Chao FAQ by EDekar

Version: 2.0 | Updated: 07/01/01 | Printable Version

                   Sonic Adventure 2 Chao FAQ by EDekar
                    Created on June 22nd, at 12:16 PM
                    Updated on July 1st, at 7:46 PM

Version History
  -1.0- Concept FAQ written out
  -1.5- Information filled in
  -1.6- Various sections updated, also added the What's Up? and
        Frequently Asked Questions Sections.
  -1.7- Got that accursed Seed information, and a few more FAQ's.
        Look for the seed info just after the hat info, or in the
  -2.0- 'Nuther Kindergarten class, a few more FAQ's.  Not much new
        info out right now.  Seeds & Fruits and Racing Stuff sections

  -Chao Hatching
  -Chao Basic
  -Chao Advanced
  -Seeds & Fruits
  -Racing Stuff
  -Author's Note
  -My Chao
  -What's Up?
  -Frequently Asked Questions
  -Contact Information
  -Legal Note

  Welcome to FAQ #3.  This, obviously, is a FAQ for the recently
released game, Sonic Adventure 2.  It covers the aspects of raising
a Chao from its basic infant form up to a full-fledged racer.  Not
that a Chao needs to be raised to race, of course.

  First up is how to hatch your Chao.  Simply walk up to the egg
you wish to hatch, pick it up with the B button, and hold down
the button.  Now just move your analog stick to one side and hold
it there.  The egg will be gently shaken by your character.  After
a little while, set the egg back down (DON'T throw it).  Your Chao
will hatch soon after.  Be sure to grab a nut from a nearby tree
and feed it to your newborn Chao.  They're typically pretty hungry
after hatching.
  One other note, NEVER strike your Chao if you can avoid it.  It
makes them terribly angry, and will very easily drop their

  First off, there are 3 basic types of Chao:

  * Dark Chao    - A miscreant Chao that likes to play pranks.
                   Black with red as a secondary color.
                   By getting this chao, you unlock the Dark Garden.
  * Neutral Chao - A completely normal Chao.
                   Starts off as a light blue.
  * Hero Chao    - A kind and polite Chao with a halo.
                   White in color with blue as secondary.
                   By getting this chao, you unlock the Hero Garden.

  Anyone can raise these kinds of Chao.  A common misconception
I've seen recently is that you need a Hero Seed to raise your
Chao into the Hero form.  This is quite simply, not needed.  There
is a simpler means of raising your Chao into the form you want.
  First off, decide which kind of Chao you would like, if you don't
want to keep them Neutral.  For the sake of example, we'll say you
want a Dark Chao.  Now then.  Go to the 1P mode, and choose Stage
Select.  Go to Chao World, and choose either Shadow, Rouge, or
Eggman as your character.  Hatch the egg you want to raise to a
Dark Chao.  After it's hatched (remember to do so gently!), pet
it over and over.  You'll see it gradually change color towards
  After a while, it will stop changing color.  All you really
have to do at this point is raise it as you would any other Chao.
The only exception is, make certain you raise it with a Dark
character.  This way, it will definitely evolve into a Dark Chao.
Both of my Hero Chao's were raised the same way, using Hero

  Another thing to mention is, Chao have stats.  There are 7
of them for all Chao.  They are as follows.

  * (SWM) - Swimming Ability
  * (FLY) - Flying Ability
  * (RUN) - Running Ability
  * (PWR) - Relative Strength and Power

  * (LCK) - Luck.  Goes up in increments of 100.  Raise by
            guessing the correct box when opening a treasure
            chest in Chao Adventure 2.
  * (INT) - Intelligence.  Raise by eating a Smart Fruit.
  * (STA) - Stamina.  Increase by feeding your Chao.

