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    Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
    Battle Mode Guide
    by TwilightPhoenix
    
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    Table of Contents
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    1. The Purpose of the Guide
    2. Disclaimer
    3. Action Race
      A. Characters
      B. General Strategies
      C. Stages
    4. Treasure Hunt
      A. Characters
      B. General Strategies
      C. Stages
    5. Shooting Battle
      A. Characters
      B. General Strategies
      C. Stages
    6. Kart Race
      A. Characters
      B. General Strategies
      C. Stages
    7. Chao Race
    8. Chao Karate
    9. Version History
    10. FAQ
    11. Other Guides By Me
    12. Contact Info
    13. Copyrights
    
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    The Purpose of the Guide
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    The idea behind this guide is to somehow improve your playing ability
    in the multiplayer modes of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.  This guide
    describes each character, alternate costumes where applicable, and
    various stage strategies.  Each section is broken down by the mode it's
    found in.  In other words, all the characters and stages for one mode
    are together and not mixed in with any other mode.  That way you don't
    have to jump around to find relevant information for the mode you're
    interested in.
    
    
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    Disclaimer
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    This was written for the GAMECUBE version of the guide.  There very
    well may be changes from the Dreamcast version in how the game plays,
    strategies, and so forth.  I don't have access to a DC, let alone a copy
    of SA2 itself with a save file of everything unlocked, so I'm powerless
    there.
    
    
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    Action Race
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    The objective of the race mode is simple:  reach the goal ring first.
    Of course, it's not just running down a strip of asphalt, you have to
    play through the stages and run, grind, bounce, jump, homing attack, and
    summersault your way to victory, all the while collecting rings to use your
    special abilities to hinder your opponent.
    
    Players start in equal positions, usually side by side.  Middle markers
    are placed sporadically throughout the courses, usually in the same
    places that they are in single player.  When a player dies, they return
    to the farthest middle marker.  Player progress through the course is
    tracked on the bottom of the screen.  Also, if handicap is turned on, a 
    player will get an ability upon respawning and also get better 
    abilities with less rings.  The farther behind they are, the better 
    the ability.
    
    
    -----Characters-----
    
    Sonic -  Sonic is very similar to his in-game playing style.  He is a
    middle speed character with average jump height, but has access to the most 
    abilities.  He is able to perform the Homing Attack, Light Dash, Spin Dash,
    and Summersault.  He cannot use the Bounce Ball, Magic Hands, Fire
    Summersault, Mystic Melody, and Ancient Light, unfortunately.  His special
    abilities are Speed Up, Sonic Wind, and Time Stop.  Without handicaps, he
    gets each ability every twenty rings in order, restarting at eighty.
    
    Speed Up -  Double your running speed for a few seconds.  Best used in areas 
    where all out ground speed is ideal.  Combine with a Speed Shoes power-up 
    and make or close some serious distance between you and your opponent.
    
    Sonic Wind - Unavoidable attack that damages the opponent.  If they have a
    shield, it'll destroy it.  It'll knock a player backwards, so its often a
    good idea to wait to use it.  Ideally, you want to use it to knock the other
    player to their death, so use it when they're bouncing on springs, grinding,
    making large jumps, using the homing attack, or when they have zero rings.
    Note there is a small delay in which the opponent can retaliate with their
    special abilities after you execute Sonic Wind, so don't be surprised if
    you get hit by Chaos Spear or Amy Flash right after using this ability.
    
    Time Stop -  Freeze time for ten seconds.  Not only is the player trapped, 
    but enemies and traps are also stuck too!  If you're grabbing tons of rings, 
    it's a cheap follow-up to Sonic Wind, especially if you knock them down.  
    You can also attack a frozen opponent too.  Do note that its time can be 
    drained quicker by rotating the control stick.  Also, while time is stopped,
    you cannot use special abilities.
    
    Sonic is one of two characters with Light Dash and Spin Dash, so abuse them.
    Spin Dash can be used to attack the other player and generate quite a bit
    of speed in a small space with little time, as well as making you invincible 
    to basic attacks.  Though it does slow down the longer you're in it.  Light 
    Dash can be used to cover large gaps quickly and speed through other areas 
    faster than usual, all the while collecting rings!  On levels like Metal 
    Harbor this advantage is huge.
    
    If you get all A ranks with Sonic in single player, you'll get an alternate 
    costume which allows him to do Sonic Wind every twenty rings!  It's
    extremely deadly and a great counter to Amy's cheapness.  However, Metal 
    Sonic's Black Shield can stop it, so he is the counter to this suit.  If 
    you die with handicaps on, you can still get Speed Up and Time Stop.
    
    
    Shadow -  Shadow is very similar to his in-game playing style.  He is a 
    middle speed character with average jump height, but has access to the most
    abilities.  He is able to perform the Homing Attack, Light Dash, Spin Dash, 
    and Summersault.  He cannot use the Fire Summersault, Mystic Melody, or
    Ancient Light, unfortunately.  His special abilities are Speed Up, Chaos
    Spear, and Chaos Control.  Without handicaps, he gets each ability every
    twenty rings in order, restarting at eighty.
    
    Speed Up -  Double your running speed for a few seconds.  Best used in areas 
    where all out ground speed is ideal.  Combine with a Speed Shoes power-up 
    and make or close some serious distance between you and your opponent.
    
    Chaos Spear - Unavoidable attack that damages the opponent.  If they have 
    a shield, it'll destroy it.  It'll knock a player backwards, so its often a 
    good idea to wait to use it.  Ideally, you want to use it to knock the other
    player to their death, so use it when they're bouncing on springs, grinding, 
    making large jumps, using the homing attack, or when they have zero rings.  
    Note there is a small delay in which the opponent can retaliate with their 
    special abilities after you execute Chaos Spear, so don't be surprised if 
    you get hit by Sonic Wind or Amy Flash right after using this ability.
    
    Chaos Control -  Freeze time for ten seconds.  Not only is the player 
    trapped, but enemies and traps are also stuck too!  If you're grabbing 
    tons of rings, it's a cheap follow-up to Chaos Spear, especially if you 
    knock them down.  You can also attack a frozen opponent too.  Do note 
    that its time can be drained quicker by rotating the control stick. 
    Also, while time is stopped, you cannot use special abilities.
    
    Shadow is one of two characters with Light Dash and Spin Dash, so abuse
    them.  Spin Dash can be used to attack the other player and generate quite
    a bit of speed in a small space with little time, as well as making you
    invincible to basic attacks.  Though it does slow down the longer you're in
    it.  Light Dash can be used to cover large gaps quickly and speed through
    other areas faster than usual, all the while collecting rings!  On levels
    like Metal Harbor this advantage is huge.
    
    If you get all A ranks with Shadow in single player, you'll get access to
    a new costume for him.  The costume gives him the ability to use a five
    second Chaos Control every twenty rings.  However, unless Shadow is in the
    lead and/or grabbing a bunch of rings, this is mostly a minor
    inconvenience.  However, it's great against Metal Sonic, since his Dark
    Shield cannot do anything about it.  And if you are collecting a bunch of
    rings, your opponent may not get the chance to move very much.  If you die
    while using this suit, you might get Chaos Spear or Speed Up when you
    respawn if handicaps are on.
    
    
    Amy -  She is slower and cannot jump as high as the other characters.  So,
    at glance, she might look pretty useless.  Then you might notice that she
    gets her abilities every ten rings.  On levels with many rings, she can
    become your worst nightmare!  An endless storm of special abilities
    accompanied by "He he he!", "Yeah!", and "Just wait a minute!"  Do note
    that Amy cannot use the Light Dash or Spin Dash, which can put her at a
    big disadvantage in some areas.  Her special abilities are Speed Up,
    Storming Heart, and Amy Flash.
    
    A piece of trivia, when Amy does the Homing Attack, she whips out her
    Piko Piko Hammer, but doesn't use it at all.  I wonder why?
    
