checkpoint.  Nest, flip the hourglass to temporarily 
    open the door, and proceed until you reach the red swing pole.  Swing 
    on it to get to the other side.  Or, you could go down, but its slower 
    - you'll need to flip an hourglass to make some platforms come out to 
    get you back up.
    
    Flip another hourglass, then get to the next door before it closes.  
    Light dashing the rings will really help.  Proceed, then grab the 
    bounce bracelet, and use it to get onto higher ledges.  Flip the next 
    hourglass, then quickly get to the spring that will bounce you up to 
    the hall leading to the door it opened.
    
    Next, get the flashing key, then place it on the octogon to open the 
    Eggman door guarding the 2nd checkpoint.  Proceed ahead, either with 
    the grind rail or plain old walking.  After passing this area, you'll 
    see another octogon.  Go to the right path, and at the dead end, pick 
    up the key.  Take it to the octogon to open the door.  On the way, it 
    can be used as a throwing weapon.
    
    Past the door is the ghost tunnel.  You'll need to flip the hourglass, 
    then quickly get to the bottom of the tunnel, past the door to the 3rd 
    checkpoint.  There are a lot of annoying ghosts on the way to annoy you 
    and slow you down.  If you get to the bottom of the tunnel and the door 
    is already closed, fall in the pit for a shortcut back to the beginning 
    of the tunnel.
    
    Once past the 3rd checkpoint, flip the hourglass then dash through the 
    doors before they close.  If they do close, you must take the grind 
    rails around them.  Then, somersault under the fence and be dashed to a 
    large loop.  After that, you'll make it to an E-1000 guarding a bumper.  
    Bounce from the bumper and continue on.
    
    Grind across the rail to the next hourglass.  Flip it, then spindash to 
    get up the hill and past the door.  Continue along the long path until 
    you reach the end of the stage.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This is not a hard mission, if you can get the many item boxes.  First, 
    grab the 20 in the spinning hoop before the path in the tunnel, then 
    light dash the path.  Another 20 will be available on the left wall.  
    Light dash the last path in the tunnel, and you'll already have 60 
    rings, and soon 80 after passing the 1st checkpoint.  Finally, fall off 
    the area with the swing pole without falling into the large tourch.  
    Get the two 10 ring capsules for an easy A.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    The shrine is close to the end of the stage.  After the last door, you 
    should see the shrine on the right.  Activate it for a spring, and 
    bounce up to another platform.  Flip the hourglass, then bounce up to 
    the pole.  Swing across all the poles as quickly as possible before the 
    door ahead closes.  Behind the door is the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 4:00
    
    Remember, Light Dash is your friend.  Use it ANYWHERE there's rings.  
    Also, be sure you've practiced getting through all those doors in time.
    
    As for quickest routes, be sure to swing over the poles, not landing 
    below.  The grind rails will also help by a LOT.  Remember to hold B 
    grind down them faster.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The starting cave is now infested by Attack Boos and Boom Boos bouncing 
    around, so be on your guard.  Even after the 1st checkpoint, a Boom Boo 
    is wandering around the path.
    
    The hourglasses in hard mode seem to end quicker as well, so make 
    haste.  Speaking of hourglasses, the one after the bounce bracelet has 
    been moved to the right of the ledge it was previously on.  Also, the 
    spring there has been removed, so you will need to bounce.
    
    The next set of major differences are at the part where you are 
    carrying back the 2nd flashing key.  First of all, the hourglass has 
    been moved to a higher ledge that you can't reach when holding the key, 
    so put down the key, flip the hourglass, pick the key back up, and rush 
    through the door with it.  Next, stepping stones to get the key up 
    higher have been removed.  So, you'll need to get on one of the black 
    boxes, and throw the key onto the next ledge.  You will need to do this 
    twice.
    
    Once you get to the ghost tunnel, you'll immediately notice more ghosts 
    - including Attack Boos and Boom Boos.  The key to getting past them is 
    spindashing.  That's about it for the major differences.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Hoops - jumping through the various hoops in the tunnels will give you 
    various bonuses, up to 600pts.  The higher ones seem to give more 
    points.
    
    Grind rails - grinding some of the rails gives you 300pts.
    
    Through the doors - if you get through certain doors before they close, 
    you can earn up to 300pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Caged Skeliton Dog - to the right of the area with the bounce bracelet, 
    bounce to break the wood box.  Fire somersault the steel box with the 
    cage on it to lower the cage, but not the dog.  Get it from above the 
    cage.
    
    Secret Shrine - right next to the 3rd checkpoint is the shrine, so slow 
    down from the previous boost and activate it.  A path of rings will 
    appear, light dash them.  On the next platform is another shrine.  
    Activate that for another ring path.  This repeats a few times, and on 
    the platforms, you can find extra lives and other items.
    
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    Stage 12: Death Chamber
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 12000pts.
    Mission 2: under 2:30
    Mission 3: under 2:00
    Mission 4: 12000pts.
    Mission 5: 12000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skunk, Rabbit, Tiger, Gorilla
    3rd Chao Crate: Skelliton Dog
    
    Total Rings: 213
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Right under the door to the red area in the core.
    2. In the big blue room, flip an hourglass then go past the east door 
    and dig into the painting.  It is in the room behind.
    3. In the big green room, proceed through the west door.  Go down, then 
    break some boxes.  You'll see the crate with 2 Gorillas walking around 
    it.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: From the beginning, go to the door on the right, and dig into 
    the painting.  In the next room, go to the right and launch a missile 
    that breaks some cages.  Go into the room where the cages broke, and it 
    will appear before the hourglass.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND THE 3 GATE KEYS
    
    First of all, in order to pass certain areas, you will need to dig into 
    certain walls.  The walls you can dig into have paintings with a 
    colored oval center.  Be sure to dig into the oval.
    
    The layout of Death Chamber is arranged sort of like a triangle.  You 
    start in the red section, at the top of the triangle.  The blue section 
    is on the left corner, the green section is on the right corner, and 
    the pyramid core with the large machine is in the center.  Maps of the 
    stage can be seen around the walls, with a blinking dot indicating 
    where you are.
    
    As for searching for emeralds, the only difference is that you are not 
    searching for emeralds.  But rather, you are searching for silver keys 
    with Eggman heads on them. (did you really think you'd get out of 
    treasure hunting that easily?) The radar etc. works the exact same way 
    as with emeralds.  
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Rings should be easy to find here, especially with the back ring trick- 
    *smacked*  Anyways, before wandering around everywhere, go to the blue 
    section.  Find the magna shield, then glide through every hallway, 
    magnetizing every ring in sight.  A must if you wish to score an A.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    First, go to the lowest section of the pyramid core.  Find the ancient 
    shrine somewhere around the circle, then activate it to open a door on 
    the ground.  Be sure you have the air necklace, then dive down into the 
    water.
    
    Once down there, take note of where the door on the wall exactly is, 
    then flip the hourglass on the other side, and make haste to the door 
    before it closes.  Inside, swim past the E-1000's to the ghost room.  
    As soon as you exit the ghost room, swim straight up immediately to a 
    hole in the ceiling.
    
    Once out of the water, you sight an hourglass above.  Flip it, then 
    glide to the wall on either side.  The door opened is right above the 
    hourglass, so quickly climb there and to the trapped Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: FIND THE 3 KEYS WITHIN 5:00
    
    First, be sure you know the stage well, as it is extremely large and 
    confusing.  And as always, don't be afraid to use the monitors a little 
    bit, as you will be rewarded a large time bonus.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Aside from the increase in enemies, especially the Boom Boo's, the 
    hourglasses now seem to run out of time much quicker.
    
    At the beginning of the stage, flip the hourglass then rush to the left 
    door.  Punch as you go through it to defend yourself from the Boom Boo.  
    Continue across the path until you reach the room with the flashing 
    floor, guarded by a Gola.  Dig into the painting on the right.
    
    You'll now be in the room with the first key.  After getting rid of 
    those pesky ghosts and E-1000's, flip the hourglass.  Then, go left to 
    the platform the hourglass made come out, and punch the steel boxes.  
    Inside is another hourglass.  This one opens the door in the center of 
    the floor.  After flipping it, drill claw into the floor center where 
    the door opened to dig out the key.
    
    Now, get out of that room and make it to the pyramid core.  Go to where 
    the shrine is that you used to get to the Chao.  Activate it and go in 
    the water.  Make it through the doors, and as soon as you pass the 
    ghost room, go straight to the back of the next room - don't go up just 
    yet.  Go behind the alter at the back and grab the key, but beware of 
    Unidus.
    
    Now you can go up to the Chao room, but before you do, throw the switch 
    on the ceiling just before the upward hole.  (prevents a weight from 
    trapping you inside the next room)  Once up in the room, flip the 
    hourglass, then go back down in the water.  The hourglass opens the 
    floor in the small room in the second step.  Under the floor is the 
    final key.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment.
    
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    Boss: King Boom Boo
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    Location: Death Chamber (pyramid core?)
    
    Hits: 4
    
    Time to do battle with the king of ghosts.  He will start by throwing 
    several blue fireballs at you while chasing you around the circular 
    area of the battlefield.  Run away from him quickly, but not too 
    quickly.  If you run away from him at full speed, he will turn around 
    and begin chasing you in the other direction. (he isn't as dumb as he 
    looks)  After chasing you for a bit, you will stop to spew large 
    flames.  This is your chance to run to his back and get his little 
    ghost servent that always hangs behind him.  Punch the ghost to make 
    him drop the hourglass he's holding, then the hourglass will flip, thus 
    causing a door in the ceiling to open, letting in a little light.  As 
    everyone knows, ghosts hate light, so this is your chance to nail him.  
    As soon as the sun shines in, he will hid under the ground, but you can 
    still see his shadow.  Dig into the shadow to send him running, then 
    punch him to cause him pain.  He will then run away from you at full 
    speed until the room becomes dark again.  This process repeats for the 
    whole battle.  But when he's halfway defeated, he will started chomping 
    at you trying to have a nice echidna dinner.  When he's doing this, you 
    must run at full speed.  After chomping, he will go back to throwing 
    fireballs, so continue back to the normal strategy to beat him.
    
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    Boss: Egg Golem
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Location: Hidden Base (inside)
    
    Hits: 4
    
    The second pyramid boss is Egg Golem... the Golem. (I bet you'd never 
    guess he was a golem...)  He mainly tries to smash you with his fists, 
    which are pretty easily avoidable.  When he does so, make your way 
    around the circle to his back, where Dr. Robuttnik had conveniently 
    built steps onto the golem's back with Sonic destroying his creation in 
    mind.  Use the steps to get up the golem, and when you see the flashing 
    hyrogliphs on the steps, homing attack them up to the top of his head, 
    dealing him a hit.  After he is halfway defeated, your method of 
    hitting him will change.  Now, he will try to smash his face into you.  
    When his head is down, use the bounce attack to get higher, then homing 
    dash the head to deal him a hit.  If you have any trouble in defeating 
    the golem, go down in the quicksand (which Sonic can get out of) and 
    get some of the ring boxes down there.
    
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    Stage 13: Eternal Engine
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    Character: Tails
    
    Checkpoints: 5
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 35000pts.
    Mission 2: under 3:30
    Mission 3: under 2:45
    Mission 4: 30000pts.
    Mission 5: 35000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Racoon, Boar, Parrot, Condor
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 194
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Straight through the door past the Hornet after the first 
    checkpoint.  It is behind some wooden boxes, near the switch.
    2. Past the Artifical Chaos area after the 2nd checkpoint, you'll end 
    up in a room with wood boxes on the left and steel boxes on the right.  
    Break the steel boxes to find the Chao Crate.
    3. Just after passing the 3rd checkpoint, you'll notice a locked door 
    ahead.  So, continue ahead the normal path, until at the outside 
    walkway.  Take the first pulley up to the next walkway, then look down.  
    At the gap, you'll see another walkway with a pulley.  Throw the switch 
    there, then use the pulley to hover back to the door.  From there, go 
    back to the locked door, which is now open.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Just after the 5th checkpoint is the area where you float 
    across.  You'll spot it on the left just after the falling platform.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: DESTROY THE COLONY'S POWER GENERATOR
    
    Eternal Engine is one of the most difficult stages in the game, due to 
    its longevity combined with its many hazards.
    
    Just like in Prison Lane, you must destroy enemies at some parts to 
    continue on, such as the two Beetles at the start.  Also like Prison 
    Lane, you must deal with more of those annoying Wing Beetles.  Continue 
    through the path of the stage, locking on to the many Beetles armed 
    with guns and bombs.
    
    When you get to the room with crates and springs on either side, take 
    the spring to the right and onto the pully, before you get bombed.  At 
    the top of the pully, bust the bombing Beetle and continue up the next 
    pulley.  At the top, you will spot a Hornet.  It won't attack just yet, 
    until you reach its ground.  Lock onto all its bombs, as well as all 
    the bombs of the next Hornet behind it to earn a possible Perfect bonus 
    of 2000pts.
    
    After the first checkpoint, you'd better stop being reckless with that 
    lock-on laser.  This is because, from here on, the stage is littered 
    with dynamite and chemical containers - if they explode, the walls and 
    ground of the colony will fall off, and you will be sucked right out 
    into space!  In order to pass these rooms alive yet still score a 
    bonus, lock onto everything in the room, but don't fire until you've 
    reached the end.
    
    Past the next door, destroy the Hornet, then notice that the door on 
    the right is locked.  To open it, go straight ahead and throw the 
    switch behind the wood boxes.  Don't fire any projectiles near the 
    wall, as you could blow it up.  Continue through the door that has 
    opened, to the outside bridge, then lock onto the next Hornet from a 
    distance - if you are close, you could blow the bridge up with yourself 
    on it.
    
    After passing the next explosive room, you'll come to an outside area.  
    Fall straight off the platform and onto another with a rocket.  Launch 
    it to break the cages ahead, then continue across the platforms.  Once 
    passing the door inside, be sure to walk along the wall, or risk being 
    gushed by a weight.  After the weight falls, hit the switch between the 
    springs and under the propane tank to make it go back up, then take the 
    spring on the right to the top of the weight.  Take the pullies up to 
    the 2nd checkpoint.
    
    Now, prepare to face Artifical Chaos: Type P1, which hides in its blob 
    body for defense.  Keep firing your volcan cannon at it until it lifts 
    its head in order to defeat it and open the door.  Proceed through 
    another explosive hall with more Artificial Chaos, but don't worry 
    about killing them.
    
    In the next room, you need to take platforms over the acid while 
    avoiding the lasers.  Simply standing between the lasers is the way to 
    get past this part.   Get the health baloon, then continue to the 3rd 
    checkpoint.  Take the door to the right when you come across a locked 
    one, and make your way to the outside walkway.
    
    Shoot first, then approach slowly, as you don't want to blow up the 
    platform you're standing on.  Along this area, Wing Beetles prove once 
    again to be a big nussaince.  Get inside to the 4th checkpoint, then 
    pass another explosive room.  Get to another outside area.  Don't worry 
    about blowing up the bridge here, as all it does is make you take 
    longer in getting the Bazooka if you haven't already.
    
    Bust through some metal boxes at the bottom, then go to another 
    explosive room.  After passing that, you'll end up to a room with 
    another Artifical Chaos.  This one doesn't sheild itself, however, you 
    must be carefull when shooting it.  If you blow up the dynamite behind 
    it, getting onto the next pully will be a major struggle.
    
    Go on to the 5th checkpoint, and out into outer space.  You will float 
    around here, causing your lock-on ray to be hard to aim.  Don't worry 
    about locking onto each hornet bombs, just destroy the things before 
    they bomb you.  Float your way to the door on the other side, and 
    beware of the Hornet behind it.
    
    Destroy the Artifical Chaos past the next door, then fall down the long 
    pit.  Be sure to hover, making it easier to avoid those lasers all over 
    the place.  Beware of the alternating laser beams, so you may have to 
    alternate between hovering and falling.  But that's not the only 
    hazard, there are Beetles and Artifical Chaos here as well!
    