  As far as I know, all of these stats can be raised one way
or another.  I'll get into that next.
  As you adventure through the game, you'll come across two things.
Animals and Chaos Drives.  Animals are self-explanatory.  Chaos
Drives on the other hand, are those sticks of glowing color that
machines drop.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, as
you'll soon see.  These animals and drives come in four basic
colors, though there are some exceptions.

  The colors affect things as follows:

  Yellow    + to SWM
  Purple    + to FLY
  Green     + to RUN
  Red       + to PWR

  Animals will have a colored border around their picture.  That
is how you know what class an animal belongs to.  Let's go over
the animals and their benefits now.

  Red Class Animals        SWM    FLY    RUN    PWR
  - Bear                    4     -8      2      18
  - Tiger                  -4     -8      10     18
  - Gorilla                -2     -4      2      20

  Green Class Animals
  - Rabbit                  0      4      20    -8
  - Cheetah                -4     -4      20     4
  - Boar                   -2     -6      16     8

  Purple Class Animals
  - Parrot                  0      24    -10     2
  - Peacock                 6      24    -8     -6
  - Condor                 -10     30    -12     8

  Yellow Class Animals
  - Seal                    20    -8      0      4
  - Otter                   22    -2      4     -8
  - Penguin                 18     6      4     -12

  Special Class Animals (blue border)
  - Raccoon                 10     6      2      4
  - Sheep                   4      6      10     10
  - Skunk                   4      6      6      4

  Imaginary Class Animals (orangish border)
  - Dragon                  10     2      4      16
  - Unicorn                 8      6      18     0
  - Phoenix                 6      16     2      8

  Ghost Class Animals (black border)
  - Bat                     4      20     4      4
  - Half Fish               16     0      4      12
  - Skeletal Dog            4      4      16     8

  One thing to mention about Ghost Class animals, is that they
affect your Chao in rather odd ways.  A bat will turn your Chao
into a ghost (no legs), and the other ones can have some strange
effects as well.  Keep that in mind should you use Ghost Animals.
  And those are all the animals that you can pick up.  As for
where to find them, I'll list that by character and stage.

  Sonic              --------------------------------------------------
1. City Escape       |  Raccoon  Rabbit   Skunk      Sheep     Unicorn
4. Metal Harbor      |  Seal     Penguin  Peacock    Raccoon   Phoenix
5. Green Forest      |  Rabbit   Cheetah  Parrot     Raccoon   H. Fish
11.Pyramid Cave      |  Condor   Peacock  Bat        Sheep     S. Dog
15.Crazy Gadget      |  Bear     Tiger    Seal       Skunk     Phoenix
16.Final Rush        |  Peacock  Condor   Penguin    Sheep     Dragon
   Cannon Sonic      |  Cheetah  Rabbit   Parrot     Skunk     Dragon

  Knuckles           --------------------------------------------------
2. Wild Canyon       |  Peacock  Condor   Cheetah    Sheep     Dragon
6. Pumpkin Hill      |  Cheetah  Boar     Bat        S. Dog    H. Fish
8. Aquatic Mine      |  Penguin  Seal     Condor     Skunk     Dragon
12.Death Chamber     |  Tiger    Gorilla  Rabbit     Skunk     S. Dog
14.Meteor Herd       |  Penguin  Seal     Rabbit     Sheep     Phoenix
   Cannon Knuckles   |  Otter    Seal     Cheetah    Raccoon   Unicorn

  Tails              --------------------------------------------------
3. Prison Lane       |  Tiger    Gorilla  Otter      Sheep     Unicorn
7. Mission Street    |  Boar     Rabbit   Gorilla    Sheep     Phoenix
10.Hidden Base       |  Penguin  Otter    Tiger      Skunk     H. Fish
13.Eternal Engine    |  Condor   Parrot   Boar       Raccoon   Dragon
   Cannon Tails      |  Seal     Otter    Bear       Raccoon   Phoenix