    Speed-up -  Doubles Amy's running speed for a few seconds.  Unlike Sonic
    and Shadow, since Amy is slower than normal, this boost doesn't steal your
    control as much, so there are more places where you can use it without 
    much risk of crashing into enemies.  Combine with a Speed Shoes power-up
    to start moving really fast!  ...well, fast for Amy.
    
    Storming Heart - Unavoidable attack that damages the opponent.  If they
    have a shield, it'll destroy it.  It'll knock a player backwards, so its
    often a good idea to wait to use it.  Ideally, you want to use it to knock
    the other player to their death, so use it when they're bouncing on
    springs, grinding, making large jumps, using the homing attack, or when
    they have zero rings.  Note there is a small delay in which the opponent
    can retaliate with their special abilities after you execute Storming 
    Heart, so don't be surprised if you get hit by Sonic Wind or Chaos Spear
    right after using this ability.
    
    Amy Flash -  Freezes time for twenty whole seconds.  Thats quite awhile!
    During this time, all enemies and traps are frozen too, allowing you to
    navigate the area with little difficulty.  If you're getting enough rings,
    it's a cheap follow-up attack to Storming Heart.  Do note your opponent can
    rotate the control stick to speed up the timer on it.  Also, you cannot
    use special abilities while this ability is active.
    
    
    Metal Sonic -  He's fast!  Real fast!  But...thats about it.  Metal Sonic,
    while quick, actually isn't all that good.  He has the potential in the
    hands of a skilled player, but on the average levels he's just kinda meh.
    He has the Homing Attack and Summersault, but he lacks the Spin Dash and
    Light Dash, which both of which will allow Sonic and Shadow to overtake and
    pass him very easily.  He also lacks special attacks, but instead has a
    Black Shield.  So if he falls behind, your opponent needs to make some
    mistakes for him to catch back up, and you cannot really count on that.
    
    Black Shield -  Protects Metal Sonic from all damaging attacks, including
    Sonic Wind, Chaos Spear, and Storming Heart.  However, it will not block
    time stoppage.  Also, when using this ability, Metal Sonic gradually slows
    down, speed boosts are less effective, he cannot change directions, and
    he drops like a rock.  Its best use is for stopping the aforementioned
    special abilities and Spin Dash attacks.  There are better ways to avoid
    the Homing Attack. Summersaults and enemies are easy to avoid anyways.
    
    
    -----General Strategies-----
    
    Remember, Sonic and Shadow have the Light Dash and Spin Dash.  Use them
    and abuse them.  Light Dash can be used to quickly grab lines of rings
    while traveling over distances and gaps at high speeds.  Also, it can
    occasionally be used to attack the other player if they happen to be in
    the way and fresh rings are close enough to continue the dash.  The Spin
    Dash can be used to accelerate to high speeds very quickly while becoming
    impervious to Homing Attacks, Light Dashes, Spin Dashes, and Summersaults.
    It also damages your opponent if they get hit.  It does, however, get
    slower the longer you're in it, so make sure to jump or something to
    escape.
    
    All characters can use the Homing Attack to get a boost in acceleration
    from low speeds.  If an opponent is going fast enough, you can use it to
    chase them indefinitely with zero effort on your part.  Only problem it's
    not too reliable of a trick in a number of situations.
    
    Beware of the "Amazing Hedgehog Thrower".  More of a glitch than anything,
    but it is amusing.  To do it, a player needs to get a check point and
    position himself right where the opponent will spawn.  The opponent needs
    to die and respawn.  Before respawning, the first player needs to start
    charging the Spin Dash, but not release.  Every time the second player
    respawns, they will die instantly!  Over and over again!  A great way to
    irritate your opponent.
    
    Check points are often play a pivotal strategic role.  When a player dies,
    no matter how far behind they were, they will return to the marked check
    point closest to the finish line.  A player far behind can catch up by just
    getting killed.  However, the front player can prevent this by not marking
    check points.  This is risky, because if they die, they go far back!  Also,
    grabbing a check point often gives you rings or a power-up.
    
    Be sure to use moves like Sonic Wind when they're sure to kill your
    opponent, either directly or by knocking them into a bottomless pit.  Just
    be ready for the counter attack if handicap is on.
    
    Use Speed Up when you don't need to worry about precision AND you'll be
    running on the ground.  This and the Speed Boots power-up do not in any
    way help air speed, grind speed, etc; only running.
    
    If you're in the lead, try to grab as many rings as you can.  The less 
    rings available to your opponent, the less likely they can catch you.
    
    You can do tricks off of ramps by pressing 'A' while on foot and
    snowboarding, often allowing you to either go farther, move faster, 
    and/or reach areas that are normally difficult to get to or completely
    inaccessible otherwise.  On Final Rush, you can also do trick off of rails
    by pressing 'A' whenever you pass over a bunch of holographic green arrows.
    These will allow you to do some really high and far jumps, enabling you 
    to skip small sections of a level that would otherwise slow you down.  You
    can also do rail tricks on Sky Rail, though I haven't quite figured out
    the timing yet.
    
    Remember, there aren't any points in Battle Mode.  So doing nifty, albeit
    unnecessary tricks, like doing a Light Dash to an out-of-the-way rail won't
    trigger any bonuses, just waste time.  Though showing off is always fun.
    
    
    -----Stages-----
    
    Downhill Race -  A snowboarding course.  It's more difficult than the one
    in City Escape, complete with a large number of ramps and metal fences to
    get in your way, as well as a fair number of turns.  Be careful how you use
    ramps.  Hitting 'A' early on the ramp makes you less likely to run into
    something, but hitting it late will allow you to go farther, faster.  It'll
    also let you do cooler stunts (or if you're Amy, her only decent stunt).
    
    Also, the fastest way to go around a corner is to follow something known as
    the racing line.  When approaching a corner, it's best to start on the
    outside.  As you go through the corner, you should come very close to the
    inside wall.  You should come out of the corner on the outside again at a
    higher speed than otherwise possible.  Coincidentally, it's easiest to do
    this on single 90 corners.  A 'S' corner is the toughest.
    
    
    Grind Race -  The race is mostly grinding, with a couple of brief running
    segments.  The trick to winning is to crouch the whole time and switch to
    the fastest rails, usually the one on the inside of the corner.  You can
    switch quickly by pressing left/right and A, though it takes practice.
    It also slows you down a tiny bit, so don't do it for no reason.  If you
    die, you can get a special ability to use on the running segment if 
    handicap is turned on, though Speed Up is pretty much useless.  You can
    also find a bonus rail with forty rings by jumping at the end of the rail
    before the second check point.  This will give Sonic/Shadow their attack
    ability, but only allows Amy to use Speed Up.  Useless for Metal Sonic.
    
    
    City Escape -  Starts off with a snowboarding segment, though has more
    ramps than single player.  These are usually side-by-side, so you still hit
    the same number of ramps.  You cannot use special abilities while
    snowboarding, but you can still get hit by them, so try to get through this
    as quickly as possible.  The same skills in the Downhill Race work here.
    
    Some enemies are moved around, but not a big issue.  Though the ring chain
    switch at the start of the running segment is gone, so no Light Dash there.
    When running through, always opt for grinding rails and taking the high
    routes.  They're faster and often more rewarding.  During the downhill
    running segments, use the ramps to grab rings and power-ups, along with
    boosting your speed.  Also, avoid cars, they slow you down.  Though Speed
    Up works in these sections, along with the wall running segment.  The
    course ends prematurely just after the wall running.
    
    
    Metal Harbor -  Move forward a little bit at the start to gain an 
    advantage.  Or you could try a Spin Dash to knock an opponent out early.
    Note that many of the ring trails have been replaced by springs.  However,
    the ones you don't have to use to cross gaps are still there and give a big
    advantage to Sonic and Shadow over Amy and Metal Sonic, since this is where
    most of the rings are.  
    