    Toward the end, be sure to land on the platform.  There, you see the 
    power generator right in front of you.  Lock on to all the parts of the 
    generator at once, scoring you loads of bonus points, including a few 
    Perfect's.  When locking on, watch out for the Energy Control Cannons 
    shooting their deadly probes at you.  After blowing the whole thing up, 
    the goal ring will be revealed.  Hover over to it, and Eternal Engine 
    is finally over.  Phew!
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    First of all, don't bother shooting unless you absoulutly need to.  Be 
    sure to avoid all explosions, grab every ring along the path, avoid the 
    weight mentioned earlier, and remember the strategy for defeating the 
    P1 Type Artificial Chaos.  This mission may take many tries, but 
    remember, it IS possible.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Just as you get to the very first outside area, look to the left and 
    see a platform with a shrine on it.  Activate it for some platforms, 
    and follow the path to a moving platform and a door.  Hover to the 
    platform then into the door.  There are Artifical Chaos here, but DON'T 
    SHOOT, as there is a bomb inside!  One shot and *boom* goes the whole 
    place.  So, go on to the moving platform ahead, and hover just over the 
    laser beams and into the door where the Chao can be found.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 5:00
    
    Be sure you practiced this stage.  Eternal Engine is quite difficult, 
    as is reaching the goal in 5:00.  Be sure you know the quickest way to 
    get through, and follow the same strategy as you did in past timed 
    missions.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Oh great, a hard stage made even harder.  However, not much was changed 
    besides the enemies.
    
    As for physical changes, moving platforms are now about 4 times 
    smaller.  Also, tons more explosives have been added.  A notable 
    example is past the 3rd checkpoint - err wait, the lamp posts there 
    have been removed, so technicly there is no 3rd checkpoint!
    
    Anyways, past where the 3rd checkpoint used to be, is an outdoor 
    walkway.  There is a ridiculous amount of explosives here, so one shot 
    means certain doom.  It is best to pass through without shooting.
    
    There aren't much other differences in structure, but this mission is 
    still a big pain.  Good luck... you'll need it.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment.
    
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    Stage 14: Meteor Herd
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 13000pts.
    Mission 2: under 2:00
    Mission 3: under 1:30
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Penguin, Seal, Rabbit, Ram, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 250
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. It can be found next to one of the construction vehicles on the 
    ground, left of the beginning.
    2. On the base of the central tower, near the spring, punch the meteor 
    into the door to reveal the crate.
    3. Get to the upper area where there are 6 large, rectangle containers.  
    Go into the left one at the front to find the crate.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard:  Currently unknown...
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    This stage is extremely large, but it is wide open so it is not 
    terribly difficult to navigate.  You start on the ground area, which 
    has a bunch of ledges and construction equipment.  In the middle is the 
    central tower, and above the central tower is a ton of floating 
    platforms.  At the very top of the stage is space station ARK.  Keep in 
    mind these landmarks, and finding the emeralds shouldn't be too hard.
    
    There aren't much enemies here, but the constant falling meteors more 
    than make up for that.  Also, on the ground area, there is a different 
    type of meteor, that looks like a rock covering up a blue block.  These 
    can be punched into blue blocks or locked doors to break them.  The 
    closer you are to them, the farther they are punched.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    The majority of the rings in this stage are found on the ground area, 
    both scattered and in item boxes.  As usual, there's the back ring 
    trick, but because of the scarseness of enemies, you will need to be 
    hit by a meteor.  They never hit you when you want them to... but of 
    course, one comes and hits you just as you have obtained 99 rings.  To 
    avoid the meteors, be sure to move around at all time.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Take the rockets all the way up to ARK.  On one of ARK's higher ledges, 
    you should find the ancient shrine.  Activate it to open a portal, then 
    get it.  Fall through a room with another shrine at the bottom, and 
    activate it for another portal.  Go in there to end up in the room with 
    the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: GET THE EMERALD PIECES IN 4:30
    
    I have nothing new to say.  Just use the monitors without too much 
    worry over point reduction.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    There are more enemies this time around, specificly Hornets, as well as 
    the occasional Pheonix; this is one of the few stages the Pheonix 
    Hornet appears in.
    
    For the first emerald, get to the base of the centeral tower.  Go 
    around all the doors, and take note of the one where an ! appears above 
    your head.  Now, gently punch a meteor into that door, and the emerald 
    will be revealed.
    
    For the next one, get on top of the central tower and use the sping on 
    one of the corners to get to a large platform.  Now, find the dented 
    beam there with an extra life on the end, and put on the sunglasses.  
    Take the spring that appears there, then a second invisible spring.  
    Then, you'll see the emerald, so reach it by gliding.
    
    Finally, work your way up to ARK.  On one of its lower platforms is a 
    Pheonix enemy.  Destroy it, then put on the sunglasses again.  A spring 
    will appear near the moon symbol.  Bounce of it, then glide foward and 
    grab the floating emerald.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    2 free Pheonix's - the first one is near where two large, rectangle 
    containers are next to eachother high above the ground.  You'll spot it 
    franticly flying around in circles under a platform.  For the other 
    one, go to ARK.  On one of the station's higher ledges, if you look out 
    into space, you can see the firey chicken flying around.  Glide to get 
    it.
    
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    Boss: Rouge
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    Character: Knuckles
    
    Location: Meteor Herd, central tower
    
    Hits: 4
    
    When on the ground, Rouge shouldn't be difficult to attack at all.  The 
    problem is when the floor opens and you float upward.  You must keep 
    track of what beam Rouge went on, and not lose track, or else you'll 
    have to wait for the floor to close back up.  When Rouge uses her Black 
    Wave attack, the best defense is to glide away from it.
    
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    Stage 11: Pyramid Cave
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 5
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 17000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 3:00
    Mission 3: Under 5:00
    Mission 4: 16000pts.
    Mission 5: 15000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skunk, Seal, Bear, Tiger, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 391
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Its just before the 4th checkpoint, in plain sight.
    2. At the area where you got the flame ring, walk toward the screen 
    until you get to a large acid pit.  Grind the rails on the sides of the 
    walls to make it to the crate.
    3. After the warp tube where the gold beetle appeared, there will be a 
    narrow, red beam with swinging spikeballs.  After passing them, go 
    through the door and reverse the gravity.  Launch the missile to break 
    the acid lock, where the final crate is.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Just before the short warp tube guarded by two Shield Hunters, 
    it should appear on the left.
    Hard: It will appear earlier.  Just as you are sliding down the rail to 
    the short warp tube, it will appear where the path curves.
    
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    MISSION 1: HURRY AND FIND EGGMAN
    
    Welcome to the "Death Egg" off SA2.  As with all Sonic games in the 
    past, the final stages are huge spaceships with warp tubes and reversed 
    gravity at times.  There are many gravity switches here, so whenever 
    you see one, press B near it to reverse the gravity.  However, since 
    SA2 is 3D, not only will you walk on the ceiling, you can walk on the 
    walls as well, with horizontal gravity.
    
    After activating the first gravity switch in the stage, go to the left 
    to find a shield, as you may need it here.  Continue foward then 
    reverse the gravity again.  Back on normal gravity, you will encounter 
    a Hunter that shoots a gum-like substance to get you stuck.  Destroy 
    it, then continue to the Artifical Chaos.  The Magic Gloves are useful 
    for defeating these blobs, as it seems to blow them up just before 
    their Tenticles reach you, if you are quick enough.
    
    Take the pullies to the 1st checkpoint as well as a warp tube.  Homing 
    attack the glass to get in.  On the other side, dash past the Beetles 
    over the acid pit and to the next gravity switch.  Reverse the gravity 
    and get the spring that bounces you down - or rather, up.  Somersault 
    through the small opening in the wall.  After the 2nd checkpoint, grind 
    down the ceiling rail, without falling into the acid.
    
    Now, you'll be in a room with three choices of gravity settings.  Don't 
    use the middle switch, it will lead you to a death pit!  The right 
    switch will take you the correct way.  The left switch is just a slower 
    way of getting to the right switch area, but a shield can be found 
    here.  Once in right gravity, grind down the rail into normal gravity, 
    but look out for the Artifical Chaos at the end.
    
    Continue foward, and you'll end up at the first Artifical Chaos Guard 
    Type.  Don't use your homing attack, as it will probably lead you into 
    an exploding cell, and it will simply take long.  You could somersault 
    through the cells, earning loads of points, but there is still a risk 
    of explosion.  Bounce attack is the best way to get through them, with 
    the lowest risk of explosion, and the quickest way to pass the area.  
    Or, if you can get back to charge up a light attack, that would be 
    great.
    
    After destroying the Artifical Chaos Guard, continue to the 3rd 
    checkpoint.  After sliding down some rails and somersaulting Shield 
    Hunters, you'll get to an acid pit where you must dash over electric 
    shield Beetles.  Wait for their shields to dissapear, then dash them.  
    At the end of them, either light dash the path of rings, or carefully 
    land on the rail below.
    
    You'll now be at the 4th checkpoint.  Homing attack the glass to get 
    into the long warp tube.  You'll come out in reversed gravity.  
    Continue foward, and be sure to grab the flame ring.  Then, when on the 
    ceiling, break the steel boxes and somersault through the small 
    opening.  Continue along the main path, and if you have a magna shield, 
    you may as will get rid of it, because it could screw up your light 
    dash, which you will be relying heavily on.  Light dash over the acid, 
    then break the 2nd metal box to reveal a spring, which will bounce you 
    back into normal gravity.  Destroy the Artifical Chaos to open a door 
    into space.  Light dash along the long ring path, and to the next 
    Artifical Chaos Guard, which you should now know how to deal with.
    
    Slide down the next long rail, then somersault to defeat the Sheild 
    Hunters, after killing the Gold Beetle.  Use the warp tube to the next 
    room, and kill all 3 Artifical Chaos to open the next door.  Now, you 
    could either go across the narrow support beam, or fall down to another 
    Artifical Chaos Guard Type.  Either way, you'll eventually get to a 
    door that opens after somersaulting sheild hunters.
    
    Pass the 5th Checkpoint, and throw the switch to open the door ahead.  
    You are now at the final outside area.  Use the gravity switch to get 
    up to the purple block, then use another to get to the green block, 
    this time in horizontal gravity.  Get to the black boxes, then bounce 
    from them to get to the next gravity switch which leads to the yellow 
    block, also in horizontal gravity.  At the end of it, homing attack the 
    Beetle and hold foward to get on the blue block without falling into 
    the darkness of space.  With the next gravity switch, you'll be back on 
    the yellow block, only now in normal gravity.  Smash the Artifical 
    Chaos, and go backwards to get a shield, if you want.  Get the next 
    horizontal gravity switch, then use the spring.  Bounce to the top of 
    the yellow block behind you, not the blue block in front of you.  From 
    there, hit the spring to grind a rail to the green block.  Get the 
    spring at the end, and hold foward to get on a purple block.  Light 
    dash the rings to the blue block.  Use the gravity switch to get to the 
    purple block, yet again.  Get the switch to activate a missile at the 
    end of the stage, then take the gravity switch to the red block.  Take 
    the path blocked by a spinning Artifical Chaos, then get down to the 
    ledge where you launch the missile to break the acid lock, then get to 
    the goal ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    As long as you know how to defeat Artifical Chaos without a scratch, 
    this mission will be extremely easy.  Especially if you get the shields 
    mentioned in mission 1.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    He can be found at the end of the stage, in the outer space area.  When 
    on the red block, don't go past the Artifical Chaos, but rather, go to 
    the left, and hit the gravity switch.  You'll land on the purple block 
    yet agian.  Make it to the end, and activate the shrine for a path of 
    rings.  Light dash it while holding foward so you reach the reb block.  
    The Chao will be up ahead, but watch out you don't get shot off the 
    block by the Wing Beetles.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 5:00
    
    First, get to know the stage and all its quickest routes.  Don't waste 
    any time in this mission.  When there are rails on the ceiling, don't 
    slide down them, as running is much quicker.  And, as usual, light dash 
    any and all rings along the path.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Of course, there are tons more enemies, specificly the whole Artifical 
    Chaos family.  Aside from that, there are also many changes in the 
    stage's structure.
    
    First of all, some time before the 2nd checkpoint, where you used a 
    spring in reversed gravity to get to the next platform, that has now 
    been removed.  In order to get up, you must use the black boxes along 
    the wall.  It may be difficult at first, due to the screwed up gravity.  
    But don't worry, you'll get it right after a few tries.
    
    Next, in the room after the second checkpoint where you had 3 choices 
    of gravity settings, you only have two now.  The right one has been 
    removed, so take the left one.
    
    Then, at the the part where you need to destroy the Artifical Chaos 
    Guard type in order to continue, an extra one has been added... look 
    behind you.
    
    Then, after the 2nd warp tube, you will end up in normal gravity rather 
    than reversed gravity.  You must use a grind rail to pass the acid pit.  
    Wait for the Beetles at the other side to stop using their electric 
    sheilds, then quickly grind across the rain and dash up the Beetles.
    
    Just after that, you must once again use black boxes as stepping stones 
    once again to continue on.  Bounce up to the ones on the right, then be 
    sure to hang onto the red rail to get to another box.  Bounce up to the 
    above path.
    
    Then, at the acidic area where there used to be a path of rings, there 
    is now a row of Beetles.  Wait for the electric shield to go down, then 
    dash them.  Doing this in reversed gravity can be quite awkward, but it 
    is not as hard as it seems.
    
    Finally, out in space, the switch to activate the missile launcher has 
    been moved.  First, you must pass the spring on the platform before it 
    is accessable.  It can be found on the green block, next to a black 
    box.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Slide then slay - if you kill an enemy just after landing from a 
    ceiling rail, you will be rewarded 500-600pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Acidic ancient shrine - when near the first Artifical Chaos guard type, 
    go backwards.  There will be an ancient shrine sitting in the acid.  
    Jump on it, and activate it from the top.  Platforms will appear, so 
    take them up to a door.  There will be a gravity switch there, so you 
    can explore parts of the stage in reversed gravity that you couldn't 
    before, and find shortcuts/items.
    
    Caged Pheonix - take the same route you used to get the lost Chao.  Go 
    to the right of the red platform where the Chao can be found, and jump 
    onto a blue platform.  Launch the missile to destroy the cage of the 
    Pheonix you had passed earlier.  Use the spring to get back to it.
    
    Take Omochao through goal ring - on various stages, taking Omochao 
    through the goal ring will make him say different things.  Here, he'll 
    say "Hmm, this looks like a game I've seen before..."
    
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    Boss: Eggman
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    Character: Tails
    
    Location: Eternal Engine
    
    Hits: 5
    
    Dr. Robuttnik is back, and he means business.  Although it is easy to 
    shoot him up close, it is not a good idea, as it is also easy for him 
    to shoot you up close!  Use your volcan cannon, and try blowing up the 
    chemical container in the center when he is around it, this deals him 
    about twice the normal damage.  When he fires a barage of missiles, the 
    best thing to do is run.  And, when he fires that enourmous Power 
    Laser, you must jump away from him then hover.
    
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    Stage 16: Final Rush
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 6
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 13000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 4:30
    Mission 4: 13000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Peacock, Penguin, Condor, Ram
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 544
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. When at the first long platform, go to the left and spindash up the 
    rail.
    2. It is easily found after the first checkpoint.
    3. You will bounce from 3 springs and then onto a grind rail.  Jump up 
    it, backwards, to reach the crate.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently Unknown...
    Hard: Currently Unkown...
    
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    MISSION 1: HURRY AND FIND THE POINT OF THE CANNON
    
    In order to pass the final stage of the hero side story, you must have 
    sufficent grinding skills, as this stage is made up of completely grind 
    pipes, with a few platforms thrown in.  The first part of the stage is 
    quite simple, grind down the pipes without falling into the atmosphere 
    and burning to a crisp.
    
    For the most part, this stage doesn't need a lot of explanation, just 
    grind, grind, and grind.  When you get to a verticle rail, homing 
    attack to get up it.  These verticle rails can be found after the 2nd 
    checkpoint.
    
    Also, some time after the 2nd checkpoint, you'll get to 3 choices of 
    breakable crates.  Bounce attack each crate to go to the route its 
    blocking.  The crate on the left leads to a Magna Shield, and the 
    middle and right crates lead to the normal route; the middle one is 
    quicker.
    
    Continue along the path, grinding up more verticle rails with the 
    homing attack.  When you are bounced from three springs to a rail, hold 
    B to go down it quicker.
    
    Some time after the 5th checkpoint, you will be dashed up a long, 
    verticle rail with a spring at the top.  To get up, hold B while 
    grinding on it.
    
