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                                Sonic Battle
                            Challenge Mode Guide
                           FAQ written by "Bass0r"
                         Contact: bass0_r@yahoo.com
                            
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    | Table of Contents |
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    1. Version History
    2. Introduction
    3. About Challenge Mode
    4. Controls & Basic Attacks
    5. Challenge Mode
        i. Sonic the Hedgehog
            - Sonic's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        ii. Miles "Tails" Prower
            - Tails' Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        iii. Knuckle the Echidna
            - Knuckle's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        iv. Shadow the Hedgehog
            - Shadow's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        v. Rouge the Bat
            - Rouge's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        vi. Amy Rose
            - Amy's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        vii. Cream  the Rabbit
            - Cream's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        viii. E-102r
            - Unlocking E-102r
            - E-102's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        ix. Chaos
            - Unlocking Chaos
            - Chaos' Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
        x. Emerl
            - Emerl's Strategies
            - Stage 1
            - Stage 2
            - Stage 3
            - Stage 4
            - Final Stage
    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    7. Secrets and Glitches
    8. Legal Information & Credits
    
    
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    | Version History |
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    22 January, 2004 - Started the guide.
    27 January, 2004 - Completed everything up to the first stages for each
    character.
    1 February, 2004 - Completed stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. Challenge mode walkthrough
    completed. Version 1.0 has been completed.
    
    v1.1 Fixed a few minor errors, added first FAQ question.
    v1.2 Introduced the "Secrets and Glitches" section.
    v1.3 Fixed some more errors, updated the "Secrets and Glitches" section.
    v1.4 Added the "how to unlock" section for the two "secret" characters (E-102
    and Chaos).
    v1.5 Changed e-mail contact details and added rules for contact.
    v1.6 Allowed two more sites to host my FAQ; IGN and NeoSeeker.
    
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    | Introduction |
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    In this guide, you will find tips and lists that will help get you
    through Sonic Battle's Challenge Mode.
    Each character's challenge guide will contain information for each
    stage, including enemy statistics, character tips, and map help.
    Hopefully this will give you all the information you need to make
    your way through with each character, through each stage.
    
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    | About Challenge Mode |
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    Challenge Mode is an arcade-like game, as opposed to the standard
    Story Mode, which follows the character as he/she/they make their
    way through various parts of an intertwining story. After you select
    your character and level of difficulty, you will have to go through
    5 stages, each with 1-3 enemies, in a KO battle. If you have played
    Story Mode, you will recognise this from numerous battles, where each
    character in the arena is against each other, all trying to reach 10
    knock outs before the others. After each battle, you will receive
    points from your battle, which will include bonus points for
    certain points. These are:
    
    Basic Points
    - Battle time
    (Explains itself - get a quicker time for more points)
    - Special attack KO count
    (Use more special attacks to get more points)
    - Down count
    (Get KO'ed less to get more points)
    - Offensive hit %
    (If more of your attacks land, you will get more points)
    
    Bonus Points
    - Battle under 60 sec
    (If your battle is under one minute, you will get this bonus)
    - All KO with  S attack
    (Use a special attack for all of your knock outs for this)
    - No KO with S attack
    (Do not knock anyone out with a special attack to get this)
    - Zero down count
    (Prevent getting knocked out to earn this bonus score)
    - All attacks landed
    (Make sure all your attacks land on an opponent to earn this)
    - No damage
    (Simply put, don't get hurt)
    - Only one to KO
    (Don't let anyone else get a score)
    
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    | Controls & Basic Attacks |
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    Here, you will find a list of all the standard moves and
    controls, which are used for each character.
    
    Controls
    
    Up - Move up
    Down - Move down
    Left - Move left
    Right - Move left
    A button - Jump
    B button - Attack
    R shoulder button - Special attack
    L shoulder button - Defend / Recover
    
    Ground Attacks
    
    B - Single hit
    Forward+B - Heavy attack
    Back+B - Upper Attack
    R - Selected ground special attack
    B,B - Double hit
    B,B,B - Triple hit
    B,B,B,B - Triple hit and heavy attack
    B,B,B,Back+B - Triple hit and upper attack
    Any direction x2 - Dash skill
    
    After Heavy Attack
    
    Forward - Pursuit
    Forward,B - Aim Attack during pursuit
    
    During Dash Skill
    
    B - Dash Attack
    
    Air Attacks
    
    B - Air attack
    R - Selected air special attack
    A - Air Skill (drop for Rouge)
    
    Recovery skills
    
    (After being hit with a heavy attack)
    Press the opposite direction to which you are
    headed, and if you hit a wall, your character
    will bounce off it, into a short pursuit. From
    there, you are able to launch an aim attack at
    your opponent, if they are in range of your
    attack.
    