    The part where you have to Homing Attack multiple foes can be bypassed 
    more quickly with the spring, though going through the long way, while 
    risky, does give rings for your trouble.  At the end of the level, the
    rocket is gone, forcing you to use springs and small platforms to cross to
    the missile.  Where you normally grab into the missile is where the goal
    rings is.
    
    
    White Jungle -  An early Spin Dash is evil!  If you're Sonic or Shadow, do
    it!  You get an attack chance on your opponent and can usually shoot ahead 
    of the competition.  The rest of the level plays mostly like White Jungle
    in single player, though there are springs to compensate for a player 
    getting certain vines first.  Otherwise they have to wait.  So it's 
    important to reach vines first, since they're usually faster or you'd be
    stuck waiting on a new one.  Also, wait to use moves like Chaos Spear when
    an opponent is just coming off a vine.  They're immune to being knocked
    around while on it, but they usually can be killed very easily the moment
    they come off a vine.  The level ends where you either get the Air Shoes
    or, if you already had them, Light Dash across the gap.  Try to miss the
    spring at the end, it'll save you time.
    
    
    Green Forest -  Like Shadow's foliage filled counter-part level, an early
    Spin Dash is dangerous.  The same thing applies to vines on this level,
    though they are not as common.  Also, some of the side-paths and enemies
    have been removed, which isn't a problem.  Those were usually slower
    anyways.  
    
    Once you get off the the first hollow log and you see the three GUN Robots,
    there's a side path to the left that goes up.  The reason why this path is
    worth taking is for the long ring line you can use Light Dash on, saving
    Sonic or Shadow much time while guarantying a special ability.  After the
    first check point you can Light Dash the rings and reach a rail which leads
    you straight to the next spring.  There are several other rails on the
    inside of the turns in the hollow log parts that you can grind.  These
    will allow you to avoid Spin Dashes and often get you rings.
    
    When you reach the bungee vine, do not hold 'A'.  There's nothing down
    there to reward you for the waste of time.  Also, keep in mind the last
    check point is pretty far from the goal ring, so getting killed after it
    can cost you the race.  On the other hand, if handicap is on, a special
    ability might give you a second chance.
    
    
    Sky Rail -  The same as single player, minus the side paths for Ancient
    Light.  The strategy here lays in good rail switching and reaching the
    propeller springs first.  If you fall behind on getting to one, you'll have
    to wait even longer.  Though if someone is on one of these (or on the rails
    for that matter), you can easily knock them down with an attack like 
    Storming Heart.  At the end of the level, if you have a Speed Up, take the
    rail that goes down.  This way, you can use the speed boost to reach the
    goal ring faster.
    
    
    Radical Highway -  Anyone know why one of the easiest levels in the game
    is Level 3?  Lets be honest, White Jungle is harder, even if just slightly.
    There are a ton of rings on this level, along with a fair number of ring
    lines for Light Dashes.  So, whoever is in the lead will probably win...
    unless it's Metal Sonic, due to a simple lack of special abilities.
    Although he can still starve the opponent of rings.
    
    If you're Sonic or Shadow, Light Dash the rings on flat ground.  The ones
    where you're going vertical or on a loop-de-loop can get you killed.  When
    you reach the forks in the road for the loops, the first one take the left,
    the second take the right.  Those have extra boosts.  Also, towards the
    middle of the stage when you have a choice of going up or down, go up.  
    It's faster, even if it's a little tougher.  You'll need to do a trick off
    a ramp to reach is feasibly (takes too long otherwise).  Speaking of ramps
    you're better of doing tricks whenever you hit them.  It's best to do them
    middle/late while on the ramp so you don't undershoot the shortcuts.
    
    
    Final Chase -  Unlocked by clearing the Hero Story.  And man, I love this
    level.  It's nice and long, with lots of neat grinding, awesome tricks to
    do off of rails, and tons of paths and shortcuts.  Do note that the 
    position indicator is pretty inaccurate, though the game still knows who
    is in the lead.  So no 10-ring-20-second-Chaos-Control-Handicap for the
    leader.
    
    There's some awesome shortcuts early in this level.  At the start of the 
    level, once you're off the rocket, move forward slightly and you'll start
    grinding at a higher speed.  You can either do a trick off the rail or ride
    it off normally.  Hold forward and aim for the purple rail on the left.
    The next big shortcut isn't long later.  You'll see a rail going down from
    the platform you're on.  Ahead is a square platform with an enemy and
    a purple rail.  Jump over and take that rail.  Eventually you'll reach
    the side-by-side rails, you can jump to the left for some rings.  
    
    The third big shortcut is at the end of the huge three-level corkscrew, and 
    is the biggest one in the entire level.  At the end, jump to the rail on
    the right.  If you look carefully, you'll spot a distant, third rail to the 
    right that appears to go straight into oblivion.  Jump to it.  Don't worry if 
    you miss.  If you keep holding forward while following it, you should
    eventually land safely on it.  You'll skip a large portion of the level.
    You can also do a trick at the end to skip the first vertical rail (do
    Homing Attacks on these to climb them quickly).
    
    When you hit the vertical rail after a booster amid the long series of 
    small vertical rails, if you hold right you sometimes can grab onto a 
    square platform saving some time.  Jumping can help sometimes.  The fifth
    shortcut is after the huge vertical rail.  Take the one on the right and
    you can skip another bit of the level with a rocket.  The final shortcut
    is towards the end by doing a trick off a rail to skip the last vertical
    rails.  The level ends just before the colony debris avalanche.
    
    
    Final Chase -  Unlock by completing the Dark Story.  And man, I hate this
    stage in single player.  However, I can't help but feel disappointed
    that it is so short.  You don't start grinding and it ends very early.  I
    don't know if this is even the same level, since the gravity drum and 
    spring pattern is so different.  Since it's so short, there isn't much
    strategy.  Just run to the end as fast as possible.  And be careful on the
    gravity drums, they're extremely glitchy.
    
    
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    Treasure Hunt
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    In this mode you go searching for items.  Usually shards of the Master
    Emerald, but sometimes a few other things.  To find them, you'll have to
    search, dig, glide, and swim while relying on your character's senses to
    pinpoint the item in question. Players start side-by-side and respawn at
    the starting location on death.  You can often find power-ups by just 
    digging in the ground.  You can also use the hint system to help you find
    the item.
    
    On a side note, I personally think all the special ability animations in
    this mode are rather poor.  They're nothing like Chaos Spear or Dark
    Finish.
    
    All characters gain their abilities every twenty rings.
    
    
    -----Characters-----
    
    Knuckles -  He plays exactly like he does in single player.  However, he
    only has access to his Shovel Claws, so no Air Necklace, Iron Knuckles, or
    Sunglasses.  Knuckles' attacks consist of a one-two punch followed by an
    uppercut.  He can also do a sort of spinning attack by rotating the control 
    stick and pressing 'B', though this takes practice and has little
    use in this mode.  His special abilities are Hammer Punch, Thunder Arrow,
    and Power Flash.
    
    Hammer Punch -  Slam the ground, causing a small quake that can knock the
    opponent off their feet and stun them.  It'll also knock opponents off 
    walls, so it's a great move against the other player if the player is close
    to finding an emerald buried in the wall. This can be avoided by either
    being in the air or by digging.
    
    Thunder Shoot -  Special attack that directly damages an opponent.  When
    it hits, it will make the other player dizzy, messing up their controls,
    which can be quite annoying.  Though this lasts only for a few seconds.  It
    can be avoided by digging.
    
    Power Flash -  Freezes time for ten seconds.  Most useful when your 
    opponent is about to grab an emerald.  Otherwise it's just a minor
    inconvenience, since this mode typically takes awhile anyways.  You can
    escape it by rotating the control stick.
    