    Toward the stage's end, there is once again a choice of 3 crates.  They 
    all lead to the exact same route, with you running down a ramp in the 
    atmosphere, while running away from pieces of space junk.  You'll be 
    bounced to the goal ring at the end.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Final Rush has a particularly large suply of rings, and little enemies 
    to boot, so getting 100 will be absolutely no problem.  To get 100 
    quicker, be sure to grab the item boxes on the left rail at the long 
    grinding part past the first checkpoint.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Just before the 6th checkpoint, you'll see an ancient shrine along the 
    bridge.  activate it for some platforms on the right, and take them up 
    to a grind rail.  Getting up this rail is quite tricky, as you must 
    jump across a curved, upward pipe.
    
    Once up, follow the path to another ancient shrine which creates a path 
    of rings upon activation.  Light dash them, then follow a series of 
    croked vertical rails until you make it to the room with the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 5:00
    
    Be sure to hold B to crouch down rails, as this makes you go a lot 
    faster.  You will rely heavily on crouching here, as well as the jumps 
    at the ends of a few pipes. (where the green arrow panels are)
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The stage starts out without much changes besides the enemies.  
    However, the enemy changes can be a big problem from the rails just 
    before 1st checkpoint and ahead.  Don't grind down too fast, or you'll 
    run straight into an Artifical Chaos!
    
    There aren't much major structure changes here, besides the larger 
    gaps.  Also, at the end of the stage, where the 3 wood crates were, 
    there are now 2 Artifical Chaos and a falling weight.  To deactivate 
    the weight, destroy the Artifical Chaos on the right and throw the 
    switch that it reveals.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Rail jumps - these are important for earning an A.  At the end of many 
    long rails, such as the one at the beginning, there is a green light 
    panel with arrows on it.  Be sure to grind down rails while holding B, 
    and when you see one of these panels, jump.  You will do a trick in the 
    air, earning up to 1000pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Shortcut/bonus rail - at the end of the long rail after the 1st 
    checkpoint, you'll end up on a platform with a bomb item box and 2 
    Artifical Chaos.  If you jump off the right, you can see a steep rail.  
    It is hard to miss getting on, as it is quite steep for quite a way 
    down.  While on it, hold B to crouch, then when you get to the end, 
    jump off for 1000pts.  This also saves you a lot of time.
    
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    Boss: Shadow
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Location: Final Chase
    
    Hits: 5
    
    Shadow himself is not much of a problem, it is the terrain.  You must 
    constantly run ahead, not letting the ground collapse with you on it.
    
    The first 2 hits are easily achieved through homing attacks.  After 
    that, Shadow will begin to defend himself by jumping.  Now, don't 
    bother running ahead of him, as he will just Chaos Control back in 
    front of you.  Let him get in front of you, then when he charges up his 
    special attack, begin running.  After evading his attack, hit him while 
    he is recharging.
    
    
    Congratulations, you have now conquered the Hero Side Story.
    
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    3. Walkthrough: Dark Side Story
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    Stage 01: Iron Gate
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 20000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:35
    Mission 3: Under 2:30
    Mission 4: 20000pts.
    Mission 5: 19000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Racoon, Gorilla, Tiger, Skunk, Dragon
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 158
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. After the first checkpoint, take the elevator lift on the right.  
    jump onto the wood boxes and the barrier, which the crate lies on.
    2. Before turning left to the 3rd checkpoint, go to to the right first.  
    Take the elevator platform up to the ledge with the crate.
    3. Don't go straight to the goal ring once in that room, instaid, look 
    behind yourself.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: On the first large elevator, stay on the right.  It will appear 
    toward the end.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: GET TO THE CORE OF THE MILITARY BASE
    
    The Dark Side Story's first stage is a shooter, so people usually play 
    this story last due to the fact that you won't get much "real" Sonic 
    action until a little bit later.  I suspect you have played the Hero 
    Side Story by now, so, you should know the basics by now.
    
    At the start of the stage, blow up a few helpless Beetles until you get 
    to the security door.  To open it, lock onto all 4 corners, then fire.  
    Continue up the elevator lift and through the stage.
    
    After breaching security door no. 2, you'll get to the first large 
    elevator.  Ride it down, and be sure to lock on to a bunch of Beetles.  
    Just don't jump off the elevator just yet, as there is no floor to save 
    you.  When the elevator reaches its destination, however, a bridge will 
    appear.
    
    Pass the 2nd checkpoint, then breach security door no. 3.  Go to the 
    right, and continue along the bridge.  At the end of the bridge, get 
    the 3rd checkpoint and breach security door no. 4.  You'll be at the 
    next large elevator now, which is just like the first.
    
    Continue past security door no. 5 until you get to the hall where you 
    see all the doors closing on you.  Unlike the other security doors, you 
    can't breach these with your weapons.  In order to get in, go on the 
    platform behind you via an elevator lift, then lock onto the control 
    panel with a green light.  A missile will launch, allowing you to reach 
    the goal.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    As long as you know how to dodge attacks and not get hit, this will be 
    real easy.  Just be sure to grab every item box along the path; they 
    are usually in corners.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    After breaching security door no. 3, don't go right along the bridge, 
    but rather, go straight, across the pipe.  Take the spring up to a 
    platform, and break the steel box with the large cannon.  Another 
    spring will be revealed, so bounce on it then hover to the platform 
    ahead.
    
    Take the springs up to the pipe with a path of rings.  Follow them onto 
    the next pipe, then stand against the left wall.  Jump down to a 
    platform in the middle of 2 pipes, and you'll see an ancient shrine.  
    Activate it for some platforms, then follow them up to the last one.  
    Once there, rotate the camera around to find another one, then hover 
    onto it.
    
    Take the pulley up to the room with 2 paths.  You could go right for 2 
    extra lives, but if you are looking for the Chao, go left.  Beware of 
    Hawks on the way to the end.  Once at the end, spot another ancient 
    shrine on the left.  Activate it for a spring leading to some floating 
    platforms.
    
    Hover your way across the platforms and onto a Hunter-infested area.  
    Look for the ledge in the back, then take the elevator lift right next 
    to it to get up.  The Chao will be waiting for you there.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 4:00
    
    Recall the strategy from the timed shooting missions from the Hero Side 
    Story.  Rush through the stage, blowing up all in sight, without 
    wasting time.  However, this mission isn't too difficult.
    
    As for the slow-moving elevators, you could jump off them - but be sure 
    you know what you are doing, as it is quite tricky to bust through the 
    door below without falling into the abyss.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Aside from the swinging spikeballs after the 2nd checkpoint and the 
    increase in enemies, nothing else here has changed.  
    
    In the way of scoring A ranks, this mission could be easier, because 
    more enemies = more points.  Also, the required score for an A has 
    dropped from the normal missions.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Dragon on the pipe - start going up to the area with the lost Chao.  
    After following the path of rings to the pipe before the platform with 
    the shrine.  Walk to the wall on the right from here to find the 
    dragon.
    
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    Boss: Hot Shot
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Location: Iron Gate
    
    Hits: 4
    
    The next if the 3 GUN mechs, Scorpion Troop Hot Shot is slightly 
    tougher than Big Foot, but otherwise easy.  Hot Shot is fought in a 
    similar style to Big Foot.  He starts by flying around, randomly 
    shooting.  The time to attack him is when he lands.  Bear in mind you 
    can't hit him from below, so be sure to jump up and homing dash the 
    cockpit.  After being hit, Hot Shot will fly up and begin to charge up 
    his energy bomb.  It will lock onto you, so be sure to run away at full 
    speed.  Repeat until he's down to his last hit.  Then, he will fire 3 
    energy bombs.  Wait for him to land, then finish him off.
    
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    Stage 02: Dry Lagoon
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    Character: Rouge
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 15000pts.
    Mission 2: under 2:00
    Mission 3: under 0:40
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 17000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Ram, Penguin, Peacock, Otter
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn
    
    Total Rings: 142
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Go under the ledge on the right of the beginning area.  It is next 
    to a red pillar.
    2. Go to the top of the Small Oasis.  It is next to a chamber blocked 
    by 4 wood boxes.
    3. It is on the top of the right pillar at the beginning of the path to 
    the Three Head Wall.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard: Currently unknown...
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    Dry Lagoon is slightly larger than Wild Canyon, but still quite small.
    
    You start in the Small Oasis area.  The area itself is quite large and 
    wide open, but it was named that because of the tiny water hole in the 
    center.  There is also a Huge Oasis area.  In order to get there, you 
    must free the turtle to the right of the start by killing the Hunters.  
    It will then squirm into the water.  Jump on its shell, then press B to 
    go to the Huge Oasis.
    
    In the center of the Huge Oasis is a large pool; this is where the 
    turtle takes you.  Under the water is another turtle, this one is 
    swimming.  Grab hold of it with B, and it will take you through the 
    strong current, and to the Oasis Prison.
    
    At the top of the Large Oasis are two paths.  One way leads to the 
    Three Head Wall, a wall with three statue heads.  Along the path are 
    some pillars.  The other way leads to the Statue's Pool, an area with, 
    well, a statue and a pool.  There are various chambers on the way, just 
    like those in Wild Canyon.
    
    Using all these landmarks as references, finding the emeralds shouldn't 
    be too difficult.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Don't bother with Mr. Turtle, as all the rings you need are easily 
    found in item boxes all around the Small Oasis.  Or, if you are the 
    cheating type, go ahead and use the back ring trick, although it really 
    isn't necassary.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Get to the topmost area of the Small Oasis.  Find the wall blocked by 
    steel boxes, then break them with the iron boots.  A painting is 
    revealed, so dig into it.  Activate the ancient shrine inside to open 
    the door, then go through the portal and to the Chao's personal 
    swimming pool.
    
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    MISSION 4: GET THE EMERALD PIECES IN 3:30
    
    While you have little time, remember, this stage is somewhat small.  
    Although the emerald pieces are randomly hidden, they shouldn't be too 
    tough to find.  Use hints only if you NEED to.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The only notable difference here is the fact that the emeralds are in 
    set positions.
    
    For the first one, get to the top of the small Oasis.  Near where the 
    steel boxes are, there are 3 black boxes surrounding one wood box.  
    Drill claw into the box to reveal a spring that bounces you high in the 
    air.  You will see the emerald in front of you, so glide to get it.
    
    The next one is in the whirlwind just in front of you.  When you see 
    the emerald, float just above it, and don't touch any button.  You 
    should soon be able to grab it by falling into it.
    
    Finally, take the turtle to the Huge Oasis.  Once there, activate the 
    treasure scope and walk straight into the water.  Swim down with B, 
    just under the prison.  With the treasure cope still one, you should 
    see a spring on the ceiling.  Bounce off it and straight into the 
    emerald.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Invisible unicorn - just as you enter the Huge Oasis, go to the 
    platform in front of you.  There is a circle of logs in the ground.  If 
    you stand in the center of them, you may notice the "whistle" option.  
    Press B, and a unicorn will appear out of nowhere.
    
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    Stage 03: Sand Ocean
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 25000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 3:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:00
    Mission 4: 25000pts.
    Mission 5: 23000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Racoon, Peacock, Parrot, Bat
    3rd Chao Crate: Skeliton Dog
    
    Total Rings: 222
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. In the first indoor area, after busting down the first pillar.  On 
    the next platform, go past the swinging spikeball to find it, next to a 
    peacock.
    2. Past the 1st checkpoint, you'll get to a ledge blocked by a large 
    oil tank.  Destroy the tank, then use the base to get to the box.  This 
    crate is also next to a Peacock.
    3. A bit past the 2nd checkpoint, you'll get to a bunch of pillars, 
    high above a sea of quicksand.  Normally, you'd go left, but the crate 
    is on a pillar to the right.  Hover to get to it.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: After crossing the pillar past the 2nd Chao Crate ledge, it 
    will appear atop the next ledge.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: RETURN TO HIDDEN BASE
    
    Dr. Robotnik has placed plenty of booby traps in his base, in order to 
    keep intruders out.  Including himself.  
    
    Sand Ocean is fairly straight-foward, though there are many secret 
    paths, which will be mentioned later.  In his struggle to get into his 
    own base, Eggman must watch out for falling pillars as well as the 
    dreaded quicksand.  There are may platforms moving around in the 
    quicksand, so make sure you are a sufficent jumper in order to cross 
    them.
    
    Continue to the rotation platform at the beginning of the stage.  Wait 
    for it to rotate to the platform ahead, if you can't hover yet.  Don't 
    jump into the flame.  Continue to the platforms floating in quicksand.  
    Unable to hover, you must wait for the platform you are on to reach the 
    next.
    
    Now, at the pillar blocking your path, lock onto the dynamite to knock 
    it down.  Just like any enemy, each dynamite pak can earn you bonus 
    points.  Cross the collapsed pillar to the first indoor area.  When at 
    a large gap of quicksand that you are unable to cross, lock onto the 
    dynamite in the distance.  Stand clear of the falling pillar, so you 
    don't get squished.
    
    Avoid the Hawks and Wing Beetles, then bust the large oil tanks 
    blocking your way. (they take a few hits.)  Continue up the stairs, 
    then bust the dynamite on the next pillar.  Use it to get across to the 
    1st checkpoint.
    
    From here, there isn't much else that is new.  Remember how to cross 
    floating platforms, blow up dynamite, etc etc etc.  Continue through 
    this outdoor area to the 2nd checkpoint, where you eventually go 
    inside.  You will need to go down to a platform, so do it cautiously.  
    There is a Rhino at the bottom, waiting to ram you off the ledge.  
    Proceed through the stage, which basicly recaps what you've already 
    done in this stage.
    
    After the 3rd checkpoint, take the jump plates over a large, flaming 
    gap, and into the next indoor area.  This part relys on going upward, 
    using the pillars that can be collapsed with dynamite.  The pillars 
    knocked down will form a zigzag path upward, leading to the goal.  The 
    weights may also help in getting you up there.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    First of all, there is a hidden 5 ring capsule at the beginning.  Get 
    to the end of the path before the rotating platform, then aim backwards 
    to lock onto the capsule.  Nest, on that rotating platform, with your 
    large cannon, bust those steel boxes to the right to get to a path 
    conaining about 20 rings.
    
    Then, continue the stage as normal.  You know the drill: collect all 
    the rings on the path, and don't get hit.  Also, be sure to pop all the 
    balloons you see, as they contain many rings.  Earning an A this way is 
    no problem.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Right before the 2nd checkpoint, there is a rotating platform.  Let it 
    rotate until you see a platform with a spring.  Hover onto the platform 
    without touching the spring.  From there, you will need to get to an 
    extremely quick moving platform.  Just as it's coming to you, hover to 
    it.
    
    While on the quick plaform, shoot the steel boxes on the path ahead.  
    When they are all destroyed, don't hover to there just yet.  Hover to 
    the closer platform, THEN hover there.  The Chao is up on a platform 
    ahead.
    
    This is the ONLY lost Chao mission that doesn't require the Mystic 
    Melody.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 4:00
    
    Hover, hover, hover.  Hovering is an important skill to utilize in the 
    completion of this mission.  Not only does it help you to cross 
    platforms quicker, but it also allows you to take quite a bit of 
    shortcuts.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    There are more enemies, as usual.  The only other difference here is 
    that some of the platforms are farther apart, so you must hover.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Big Shortcut - get to the area where you got Eggman's mystic melody 
    upgrade. (hover from the rotating platform at the beginning.)  The 
    ancient shrine on that same area creates a portal that will lead you to 
    the area where the 3rd Chao box resides.
    
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    Stage 04: Radical Highway
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:20
    Mission 3: Under 2:30
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 16000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Seal, Boar, Cheetah, Racoon
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn
    
    Total Rings: 310
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. At the first small building where you use the pulley on the right to 
    get up, go to the left instead.  The crate is on this tight path.
    2. After homing dashing the path of Beetles, it is at the end, just 
    below the main road.
    3. Past the large bridge area, right of the rolling cylander.  It is 
    hidden between a bunch of wood boxes.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: At the top of the large bridge area, at the end.  It hovers 
    between the start of the two grind rails.
    Hard: It will be along the main path, past the 3rd checkpoint.  It 
    appears over a gap with elevator cylanders at the end.  Impossible to 
    miss.
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    MISSION 1: BREAK THROUGH THE BESIEGING MILITARY
    
    Radical Highway has many routes, for example, the road will divide into 
    two paths.  It does not matter which one you choose, as they are both 
    the exact same route.
    