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    | Challenge Mode |
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    | Sonic the Hedgehog |
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    Sonic's Strategies
    Being a fast mover, Sonic is good for beginners. His ground shot, air
    shot and air power special attacks are useful in battle, as they don't
    leave our blue hero unguarded, as opposed to his traps and group power,
    which leave him open for a short while, in which your opponent can
    prevent the actual attack from happening. Equipping his ground trap and
    air power is a very useful combination, since they will both give you
    time to set up your next attack (ground trap will launch your opponent
    in the air, which will give you the time you need to set another ground
    trap, and using the air power, you will have enough time to jump in the
    air and hit your opponent once they land). Use these along with the
    standard combination of attacks, and you should pass Sonic's challenge
    easily.
    
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Amy
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Knuckles
                 Tails
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Cream
                 Amy
                 Rouge
       Level map - Amy's Room
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Tails
                 Knuckles
                 Amy
       Level map - Chao Ruins
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Shadow
                 E-102
                 Chaos
       Level map - Battle Highway
    
    
    
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    | Miles "Tails" Prower |
    *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
    
    Tails' Strategies
    Tails, being the master of inventions that he is, has created something
    for all his special attacks. Unfortunately, these aren't all too
    helpful unless you have some space to use them. The most useful in
    the midst of battle is the air flick, and the best to use when you see
    an incoming enemy is the Energy Ball. If you learn how to use these
    effectively (I suggest trying them in training mode, for controllable
    conditions), they can be very deadly weapons. Tails' traps are useful
    to attack an enemy from afar, as they home in on their opponent, and
    strike when the enemy comes in contact with them. Tails' most effective
    basic attacks are his air and aim attacks, since after using a heavy
    attack, he can pursuit his enemy, use the heavy attack, and because his
    air attack keeps him in the air, you can attack numerous times again,
    before the opponent finally drops to the ground.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - E-102
                 Rouge
       Level map - Metal Depot
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Knuckles
                 Amy
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Shadow
                 Rouge
                 E-102
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Amy
                 Knuckles
                 Cream
       Level map - Library
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Sonic
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    
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    | Knuckles the Echidna |
    *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
    
    Knuckles' Strategies
    If you're into force, Knuckles is your type of echidna. His two fastest
    special attacks are his air power and trap moves. The air power move
    will first spin down and attack the opponent, then dig into the ground,
    where you will then see a hole where Knuckles is. From there, you can
    move for around 2 seconds (at normal speed), and will automatically
    jump out in an uppercut-style attack. This will be helpful to launch
    your ground attack, and if successfully completed, will cause a great
    deal of damage, combined with any other attack you proceed with. His
    downpoint is his triple hit and heavy attack combo, which can be followed
    up with an aim attack, but not with another combo - the most you will be
    able to do is a double-hit attack.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Rouge
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Shadow
                 E-102
       Level map - Battle Highway
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Tails
                 Amy
                 Cream
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Chaos
                 E-102
                 Shadow
       Level map - Holy Summit
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Tails
                 Sonic
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    
    
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    | Shadow the Hedgehog |
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    Shadow's Strategies
    Shadow, with his fast speed and Chaos Control attacks, is a very good
    character to use, especially if you like speed over force. Most of his
    attacks take precise timing and accuracy, which can be hard if your
    opponent is moving faster than you're used to. Take time to practice
    with Shadow, because his moves may seem hard to handle at first, but
    once you feel you have mastered them, he should be easy to use. If
    you're not completely confident with this character, it is recommended
    that you avoid his air and ground shot attacks, as well as his air and
    dash attacks (if you are able to land them accurately).
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Knuckles
                 Tails
       Level map - Chao Ruins
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Sonic
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Rouge
                 E-102
       Level map - Metal Depot
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Amy
                 Cream
                 Chaos
       Level map - Amy's Room
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Tails
                 Knuckles
       Level map - Chao Ruins
    