  Shadow             --------------------------------------------------
4. Radical Highway   |  Cheetah  Boar     Seal       Raccoon   Unicorn
9. White Jungle      |  Peacock  Parrot   Bear       Skunk     Dragon
11.Sky Rail          |  Bear     Tiger    Condor     Sheep     Phoenix
14.Final Chase       |  Otter    Penguin  Tiger      Skunk     Phoenix

  Rouge              --------------------------------------------------
2. Dry Lagoon        |  Otter    Penguin  Peacock    Sheep     Unicorn
5. Egg Quarters      |  Gorilla  Bear     Parrot     Skunk     H. Fish
8. Security Hall     |  Parrot   Condor   Tiger      Raccoon   Phoenix
12.Mad Space         |  Parrot   Peacock  Gorilla    Raccoon   Phoenix
   Cannon Rouge      |  Boar     Cheetah  Condor     Skunk     Dragon

  Eggman             --------------------------------------------------
1. Iron Gate         |  Gorilla  Tiger    Rabbit     Skunk     Dragon
3. Sand Ocean        |  Parrot   Peacock  Bat        Raccoon   S. Dog
6. Lost Colony       |  Rabbit   Boar     Bat        Raccoon   S. Dog
7. Weapons Bed       |  Seal     Otter    Cheetah    Sheep     Phoenix
13.Cosmic Wall       |  Rabbit   Cheetah  Otter      Sheep     Unicorn
   Cannon Eggman     |  Bear     Gorilla  Seal       Skunk     Unicorn

  Another thing to mention is on Chaos Drives.  All Chaos Drives
increase their relative stat by 8, and drop nothing else.  They
also don't alter the appearance of your Chao in any way.  Also,
Chaos Drives can be found on any stage with machines, generally.
The colors are random, so you just have to hope you get what you

  Alright, last Basic thing I can tell you.  When you give your
Chao an animal, it will give your Chao 2 things.  One, it will
change the Chao's appearance.  Two, it will give them an
additional little action they can do anytime they feel like.  I'll
list the known actions here.

Animal        Action             | Animal         Action

Bear          Roar               | Phoenix        Wags tail
Boar          Dashes             | Rabbit         Hops around
Cheetah       Face washing       | Raccoon        ? Unknown ?
Condor        ? Unknown ?       | Otter          Swims on back
Dragon        Breathes fire      | Seal           Rolls around
Gorilla       Beats chest        | Sheep          Somersaults
Parrot        Sings              | Skunk          Farts (ewww...)
Peacock       Struts arrogantly  | Tiger          Sharpens nails
Penguin       Slides on belly    | Unicorn        Bucks feet

  If anyone notices any actions for the Ghost Class Animals, let
me know and I'll put 'em in.  Also, sometimes a Ghost animal can
cause the dot above your Chao to turn into a flame.  Quite nifty
looking if you have a Dark Chao.  (bwahahaha!)

  This is where I let you know what kind of evolutionary paths
you can take, besides the 3 basic forms.  There are a total of
4 intermediate paths you can take.  Besides those, you can also
mix types for the Advanced Paths.  The following is the
intermediate path.

Green Animals   --->  Sonic Chao.  Develops spikes on head like
Yellow Animals  --->  Alien Chao.  Head elongates and gets two
                      small fin-like things on head.
Purple Animals  --->  Nights Chao.  Two jester cap-type things grow
                      out of the head and curve down a bit.
Red Animals     --->  Dragon Chao.  The head sort of turns into a
                      horizontal spike.

  I don't know what the Advanced Paths look like quite yet I'm
afraid.  I'll let you guys know pretty as soon as I find out.

  Another advanced thing that very little is currently known about,
is the Chao Kindergarten.  You can ask the Principal questions about
Chao raising, check on the health of your Chao, or have your Chao
learn whatever lesson is being taught in the classroom.  Also, this
is only a partial list of the classes you can if you see
a class I don't have, let me know of that too.