    At the start of the stage, you grind down the bridge rail, then bounce 
    off the bumper to the next road.  You will notice Eagles bombing the 
    road.  Avoid the explosions, and continue the path.
    
    After the long runway, you'll be launched to an area with a small 
    building supporting the road ahead.  Take the pulley on the right to 
    get up it.  Take the bumper to the next road, then go to the right.  
    Get up to the next road using either the Beetle or the pulley, then 
    rocket to the first checkpoint.
    
    Somersault under the rotating cylander, then run ahead.  This area is 
    straight foward, thus it doesn't need much explanation.  Then, bounce 
    through the building, then somersault another cylander at the end of 
    the next road.  Now, homing attack the Beetles to the next road.
    
    Ahead, watch out for Eagle bombs that bust the bridge.  Run ahead.  On 
    the road, there is a ramp.  Just like in Sonic's City Escape, you can 
    do jumps over the ramps in Radical Highway.  Not only does the use of 
    the jumps earn you technique points, but it is a shortcut as well, 
    saving you much time.
    
    Work your way up the support buildings.  Take the rocket at the end, 
    and you will fall to the road.  In the air, you could grab a 20 ring 
    box.  Go ahead to the 2nd checkpoint, but be wary of bombs.  After a 
    few loops, you'll reach the large bridge area.
    
    You could either take the top route, which is reached through a jump, a 
    spring, or a swing bar.  This way is probably easier and faster.  From 
    here, use the swing bar to get to some elevator cylanders.  Once the 
    Beetles ahead are done with their electric sheilds, dash through them.  
    Make it up to the top of the bridge, where you could either grind down 
    the left or right rail.  You can do jumps at the end of these rails for 
    some nice bonuses, then continue along the main path.
    
    Backtracking to the beginning of the large bridge area, you could also 
    take the bottom route.  While it appears as a large gap, you will float 
    right over it.  Avoid the Beetles, then somersault between the two 
    cylanders.  Continue to the road.  Get atop the small building then 
    continue, but beware of the Eagle ahead, who is constantly firing a 
    volcan cannon at you.  Dash the Beetles, then destroy the Volcan Eagle.
    
    Now, continue to the 3rd checkpoint.  Proceed down the road, then make 
    it up the next area either using the swing poles, or the ground.  The 
    rest of the stage is nothing new, thus an explanation isn't needed.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    There are plenty or rings here, specificly in the middle of the road.  
    It would also be wise to take the ring trail (with your light dash) 
    that leads to the flame ring upgrade.  Light dash is also essential in 
    collecting paths or rings as quickly as possible, as it will help you 
    earn an A.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Get to the very top of the large bridge area (where the Gold Beetle 
    is).  Get to the left, and instead of going foward, go backwards.  
    Grind down the rail, being sure to crouch with B.  You should be able 
    to land on the other bridge top, where the shrine is.  Activate it for 
    platforms to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:00
    
    For beginners, 3:00 is too little time.  So, be sure you know the 
    quickest way around the stage before even attempting this mission.  
    Remember, use your spindash to get quick boosts, light dash EVERY path 
    of rings, use the swing poles, and jump every ramp.  This will take 
    practice, but practice makes perfect.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    There are many minor differences here, such as more enemies, the 
    removal of swing poles, etc.  There aren't a heck of a lot of major 
    differences.
    
    First, after passing the first checkpoint, there is only one spring 
    leading to the bouncy building, so be sure to hit it.
    
    The next difference is at the large bridge area.  You cannot take the 
    bottom route, as the air current that caused you to float across is 
    gone.  You are forced to take the top.
    
    Then, after bouncing the spring past the 3rd checkpoint, you won't 
    touch a swing pole, so you must run.  Quickly.  RUN DANGIT!  This is 
    because, in order to pass the next gap, you will need to use the 
    quickly dissapearing Gold Beetle to get to the elevator cylanders 
    ahead.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Jumps - whenever you see a ramp, run up it.  At the end, jump to do a 
    trick in midair, usually worth about 500pts.
    
    End of the grind - On grind rails, hold B to slide faster.  At the end, 
    jump to do a trick in midair, earning you up to 1000pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment.
    
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    Stage 05: Egg Quarters
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    Character: Rouge
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 12000pts.
    Mission 2: under 2:00
    Mission 3: under 1:00
    Mission 4: 13000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Gorilla, Bear, Skunk, Parrot, Half-fish
    3rd Chao Crate: Half-fish
    
    Total Rings: 189
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. In the Snake Chamber, go East.  The crate will be to the left, 
    inside that hall enterence.
    2. From there, go to the Snake Alter.  Activate the shrine atop the 
    alter, and go into the portal.  To the back of the room, is a chamber 
    with the crate, guarded by an E-1000 robot.
    3. Proceed to the Fish Chamber, and launch the missile.  Go into the 
    revealed room, then go right.  Drill Drive the wood box to the right to 
    also drill open the final Chao Crate.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Get to the Snake Chamber.  On the west side is a passage 
    blocked by some wood boxes.  Break them, and the Beetle will appear in 
    the small room.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND THE 3 GATE KEYS
    
    Rouge's equivlent of Knux's Death Chamber; this mission requires you to 
    find three silver keys that are shaped like Eggman heads.  Finding keys 
    works exactly the same as finding emeralds.
    
    Also, a major hazard in this stage is the invincible Egg Beetle.  He 
    will patrol the many rooms of the Egg Quarters, searching for intruders 
    to vaporize.  You'll know the Egg Beetle is coming when the room is 
    flashing green.  When he catches sight of you, the screen will flash 
    red, and a shrill beeping sound is heard.  Then, he will fire a laser 
    at you, which is pretty much impossible to escape from.  However, while 
    hiding in any shadow, the Egg Beetle won't see you, thus it won't fire; 
    you will now be able to wait for it to leave the room.
    
    As for the layout, it is divided into four major rooms, so it shouldn't 
    be hard to find your way around, taking these notes into consideration.  
    You start in the red Egg Scorpion, located toward the back of the 
    stage.  Proceed ahead, and you'll make it to the blue Egg Fish Chamber.  
    From there, you may proceed along the path to the green Egg Snake 
    Chamber.  From there, you will make it the the Snake Alter, which has 
    many large pillars, etc.  Exiting the Snake Alter, you will return to 
    the Scorpion Chamber.
    
    As for the keys, take note of the stage's layout, and remember, some 
    can only be reached by digging.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Avoid the Egg Beetle!  There are not many rings here, so every one ring 
    counts.  So, don't get hit (unless you're doing the back ring trick, 
    which I highly recommend).  Especially by that darned Egg Beetle!  
    Anyways, the majority of the rings in Egg Quarters are around the Snake 
    Alter, in both single and item box form.  Once again, AVOID THE EGG 
    BEETLE!
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Go to the Snake Alter.  Atop the alter is an Ancient Shrine, so 
    activate it.  Go into the portal, which will take you to a secret room 
    with a weight, and some useless ghosts.  The Chao is in this room; you 
    may hear it crying.  But, don't hang around here trying to get under 
    the weight, where he is, as it will crush you to death.  To deactivate 
    the weight, dig into the oval painting on the left.  You'll end up in a 
    room with many steel boxes in the floor.  Go to the one just before the 
    top-left one, and drill drive it to reveal a switch.  Once you throw 
    the switch, dig into the center oval painting on the ground.  You'll 
    now be on top of the deactivated weight.  Go into the pit below it to 
    find your Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: FIND THE 3 KEYS WITHIN 3:00
    
    Picturing the stage's layout in mind, it is actually quite small.  
    Running though each room should guaruntee you to search out the keys in 
    under three minutes without much problems.  However, if you do have 
    problems, don't hesitate to use the monitors, as you shall recive a 
    large time bonus to make up for lost points.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    For the first key, continue foward from the start.  You may notice that 
    it is in a cage, so, in order to get it, you will need a small Kiki 
    bomb (not a large one).  To get one, proceed to the Fish Chamber.  On 
    the Fish Chamber's exit path, there will be a caged Kiki.  Let him 
    throw a bomb at you.  Just pick it up and carry it back to the cage - 
    don't worry, it won't explode until you put it down.  Get to the caged 
    key, then place the bomb beside it.  Back away, then grab the key once 
    the cage is blown up.
    
    The next one is hidden in the Snake Alter room.  To the left, there's 
    an oval painting where the key is hidden.  However, you cannot reach 
    the oval, because cages are blocking it.  So, you will need another 
    Kiki bomb.  You can get a bomb in the machinery hallway just ahead; the 
    Kiki will bomb you from the ceiling.  With the bomb, go back to where 
    the cages were.  Get on top of the table with the cages, then place the 
    bomb and back off.  With the cages gone, you should be able to dig into 
    the oval and get the key.
    
    Finally, go to that hallway with the ceiling Kiki, the same one you 
    used for the previous key.  Activate your Treasure Scope, then pick up 
    a bomb, and take it to the Snake Chamber.  With your treasure scope, 
    you should see a spring here.  Take it up to a chamber with the caged 
    key.  Place the bomb, then get out.  Once the explosion has settled, go 
    in and grab the key.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Caged Half-Fish - grab a Kiki bomb, first of all.  Then, go to the 
    Snake Alter.  On the back right wall, you should see the Half-fish.  
    Place the bomb, then back off.  The explosion will set the creature 
    free.
    
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    Stage 06: Lost Colony
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 34000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 2:00
    Mission 3: Under 2:30
    Mission 4: 34000pts.
    Mission 5: 44000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Rabbit, Boar, Bat, Racoon
    3rd Chao Crate: Skelliton Dog
    
    Total Rings: 205
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. In the looping area.  Hidden behind some wood boxes on the left 
    wall.
    2. It is in plain sight, after passing the looping area.
    3. As soon as the downward moving platform (the one where you saw the 
    Gold Beetle) stops, hover backwards, and you should land near the 
    crate.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: You'll see it when you are moving down on the platform before 
    the 3rd checkpoint.
    Hard: Same area, but a little further away.
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    MISSION 1: FIND THE WAY TO THE COLONY'S CORE
    
    Lost Colony is pitch dark, being that it was shut down 50 or so years 
    ago.  But, you can use the light from your explosions to help you see 
    better.
    
    You start on a platfrom behind a bridge.  Blow up the dynamite on the 
    door, and continue through.  When you get to the next bridge, use the 
    pulley to get down without falling into the laser beams.  Continue 
    until you get to a locked door.  To open it, find a switch by busting 
    those wood boxes.
    
    Next, you'll be in a large room with acid.  Take the platform on the 
    left to go along the upward route, and throw the switch to open the 
    door.  Upon passing the first checkpoint, you'll come to the looping 
    area.  Continueing along the path here just leads you in circles.  So, 
    you will need to look for some black boxes that lead you up to the top 
    of the ceiling.
    
    Get the jet engine upgrade, and continue along the ceiling ledges until 
    you find a missile.  Launch it, then follow the rings.  Continue to the 
    bridge over an acid death pit, then take the platform up at the gap.  
    Kill the Beetle enemies, then hover to the 2nd checkpoint.
    
    After passing a few doors, you'll come to another locked door.  Break 
    the wood boxes to the left, and use the black boxes that fall down to 
    get up to the switch to open it.  Proceed to the outside bridge area.  
    When walking across here, watch out for Wing Beetles, as they could 
    knock you off, into a pit of death!
    
    Pass into the next indoor bridge room with lots of Beetles.  At the 
    end, you'll come to a downward moving platform, that will take you to 
    your next destination.  Hover to the door ahead, then watch out for 
    Wing Beetles.  In the next room, past the 3rd checkpoint, there are 
    many enemies, including Wing Beetles, and many Hornets.  Score lots of 
    points by locking onto them all.
    
    Jump onto the next ledge, witch you will be locked onto while moving.  
    Here, you can painlessly rotate in all directions while locking on, 
    also ideal for scoring lots of points.  You will be able to move at the 
    top, so blow up the door and continue to the next outside area. 
    
    After blowing up a Hornet, hover down to the next bridge.  Launch a 
    missile, which is atop some black boxes, to break the cages ahead.  
    After another short hallway, you have reached the end of the stage.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This is fairly easy.  Just be sure to get the 10 ring box behind the 
    laser beams near the beginning.  Also, when you get to the first Rhino, 
    bust the metal boxes to reveal a switch.  This will open a room, at the 
    top back of the acid area (use a spring in the acid on the right to get 
    there).  Here, you'll get 20 rings and an extra life.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Get to the outside bridge area.  Before the first small gap, you may 
    notice a hidden platform to the right of the bridge's end.  It will 
    take you up to a shrine, which you will activate for some floating 
    platforms.  Continue through the next room, then hover over a large 
    gap.  Just before reaching the door, a Beetle will appear to throw you 
    off, so be carefull.  The Chao will be in the next room, past the 
    Hornet.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:30
    
    This shouldn't be too tough, just try to avoid downward moving 
    platforms and pullies.  Falling/hovering works much faster.  Then, at 
    the looping room, be sure to bust the metal box on the right, with two 
    black boxes on top.  Use that to get past this area quicker.  This will 
    leave you with plenty time.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    First of all, there's more dynamite at the beginning, so, blowing it up 
    will blow a chunk of the bridge off, so stay clear.  Next, at the 
    pulley, hover down so you can destroy the Hornet in mid air before it 
    destroys you.
    
    The next difference is the switch placement.  To get to it, bust the 
    wood boxes to let black boxes fall, then use them as steps.  At the 
    top, hover along the rings to the next pile of black boxes; then hover 
    to the next, where the switch is.
    
    At the acid area, the unlocker switch has been moved.  It is hidden 
    inside the metal box on the left.  Now, take the platform on the right 
    up, rather than the one on the left.  Then, pass the 1st checkpoint to 
    the looping room.  In order to get out of it this time,  You will need 
    to stand on two cages to the left wall, then hover to the black boxes 
    on the right, and continue across the ceilings.
    
    From here on, the only other differences besides the enemies are the 
    extra dynamite packs.  Watch out, as they blow up chunks of the ground.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Ring Box Room - when you get to the part near the first acid room 
    blocked by wood and metal boxes and a Rhino, bust the metal box on the 
    left.  Throw the switch that is revealed (opens the room), then 
    continue to the acid area.  Just entering the acid area, with your jet 
    engine, hover to the right.  There should be a spring in the acid.  
    Bounce the spring onto a pulley, then hover onto a floating platform.  
    You will be able to get into the room from here, which contains two 10 
    ring boxes and an extra life.
    
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    Stage 07: Weapons Bed
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 30000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 2:00
    Mission 3: Under 2:15
    Mission 4: 30000pts.
    Mission 5: 30000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Seal, Otter, Ram, Cheetah, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 194
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Past the hangar on the left, near the beginning.
    2. On the large boat a little before the 2nd checkpoint, you will spot 
    some fuel tanks to the right.  The Chao Crate is right next to these.
    3. After the 3rd checkpoint is another large boat.  At the end, to the 
    right, it's behind some fuel tanks.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard: Currently unknown...
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    MISSION 1: RUSH INTO THE MILITARY BASE
    
    Just at the start, you'll see tons of deactivated robots.  Be sure to 
    lock on to at least ten of these, for a free perfect bonus of 2000pts.  
    If you wish to score an A, make use out of all these idle Hunters.
    
    Before continuing off of this boat, be sure to grab the large cannon, 
    which is hidden in the hangar ti the left - blow up the dynamite to get 
    in.  With your new cannon, you can bust steel boxes, which will lower 
    the black boxes, so you may use them to get onto the next ledge, with 
    the 1st checkpoint.
    
    Be sure you're used to hovering, as you will need it to get across many 
    of this stage's gaps.  Continue across the bridges, staying clear from 
    Hawks and Sky Hawks, which like to attack by surprise.  
    
    Continue across the boats, and more bridges... this stage is pretty 
    much just a repitition of all that.  Cross the bridge, hover over gaps, 
    avoid Hawks, blow up steel boxes, and so on...
    