    Knuckle's alternate costume, unlocked by earning all 'A' ranks with him,
    grants him the ability to use Thunder Shoot every twenty rings.  Annoying
    with all the dizziness that can be dealt to an opponent, but it can also be 
    dodged by digging.
    
    
    Rouge -  She plays exactly like he does in single player.  However, she
    only has access to her Pick Nails, so no Treasure Scope or Iron Heels.  
    Rouges' attacks consist of a one-two kick followed by a jump kick.  She can
    also do a sort of spinning attack by rotating the control stick and 
    pressing 'B', though this takes practice and has little use in this mode.
    Her special abilities are Hip Drop, Black Wave, and Charm Ray.
    
    Hip Drop -  Slam the ground, causing a small quake that can knock the
    opponent off their feet and stun them.  It'll also knock opponents off 
    walls, so it's a great move against the other player if the player is close
    to finding an emerald buried in the wall. This can be avoided by either
    being in the air or by digging.
    
    Black Wave -  Special attack that directly damages an opponent.  When
    it hits, it will make the other player dizzy, messing up their controls,
    which can be quite annoying.  Though this lasts only for a few seconds.  It
    can be avoided by digging.
    
    Charm Ray -  Freezes time for ten seconds.  Most useful when your 
    opponent is about to grab an emerald.  Otherwise it's just a minor
    inconvenience, since this mode typically takes awhile anyways.  You can
    escape it by rotating the control stick.
    
    Rouge's alternate costume, unlocked by earning all 'A' ranks with her,
    grants her to use a five-second Charm Ray every twenty rings.  Not very
    useful at all.  Its only advantage is that it cannot be avoided.  
    
    
    Tikal -  While her special abilities look exactly like Knuckles', she does
    not play the same as her main character counterpart.  She is quicker than
    the other characters by a little bit, but her regular attacks have short
    range (they're like Knuckles' by the way).  Also, her senses are weaker,
    causing her to only sense emeralds in the yellow and closer range.  This
    is a mixed curse.  It is certainly a hindrance, but it also makes it harder
    for the other player find the emerald by relying on your treasure sense.
    Her special abilities are Wrath of Gaia, Heaven's Justice, and Captive
    Light.
    
    Wrath of Gaia -  Slam the ground, causing a small quake that can knock the
    opponent off their feet and stun them.  It'll also knock opponents off 
    walls, so it's a great move against the other player if the player is close
    to finding an emerald buried in the wall. This can be avoided by either
    being in the air or by digging.
    
    Heaven's Justice -  Special attack that directly damages an opponent.  When
    it hits, it will make the other player dizzy, messing up their controls,
    which can be quite annoying.  Though this lasts only for a few seconds.  It
    can be avoided by digging.
    
    Captive Light -  Freezes time for twenty seconds.  Most useful when your 
    opponent is about to grab an emerald.  Hers is actually pretty useful,
    since it is, well, twice as long as normal.  You can escape it by
    rotating the control stick.
    
    
    Chaos Zero -  The antagonist from the original Sonic Adventure.  He is
    slow, but his punches (which look just like Knuckles' and Tikal's...hmmmm)
    have a big reach, though they're slow too.  His main advantages are the
    power of his time stopping special and his ability to breathe underwater.
    Yes, that's right.  Chaos Zero can breathe underwater.  His special
    abilities are Chaos Impact, Chaos Strike, and Chaos Bind.
    
    Chaos Impact -  Slam the ground, causing a small quake that can knock the
    opponent off their feet and stun them.  It'll also knock opponents off 
    walls, so it's a great move against the other player if the player is close
    to finding an emerald buried in the wall. This can be avoided by either
    being in the air or by digging.
    
    Chaos Strike -  Special attack that directly damages an opponent.  When
    it hits, it will make the other player dizzy, messing up their controls,
    which can be quite annoying.  Though this lasts only for a few seconds.  It
    can be avoided by digging.
    
    Chaos Bind -  This move freezes time for thirty seconds!  Even for this
    mode that is one very long time!  Useful at pretty much any time, sheesh.
    You can speed it up by rotating the control stick if he hits you with it.
    Believe me, you'll need it.
    
    
    -----General Strategies-----
    
    While gliding, you can dive by pressing 'B'.  While diving, you will descend 
    very quickly and damage the other player if you happen to hit them.
    You can cancel a dive by pressing 'A' to resume gliding.  Use this to drop
    altitude rapidly and then break into a glide to avoid digging.
    
    You can dig to avoid almost all attacks!  Only time stopping moves will
    work on you.
    
    You can simply jump to avoid ground pound attacks.
    
    Get a sort of pattern going on that you use to check the whole level.  This
    will save a bunch of time.
    
    Use hints wisely.  And I don't mean think about them carefully.  While 
    there are no points, your opponent has access to them too!  If he has no
    clue where it is and you have at least a vague idea, try not to use hints.
    I normally ignore them except on the large stages.
    
    If you get hit by a move like Black Wave in the air, you can instantly
    glide again once you get hit.  It's pretty much impossible to kill someone
    with these moves if they don't have zero rings if they know they can do
    this.  So save your Thunder Shoots for when your opponent gets close to
    the emerald.
    
    You can dig pretty much anywhere and randomly find rings or power-ups.
    
    You don't have to grab emeralds in order.  If you see one and it's not
    pinging, go ahead and grab it anyways!  It'll still count!
    
    I recommend keeping the time limit off on this one, as it makes completing
    the larger levels near impossible.
    
    
    -----Stages-----
    
    Pool Quest -  A segment of Aquatic Mine, the emerald is somewhere
    underwater.  Because of this, Chaos Zero dominates this level.  While
    everyone else has to go up for air or die, he'll never drown.  Only one
    emerald can appear in this level.  
    
    
    Planet Quest -  You know that small, spherical planet in Mad Space?  Yeah,
    it's this level.  Only a single emerald buried somewhere on the planet.
    Just run around until you get an exclamation mark and then start digging.
    
    
    Dry Lagoon -  This is only about half the level, the second part with the
    actual lagoon.  It can be divided into four sections:  left side, right
    side, center, and underwater.  Chaos Zero handles the underwater section
    quite easily.  The best way to do this level is to go about 3/4 into the
    east and west end, checking for a signal if you don't already have one.
    Once you pick one up, start looking.  Emeralds are very rarely underwater.
    
    
    Egg Quarters -  Same as single player, minus the Egg-Beetle and the
    stealth element.  Your best bet is to run laps around the level while
    searching for a signal.  Once you find one, it's likely to be in the 
    upcoming room or, on occasion, in a nearby hallway.  Remember there is a
    tiny chamber near the ceiling in the egg chambers.
    
    
    Security Hall -  The top floor is inaccessible and all the safes are now 
    unlocked.  There are three floors with three walls.  I find it easiest to
    find a signal by running around the second floor and 
    jumping/gliding/climbing until I get one. Then I check up.  If thats a no 
    go, then keep going along the path.  Nothing there, check the first floor.
    Though sometimes it's not on the outside walls, so make sure to check the
    giant crate areas and small rooms in the inner wall, as well as the 
    rafters.
    
    
    Wild Canyon -  Just like single player, minus all the hidden rooms.  Can
    be broken down into four areas:  underground, central area, left area, and
    right area.  You start underground, so check it first.  Then ride the wind
    column up, if nothing, fly 3/4 into each area and try those.  To go back
    underground again, look for the little holes in the center area floor.
    You might have to move stuff to find it.
    
    
    Pumpkin Hill -  This area is pretty darn big.  The three main emerald
    locations are the main mountains:  Church Mountain, Ghost Train
    Mountain, and Pumpkin Mountain.  Sometimes it'll be around the starting 
    area or on one of the distant pumpkin pillars, however.  Check the 
    mountains first, followed by the starting area, and then the pillars.  The
    latter can take quite awhile.
    