  Kindergarten Classes
  - Bell
  - Tambourine
  - Drums
  - Trumpet
  - Castanet
  - Cymbal
  - Maraca
  - Song
  - Spin Dance
  - Step Dance
  - Go-Go Dance
  - Shake Dance
  - Drawing
  - Exercise

  One of the Advanced things that was just recently brought to light
are the hats.  There are 3 known hats in existence, listed here.

- Pumpkin
  - Egg Shell
  - Skeleton's Skull

  Simply grab one of these from the garden and hand it to your Chao.
If they like it, they'll put it in and they'll have a hat.  Keep in
mind however, that it can only be removed by throwing or hitting your
Chao.  Although I've also been told that they'll take it off after
a while if they get bored with it.

  Ah, the last Advanced thing I can think of.  How to plant the seeds.
Well, I think I'll show you exactly what I was told.  Just as soon as
I pick the clearest, most concise e-mail I got on how to do so.  Thanks
to everyone else who told me how though, I'm glad you told me.

  Anyway, all you have to do is hand the seed to a Chao that has won
a shovel (trowel, whatever) in the races, and the watering can.  Your
Chao will then wander around, pick a spot, and plant the seed.

  Here is a list of the seeds that have been found so far, made by
the inestimable Mike Iseri.  Keep in mind that the Forbidden Seed
was added by me.

" -Seeds Discovered 
      Tall Seed 
      Creepy Seed 
      Vitality Seed 
      Power Seed 
      Tasty Seed 
      Wonder Seed
      Forbidden Seed 
      Rare Seed (Can't be that rare if I found it lol)  "

  The only other thing to mention are the Fruits that can be
found in Chao Adventure 2.  As soon as I have a good list of them,
I'll throw it up here.  The only fruits I currently know of are these:

  -Fruits Discovered
      Triangle Fruit - A triangle shaped fruit.
      Square Fruit   - A square shaped fruit.
      Round Fruit    - A round shaped fruit.
      Wonder Fruit   - ? (Don't remember...)
      Chao Fruit     - Increases skills.
      Heart Fruit    - Makes Chao lay an egg.
      Hero Fruit     - Makes your Chao favor the Hero side.
      Dark Fruit     - Makes your Chao favor the Dark side.
                       (Luke...I am your father...)
                       (Sorry, couldn't resist  ::grins widely::)
      Smart Fruit    - Raises intelligence.

  For all those wonderful things that Racing can net you.  First off,
I give you a lovely list of the toys you can get from each of the races,
courtesy Mike Iseri.

" Here is a list of all the toys that you can win in the races.  
  -Must win the 3rd difficulty level  
  -Beginner Races  
      Crab Pool...............Shovel  
      Stump Valley............Watering Can  
      Mushroom Forest.........Rattle  
      Black Canyon............Toy Car  
  -Must win the 5th level difficulty level  
  -Jewel Races  
      Peridot....................Picture book on how to plant seeds
                                 (A must to plant trees)  
      Aquamarine.................Sonic Doll  
      Garnet.....................Pogo Stick  
      Onyx.......................Box Of Crayons  
  -Challenge Mode  
  -Win toys by completing the row 
      1st row....................Beach Ball  
      2nd row....................Jack in the Box  
      3rd row....................Television 
(To gain access to the third row, you must beat the first 2 rows)  
  -Dark Races  
      Win the second race........Beach Ball  
      Win the fourth race........Radio (Changes music, your Chao must
                                        turn it on himself)          "

  Thanks kindly for that chart Mike, I appreciate it.

  Anyway, the only other benefits to racing besides the toys would be
two things.  1. You get to look at the courses.  They can be pretty
cool sometimes.  2. You can test your Chao's prowess and have it make
a name for itself.  Besides, you can always bring your Chao online. 