    You get the basic idea, no further explanation is nessassary.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    To find clusters of rings, check inside every hangar.  Be sure to get 
    every ring there, as well as the many item boxes.  As always, don't get 
    hit.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    After the 3rd checkpoint, stay to the boat's left.  At the hangar, 
    there should be one room with a shrine in it.  Activate it to open a 
    portal, which will take you directly to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 2:45
    
    You know the basic idea of most of the timed shooter missions.  Run 
    through as quickly as possible, aiming to destroy anything that stands 
    in your way.  Following this strategy, it shouldn't be too difficult...
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Not much has been changed at all.  Just look out for tougher enemies, 
    as well as spinning spikeballs.  Most of the deactivated robots have 
    been removed in order to make it a tad more difficult to score an A.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Fuel tank pheonix - past the 3rd checkpoint, toward the end of the 
    large boat.  Somewhere in the center, you'll spot a pulley.  Once it 
    takes you up, hover to the fuel tanks on the right.  The Pheonix floats 
    around on the second one.
    
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    Boss: Tails
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Location: Weapons Bed
    
    Hits: 5
    
    This battle is quite simple.  There are many rings around to fill up 
    your health bar, and Tails won't use many threatening attacks.  Don't 
    lock on to him, but rather keep fireing your volcan cannon.  When up 
    close to him, punching him can knock him really far back.  Don't get 
    too close through, as he punches as well.
    
    
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    Stage 07: Security Hall
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    Character: Rouge
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 12000pts.
    Mission 2: under 4:00
    Mission 3: under 0:30
    Mission 4: 13000pts.
    Mission 5: 16000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Condor, Parot, Bear, Racoon
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 229
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Go left from the start, and be sure to stay around the central 
    structure.  The crate is behind the second moving laser beam.
    2. Get up to the blue safes.  Open the one that is on accessable from 
    the large block.
    3. On the very top of the top floor.  Evade the laser beams, then check 
    next to the crushing weight to the right.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Take the pulley to the top floor.  It appears before you reach 
    the top.  Jump to kill it.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
    
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    MISSION 1: STEAL THE 3 CHAOS EMERALDS IN 5:00
    
    Erm... what was that?  5 minutes... a timed hunting mission?  NO!  
    Anything but a timed hunting mission, please spare me!  ...that's 
    probably what you've thought at first, as did I think at first.  Yes, 
    this stage is hell for beginners, but don't worry, it's easier than 
    you'd think.
    
    The stage is actually quite small.  You start on the bottom floor, 
    which is basicly a wide open, large area.  There are many safes 
    surrounding the walls.   At the bottom are red safes, going up are 
    yellow safes, then blue safes.  You can open safes by digging into 
    their centers - if they are unlocked.  All blue safes are unlocked at 
    the start of the stage.  The other safes can be opened from the top 
    floor.  Don't worry too much about unlocking safes, as the emeralds are 
    rarely ever in them.
    
    To get to the top floor, you could either take a spring from the bottom 
    floor, or climb.  No matter which method you choose, make sure you find 
    a pulley.  This will take you to the top floor.  Here, it's divided 
    into 3 small sections, each has a switch at the end, that unlocks a 
    single safe color.  To the right, is the path leading to the blue safe 
    switch.  To the left, is the path leading to the red safe switch.  In 
    the middle, which you must climb to reach, is the path leading to the 
    yellow safe switch.
    
    You must remember a few things about the safes, however.  First of all, 
    only one safe color may be unlocked at a time.  To tell how a safe is 
    unlocked or not, look at the center.  If there is a flashing GUN icon 
    there, that means you can dig into it to unlock it.  This all may seem 
    difficult at first, but don't worry, you'll get it.
    
    And, one more thing about the emeralds.  Just so you know exactly what 
    you're looking for, the emeralds you're searching for this time are the 
    traditional Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos Emeralds - they are jewels colored 
    red, purple, and blue.  That is all.  Good luck!
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    There's no time limit, but that's just the good news.  As for the bad, 
    rings are very, very sparse here.  You will have to collect EVERY ring 
    and item box you see.  This will be tough if you refuse to use the back 
    ring trick.  But, if you don't want to cheat, so be it...
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    First of all, be sure you've obtained the Treasure Scope.  If you have 
    already done so, go to the top floor.  Get to the very top, where the 
    yellow letters on the floor are.  Activate the Treasure Scope, and a 
    spring will appear in the 'B.'  It will bounce you to the platform with 
    the Chao on it.
    
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    MISSION 4: COLLECT THE CHAOS EMERALDS IN 3:30
    
    Oh joy, now we have less time.  But, not to worry, as Security Hall is 
    quite small.  Be sure you know the stage well, then you will do just 
    fine.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Hard mode?  More like easy mode...  Not only has the time limit been 
    removed, but the emeralds aren't too tough to get either!
    
    From the start, jump to the fan on the right.  In the back corner, 
    under the fans, you should see the red emerald.  To get it, jump from 
    the ground, then drill drive into it.
    
    Next, get to the top of the top floor (the yellow safe switch path).  
    You'll spot the purple emerald hovering above the laser beams, so glide 
    to get it.  Now, be sure to flip the red switch down to the left, 
    you'll need it for the final emerald.
    
    The final one is slightly tougher than the previous ones.  The safe 
    that you want to get in is in the bottom red area, guarded by a 
    crusher.  Thus, it is impossible to dig into.  So, climb up to the very 
    top, and find the support beam with the shield hunter and the steel 
    box.  Break the box, then activate the treasure scope to make a spring 
    appear.  Bounce on it to activate a switch on the ceiling.  Now, go 
    back down to the weight, which is now deactivated.  Dig into the safe 
    under it to obtain the blue emerald.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment...
    
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    Boss: Flying Dog
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    Character: Rouge
    
    Location: Security Hall
    
    Hits: 5
    
    This is the final and toughest of the 3 GUN mechs.  Just like the 
    others, he flys around, randomly shooting at you.  However, unlike the 
    others Flying Dog does not land, so he is slightly harder to hit.  So, 
    in order to hit him, you will have to climb the gates on the sides of 
    the battlefield, then glide straight into his cockpit.  He will be hard 
    to hit, since he is constantly moving, so you may want to wait for him 
    to stop and begin fireing missiles.  After being hit, he charges up a 
    large energy ball, just like Hot Shot.  Be sure to run as quickly away 
    from the crosshairs as quickly as possible.  After firing his energy 
    ball, the sequence will repeat.  That is, until his final hit, when he 
    fires 3 large energy balls consecutivly.  After that, one more hit will 
    silence him forever.
    
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    Stage 09: White Jungle
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:20
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Bear, Peacock, Parrot, Skunk
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 431
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. After somersaulting past the fence after the spiked Rhinos, go to 
    the left, where you see a mossy log and fence against the wall.  
    Somersault under the fence.
    2. Somersault under the next fence past the Gold Beetle.  Don't hit the 
    spring, so you can get the Crate.
    3. Avoid getting to the vine that leads to the end of the stage.  
    Continue foward instead, and somersault under the next fence.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Along the main path, after swinging on a vine, nearing the end 
    of the stage.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
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    MISSION 1: CUT THROUGH THE JUNGLE IN 10:00
    
    First of all, ignore the time limit.  White Jungle is real short, and 
    rather easy.  So, take your time.  10 minutes is plenty of time here.
    
    The stage begins exactly like Sonic's Green Forest.  Shadow is running 
    down a half-pipe type tree trunk, and bounces off a spring at the end.  
    You'll swing a vine onto the first ledge.  Continue to the vine lift, 
    or somersault under the fence ahead for an extra life.  Either path 
    leads to the 1st checkpoint.
    
    You will proceed down another ring-filled half-pipe.  You'll hit a jump 
    plate and continue to a ledge with Spiked Rhinos.  Somersault them to 
    death, then somersault under the next fence.  You'll next go to an area 
    with a bunch of enemies and a bomb box.  Then take the next vine.
    
    You'll come to a Crushing weight.  To pass this, get on top of it.  
    After the next Spiked Rhino, you could either take the easy way with 
    the vine ahead, or the harder way with the moving platforms and Spark 
    Beetle (the hard way gives you s free magna shield).
    
    Somersault the fence and get to the 2nd checkpoint.  You'll pass down a 
    half-pipe with a loop at the end, then end up in a tree-cave.  
    Somersault another fence, then dash up a loop to make it to the 3rd 
    checkpoint, with another long half-pipe.  Swing the vine to the next 
    area.
    
    You will notice a path of ring over a gap.  If you haven't gotten the 
    air shoes, take the other route by somersaulting a wood box on the 
    right.  Either way, you'll end up on a half-pipe with a vine on the 
    end, leading to the Gold Beetle area.
    
    Continue through the vines, fences, etc.  The last area of the stage is 
    pretty much a rehash of what you've already done in White Jungle and 
    Green Forest.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This is an easy mission.  The time limit was removed, and the rings are 
    real easy to get.  If you are trying to score an A, make sure you grab 
    every item box that can be seen when descending from a jump.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Just after bouncing away from Chao Crate #2, don't continue along the 
    vine.  Continue backwards down a ramp, and you'll find an Ancient 
    Shrine at the end of the path.  Activate it for floating platforms, 
    which you will follow up to a ledge with a procession of vines.  After 
    the vines, wait for the Spark Beetle to stop its electric shield.  
    Homing attack it, then more Beetles will appear.  Dash them to get to 
    the Chao's ledge.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 3:00
    
    While you have less time, this mission is still easy.  To complete it 
    as quickly as possible, light dash those rings that appear in the 
    centers of the many half-pipes.  Make the light dash your best friend.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    The time limit may have been removed, but tricky structure changes have 
    also been added.
    
    First of all, don't run down the first half-pipe too quickly.  That is, 
    because the spring has been moved away from the end.  It is now over a 
    gap, so you'll have to jump then homing attack in order to get it.
    
    The next difference is in the weight, past the bomb box field.  It will 
    now only fall when you get near it, so, you must slowly approach it, 
    then quickly back away to get it to fall.
    
    Just after that, the "easy route" vine has been removed.  So, you must 
    take the floating platforms to the right.  Another route that was 
    removed is the path of rings over the gap.  So, you must take the route 
    where you got air shoes.
    
    That's pretty much it.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Ring row - just after the first half-pipe, homing dash all the enemies, 
    then quickly go back and run across the three rings on a ledge.  You'll 
    get 500pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Light dash for a life - at the area with the bomb box, be sure you have 
    the flame ring.  If so, somersault the steel box just left of it.  
    Throw the switch for a path of rings, which you can light dash to find 
    an extra life.
    
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    Boss: Sonic
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Location: Green Forest
    
    Hits: 3
    
    And now, the moment you've been waiting for - the time has come to beat 
    up our hero - Sonic the Hedgehog!  You won't be able to attack him with 
    your homing attack - when you jump, he will jump.  When Shadow is 
    jumping, he is impossible to hurt.  You can only hurt him when he is 
    landing from a jump, or is grounded.  The best way to attack him is to 
    use your somersault.  And be carefull not to fall off the edge of the 
    stage.
    
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    Stage 10: Route 280
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    Character: Rouge (Kart Race)
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: Under 3:20
    Mission 2: Under 2:00
    Mission 3: Under 3:30
    Mission 4: Under 3:45
    Mission 5: Under 3:20
    
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    MISSION 1: CHASE THE TORNADO
    
    Rouge's Kart Race is a little more difficult than Tails's, as there are 
    now gaps, and turns without guard rails.  Be sure not to fall off the 
    road, as you must start the whole darned stage all over!  Get to know 
    the track before speeding, so, if you are not used to Route 280 at 
    first, don't be afraid to take your time.
    
    Also, keep in mind the checkpoints on this race are merely extensions 
    of your time, not like the lamp posts that you go back to if you die.
    
    If you have already read the section on Route 101, there isn't anything 
    else new written here, so... *copy/paste*
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    This mission is incredibly easy, as collecting rings here is really 
    quick with large paths and balloons, as well as the fact that you can't 
    lose your rings.  Whenever you see a balloon, go for it, as it may 
    contain up to 40 rings.
    
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    MISSION 3: DON'T HIT OTHER CARS
    
    This mission is actually harder than it seems.  If you are speeding, 
    you may not see that car coming in front of you.  Also, driving in 
    those tight caves is quite annoying with cars in front and back.  If a 
    car hits you suddenly from the back, you will still lose.
    
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    MISSION 4: DON'T HIT THE WALLS
    
    This mission is a little tough, but at least you know where all the 
    walls are, rather than the cars that suddenly appear.  Don't be afraid 
    to take your time here.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    You are now free to smash into walls all you want.  But don't waste too 
    much time running yourself into walls, as there is a shorter time limit 
    now.  Also, there are tons of cars on the road.  If you run into them, 
    they will slow you down.  Be sure to use boosts on straight areas.
    
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    Stage 11: Sky Rail
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Checkpoints: 3
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:15
    Mission 3: Under 1:10
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 10000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Ram, Condor, Tiger, Bear
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 334
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. When you get to the first rocket, don't take it, but rather, homing 
    dash the Beetle over the gap.  The crate is on the left.
    2. Take the springs that are past the 1st checkpoint.  Once on the next 
    ledge, before the propeller, fall off the cliff.  You should land on 
    the ledge with the Crate, but be warned, if you miss it, you die.
    3. Take the propellor just after the long grind, following the 2nd 
    checkpoint.  You should see it in a small cave on the right.  Homing 
    dash over there.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: On the right rail, past the 3rd checkpoint, you will see a path 
    of Beetles floating in the sky.  Homing dash them, and the gold one 
    shall appear at the end.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
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    MISSION 1: CHASE THE TORNADO
    
    Be sure you know how to deal with grind rails (they're not hard...).  
    That's because, Sky Rail is made up primarily of a bunch of rails... in 
    the sky.  In fact, the level starts, on a rail... in the sky.  Another 
    thing you must know about this stage is the fact that there are a bunch 
    of wooden beams jutting out of the mountainside.  You might want to 
    follow them up at first, but they usually have nothing but the 
    potential risk of falling off the cliff.  So, stick to the main path, 
    which is composed of mountains and grind rails.
    
    After grinding down from the start, scale up the mountain until you get 
    to what looks like a propeller with a star on it.  To use it, 
    constantly use the homing attack on it to make it go up, bouncing you 
    higher.  Of course, it can only go up to a certain height.  Continue 
    straight, then take the first rocket to the 1st checkpoint.
    
    Grind down the long rails, then get to a mountain.  Scale this mountain 
    using the springs and propellors.  Watch out for Hawks on the way.  At 
    the top, you'll reach the 2nd checkpoint, then you'll grind down 
    another long rail.  Scale the next mountain using Beetles, propellers, 
    etc. just as you did before.
    
    The 3rd checkpoint and more long grind rails are next.  Grind to the 
    next mountain, take the propeller against the wall up higher, pass the 
    flames and the Metal Rhinos, then grind the final rails down to the 
    goal.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Be sure to collect every ring along the main path + grind rails, 
    including the many item boxes.  Upon passing the 2nd checkpoint, you 
    should have gained about a total 85 rings.  Now, grind down the rail on 
    the right for a 5 ring box, and at the end of the grind, be sure to 
    jump up into the air and dash into the final 10 ring box.  An A rank 
    should be easy to manage.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Right near the second checkpoint are some boxes.  Behind them is an 
    ancient shrine, which you will activate for a path of rings.  Dash 
    through them to the next mountain, where you will scale the mountain 
    using the propellers.  The Chao lies in wait at the tip of the 
    mountain.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 2:00
    
    Hold B to crouch on rails, thus causing Shadow to slide much faster.  
    This is essential for clearing this mission.  Also, whenever you can, 
    try to do jumps at the end of some rails.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Spike balls, spike balls, spike balls.  Not only do they swing over 
    mountains, but on grind rails as well.  If you do not yet know where 
    they all are, grind rails slowly with caution.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    End of the grind - you can do a jump at the end of the first grind, 
    earning up to 1000pts.
    
    Item box rail - while grinding down the rail just after passing the 1st 
    checkpoint, be sure to grab all 3 item boxes, as well as the 5 rings 
    near the end.  You will be rewarded 800pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Alternate route - just after the grind following the 2nd checkpoint, 
    there is a Spring Beetle to the left of the mountain.  Homing dash it 
    just as you jump from the rail to take the alternate route, where you 
    can get a bunch of item boxes, etc.
    