    
    
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    | Rouge the Bat |
    *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
    
    Rouge's Strategies
    Rouge is very good with aerial attacks, and is useful when trying to
    escape ground-based battles. Her triple hit attack is a flurry of kicks,
    which is quick enough to keep the enemy where you need them for a
    follow-up heavy or upper attack. Her air power attack is the best of
    special attacks, and you can also follow it up with (or use before)
    a trap of either sort, since they both act in the same way, although
    if you want to use the corkscrew kick, it is obvious that the trap
    will need to be your ground special.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Shadow
       Level map - Battle Highway
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - E-102
       Level map - Metal Depot
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Amy
                 Tails
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Tails
                 Knuckles
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Shadow
                 E-102
                 Chaos
       Level map - Holy Summit
    
    
    
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    | Amy Rose |
    *~~~~~~~~~~*
    
    Amy's Strategies
    Amy is a very fast attacker, and her strength is quite decent, which
    makes her quite a good fighter. Her downside is her heavy (unless
    followed by a pursuit), upper and special attacks, which leave her
    vulnerable for a brief while after she has completed the attack,
    which can cause quite a struggle if your opponent surprisingly
    decides to use dash attacks against you. If you want to avoid that
    from happening, try and stay away from attacks that spin, unless you
    plan on using a successful heavy attack, followed by a pursuit, which
    will work perfectly to get around the vulnerability situation. Her best
    special attack tactics are the use the ground power when opponents
    charge, and the air trap for escapes.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Tails
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Rouge
                 Cream
       Level map - Library
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - E-102
                 Chaos
       Level map - Metal Depot
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Knuckles
                 Tails
                 Cream
       Level map - Chao Ruins
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Sonic
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    
    
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    | Cream the Rabbit |
    *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
    
    Cream's Strategies
    Using a Chao as a weapon may seem strange to most, but to Cream, it's
    very versatile. The worst problems for her are her air shot, which
    takes quite a bit of practice to get perfect, and her ground trap,
    due to the time it takes to set, which makes her vulnerable for some
    time, making it hard to actually set the trap successfully. Use her
    air action to its best, since not only does it take you a good distance
    away from trouble, but will also lift you higher into the air, making
    it hard for opponents to reach when you are at the peak of the action.
    For chargin opponents, use the ground shot. For escaping, use the air
    power. For fun, use the air trap, or use it if you want to easily pass
    the stage - it does a great amount of damage. If you are very
    confident with Cream, you should try using her ground trap and air
    shot together, which should only be for the more intermediate players,
    as it takes time and precision to work the two in the same battle.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Shadow
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Rouge
                 Amy
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Knuckles
                 Tails
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Rouge
                 Amy
       Level map - Amy's Room
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - E-102
                 Chaos
       Level map - Holy Summit
    
    
    
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    | E-102r |
    *~~~~~~~~*
    
    Unlocking E-102r
    In Sonic's chapter of Story Mode, you will encounter E-102 at Holy
    Summit. Battle him, and after you win, a message will appear,
    saying you can now use E-102 in Challenge Mode.
    
    E-102's Strategies
    Very strong, yet slow. If you don't like using slow characters,
    E-102 won't be the best choice for you. If you like power, and know
    how to use it wisely, E-102 is near-perfect for you to use. Use the
    dash skill to get away (and it can be used for longer than others),
    and then charge back in to do damage with the Buster Drill, E-102's
    dash attack. Try equipping a ground shot with air traps, and you'll
    do fine, as long as you have enough time to charge the shot up to a
    decent level. If you're a combo person, and don't use special attacks
    all too much, then I would recommend dashing as far away as possible,
    and wait for your opponent to run after you. Start attacking about one
    character length away from your opponent, or you'll probably end up
    being attacked first. If you want to do some great combo attacks, try a
    triple-hit, followed by an upper attack, which then leads to a
    triple-hit/heavy attack. His upper attack does a good amount of damage,
    since it hits about 3-5 times, depending on the opponent's position
    during the attack.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Shadow
       Level map - Battle Highway
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Rouge
                 Knuckles
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Chaos
       Level map - Holy Summit
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Rouge
                 Shadow
                 Knuckles
       Level map - Club Rouge
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Tails
                 Cream
                 Amy
       Level map - Tails' Lab
    