  Well, that took more time than I thought it would...but regardless,
I'm glad I could help everybody out.  Just remember to let me know if
there's something I missed or screwed up on.  I don't mind getting
e-mail, so long as it doesn't ask inane questions or use excessive
dewd speech.  I HATE that stuff...  ::sighs::

  I have 5 Chao right at the moment, but only 4 are worth listing.
  Note: This isn't up to date as of July 1st.  Too much to worry
        about right now.  I'll update it when I get around to it.

  Rafa, Hero Sonic Chao
  SWM  - 071
  FLY  - 083
  RUN  - 220
  PWR  - 077

  LCK  - 100
  INT  - 015
  STA  - 044

  Appearance: Rabbit ears (ugh), Unicorn crest, no legs.  Don't care
              for her appearance very much, personally.

  Malak, Dark Dragon Chao
  SWM  - 035
  FLY  - 031
  RUN  - 033
  PWR  - 067

  LCK  - 300
  INT  - 035
  STA  - 050

  Appearance: Flame dot, Dragon horns, Dragon feet, and purple wings.
              Definitely evil looking.

  Seava, Hero Advanced Alien Chao
  SWM  - 222
  FLY  - 072
  RUN  - 031
  PWR  - 017

  LCK  - 000
  INT  - 015
  STA  - 058

  Appearance: No feet, Penguin eyebrows, Seal flippers, and Otter
              whiskers.  Honestly, I like this one's appearance.

  Raen, Dark Night Chao
  SWM  - 006
  FLY  - 015
  RUN  - 012
  PWR  - 012

  LCK  - 000
  INT  - 007
  STA  - 007

  Appearance: Right now, he's an infant without any feet.  He's
              subsisted on nothing but Bats so far.

  This section is for those unanswered things that I just don't know
about yet.
  - Can you mix the Advanced paths like the first game?  Thus making
    a Dragon Alien mix?  At this point, it looks like you can.

  Obviously, this is for those questions that I get asked quite
a bit.  I'll just list 'em and answer 'em here.

  A.All you need to do is have one of your Chao win a trowel and the
    watering bucket.  Then give the seed to that Chao and he'll plant

  A.Patience my friend, patience.  All good things come with time.
    My Dark Dragon Chao, Malak, took forever and a day to evolve,
    so don't let it get to you.  Your Chao will evolve eventually.

  A.Your Chao has them stored in Dark Space.  I'm kidding.  The Chao
    that won the toys can pull them out of thin air to play with them.
    That's the only time you'll ever see those toys, except of course
    when you're planting Seeds.

  A.Very simply, it's because you're in Story mode.  Leave Story mode,
    and play the game in Stage Select.  That'll let you move about
    Chao World freely.

  A.When it's good and ready.  Honestly, no one really knows.  It just
    seems to take a lot of time, that's all.  My first was Seava, and
    none of them have decided to mate since then.  It's been almost a
    week, so you can see what I mean when I say it takes a while.

  Should you wish to speak with me, send me an e-mail to the following:  .  I should respond within a
would be sooner, but I've been having ISP difficulties recently.
On top of that, I've been getting around 25 new messages a day, and
that's hard to keep up with.  I'll get there eventually.  Lastly,
please please please make certain your question is already answered.
One other thing, please don't be offended if I don't respond to your
e-mail.  I've got 54 new messages in my inbox at the time of this
writing, and I'm trying to save time by not replying to things that
don't really need it.  Just know that I am thankful if you're sending
in information I missed or somesuch.  Trust me, I'm reading all of
those messages, even if I can't respond to 'em all.

  My brother, who helped me gather all this godforsaken data.
  CJayC, 'cuz he's just cool...I mean, who else could do his job?
  Black Cat, for mentioning the Tambourine and Drums.
  beardedorange, for mentioning Go-Go Dancing.
  Wenske, for letting me know about Shake Dancing.
  XeNoGeArZ, for reminding me of the Chao Worlds.
  Todd Denham, for info on the hats.
  Mike Iseri, for Seed and Toy information.  Thanks much, Mike!

  There isn't one yet.  I'll just use the basic stuff for now.
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