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    Boss: Egg Golem
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Location: Hidden Base (inside)
    
    Hits: 9
    
    This fight is staged after Sonic has beaten Eggman's rock robot.  
    Robuttnik better learn to be nicer to his creations, or else they will 
    turn against him! (giant robots made of rock have feelings too...)  
    Anyways, Eggman's fight against Egg Golem the Golem is different than 
    Sonic's.  The golem uses the same attacks - he'll smash you with his 
    fists, and on his last few hits, he'll smash you with his head.  To 
    attack him, constantly fire your volcan cannon until a hole breaks in 
    him, revealing robot parts.  Lock onto the 3 robot parts revealed.  
    Then, continue shooting him, until 3 more robot parts appear, then once 
    more to defeat him.  If you are low on health, go down to the 
    quicksand, where there are ledges you can stand on while locking onto 
    rind boxes.  But, rememember, don't fall in the quicksand!  Oh yeah, 
    did I mention that Egg Golem the Golem is a golem?
    
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    Stage 12: Mad Space
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    Character: Rouge
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: under 2:30
    Mission 3: under 1:30
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 12000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Parrot, Peacock, Racoon, Gorilla, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix
    
    Total Rings: 250
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. On a platform near the bottom of the starting satelite.
    2. On a platform near the bottom of the Capsule Planet.
    3. On a balcony near the top of the stage, on ARK.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Somewhere between the balconies of ARK, floating in space.
    Hard: Currently unknown...
    
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    MISSION 1: FIND 3 PIECES OF THE MASTER EMERALD
    
    This stage is sooooo bloody huge, so yes, you may need hints in order 
    to find the gems.  ...about the hints, they are reversed.  Meaning, 
    they are all spelled backwards; if they are not spelled backwards, 
    then, do the complete opposite of what they say.
    
    You start on the satelite, which was 3 corners.  Each one has a rocket, 
    which is activated by a switch, that takes you to one of the three 
    planets in the stage.  The north rocket leads to the Capsule Planet, 
    the southwest rocket leads to the Sphereical Planet, and the southeast 
    rocket leads to the Holy Planet.
    
    The Spherical Planet is a small, round asteroid, with a strong 
    gravitational force.  You are able to walk around this planet due to 
    its strong gravity - but be warned, its southern hemisphere will screw 
    up your control.  To get off it, you will need to take the rocket atop 
    the blue house in the center (activated by a switch just under the 
    house), which leads to the Capsule Planet.
    
    The Capsule Planet is a large, floating cylander, all covered in green 
    grass.  It has and awkward gravitational force, due to its tilted 
    position, however, you are able to walk off this planet, although it 
    will take quite a bit of work.
    
    The Holy Planet is an asteroid, with a hollowed out surfate at the top.  
    The Holy Planet has no gravity of its own, so it is easy to get off of.  
    Don't forget the rocket atop the blue house, as it will take you to 
    parts you can't reach elsewhere.  You'll land on a large platform, 
    where you could either go inside the 3 large rectangle container-like 
    objects, or take the other rocket, which leads up to ARK.
    
    On Space Station ARK, there are four large balconies, and there are 
    various platforms surrounding the ARK.  Now, backtracking to the very 
    bottom of the stage, are a ton of floating platforms.  Many of these 
    platforms have rockets that lead back to the starting satelite.
    
    Because Mad Space is so large, it may take a while before you fully 
    know your way around it.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    Errr... WHAT?  NO BACK RING?!?!  I guess it took Sonic Team this long 
    to figure out the cheating glitch...
    
    Anyways, this mission is possible without cheating, eventhough the 
    rings are real spread out.  Even compared to the other 100 ring hunting 
    missions without cheating, this mission is extremely difficult, so, 
    follow this guide for help.
    
    First, get the rings in front of you, then go to the lower floor of the 
    satelite, and grab the 20 ring box.  Then, from the North of the 
    Satelite, glide to where you see two platforms together at the bottom 
    of the stage.  If you did this correct, you should have landed near a 
    weight.  Collect all the rings here, excluding the one under the weight 
    (it's too risky, and you don't need it anyway).  Then, glide left for a 
    10 ring box.  That's it for this area, so rocket back to the satelite.
    
    Now, with your ring total at 52, get to the Capsule Planet.  Find 4 
    item boxes that contain rings in order to raise your total to 77.  
    Finally, get up to ARK.  There are several item boxes floating around 
    here, so, find them all to complete the mission.
    
    As for an A rank, it will be a difficult task, but, after getting used 
    to the positions of all the rings, you will have a greater chance of 
    obtaining a high rank.  Just keep on trying, and you'll eventually get 
    it.  Good luck!
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Make your way up to ARK.  Somewhere around here, is a large platform 
    with a shrine guarded by an Artifical Chaos.  Kill it, then activate 
    the shrine for a portal.  Go in, then follow a procession of hallways 
    until you reach the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: COLLECT THE EMERALD PIECES IN 4:30
    
    Being that Mad Space is so immense, finding all the emeralds in a given 
    amount of time will be quite difficult.  Be sure you know the stage 
    well, and use the monitors if nessassary. It may take several tries, so 
    keep at it.
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    Rocket up to the Holy Planet for the first emerald.  Grab hold of the 
    side of the planet, then climb down as far as possible.  Just under the 
    planet, you may be able to see the emerald.  Glide to get it.
    
    From there, while still gliding, get to the Sphereical Planet.  Be sure 
    to glide to the planetís southern hemisphere, where the controls are 
    whacked.  Youíll notice the emerald on a platform, so try landing on 
    it.
    
    The final one is rather difficult.  First, get to the ARK.  From the 
    red light balcony, glide to the platform ahead, where you see the 
    meteor.  There are also two swinging spikeball mechanisms to make your 
    hunting even more agrivating.  Well, the emerald is above the meteor, 
    so, you will need to get in the center of the star octogon, and perform 
    a screw kick there.  But, the spikeballs WILL screw you up.  Itís best 
    for you to wait for the spikeballs to pass the octogon, then do your 
    screw kick to reach the jewel so desired.
    
    Congratulations, you are now finished with the annoying hunting stages!
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Floating Pheonix - up on ARK, floating away from the red light balcony, 
    are a bunch of boxes.  Among them is the firey foul; glide to get it.
    
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    Boss: Knuckles
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    Character: Rouge
    
    Location: Meteor Herd, central tower
    
    Hits: 4
    
    When on the ground, Knuckles shouldn't be difficult to attack at all.  
    The problem is when the floor opens and you float upward.  You must 
    keep track of what beam Knuckles went on, and not lose track, or else 
    you'll have to wait for the floor to close back up.  When Knuckles uses 
    his Thunder Arrow attack, the best defense is to glide away from it.
    
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    Stage 13: Cosmic Wall
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Checkpoints: 7
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 80000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 1:30
    Mission 4: 45000pts.
    Mission 5: 100000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Rabbit, Cheetah, Otter, Condor
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn
    
    Total Rings: 532
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. A little after the 2nd checkpoint, hover to the right where you find 
    a platform, where the crate rests under a pyramid.
    2. After exiting the first kart ride, it is in a corner on the left 
    wall, just after the small drop before checkpoint 4.
    3. Laying against the back wall, before the 7th checkpoint.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard: Currently unknown...
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    MISSION 1: GET AND CONFRONT THE TRESSPASSERS
    
    Alright, you've come this far, to the second-to-last stage of the Dark 
    Side Story.  You're expecting a great challenge filled with much 
    danger, etc etc etc.  Well, YOU'RE WRONG!  Cosmic Wall is so easy, it 
    is laughable.  In fact, it is rather fun.  The low gravity is a nice 
    touch, allowing Eggman to actually fly!  Also, there are lots of 
    enemies here, but none are a threat, being that most of them are the 
    helpless Gyro.  So, lock onto everything you see, causing mass 
    destruction, and watching your score soar.
    
    As for the layout of this stage, it is long, but I feel it doesn't need 
    any explanation.  Basicly, you follow the bridges, and make it up the 
    stage, higher and higher, locking onto many enemies.  At some points, 
    there are kart rides, were Robuttnik will be locked onto the kart, and 
    travel along a monorail.  You can lock onto everything you see, by 
    turning Eggman 360'degrees.  Toward the end of the stage, a large 
    spinning machine will be chasing you while on the monorail.  Just shoot 
    at it to keep it back.
    
    That is all.  Enjoy!
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    There are over 500 rings available here.  Need I say any more?
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    After the 2nd checkpoint, go to the platform floating near the right, 
    where the Chao Crate is.  An ancient shrine also rests under the same 
    pyramid.  Activate it for a spring, which you will use to bounce up to 
    a higher platform.  From there, hover up to a higher platform, then 
    once again.  Beware the meteors!  Finally, take the springs up to a 
    pyramid, where your little Chao is trapped.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 8:00
    
    Hover across straight areas, fall down shafts, don't waste time on 
    enemies, etc... you get the general idea.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    There are no physical changes in structure, however, the enemy supply 
    has increased by A LOT.  Artifical Chaos is an extreme pain, so kill 
    them as soon as possible!  As for an A rank, a whopping 100000pts. Is 
    required.  But, due to the abundance of enemies and gold Gyros, you can 
    earn a lot of bonus points, including lots of "perfect's."  But, be 
    sure not to get hit while shooting, that will ruin your bonus.  Once 
    again, kill the Artifical Chaos.  MAKE THEM GO EXTINCT!
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment...
    
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    Boss: Tails
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    Character: Eggman
    
    Location: Eternal Engine
    
    Hits: 5
    
    Miles "Tails" Prower is back, and he means business.  Although it is 
    easy to shoot him up close, it is not a good idea, as it is also easy 
    for him to shoot you up close!  Use your volcan cannon, and try blowing 
    up the chemical container in the center when he is around it, this 
    deals him about twice the normal damage.  When he fires a barage of 
    missiles, the best thing to do is run.  And, when he fires that 
    enourmous Power Laser, you must jump away from him then hover.
    
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    Stage 14: Final Chase
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Checkpoints: 5
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 14000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 1:30
    Mission 3: Under 3:20
    Mission 4: 14000pts.
    Mission 5: 13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Skunk, Otter, Penguin, Tiger, Pheonix
    3rd Chao Crate: Pheonix?
    
    Total Rings: 474
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Before entering the tunnel guarded by a Shield Hunter, jump to the 
    road to the left of the one you are on.  Find it here.
    2. Right after hitting the 3rd checkpoint, go to the right corner of 
    the right drum.  The crate is there.
    3. Currently unknown...
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: After passing the 2nd checkpoint, you go down a hill.  Before 
    landing on the next road, jump to the gravity drums in the air (or... 
    whatever space has).  The Beetle is at the end.
    Hard: Currently unknown...
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    MISSION 1: HURRY TO THE ECLIPSE CANNON
    
    You'll quickly be reminded of Final Rush as Shadow grinds down the long 
    pipe at the start of the stage.  At the end of this pipe, you will pass 
    the 1st checkpoint, then run down a slope, avoiding the Meteors.
    
    You'll shortly come to the first gravity drum, which you must learn to 
    navigate on in order to clear the stage.  They pull Shadow onto them, 
    and spin him around.  Use the control stick to run up the drum; once 
    you are at the top, you escape the gravitational pull.
    
    Follow the road, destroy enemies, etc.  You'll get to a bunch of 
    horizontal gravity drums, which work similar to vertical ones.  Jumping 
    should get you off of them.  Continue running across some more drums to 
    the 2nd checkpoint.
    
    Run down the slope, being sure to avoid all meteors.  Continue to the 
    next drum, which has electric fields.  Simply jump over them.  Continue 
    through the 3rd checkpoint, where you will have three choices of holes 
    to fall down.  The one on the left leads to an extra life, the one on 
    the right contains 5 rings, and the one in the center dashes you to a 
    grindable pipe, continuing on with the stage.
    
    Work your way up several gravity drums, eventually leading to the 4th 
    checkpoint.  Grind down a long pipe, which will take you to a room full 
    of more pipes.  Then, jump from vertical drum to vertical drum, making 
    your way to the 4th checkpoint, were you will then be dashed up a steep 
    road.  Proceed to a floor-less room, where you must jump from the 
    tilted drums to get across.
    
    Grind down another pipe, which leads to another horizontal drum.  Try 
    to stay on top of it, as there is an electric field near the bottom 
    that will knock you into the atmosphere.  Grind more pipes, get up more 
    drums, you know the drill.
    
    Dash up through a hole, bust the hornet, then reach the 5th checkpoint.  
    Continue foward through many drums, then take the pulley on the final 
    one.  Homing dash the Artifical Chaos here to reach the next drum.  Use 
    the spring on top, then take a rocket to the long drums.  Quickly run 
    down these.  At the very end is a spring attached to a ledge, you'll 
    see it while still spinning.  Try to jump at it, then bounce to the 
    goal ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    The Artifical Chaos may be a problem... avoid them at all costs.   Be 
    sure you know how to deal with the enemies, and collect every item box 
    in sight.  By the 2nd checkpoint, you should have 90 rings, provided 
    you got all the item boxes.  The rest will be easy to obtain.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    Toward the end, after the series of horizontal gravity cylanders, 
    you'll make it up the vertical cylander with the spring on the end.  
    Don't take the spring, take the pulley behind you instead.
    
    Activate the shrine on the next platform, then hold foward as you light 
    dash the rings that appeared.  Start up the next gravity cylander, and 
    on the way, avoid all electric fields and meteors.  Take the final 
    pulley at the top to the Chao.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 5:30
    
    As noted in Final Rush, hold B to crouch while grinding, this will help 
    you grind much faster.  This is the key to completing the mission.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    While every hard mode mission contains more aggressive enemies, the 
    enemies here are particularly more aggressive.  Especially those dang 
    Artifical Chaos blobs.  There are now crazy spinning ones, and some 
    whose tenticles are soooo ridiculously bloody long, that they seem to 
    reach you from 50ft. away!  
    
    As for structure, a lot of drums have been shortened, so you must grind 
    pipes to get across them.  Also, arrangement of cylanders floating in 
    space has altered quite a bit, and there are more electric fields.
    
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    TECHNIQUE POINTS
    
    Springs - springs give out 200pts. If you hit them on a gravity drum, 
    same with pullies.
    
    Purple pipes - grinding on purple pipes may sometimes get you 500pts.
    
    Drums suck - if you manage to get sucked onto a drum (without 
    immediately touching it) after you kill an enemy, you will recieve 
    300pts.
    
    SECRETS
    
    Pheonix - it can be found on a ledge to the right while at the floor-
    less room where you use drums to get across.
    
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    Boss: Sonic
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Location: Final Chase
    
    Hits: 5
    
    It's time again to beat up our favorite hedgehog >:D. Sonic himself is 
    not much of a problem, it is the terrain.  You must constantly run 
    ahead, not letting the ground collapse with you on it.
    
    The first 2 hits are easily achieved through homing attacks.  After 
    that, Sonic will begin to defend himself by jumping.  Now, don't bother 
    running ahead of him, as he will just Chaos Control back in front of 
    you.  Let him get in front of you, then when he charges up his special 
    attack, begin running.  After evading his attack, hit him while he is 
    recharging.
    
    
    Congratulations, you have now conquered the Dark Side Story.
    
    
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    4. Walkthrough: Last Episode
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    FINAL: Cannon's Core
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    Five Character Segments:
    1. Tails
    2. Eggman
    3. Rouge
    4. Knuckles
    5. Sonic
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    Mission 1: 30000pts.
    Mission 2: Under 3:30
    Mission 3: Under 7:30
    Mission 4: 30000pts.
    Mission 5: 30000pts.
    
    Small Animals: All normal animals
    3rd Chao Crate: Dragon
    
    Total Rings: 439
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. Where the 1st shrine is in Eggman's mission. (see Mission 3)
    2. In Rouge's mission, to the left of the ledge with the switch that 
    allows you to access the emergency switch.
    3. At the start of Sonic's mission, after landing from the rail, go 
    backwards to find it.
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: In Sonic's mission, at the end of the room with the rushing 
    current.  It can be seen on the right.
    Hard: It is in the same place.
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    MISSION 1: GET TO THE CORE OF THE COLONY
    
    First of all, I must address that you should have obtained all of the 
    characters upgrades, especially Knuckles' air necklace!  The stage will 
    be extremely difficult without them...
    
    The final stage, Cannon's Core, is played slightly different than the 
    normal Hero and Dark stages.  First of all, it is divided into 5 mini-
    missions, each featuring one of the six characters (excluding Shadow, 
    but don't worry, he'll fight the boss).  As you clear one of the mini-
    missions, you will proceed to the next one, with all your rings and 
    score.  Also, if you die, you will restart the mini-mission with the 
    same rings and score that you entered it with.  This should make it 
    less frustrating to score an A.  Continuing on with the walkthrough...
    