    
    Meteor Herd -  This is a huge area, complete with a ground area, a tower,
    dozens and dozens of floating platforms, and an inverted tower to literally
    top it all off.  There is no good way to find the emeralds fast, though
    they often are not on the ground area.  The best way to search is to scale
    the platforms without use of springs/rockets/etc.  Though if you need to
    go up quickly, they're there.
    
    A few nice changes here include a smaller number of enemies, no meteors to
    come and randomly smack you, and the underground area cannot be opened up,
    removing a slightly smaller area of possibilities.  Though just try to
    avoid getting killed.  It can hurt you a great deal, especially if the
    emerald is on the inverted tower and you were just up there.
    
    
    Death Chamber -  Complete the Hero Story to unlock this level.  The rooms
    can be divided by color.  There is also the big center room where you start
    and all those little hallways.  Best way to do this is to run laps
    similar to Egg Quarters.  Though make sure to check the center room every
    so often.  A good thing to know though is that the huge water filled
    chamber is gone.
    
    
    Mad Space -  Complete the Dark Story to unlock this level.  This place is
    even bigger than Meteor Herd.  To top it off, the clues are either
    written backwards or tell lies.  This area, however, can still be divided.
    Starting platform, gravity planet, capsule planet, the blue, meteor magnet
    planet, random platforms, the inverted tower, and the ring of tiny 
    platforms way below everything else.  Most emeralds can be found at the 
    capsule planet while a fair number still spawn in the random platform
    area, inverted tower, and platform ring.  The minorities are the other two
    planets followed by the rare start location emerald.
    
    When checking the capsule planet, be sure to examine both ends.  It is so
    large the emerald cannot be sensed from the wrong end.  Try to avoid the
    gravity planet unless you intend to search for an emerald there, as getting
    sucked to it by the gravity is quite annoying.  Finally, only check the
    platform ring if you've checked the other major sources.  It takes a long
    time to check all of those platforms and it takes awhile still to get back
    up to the start location.
    
    
    --------------------------------------------
    Shooting Battle
    --------------------------------------------
    
    In this mode the object is to kill your opponent, as opposed to it being
    an optional pastime.  The players control mechs and typically start 
    opposite of each other.  Rings and balloons with rings or power-ups
    periodically spawn around the arena.  Rings restore health to each player
    and power-ups act the same as always.  The winner is whoever is left alive
    at the end of the match, whether they killed their opponent or not.
    
    All characters get abilities every twenty rings.
    
    
    -----Characters-----
    
    Tails -  Like all the other characters from the single player mode, he
    players similar to how he does solo.  Tails has access to his Hover Jets,
    but lacks Mystic Melody, the Vulcan Cannon Upgrade, and the Laser Upgrade.
    His abilities are Laser Missile, Rocket Launcher, and Power Laser.
    
    Laser Missile -  Fires a burst of fast moving semi-homing shots, identical
    in appearance to the lock-on shot.  Does a fair amount of damage and is 
    difficult to evade at close range.
    
    Rocket Launcher -  Launches twelve rockets into the sky, which then lock-on
    and seek out your opponent.  These can usually be avoided by simply running
    away from them.  If they happen to miss both the target AND the ground or
    walls, which is extremely rare, they'll turn around and make a second
    attempt.  Usually only the first one to hit, hits.  But it is
    possible to get get hit twice by this attack.  Does a fair amount of
    damage.
    
    Power Laser - Fires a large, powerful, continuous laser from the front of
    the Cyclone.  This inflicts a bunch of damage and Tails will automatically
    aim it a bit to the left, a bit to the right, up, and down.  However, you
    are totally immobile when using this ability, so use with caution.  One
    trick is to jump before shooting, since the descent is slow and you hit
    a wider, vertical area.
    
    Tails' alternate costume takes away all of his special abilities, but makes
    him extremely fast!  He goes faster than Sonic!  Even in the air!  It's
    very difficult to master, but insanely fun.  Can you say "ZOOM!" boys and
    girls?
    
    
    Eggman -  Like all the other characters from the single player mode, he
    players similar to how he does solo.  Eggman has access to his Hover Jets,
    but lacks Mystic Melody, the Vulcan Cannon Upgrade, the Laser Upgrade, and
    the Heavy Armor (DANG!).  His abilities are Laser Missile, Rocket Launcher, 
    and Power Laser.
    
    Laser Missile -  Fires a burst of fast moving semi-homing shots, identical
    in appearance to the lock-on shot.  Does a fair amount of damage and is
    difficult to evade at close range.
    
    Rocket Launcher -  Launches twelve rockets into the sky, which then lock-on
    and seek out your opponent.  These can usually be avoided by simply running
    away from them.  If they happen to miss both the target AND the ground or
    walls, which is extremely rare, they'll turn around and make a second
    attempt.  Usually only the first one to hit, hits.  But it is
    possible to get get hit twice by this attack.  Does a fair amount of
    damage.
    
    Power Laser - Fires a large, powerful, continuous laser from the front of
    the Egg Walker.  This inflicts a bunch of damage and Eggman will
    automatically aim it a bit to the left, a bit to the right, up, and down.
    However, you are totally immobile when using this ability, so use with
    caution.  One trick is to jump before shooting, since the descent is slow
    and you hit a wider, vertical area.
    
    Eggman's alternate costume takes away his lock-on ability, but grants him
    Power Laser every twenty rings!  I consider this a very fair trade, since
    Power Laser is so darn powerful, especially if you use it correctly, and
    because Lock-on Shots are slow and weak.
    
    
    Chao Walker -  A faster character (not nearly so much as Tails), but has
    lower attack and defense capabilities.  He is a good character for evasion
    and hit-and-run tactics, but suffers in a stand-up shootout.  He does take
    a bit more skill than Tails or Eggman to play, simply because a mistake can
    be pretty costly.  His abilities are Booming Missile, Rumble Launcher, and
    Zap Laser.
    
    Booming Missile -  Fires a burst of fast moving semi-homing shots,
    identical in appearance to the lock-on shot.  Doesn't do very much damage
    and is difficult to evade at close range.
    
    Rumble Launcher -  Launches six rockets into the sky, which then lock-on
    and seek out your opponent.  These can usually be avoided by simply running
    away from them.  If they happen to miss both the target AND the ground or
    walls, which is extremely rare, they'll turn around and make a second
    attempt.  Usually only the first one to hit, hits.  But it is
    possible to get get hit twice by this attack.  Does a fair amount of
    damage.
    
    Power Laser - Fires a medium-sized, short-lived, fairly powerful laser
    from the front of the Chao Walker.  It inflicts quite a bit of damage and
    Chao will point it in several different directions.  However, it is totally
    immobile while using this, so have caution.  One trick you can do is jump
    before firing so you can cover a larger vertical area.
    
    
    Dark Chao Walker -  Of course, it  is the opposite of Chao Walker.  Slow
    and ponderous, but high offense and defense.  Not only is it a tank, but
    its special abilities are also downright powerful as well.  More difficult
    to use than Tails and Eggman, since it requires a bit more forethought to
    compensate for the lack of agility.  Otherwise you'll never hit anything
    and keep getting pummeled.  Special abilities are Crazy Rush, Hell Bomber,
    and Dark Finish.
    
    Crazy Rush -  Fires a burst of fast moving semi-homing shots, identical in
    appearance to the homing shot.  And then it fires a second volley!  You can
    point the second volley in another direction to trap a player, or force
    them one way with the first and then smack them with the second.  Does fair
    damage and difficult to avoid at close range.
    
    Hell Bomber -  Launches a whopping twenty-four rockets into the sky, which
    then lock-on and seek out your opponent.  These can usually be avoided by
    simply away from them.  If they happen to miss both the target AND the
    ground or walls, which is extremely rare, they'll turn around and make a
    second attempt.  Usually only the first one to hit, hits.  But it is
    possible to get get hit twice by this attack.  Does a fair amount of
    damage.
    