    
    
    *~~~~~~~*
    | Chaos |
    *~~~~~~~*
    
    Unlocking Chaos
    In Emerl's chapter of Story Mode, you can encounter Chaos. After
    defeating him, you will get a message stating that you may now use
    him in Challenge Mode.
    
    Chaos' Strategies
    Slow yet powerful, Chaos can be quite versatile, although it seems
    the opposite from someone simply viewing the actions of this character.
    His dash attack is about as slow as his walk, but during this long time
    that he uses his dash skill, he cannot be hit. The upside to this is,
    when you have used a heavy attack on your opponent, and have not followed
    it up with a pursuit, you may use the dash skill to wait for your
    opponent to run back, and hit them from underneath with Chaos' dash
    attack. When using him in Challenge Mode, try his trap attack (preferably
    ground, due to his small jump) for some multiple hits, which also
    launch the opponent in the air, allowing you to prepare for a
    triple-hit combo, along with a heavy attack, or an upper attack, if
    you wish to do some juggling.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Shadow
       Level map - Battle Highway
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Knuckles
       Level map - Chao Ruins
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - E-102
                 Tails
                 Rouge
       Level map - Metal Depot
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Amy
                 Cream
       Level map - Amy's Room
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Sonic
       Level map - Emerald Beach
    
    
    
    *~~~~~~~*
    | Emerl |
    *~~~~~~~*
    
    Emerl's Strategies
    Emerl, as people who have played Story Mode would know, uses the moves
    of other characters, as long as you have the right skill cards. Emerl
    will only use the moves he has attached in Story Mode, so if you do not
    have any attached, he will use his standard attacks. His standard attacks
    aren't very powerful, so it is recommended that you play Story Mode,
    gather some skill cards, and attach the ones you desire.
    
    Stage 1
       Enemies - Sonic
                 Tails
                 Knuckles
       Level map - Colosseum
    
    Stage 2
       Enemies - Shadow
                 Rouge
                 E-102
       Level map - Colosseum
    
    Stage 3
       Enemies - Amy
                 Tails
                 Cream
       Level map - Colosseum
    
    Stage 4
       Enemies - Chaos
       Level map - Colosseum
    
    Final Stage
       Enemies - Emerl
                 Emerl
                 Emerl
       Level map - Colosseum
    
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    | Frequently Asked Questions |
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    Q: Do you get anything from Challenge Mode?
    A: No, there are no special prizes given from completing this. Think of it as
    a time trial mode, but instead of a time, you get a score to beat.
    
    If you have a question, please contact me at my e-mail address
    <bass0_r@yahoo.com>.
    
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    | Secrets and Glitches |
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    - Auto-Win - Credit to ColDes for the find
    Finish Amy's chapter in Story Mode, and then go to Challenge Mode and
    select any character, with any difficulty. At any time during the battle,
    when you use a special attack of any sort (R-button attack), you will
    automatically win. This will give you a majority of the bonus scores, but if
    used at certain times, you will miss others (such as KO bonus, etc). You do
    not have to start the battle with a special attack, and you can launch it at
    anytime you desire. This will help you finish the respective characters'
    challenge quickly, and possibly get a much higher score (very likely). After
    doing this for the first time, you may do it as much as you want.
    <Additional information found by Bass0r>
    
    If you have any secrets/glitches about Challenge Mode that you would like to
    submit to this section, please contact me <bass0_r@yahoo.com>.
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    | Legal Information & Credits |
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    Copyright 2004 Ryan "Bass0r" Steele.
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
    personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise
    distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this
    guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is
    strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    
    
    --Rules for Contact
    If you wish to send an e-mail, do not include attachments, and name the subject
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    Special thanks to:
    ColDes <ColDes@aol.com> - for discovering the auto-win for Knuckles.
    
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