    ~TAILS'S MISSION: DESTROY THE SECURITY DOOR~
    You start just like in many of the previous shooting stages, with the 
    dynamite blocking a door.  Blow it up, then proceed past the Shield 
    Hunter.  A couple of swinging spikeballs will be blocking the path, so 
    take note of the time switch.  Shoot it to stop time for a few seconds 
    (freezing everything around you) and proceed.  Through the next hall, 
    Hunters will swoop down, and an Artifical Chaos P1 guards the door.  To 
    avoid the hassle, shoot back at the time switch to stop time some more.  
    Plus, Artifical Chaos P1 can easily be killed while time is stopped.  
    Proceed, then go on the ledge that takes you down to another dynamite 
    door.  In the next hall, laser beams block your way.  Getting the time 
    switch will make them dissapear for a short time.  Next, hover down the 
    long shaft, but don't fall into the abyss.  Another dynamite door is 
    near the bottom, so blow up the dynamite while hovering, then get in.  
    Look out of the Hornet on the other side!  Proceed to the Artifical 
    Chaos P1 ahead, then kill it along with the surprise Hunters to open 
    the door.  Ahead are two weights that you need to get past without 
    being squished.  Once they are wide enough apart for you to get 
    through, shoot the time switch and continue.  You're now in the final 
    room, so be sure to stop time again, then get on the ledge to the 
    right.  Once there, watch the weight ahead.  Stop time as soon as it 
    reaches the floor, then use it to get up to the higher ground.  The 
    security door is ahead, so shoot it a few times to complete the 
    mission.  But, beware of the surprise Hunters...
    
    ~EGGMAN'S MISSION: DESTROY THE SECURITY DOOR~
    Bust the Shield Hunters, then bust all the normal Hunters ahead to open 
    the first door.  Kill the hornet, then get on the platform.  At the 
    top, you'll then proceed to a room with many flying Artifical Chaos and 
    laser beams blocking the path.  Shoot the time switch, then continue to 
    the block room, where several blocks move in many directions over the 
    acid.  As soon as the closest block on the right comes out, shoot the 
    time switch, then get on it.  Hover to the next block you can reach, 
    then onto any of the upward blocks coming out of the 3 squares of acid 
    at the end.  If you missed a block, be sure to wait on the red sides of 
    the squares full of acid.  Take the block up to the door which leads to 
    a hall full of acid pools on the side, with blocks trying to push you 
    into them.  Lock onto the time switch ahead to stop the blocks so you 
    can easily continue ahead, and past the laser beams.  You'll then reach 
    the only lamp post type checkpoint in the stage.  Ahead is a platform 
    that will fall as soon as you step on it.  You'll then fall down a pit 
    with lots of laser beams, much like in Eternal Engine.  As you exit, be 
    sure you throw one of the time switches on the walls to make the moving 
    platform in the acid easier to land on.  Get the health baloon if 
    needed, then kill the two Artifical Chaos P1's ahead to open the next 
    door.  Just past that is the final room, another acid & block room.  
    Shoot the time switch just as the closest block floats by, then jump on 
    it.  Then jump on the upward block near the left side of the room.  As 
    it goes up, hover towards the higher floor.  The security door is 
    ahead, so shoot the crud out of it.
    
    ~ROUGE'S MISSION: DRAIN THE LIQUID FROM THE CORE~
    The emergency switch to drain the liquid is just in front of you, but 
    you can't access it just yet.  For the first step in getting to it, 
    observe the 4 pillars around you.  Start climbing up the shortest one.  
    Glide from the top of it to the next pillar that you can reach the top 
    of.  Repeat until you make it up to the one where you can access a time 
    switch.  After hitting it, fall towards the waterfall, which you are 
    now able to get past and into the room it's blocking.  Bust the Sheild 
    Hunter, then fall to a platform floating in acid.  Take note of the 
    moving blocks out of the hall ahead.  As soon as one gets out, throw 
    the time switch and proceed through the hall.  In here, climb to the 
    top of the ledge with the time switch and the Artifical Chaos.  Kill 
    the Artifical Chaos, then throw the switch that it was guarding.  This 
    will allow access to the emergency switch, so start to turn back.  Once 
    back on the platform floating in acid, throw the time switch behind 
    you, then use the spring ahead.  Quickly rush through the waterfall 
    before the effect of the the time switch wears off.  Then, step on the 
    emergency switch to accomplish this mission.
    
    ~KNUCKLES'S MISSION: FIND THE FINAL SWITCH~
    This is where the air necklace really comes in handy.  First, before 
    diving down, take note of where the laser beams are.  Then, go down 
    into the liquid, and you will find yourself in the same area you just 
    were with Rouge, only now it's flooded.  Get the time switch, then 
    surface and go through where the laser beams were, before the time 
    switch deactivates.  Then, drill claw the steel boxes on the floor to 
    take a spring up to a small room with a switch.  Throw the switch to 
    deactivate the laser beams blocking a room underwater.  Drill claw 
    another steel box in the floor to get to the main room, then go under 
    the water once again.  Make it through the newly accessable room, then 
    throw the switch ahead to deactivate more laser beams.  But, you cannot 
    enter the room because of the strong current.  So, find the time switch 
    behind you along the ceiling, then activate it to temporarily stop the 
    current.  After getting past the frozen current, swim down the laser 
    beam room to another time switch, but don't touch the acid.  With time 
    frozen, quickly make it through the next current hall to a time switch, 
    then through another current hall.  In the next room is the desired 
    switch.
    
    ~SONIC'S MISSION: GET PAST THE ENERGY FIELD~
    After sliding down a rail, you'll land near a time switch that will 
    safely allow you to dash across the floating Aftifical Chaos.  The next 
    room contains an Artifical Chaos Guard Type that opens the door on the 
    right.  To open the one on the left, continue through the one on the 
    right and defeat all the enemies in there.  The Shield Hunters will be 
    easy, killed by a single somersault, but the Artifical Chaos floating 
    above the botomless pain may be a little tricky.  The best way to kill 
    him is with your magic gloves upgrade.  Afterwards, get to the newly 
    opened door.  Kill the Artifical Chaos Guard Type and all the Hunters 
    plus a Hornet while evading the laser beams.  After passing this mess 
    of enemies, you'll get to a room where the floor is covered in a 
    rushing current of water that pushes you back into a laser beam.  Get 
    across this area with your bounce attack, and be sure to get the time 
    switch atop the laser fence.  With the current stopped, you will now be 
    able to somersault under the laser fence, then slide down the ceiling 
    rail ahead.  You'll then land on the long waterslide.  At the start, 
    you are sliding backwards, so jump and dash to get up the slide.  Then, 
    enjoy the slide straight down to the Goal Ring.
    
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    MISSION 2: COLLECT 100 RINGS
    
    First, you must learn never to get hit.  AT ALL.  One little hit, and 
    you've pretty much flunked the whole mission.  Anyways, the 100 rings 
    needed to complete this mission can be found in the first two mini-
    missions with Tails and Eggman.  By the end of Tails's mission, you 
    shoul have obtained about 34 rings, easily found along the main path.  
    Do the same for Eggman's mission, collecting all the rings you see.  
    Only, in Eggman's mission, getting hit won't matter, as long as you 
    have several lives.  If you kill yourself, you'll restart with the 34 
    rings you obtained in Tails's mission.  By Eggman's checkpoint, you 
    should have about 90 rings.  Assuming you know how to avoid getting 
    hit, collecting the rest of the rings should be a piece of cake.
    
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    MISSION 3: FIND THE LOST CHAO
    
    This process takes several steps, one in each character's mission 
    (excluding Tails).  Each of the ancient shrines you activate in one 
    character's mission will affect the next character's mission.
    
    Proceed through the stage until you reach Eggman's checkpoint.  Just 
    past there is the deep pit with the falling platform.  Rather that 
    going on the platform, stand on the railling, then hover towards the 
    door ahead.  Bust through the metal boxes and the Chao Crate to find 
    the first ancient shrine.  Activate it to make a shield appear, then 
    continue the stage as normal.
    
    Next, at the start of Rouge's mission, go towards the left wall, where 
    you should notice an open hallway.  Activate the shrine inside for 
    another shield, then continue as normal.  Then, at Knuckles's is 
    mission, you will shortly notice a series of floating platforms at the 
    top of the starting pool.  Follow them up to a room with a shrine, 
    which will be activated for a magna shield.  Continue the mission as 
    normal once again.
    
    Finally, play through Sonic's mission until you reach the waterslide.  
    You'll immediatly notice a path of rings going into the air.  Light 
    dash up them while holding foward to make it to a higher ledge.  
    Destroy the two Artifical Chaos guard types to open the door ahead.  
    After evading a few Hunters the final lost Chao awaits.
    
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    MISSION 4: REACH THE GOAL WITHIN 7:00
    
    As with every other timed mission, be sure you know how the stage is 
    layed out, and you know how to get through it.  Then, this mission 
    won't be that tough.
    
    Also, you have noticed that there are lots of time switches in the 
    stage.  So, why not use them?  If you use the time switches often, 
    you'll end up with a lot of remaining time by the end of the stage.
    
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    MISSION 5: CLEAR HARD MODE
    
    From Tails's mission, you will quickly notice that the time switches 
    stop time for less time, and there are more enemies as usual.  A number 
    of time switches have also dissapeared.  Next, when you get to the part 
    with the weights, you'll notice that they won't fall until you get near 
    them.  So, let the first one fall, then get on top of it.  Let the next 
    one fall, then continue.  Once in the final room, you'll notice the 
    platform leading to the right is gone, so you will need to take the one 
    on the left, then hover to the right using the platform that foats 
    between the two sides.
    
    At Eggman's mission, there aren't much differences aside from the 
    enemies.  But, as you fall down the pit, the time switches have been 
    removed.  Be sure you know how to hover across the acid without hitting 
    the laser beams.
    
    The first difference in Rouge's mission you will notice are all the 
    swinging spikeballs in the air.  Try to avoid them when climbing up the 
    pillars.  Once getting past the waterfall, you'll notice the blocks 
    move a lot faster.  Be sure to take note of where the blocks are when 
    stopping time.  If a block is in your way when time is stopped, the 
    block could... block you from going any further.  The time switches 
    stop time for a very short period of time, so you must hurry, and make 
    sure no blocks are in your way.
    
    In Knux's mission, the first difference is after the first set of laser 
    beams, where you drill claw the boxes in the floor.  There is no spring 
    under there, but you can find an ancient shrine that will create a 
    spring.  Bounce off the spring and onto the pulley.  Then, the laser 
    beam-blocked room underwater will still be blocked by a few laser beams 
    after hitting the switch.  To get past these, be sure to stop time with 
    the time switch on the highest pillar.
    
    Finally, Sonic's mission.  The first major difference is at the current 
    with the Gold Beetle.  The time switch has been moved from the top of 
    the laser fence to the opposite side of the current.  It is in the 
    center, with some laser beams close behind.  Once under the small ledge 
    with the laser beams, use your bounce attack to get the switch.  
    Finally, there are a bunch of Artifical Chaos on the waterslide, so 
    look out.
    
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    SECRETS
    
    Nothing notable at the moment...
    
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    Boss: The Biolizard
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    Character: Shadow
    
    Location: Cannon's Core
    
    Hits: 6
    
    This is it, the battle against Professor Gerald Robotnik's ultimate 
    creation, the prototype of the ultimite life form.  At first, he won't 
    seem like the ultimate life, as he will simply chase you around, trying 
    to eat you.  But, when running from the giant biohazard, keep a few 
    things in mind.  Don't run too far ahead, or he'll whack you with his 
    tail.  Also, be sure to jump over the stream, as falling in the current 
    will send you into oblivion.  After running around for a bit, the 
    lizard will get out of breath.  This is the time to grind up the pipe 
    coming out of his throat, then homing dash the red light on his back to 
    deal him a first hit.  The lizard, after roaring in pain, will continue 
    to chase you around.  After a while, he'll stop, and shoot a bunch of 
    energy balls at you. The ones in the ground can be jumped over, while 
    the ones floating above the ground can be somersaulted under.  
    Afterwards, he will get out of breath again, so grind up that pipe and 
    deal him another hit.  Repeat this process for hit #3.  Then, he'll 
    chase and attack as normal, but instead of getting out of breath, he 
    will summon a swarm of pink eggs.  Some of them will flash then fly 
    right at you.  Avoid them, and use the other Eggs to get to the red 
    light on his back by homing dashing each one you get near, then using 
    the homing attack on his little red light.  He will repeat this once 
    again for hit #5.  Then, for his final hit, he will immediately summon 
    his eggs once again after howling in pain.  Only this time, you will be 
    floating in the air, along with all the eggs.  Don't get hit by any of 
    the ones flying at you, and avoid all the others.  Try to make it 
    foward to his red light.  Upon landing on him back, dash his light one 
    more time to silence the savage beast... for now...
    
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    Boss: The Finalhazard
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    Character: Super Sonic and Super Shadow
    
    Location: Earth's Atmosphere
    
    Hits: 6
    
    First of all, the controls for each of the characters is somewhat 
    different than that you're used to.  You still use the Control Stick to 
    get around, of course, but you can navagate them up and down with A and 
    B.  A is up, and B is down, and holding these also gives you a burst of 
    speed.  Also, as in previous Sonic games, your ring count will slowly 
    go down (you start with 50 rings).  When you are out of rings, you die.  
    However, your rings will be replenished when you switch characters (you 
    can switch either by flying into ARK, or by scoring a hit on the 
    Finalhazard).
    
    To fight the final boss, you must avoid his egg and laser attacks, and 
    charge (with A or B button) into the huge, red bump on the lizard to 
    deal hit some pain.  Note that the red bump will often appear in 
    different places.  As for attacks, the Finalhazard will start with a 
    shield of a few eggs that he will shoot at you.  Getting hit will push 
    you back, thus wasting your rings.  After being hit, he'll begin 
    shooting lasers, which aren't too hard to avoid.  Then, after the next 
    hit, he'll still shoot lasers, only he'll do a better job at aiming 
    them at you.  Then, on the next hit, he'll be aiming two lasers at you.  
    Use A and B to manuever past them.  And then, on his last two hits, he 
    will form a large shield of eggs to fire at you, as well as those two 
    lasers.  Aim for the bump two more times to put him to rest forever.
    
    Congratulations, you have now beaten the game.
    
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    Extra Stage: ??????
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    Character: Sonic
    
    Checkpoints: 2
    
    A Rank Requirements:
    13000pts.
    
    Small Animals: Rabbit, Racoon, Penguin, Gorilla, Unicorn
    3rd Chao Crate: Unicorn? (it can be found in the FIRST Chao Crate...)
    
    Total Rings: 277
    
    Chao Crates:
    1. At the first checkpoint, drop off the right.  The crate is right 
    down there.
    2. Currently unknown...
    3. Currently unknown...
    
    Gold Beetle:
    Normal: Currently unknown...
    Hard: Currently unknown...
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    This stage can be reached from the stage select after you have earned 
    all 180 emblems.  I won't spoil you on exactly what it is, however, you 
    probably already know, because every other place spoils it... Heh, even 
    this guide has some subtle hints of what it is...
    
    Anyways... this stage consists of several paths, adding lots of replay.  
    This is a very fun stage, one of my favorites in the game.  No 
    walkthrough here is nessassary, so HAVE FUN! ^_^
    
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    5. Kart Racing
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    The Basics
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    Kart Racing is unlocked as soon as you beat one of the story mode Kart 
    Racing stages (Route 101 or 280).  Beat the other Kart Racing stage to 
    unlock the two player Kart Racing mini-game.
    
    OBJECTIVE
    In order to earn each track's emblem, you MUST finish in first place.  
    To achieve this goal, avoid driving into walls, as they will slow you 
    down and make you spin out.  Be sure to collect as many rings as 
    possible, so you may perform speed boosts.
    
    CONTROLS
    Control Stick - steer your car.
    Hold A Button - accelerate.
    B Button - use your breaks.
    Y Button - use a speed boost*
    *At least 20 rings are needed to perform a speed boost.
    
    OBJECTS ON THE TRACK
    Checkpoints - marks the loop around the track and counts your time.
    Dash Panels - run over these for a boost of speed.
    Ramps - drive over these for a jump into the air.
    Rings - collect 20 for a boost.  Note that opponents can also pick 
    rings up.
    