    Dark Finish -  Fires a huge, very powerful, awesome looking laser from the
    front of the Dark Chao Walker.  It inflicts quite a bit of damage and
    Dark Chao will point it in several different directions.  However, it is
    totally immobile while using this, so have caution.  One trick you can do
    is jump before firing so you can cover a larger vertical area.
    
    
    -----General Strategies-----
    
    Keep moving!  Don't stop unless you know what you're doing.  And even then,
    you might want to reconsider it.
    
    The lock-on shots, while homing, are slow and weak.  They often can be
    avoided by moving around.  They usually seem to hit by someone 
    falling/hovering on them, at least for me.
    
    Don't just shoot straight at your opponent.  Aim ahead of them, aim behind
    them, change your shots up.  Shoot to trap an opponent and nail them with
    the homing shot.  Or use the homing shot to force them in a direction and
    nail them with your cannon.
    
    Use the hover ability, abuse it.  It is your friend.  As Omochao says,
    "Have you tried slow descents using hovering?"
    
    If you hit a balloon while hovering, you'll get an elevation boost.
    
    When you get close to the other player, don't hesitate to use your melee 
    attack against him (towards + 'B').  Not only does it harm him like a 
    normal shot, but it'll send him flying.  You can even knock your opponent
    off the stage for an easy win.
    
    One mean trick is to jump, hover, and land behind an opponent, immediately
    following it up with a melee attack.  Can be tough to pull of, but it is
    very useful.  Or, even better, use the Power Laser.  >:)
    
    If you have a Power Laser and so does your opponent.  Trick them into
    using it and dodge it.  Then, while they're immobile, get them with yours!
    Alternatively, you can also do the melee attack.
    
    The best way to get hit by the Rocket Launcher is to jump.  It's easiest
    to avoid it on the ground.  Unless you're in Tails' second costume...
    
    
    -----Stages-----
    
    Deck Race -  Wait a minute?  A race in the shooting mode?  Yeah, that was
    my first impression too.  The Level 1 stages are short races as opposed 
    to just beating up the other guy.  Due to this, there are no rings, now
    power-ups, and both players are technically invincible, but will still be
    stunned when hit.  Hence, Chao and Tails' alternate walker are
    good picks for these two, whereas the Dark Chao is a bad idea.
    
    For this stage, both players start right next to each other.  So if you're
    fast, you hit the other player with the walker's melee attack, giving you
    a bit of a head start.  You'll start by having to cross a group of 
    horizontally moving platforms which you can simply jump over.  Next are
    three moving boxes, simply shoot them to get by and make sure to dodge the
    spinning spike balls.  Next you'll have to launch a rocket at the cages,
    giving a chance for the other player to catch up.  Also at this point a GUN
    robot appears.  Either kill it or avoid its attacks.
    
    Next you'll need to navigate a few walls of indestructible crates by 
    blasting the wooden ones to proceed.  After this you'll need to carefully
    navigate an area full of springs and more spinning spike balls.  If you
    hit a spring, just hover over everything, though watch out for the trio of
    GUN robots.  Past that is the goal ring.  Jump into it as opposed to 
    using the springs if the race is really close.
    
    
    Pyramid Race -  This one starts with a straight forward charge through
    destructible walls.  Though don't be too hasty, as the first block hides
    boosters facing the opposite direction.  Another wall hides some spike
    balls which will slow you down.  You'll then come to a group of more
    destroyable walls.  Go through the middle, the left and right are blocked
    by those black crates.
    
    Now you have a choice of paths.  Go left.  The right side gets blocked
    early on by more black crates.  As you go through, watch out for the spike
    balls laying in the way.  You'll then come to a tricky area with a group
    of springs beneath spinning spike balls and flanked by boosters on all
    sides.  Hitting the boosters will send you back into a wall or the rows of
    spike balls you just passed.  So carefully navigate the center and jump
    low over the boosters, making sure to shoot your opponent if he is this
    far.  Then all you have to do is hop over the fence and get the goal ring.
    
    
    Weapons Bed -  This area's basic layout is very similar to where Tails
    and Eggman first fight.  The obstacle and item placement, however, are
    radically different, as is the camera angle.  Both players start opposite 
    of each other, with springs behind them.  There are two rows of rings on 
    either side with a wall as well.  Boosters that lead away from the stage
    area surround the outside.  On the buildings in the back are power-ups and
    rings.  You'll need to use the pulley on the opposite side or the springs
    to reach these and the balloon at the front of the stage.  You can also
    shoot jets and green boxes if you want, but these yield no rewards. 
    
    The best way to play this level is to use all the springs and boosters to
    help you dodge attacks.  Try not to run into them by mistake, or you'll
    probably get hit.  Only take the pulley when you're sure it's safe, since
    you'll be pretty vulnerable up there.  You can also use the wall for cover
    if you need to.
    
    
    Iron Gate -  A small, enclosed level.  It is entirely ringed by laser
    beams, so hitting the outside edges will cause you to take damage.  You
    start near the center, with boosters behind you that'll send you to the
    other side of the level in a flash and are great for avoiding attacks.
    The ones at the bottom of the level work like that too, though lead to
    short springs that'll make you more vulnerable for a moment afterwards.
    The back end of the level has two areas filled with rings blocked by
    destroyable containers and surrounded on three sides by lasers, making it
    a bit risky.  There's also an elevator used to reach the balloons (or get
    over the containers), but it's slow, so be careful using it.
    
    
    Hidden Base -  This level is very small and narrow, as well as easy to
    fall off of, making evasion quite difficult.  You'll start on opposite
    ends, pretty close to the edge, so be careful about those initial shots.
    Springs are on either end lead to the upper area, which can also be 
    accessed by climbing the crates.  From there, you can pretty much reach
    all the power-ups with homing shots (such as the ones on the other side of 
    the fences) and the vulcan cannon.  If you can get it, a Power Laser will
    fired from either side of the level is devastating and nearly unavoidable.
    You can even get hit in the upper area of the stage.
    
    
    Mission Street -  A flat, long level.  IT's fairly large, but mostly
    horizontal.  Both players start far apart on opposite ends.  On either
    side of the level is two sets of springs and a destroyable barrier, all
    to help keep you on the stage.  The middle, which narrows by the way,
    contains two boosters which will shoot you to one side of the level quite
    quickly.  All the rings and power-ups are in balloons, of which there can
    only be three on the stage, so you'll need your shooting skills here as
    opposed to special abilities.  However, like on Hidden Base, a Power Laser
    fired from one end is very difficult to avoid.  The best way to dodge it
    would be to get close or use the springs.  The boosters here really
    aren't helpful for avoiding attacks.
    
    
    Sand Ocean -  This stage is quite hazardous, as it is very easy to fall
    into the stand.  You start on opposite ends of the level's main feature:
    a rotating platform, complete with a ring of rings.  On the left and right
    are identical platforms with rings and power-ups, as well as pulleys to
    help you get around and to hit a balloon way above the stage.  The north
    platform merely has a balloon.  
    
    You can stay safe by being on any of the three non-moving platforms, but
    the match isn't likely to get anywhere.  However, the center platform is
    pretty risky, so approach it with care.  I do recommend staying off of it
    if your opponent has a special move ready, particularly the Power Beam.
    Yes, once again it is very difficult to avoid it, though this time only in
    the middle.  On the left and right platforms you can simply grab the 
    pulley.
    
    
    Cosmic Wall -  The level is divided into three rectangular platforms 
    parallel to each other.  You start on the lowest platform, with the other
    two above you at separate levels.  Most of the rings and power-ups spawn
    on the ends of the lower platform where the players start and in the center
    of the top platform.  But the best part about this level, and why I like
    it so much, is the gravity.  It's low, so you can actually fly!  It makes
    for some great hover tactics and platform switching.  Keep in mind, you
    can only gain altitude from a jump.  If you get hit or fall, it acts like
    normal.  So don't go flying over the bottomless pit in your evasive moves.
    
    
    Eternal Engine -  Same room Tails and Eggman fight for the last time,
    except there are more chemical containers to beware of.  The screen is now
    split as opposed to shared, so you'll need to utilize camera rotation.
    Because without it, you won't be able to tell where you're going.  There's
    not much room here and few rings, so expect this level to be pretty much
    a quick grudge match.  You can avoid the Power Laser like you can in the
    main game, fortunately.
    
    
    Lost Colony -  Probably the most strategic level in the entire mode.  Once
    again, the level is splitscreen as opposed to shared, so make sure to
    rotate that camera so you can see where you're going.  As for the level
    itself, it's best to think of it as a square with a + in the middle.  You
    start on opposite corners facing same direction (lap-wise).  The bottom
    level is riddled with wood and black crates as well as the high dangerous
    explosive canisters.  The middle has an elevator over damaging green liquid 
    that you can take to the upper level, which can also be accessed by
    climbing some stacks of black boxes. 
    
    The upper level is where all the rings are at initially, as well as a ring
    container above the elevator.  Wood crates will initially prevent you from
    hovering to some of the platforms from some directions, but can be shot.
    Also watch out for the lasers on the floor near the middle on two of the 
    platforms
    
    Due to the lack of rings, you're going to have to try to maneuver yourself
    into the best position to ambush your opponent.  Hit and run tactics work
    great if your familiar with the level, as you can get around a corner and
    then quickly climb to the second level to loose your opponent... or punish
    him if he tries to follow.  Also bear in mind special abilities, except
    the Rocket Launcher, will go through walls, making them very dangerous at
    anytime.  So if your opponent gets Laser Missile, expect to take damage.
    If they get the Power Beam, try to get to the other level.  It's best to 
    fire the power beam from a corner to cover the greatest area if you don't
    have your foe pinned in a corridor.  In that case, fire directly down it,
    as it would be near impossible to dodge.
    
    
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    Kart Race
    --------------------------------------------
    
    To unlock this mode, you merely have to clear both kart levels in the
    story mode, Tails' and Rogue's.  In this mode, it is simply against the
    other player.  Yes, there are four other A.I. racers, but the game
    only counts wins/losses based on how the players do against each other.
    
    The stats are SPD (Speed), ACL (Acceleration), BRK (Braking), and GRP
    (Grip).  For the sake of explaining them speed is how fast you can
    go, acceleration is how fast you can get speed, braking is how fast
    you can stop, and grip is how well you can stay on the track.  It
    could also be called control.  The most important stats are the first
    two.  You could actually do without the others.  The stats I give
    are not exact, just rough estimates based on how long the bars are
    compared to everyone else's.  I go by Very Low, Low, Average, High,
    and Very High.  I also list alternate versions next to the stats.
    
    And believe me, I really wish there was raw numbers I could just
    give on these.
    
    Though personally, I wouldn't play this mode if you have a game such
    as Mario Kart: Double Dash, as this mode is extremely inferior to
    those games, to say the least.
    
    
    -----Characters-----
    
    Sonic
    
    SPD - High/Very High
    ACL - Average/Average
    BRK - Low/Very Low
    GRP - Average/Low
    
    Sonic's vehicle is pretty average, with high speed, but poor brakes.
    He's good on the easier courses, but would take practice to do well
    on the Expert track.  His alternate is even faster, but harder to
    control.  His GRP in the alternate was difficult to determine, so I
    went with low.
    
    
    Tails/Chaos
    
    SPD - Average/Very High
    ACL - High/Average
    BRK - High/Very Low
    GRP - Average/Low
    
    Tails has good acceleration and decent speed and control, making
    him an ideal choice for the more difficult tracks.  His alternate,
    the Chao, is very similar to Sonic's two karts.  Actually it seems
    to be in between stat wise.  Do note it is smaller, so it can
    actually avoid collisions a bit more easily.
    
    
    Knuckles
    
    SPD - High/High
    ACL - High/Very High
    BRK - Average/Low
    GRP - High/Average
    
    Knuckle's Kart seems a bit overpowered, though keep in mind,
    despite my vague method of relaying vague stats, several other
    characters are still faster, such as Shadow.  His kart really
    works well in any situation, especially in getting off the line
    and recovering from crashing.  His alternate is even better, giving
    him more ACL in exchange for the near worthless stats.
    
    
    Shadow
    
    SPD - High/Very High
    ACL - Average/Very Low
    BRK - Low/Very Low
    GRP - Average/Average
    
    Shadow's vehicle is pretty average, with high speed, but poor 
    brakes.  He's good on the easier courses, but would take practice 
    to do well on the Expert track.  His alternate is the fastest in
    the game, but comes at the high price of very poor acceleration.
    If you choose to use it, you better not mess up...
    
    
    Eggman
    
    SPD -  High/Very High
    ACL - Average/Average
    BRL - Average/Average
    GRP - High/Very High
    
    These stats are so wildly inaccurate, especially in-game.  This
    whole mode feels like it was tacked on at the last minute...
    Anyways, despite the above, Eggman isn't all that fast.  He
    has high grip, but grip is pretty worthless.  His alternate
    only sees improvement in speed and grip.  The other stats
    remain unchanged.
    
    It's worth pointing out that, unlike all the other characters,
    Eggman drops like a boulder.  So jumps are much less useful for
    him, though this does give the advantage of keeping control
    on the road much more easily, as opposed to flying over a wall
    and into the ocean.  Though I have had him spin-out after hitting
    a ramp for some reason.
    
    
    Rogue/Eggman's Robot
    
    SPD - High/Very High
    ACL - High/Average
    BRK - Average/Average
    GRP - Average/Average
    
    Tails has good acceleration and decent speed and control, making
    him an ideal choice for the more difficult tracks.  Rogue's 
    alternate is actually one of Eggman's Robots (I bet it's a character
    from a Sonic game I haven't played and I'm going to get emails
    about it).  Sacrificing some ACL, it gains speed and grip.  But
    really, should grip even be an issue for it?  It's hovering!
    
    
    -----General Strategies-----
    
    Collecting 20 rings will give you a speed boost.  This makes
    you go faster (duh), but also greatly improves your grip on
    the road.  If you're sliding all over the place, this will
    give you control once more.
    
    You can bounce off the walls if you hit them at the right
    angles.  AKA slightly.  This can help you from completely
    wiping out, but it will still slow you down.
    
    Speed Boosters will, of course, increase your speed and
    give you full control again.  Much like the boost ability.
    
    Ramps will give you a small boost of speed and give you
    your control again.  Also, keep in mind you can maneuver
    the car in mid-air, allowing you to take jumps that
    would otherwise lead into oblivion.
    
    You can start skidding by releasing the accelerate button
    momentarily.  This will allow your car to make wild turns
    and nimbly move through complicated corners at the cost
    of a little bit of speed.  Be careful, as you can
    easily loose control when doing this.  To stop skidding,
    drive forward a few seconds, hit the brakes a moment,
    hit a ramp or speed booster, or use a boost.
    
    Also note skidding changes the crash physics a bit,
    sometimes making you bounce of walls easier, other
    times making your crashes more catastrophic.
    
    Player 1 always starts in 5th, player 2 in 6th. Always.
    
    
    -----Stages-----
    
    Beginner Course -  As you would expect, this track is pretty
    simple.  There are plenty of rings (that the A.I. usually 
    gets) and very few obstacles.  The corners are pretty
    easy to handle, though they get kinda tight at the end.
    Near the finish line is a pit stop with a speed booster
    in it, though it might not be worth going for since it's
    kind of difficult to make.  Also note, rings respawn when
    the first (human) racer makes lap 3.
    