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    The Tracks
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    There are 3 tracks in the Kart Racing mini-game: Beginner, Standard, 
    and expert.  All the tracks take place in a similar environment, but 
    the layout of the track itself is different.  Complete all the tracks 
    in first place to win an emblem for each race.
    
    TRACK DESCRIPTIONS:
    
    Beginner - A simple track with no sharp turns, drop-offs, or any other 
    hazards.  Just before the checkpoint, there is a small road to the 
    right containing a dash panel to boost you ahead of the other 
    competitors.  Obviously, this is the easiest track.
    
    Standard - This track introduces sharp turns.  Practice breaking to 
    safely pass them, and you'll have no problem with this track.  There 
    are also several dash pannels in the middle of the road.
    
    Expert - An obviously difficult track, however, if you have mastered 
    the standard track, this won't be terribly hard.  There are even more 
    sharp turns here, some of which lack guard rails, and there are a few 
    pits in the road, but going over the jump ramps will help you avoid 
    them.  There is also a tilted road at one point - going off the left 
    will send you into the ocean, and running into the right guard rail 
    will slow you down dramaticly.  All this may sound tough, but if you 
    have mastered the previous tracks, that will definatly help.
    
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    The Karts
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    ~NOTES~
    
    SPD = Top Speed
    ACL = Accelleration
    BRK = Breaks
    GRP = Grip
    
    Each category is rated with *'s.  ***** is the highest, and * is the 
    lowest.
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    NORMAL KARTS
    These are available as soon as you unlock Kart Racing.
    
    ~Sonic~
    SPD: ****
    ACL: ***
    BRK: **
    GRP: ***
    
    Sonic is a good, all-round driver.  A great for beginners due to his 
    well-rounded stats and ease of use.
    
    
    ~Tails~
    SPD: **
    ACL: ****
    BRK: ***
    GRP: ***
    
    While he is lacking is Speed, all of Tails's other stats are somewhat 
    decent.  He may not be good for straight driving, but he'll handle 
    those turns well.
    
    
    ~Knuckles~
    SPD: ***
    ACL: ***
    BRK: ***
    GRP: ***
    
    Knuckles is one of the most well-rounded racers in the Kart Racing 
    mini-game.
    
    
    ~Shadow~
    SPD: ****
    ACL: ***
    BRK: **
    GRP: ***
    
    Shadow is a good, all-round driver.  A great for beginners due to his 
    well-rounded stats and ease of use.
    
    
    ~Eggman~
    SPD: ***
    ACL: **
    BRK: ***
    GRP: ****
    
    Dr. Eggman is a great handler, garunteed to stay on the track.  Use him 
    to get around those sharp turns.
    
    
    ~Rouge~
    SPD: **
    ACL: ****
    BRK: ***
    GRP: ***
    
    While she is lacking is Speed, all of Rouge's other stats are somewhat 
    decent.  She may not be good for straight driving, but she'll handle 
    those turns well.
    
    
    SECRET KARTS
    These are unlocked by clearing all of the respective character's 
    missions.  An arrow will appear over the character's icon, so press up 
    to switch to the secret kart.  Note that Tails is replaced by Chao, and 
    Rouge is replaced with Eggrobo.
    
    ~Sonic~
    SPD: *****
    ACL: ***
    BRK: *
    GRP: ***
    
    Sonic's breaking ability has been sacrificed for pure speed.
    
    
    ~Chao~
    SPD: ****
    ACL: ***
    BRK: *
    GRP: **
    
    This goofy little Chao car is merely a dumbed down version of Sonic's 
    normal kart.  However, since Chao is so light, it will seem to float 
    over jumps.
    
    
    ~Knuckles~
    SPD: ***
    ACL: *****
    BRK: **
    GRP: ***
    
    Knuckles now has THE highest acceleration in the game.  Although the 
    top speed is low, you will be able to grab rings before everyone else 
    to perform some easy boosts.
    
    
    ~Shadow~
    SPD: *****
    ACL: **
    GRP: **
    BRK: ***
    
    Aside from looking really cool, this secret kart is also THE fastest!  
    Just like Bowser in Mario Kart, he sacrifices acceleration for pure 
    speed.  A must for advanced drivers.
    
    
    ~Eggman~
    SPD: ****
    ACL: **
    BRK: ***
    GRP: *****
    
    Eggman's secret kart is infinately better than his normal one.  His 
    great grip got even better, and his top speed has gone up a bit as 
    well.  Definatly a good choice.
    
    
    ~Eggrobo~
    SPD: ****
    ACL: ****
    BRK: ***
    GRP: **
    
    The Eggrobo is the only racer who doesn't drive a car.  It floats above 
    the track, and because of this, it may be a little hard to steer.  
    However, Eggrobo's other stats are excellent.
    
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    6. 2P Battle
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    One of the major highlights of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle is the 2 
    Player Battle mode.  Apparently, it is more complete than the Dreamcast 
    version's 2 player mode.  All info about the 2P Battle from the 
    Gamecube version can be found here.
    
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    This competition is a race to the finish against another human 
    opponent.  All of the races take place in Sonic and Shadow's stages.  
    Also, a difference in 2P Battle is that you can perform special moves 
    on the opponent, depending on your ring count.  Just use the B Button 
    when the option comes up.  These will be explained in the characters 
    segment:
    
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    CHARACTERS
    
    ~Sonic~
    Super-sonic hedgehog with super-sonic speed.  He can use the light dash 
    and spin dash for even greater boosts of speed.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Speed Up, gives Sonic a temporary boost of speed.
    40 rings: Sonic Wind, attacks the opponent with a whirlwind.
    60 rings: Time Stop, freezes opponent for 10 seconds.
    
    
    ~Shadow~
    Shadow posses the same amazing speed as Sonic.  He can use the light 
    dash and spin dash for even greater boosts of speed.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Speed Up, gives Shadow a temporary boost of speed.
    40 rings: Chaos Spear, attacks the opponent with lightning.
    60 rings: Chaos Control, freezes opponent for 10 seconds.
    
    
    ~Amy~
    The Hedgehog girl who has a crush on Sonic.  She is nowhere near as 
    fast as "her love," and can't use spindash or light dash, but can take 
    advantage of special attacks early on.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    10 rings: Speed Up, gives Amy a temporary boost of speed.
    20 rings: Storming Heart, attacks the enemy with hearts.
    30 rings: Amy Flash, freezes the opponent for 20 seconds.
    
    
    ~Metal Sonic~
    This is the Metal Sonic seen in Sonic CD.  He is the fastest runner and 
    the highest jumper.  However, he is unable to use any special attacks, 
    nor is he able to use light dash.  However, by holding B, Metal Sonic 
    will activate his "Black Shield," which can block attacks and destroy 
    enemies.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    None.
    
    
    ~Sonic w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Sonic's missions to unlock Sonic in a racing 
    uniform.  Press up while Sonic is highlighted to select him.  He is 
    great for constantly attacking your opponent, because his main attack 
    is Sonic Wind.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Sonic Wind, attacks the opponent with a whirlwind.
    
    
    ~Shadow w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Shadow's missions to unlock Shadow in a racing 
    uniform.  Press up while Shadow is highlighted to select him.  He is 
    great if you really want to annoy your opponent, as his specialty is 
    Chaos Control.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Chaos Control, freezes the opponent for 5 seconds.
    
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    STAGES
    They have been slightly modified from their 1P counterparts.
    
    Downtown Race
    Level: 1
    2P Mode exclusive.  This is a snowboarding level down an icy road.  You 
    and your opponent will board all the way down the hill until one 
    reaches the goal ring.
    
    Grind Race
    Level: 1
    2P Mode exclusive.  The entire race takes place with both players 
    grinding down two rails and through a pyramid.
    
    City Escape
    Level: 2
    The game's first stage.  There's a boarding part at the start, and lots 
    of downhill action on the city streets following.
    
    Metal Harbor
    Level: 2
    A fast-paced race along a military base in the sea.
    
    White Jungle
    Level: 2
    A rainforest course where you race down hollow trees and swing from 
    vines.
    
    Green Forest
    Level: 3
    A forest similar to White Jungle.  Lots of uphill platform jumping 
    here.
    
    Sky Rail
    Level: 3
    A sky level with a lot of scaling of mountains and grinding of rails.
    
    Radical Highway
    Level: 3
    A long highway with a bunch of loops and jumps.
    
    Final Rush
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating Hero Side Story.  A space station above the 
    earth's atmosphere with many grind rails.
    
    Final Chase
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating Dark Side Story.  Space highway with gravity 
    cylanders and meteors.
    
    
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    Treasure Hunting Race
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    The object of this competition is to find all the emeralds before your 
    opponent does.  The number of emeralds in the stage varies depending on 
    the level number.
    
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    CHARACTERS
    
    ~Knuckles~
    Powerfull Echidna who protects the emeralds.  Skilled at martial arts 
    and treasure hunting.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings: Hammer Punch, Knuckles smashes the ground to trip opponent.
    40 rings: Thunder Arrow, lightning strikes and paralyzes the opponent.
    60 rings: Power Flash, freezes the opponent for 10 seconds.
    
    
    ~Rouge~
    Bat girl who posesses the same strength as Knuckles, and is attracted 
    to jewels.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings: Hip Drop, Rouge smashes the ground to trip opponent.
    40 rings: Black Wave, wave of darkness paralyzes the opponent.
    60 rings: Charm Ray, freezes the opponent for 10 seconds.
    
    
    ~Tikal~
    Echidna girl from SA1, who has some kind of connection to Knuckles.  It 
    is easier to find close emeralds with her, as the radar will only go 
    off when it is right around her.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings: Wrath of Gaia, Tikal smashes the ground to trip opponent.
    40 rings: Heaven's Justice, lightning paralyzes the opponent.
    60 rings: Captive Light, freezes the opponent for 10 seconds.
    
    
    ~Chaos Zero~
    Mysterious liquid creature from SA1.  His powers are great, with 
    painfull punches and superior special attacks.  However, he is rather 
    slow.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings: Chaos Impact, Chaos smashes the ground to trip opponent.
    40 rings: Chaos Strike, void damages and paralyzes the opponent.
    60 rings: Chaos Bind, freezes the opponent for a whole 30 seconds.
    
    
    ~Knuckles w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Knux's missions to unlock Knuckles wearing 
    emerald armor.  Press up while Knuckles is highlighted to select him.  
    He is great for constant attacks on the opponent, as his main attack is 
    Thunder Arrow.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Thunder Arrow, lightning strikes and paralyzes the opponent.
    
    
    ~Rouge w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Rouge's missions to unlock Rouge's goth-like 
    look.  Press up while Rouge is highlighted to select her.  Her 
    specialty is annoying the opponent constantly by stopping time.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    20 rings: Charm Ray, freezes the opponent for 5 seconds.
    
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    STAGES
    They have been made smaller than their 1P counterparts.
    
    Pool Quest
    Level: 1
    It is Aquatic Mine, and a lone emerald is hidden underwater.  The first 
    to find it may declare themselves the winner.
    
    
    Planet Quest
    Level: 1
    It is a small quest on the Spherical Planet from Mad Space.  The 
    emerald will always be hidden underground, so one must dig to recover 
    the single gem.
    
    
    Dry Lagoon
    Level: 2
    A nice little oasis at sunrise.  Find both emeralds before your 
    opponent does so!
    
    
    Egg Quarters
    Level: 2
    Multicolored pyramid.  The Egg Beetle has left so two treasure hunters 
    may compete for two emeralds.
    
    
    Security Hall
    Level: 2
    A large building full of safes.  Search out two multicolored emeralds.
    
    
    Wild Canyon
    Level: 3
    Desert canyon with 2 layers.  Find 2 emeralds!
    
    
    Pumpkin Hill
    Level: 3
    A serious of mountains in a large, Halloween-themed environment.  As 
    always, there are 2 emeralds to find.
    
    
    Meteor Herd
    Level: 3
    An extremely large space station that hides two emeralds.
    
    
    Death Chamber
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating the Hero Side Story.  A large pyramid with a 
    noisy machine at the core.  2 emeralds are hidden in the pyramid's 
    depths.
    
    
    Mad Space
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating the Dark Side Story.  A system of many small 
    planets floating in space.
    
    
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    The object of the shooting battle is to defeat your opponent by, 
    well... shooting.  The first person to run out of health is the loser.  
    The level 1 stages, however, are actually races.
    
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    CHARACTERS
    
    ~Tails~
    Fox boy who pilots the "Cyclone," complete with an arsenol of weaponry 
    and missiles.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings - Laser Missile, fires a series of many missiles at opponent.
    40 rings - Rocket Launcher, fires a series of many rockets at opponent.
    60 rings - Power Laser,  fires a HUGE laser attack.
    
    
    ~Eggman~
    Sonic's archnemisis pilots an Egg Walker, carrying the same deadly 
    weapons as Tails's cyclone.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings - Laser Missile, fires a series of many missiles at opponent.
    40 rings - Rocket Launcher, fires a series of many rockets at opponent.
    60 rings - Power Laser,  fires a HUGE laser attack.
    
    
    ~Chao Walker~
    This seemingly harmless little Chao pilots a machine that is rather 
    quick.  It is also quick to attack, using special attacks at 15 ring 
    intervals, rather than 20.  The drawbacks, however, are the fact that 
    it's attack and defense aren't as good as the other characters.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    15 rings - Boom Missile, fires a series of many missiles at opponent.
    30 rings - Rumble Launcher, fires a series of many rockets at opponent.
    45 rings - Zap Laser,  fires a HUGE laser attack.
    
    
    ~Dark Chao Walker~
    While this fiendish little Chao in a big, scary mech is rather slow, it 
    makes up for it in attack and defense.
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS
    20 rings - Crazy Rush, fires a series of many missiles at opponent.
    40 rings - Hell Bomber, fires a series of many rockets at opponent.
    60 rings - Dark Finish,  fires a HUGE blast of darkness.
    
    
    ~Tails w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Tails's missions to unlock Tails in his classic 
    red cyclone.  Press up while Tails is highlighted to select him.  While 
    he has no special attacks, his normal attacks are rather powerfull, and 
    he is fast - INSANELY FAST!
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    None
    
    
    ~Eggman w/ Alternate Costume~
    Earn A ranks on all of Eggman's missions to unlock Eggman black 
    camouflauge.  Press up while Eggman is highlighted to select him.  He 
    doesn't have a lock-on laser, however, he is rather powerfull, and has 
    constant use of his mighty power laser!
    
    SPECIAL ATTACKS:
    10 rings: Power Laser, fires a HUGE laser attack.
    
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    STAGES
    These are nothing like their 1P counterparts.
    
    Deck Race
    Level: 1
    A short race across Weapons Bed to the Goal Ring.
    
    Pyramid Race
    Level: 1
    A short race across Hidden Base to the Goal Ring.
    
    Weapons Bed
    Level: 2
    And now, the battlefields.  It is a large aircraft carrier.
    
    Iron Gate
    Level: 2
    A small prison area with laser beams.
    
    Hidden Base
    Level: 2
    Battle atop a large pyramid.
    
    Mission Street
    Level: 3
    A bridge overlooking a city.
    
    Sand Ocean
    Level: 3
    A sea of quicksand with some ledges, as well as a spinning platform in 
    the very center of the stage.
    
    Cosmic Wall
    Level: 3
    Space level, complete with low gravity flight.
    
    Eternal Engine
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating the Hero Side Story.  This is the exact same 
    battlefield Tails and Eggman fight on in Story Mode.
    
    Lost Colony
    Level: 4
    Unlocked after beating the Dark Side Story.  This 2-floored battlefield 
    is HUGE, and is played in split screen.
    
    
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    Other 2P modes are listed here.  For more info, check their respective 
    sections.
    
    CHAO RACE
    Up to 4 players may participate in this competition.  Each player may 
    select one Chao from one of the two memory cards plugged into the 
    'cube, and race them in any of the Beginner or Jewel races.
    
    CHAO KARATE
    2 Players may select one Chao each from either of the memory cards 
    plugged into your Gamecube.  You may then participate in a duel.
    
    KART RACING
    2P Kart Racing is unlocked after you complete both Kart Racing Stages 
    in Story Mode.  Two players may race against each other as well as all 
    the computer oppenents.
    
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    THE END.
    
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