    
    Standard Course -  This track adds more speed boosters,
    as well as introduced ramps and the dreaded 90 corner.
    It even has a 'S' corner made up of nineties.  You can
    hit ramps for a bit of speed, but just don't go flying
    off into the sea.  Like the Beginner course, rings only
    respawn when the first player makes lap 3.
    
    
    Expert -  New to this track include a gap in the wall,
    a gap in the road, and a corkscrew style turn that leans 
    tilts towards the sea, making the inside wall useless.
    This track is more difficult, so you might want to
    take it slowly, especially since it has a bunch of right
    angle corners, including a pair that make a 180!  Ouch!
    Rings respawn every lap, thankfully.
    
    
    
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    Chao Race
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    Unlike the rest of the game, up to four people can participate in Chao
    Racing.  Also unlike the rest of the game, you don't control the event
    directly, but rather watch and occasionally encourage your Chao to go
    faster.  The biggest part of the race is raising your Chao.  On how to do
    that, please see another guide.  To say there's way too much information
    on that subject is barely even an understatement.
    
    During the race, you can press A to give your Chao a brief speed boost
    at the cost of some stamina.  This works at any part, except getting up
    from tripping.
    
    Speaking of tripping, if your Chao doesn't have legs, they trip less often.
    And no, tripping is purely random, but only happens while running.
    
    Supposedly a tired Chao will not perform as well as they normally do.
    Since I don't like to make my Chao mad, and I'm not certain if making them
    race while tired would irritate them, I haven't tested this.
    
    Your Chao's stats play a role in the race, naturally...
    
    Swim -  How fast your Chao can swim.  Only useful in water.
    
    Fly -  How far and fast your Chao can fly.  Rarely used, but a high fly
    stat can cover quite a bit of distance and even avoid some parts that
    require swimming and/or climbing.
    
    Running -  The most important stat by far.  How fast your Chao can cover
    ground.  This is used heavily in almost all the races.  A Chao with a high
    run stat and low stats everywhere else can just outrun the competition to
    every part they're not so good at, where'll they'll get caught back up to
    again.  But, once through it, they'll be in the lead once more!  And
    considering that you almost always have to run a short stretch to the
    finish line...
    
    Power -  How fast your Chao can climb walls and make fruit fall from a 
    tree.  Not used that often.
    
    Stamina -  How much energy your Chao has.  It slowly drains over the course
    of the whole race, mostly while running.  You can spend some of it to
    make your Chao get a speed boost.  Tons of stamina will let you boost a
    bunch.  Just don't overdo it.
    
    Intelligence -  Unseen stat, not sure how to raise it (most likely 
    classes).  Not used too often really:  once to open a lock and once to
    figure out a simple puzzle.  Though the penalties for having a stupid Chao
    is pretty severe when there's a call for smarts.
    
    
    -----Stages-----
    
    As much as I hate to say it, there's really not much strategy here in
    the actual races.  Just knowing when to press A really.  Other than that,
    it all depends on Chao stats.
    
    Crab Pool -  A pure swimming course.  Only swim and stamina come into
    play here.  The winner will simply be whoever can swim the fastest.
    
    
    Stump Valley -  A flying focused course, but can utilize everything.  A
    good flyer only needs run, fly, and stamina to win, as they'll completely
    avoid the swimming and climbing segment.  And trust me, even being forced
    to climb just a little is a major slow down here.
    
    
    Mushroom Forest -  A pure running course.  Only run and stamina come into
    play here.  The winner will be whoever can run faster and doesn't trip (or
    trips less).
    
    
    Block Canyon -  A power focused course.  Running helps in getting to the
    wall first, but after that whoever is strongest will most surely win.
    
    
    Aquamarine -  To unlock this or any of the others, you need to beat, in
    single player mode, all levels of the above courses.  Stats with 300 or
    higher will certainly net victory at each respective course.  Anyways, this
    is a swimming focused course, though running helps in getting from pool to
    pool and flying can help save some time at the Crab Pool as well.
    
    
    Topaz -  Flying focused, though some power and swimming help, as does
    running.  At the second jump, if your fly stat is high enough, you can
    completely skip the swimming segment.  You might notice that the later
    half of this course is very similar to Aquamarine...
    
    
    Peridot -  A pure running course.  Only run and stamina come into
    play here.  The winner will be whoever can run faster and doesn't trip (or
    trips less).  You'll need much more stamina here than any of the other
    courses, save Onyx and Diamond.
    
    
    Garnet -  A power focused course, though running helps a bit, as does
    flying at the very first part (and swimming if you really suck at flying).
    Keep in mind there's no way to eat fruit any faster.
    
    
    Onyx -  Eh, the braniest, luckiest Chao are supposed to dominate here,
    but really it's runners, followed by the swimmers... so long as they
    have at least decent intelligence.  Ideally, running helps here quite a
    bit because you get to puzzles sooner.  Luck is crucial at the first part,
    as getting surprised really hurts.  What's really important is getting to
    the puzzle first, especially if there are few correct answers.  Because if
    your Chao gets it wrong, odds are you won't win the race if your opponent
    gets it right.
    
    
    Diamond -  Well balanced stats help here.  In order of importance to
    victory, I'd say Running, Swimming, Power, then Flying.  There's also
    the same puzzles from the Onyx race, so be sure to try to get your Chao
    there first.
    
    
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    Chao Karate
    --------------------------------------------
    
    Like Chao Racing before it, Chao Karate does not have much interaction
    once it's started.  A well raised Chao does best.  Though there are three
    ways to influence the battle other than raising.  The first is 
    mandatoryish.  If your Chao starts sleeping, messing around, whatever, you
    need to rapidly tap A.  This is more of an issue with younger, slower Chao.
    Older, faster, more intelligent Chao attack much sooner and loose morale
    much slower, making this happen much more rarely (and making it much worse
    too).  Secondly, by giving your Chao a hat, you can boost defense slightly
    at the cost of offense.  And thirdly, while not a good idea in my opinion,
    you can stop your Chao from kicking by removing their legs.  This hurts
    when all your Chao does is slow wind-up punches.
    
    To win, your Chao must completely beat up the other Chao or knock them
    out of the ring.  The more damage you inflict per attack, the farther
    they'll get knocked back, which in turn will make them take longer to do
    their next move.
    
    Punches and kicks are random.  Unless you take away a Chao's legs, then 
    it's just punches.
    
    And stats effect things too...
    
    Swim -  Chao's defense.  This has two effects.  Higher defense means
    less damage.  It also means you're not going to get knocked as far.  Very
    useful.
    
    Fly -  How well your Chao can avoid attacks.  The more fly, the more
    likely you can dodge.  The bigger the fly difference between opponents,
    the less the lower-fly Chao can avoid and the more the higher fly Chao
    can evade.  This is all luck based, however.  Even if you had a fly of 
    3000, you might not ever dodge the entire match...
    
    Run -  How fast the Chao is.  Or really, how long before they can go again.
    Pretty important early on, but eventually the Chaos can get fast enough to
    where they don't have to wait regardless, making additional speed moot.
    
    Power -  Most important stat.  How strong your moves are, and determines
    what they are.  Not sure on all the exact numbers, but really low power
    makes your Chao attack like a baby, which is really slow and weak.  Raise
    it some and they'll start standing, enabling faster punches and kicks.  
    Then they get a little karate battle-stance, which is merely cosmetic.
    Finally, at 500 and up, they'll get wind-up punches, which are painfully
    slow, and spin-kicks, which are painfully fast.  At higher level rounds,
    the luck of which move the Chao chooses plays a large role.  Hence why
    taking away their legs is a bad idea:  spin-kicks are superior.
    
    Stamina -  As you would expect, the Chao's life.  High stamina and low
    defense, and vice versa, will get a Chao defeated quite easily.  Have both
    stats high and your Chao will become a tank... or at least be able to take
    its fair share of blows.
    
    
    
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    other objects.  It also contains general hints, game basics, single
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