It's time for a new adventure!
- [+] But first, need to clear up a few things. (updated 12/14/16)
- Hold up, Gogoat's doing an OA?
Surprised, anonymous voice from nowhere? Yup, I'm doing an OA, and it's gonna be awesome!
Do you actually have time to do this alongside your screenshot runs?
Sort of, not really. When I first started this project, there was a two-month period of time when I did have that level of time. Turns out I don't have that level of time during most periods of my life.
So how often does this thing update?
I give priority to my writing projects, which is why the update schedule for this project is extremely sporadic. I also go through swings of whether I'm in the mood to play this game or not. Basically, this updates when it updates.
But I want more Chao action in my life!
Totally understandable, since Chao are awesome. In that case, I'd recommend buying the game yourself and raising your own Chao! If you enjoy this run, you'd probably enjoy the game, too. How's that sound, anonymous voice from nowhere?
I can live with that!
Excellent. Now, on with the introduction!
The Chao Garden was included as a side feature in both the Sonic Adventure games, but frankly it's even more fun and replayable than the main event. Chao exist in a sort of alternate dimension called the Chao World, which consists of the various Gardens. In this world you can raise multiple Chao, and the way you raise them determines their appearance, behavior and personality. Also, Chao are adorable, and hence playing with them pretty much never gets old.
So let's raise some together! I encourage viewer input on any and all aspects of raising Chao, including names, suggestions for which stats to raise, alignments, altering appearance, buying items, and so on. Since this journey could go on pretty much forever without some limit, I'm also going to set an ultimate goal of creating a Chaos Chao. I've never done it before and it's challenging, but hey, we've got all the time in the world!
Let's jump in!
- [+] Table of Contents
- Let's find a peaceful world (this post!)
Choose your destiny
I'll make it through, prove it to you
And they're off
Black-hearted evil, brave-hearted hero
Hundreds of robots were blown up in the raising of these Chao
Land, sea and sky
Invisible square trees
- [+] Let's find a peaceful world
Upon starting up the game for the first time, the Chao Garden isn't accessible right away. You have to actually play the main game to get there. Fortunately, this is simple.
~Rolling around at the speed of sound, got places to go gotta follow my rainbow!~
Most Chao are awesome. Omochao is the exception. Omochao is an annoying little shit. No one likes him. >_>
You can pick him up and throw him at things, though, and he'll complain about it. That's pretty funny.
So this is what we're looking for. Every stage in the game has three of these Chao boxes. The first one you open in any level (regardless of spatial order) will contain a Chao Key. Upon picking the key up, you'll be warped to the Chao World once you complete the level. The second and third boxes contain animals, but I don't want those just yet. More on them in the future.
OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT--
Oh, we're here? Neat. Nice space vibe.
the city is pretty much destroyed now and no one ever acknowledges this in the game, gg military
On your first visit to the Chao World, only that one gate will appear, and nothing else. That gate leads to the Chao Garden.
Here we are! What a lovely place. Perfect for raising an army of super cute things.
The garden also comes with a few fruit trees. The fruits are super important, and later we'll also be able to plant new trees and make multiple different fruit types for a variety of purposes. Also, note the cave behind the waterfall off in the corner. That's the site of Chao Races and Karate, and we'll be spending a lot of time in that cave.
That's the Chao Transporter. Back when I had SA2B on the Gamecube, this thing was shaped like a Game Boy Advance, and had compatibility with the Sonic Advance titles. Since I'm playing this on Steam, now it just looks like a Chao, thanks copyright. Pretty much the only useful functionality this thing has now is for deleting Chao, since there's a limit on how many I can have at once. So basically it's the "heartless bastard" machine.
We're not actually going to hatch the Chao just yet, though. As it turns out, each of the six playable characters must find a Chao Key within one of their levels at least once in order to access the Chao World. So right now, only Sonic can get in. I want everyone to be able to get in before we start hatching, so at this point I exited the garden. Also, if you get warped to the Chao World right after completing a stage, you get immediately sent back to the story upon leaving the garden; you don't even get to walk back to the teleport machine thing. If you enter from the stage select screen, however, you leave via the teleporter and can move between locations freely (which is handy for when more than one gate exists in this world). For all these reasons, we need to return to the main game and get access for everyone.
WOULD YOU JUST LEAVE ME ALONE?! I'M TRYING TO UNLOCK PARADISE HERE!
Knuckles locates a Chao Key no problem.
Omochao actually broke the box open for Tails.
No, I don't love you, Omochao. Piss off.
Now to get all the Dark folks their access. Good thing Eggman has his robot, otherwise he probably couldn't reach that key.
get it because he's fat
WHY DOES EVERYONE WANT TO KILL ME?! This is exactly why I'm staying in the Chao World. Chao never have to deal with bullshit like this. no one bring up SA1 we don't talk about that in this world
Unfortuantely, boss fights don't have Chao Boxes in them. Sucks for you, Shadow. Also, come to think of it, where did most of your body go? Clipping, man, gotta watch out for that.
There is a Chao Box immediately visible at the start of the first Rouge level. If only the Emerald shards were as easy to find.
Finally, Shadow gets his key.
Who the hell thought upside down highways was a good idea, anyway? Unless the Sonic universe has anti-gravity cars. In which case, that's awesome.
So now I can play as anyone in the Chao World. However, for a bunch of reasons that I'll get into more later, in most cases it's better to use the same character to interact with Chao. This means that in general, I want to be either one certain Hero character or one certain Dark character.
For the Hero side, then, I want to be Tails, because without his robot, he gets to fly in this world. And I mean actual flying, not the gliding that Knuckles and Rouge have. Tails can fly and hover indefinitely, which is not only fun, but handy for artistic screencapping.
By the way, Eggman also ditches his robot, but he can't fly, so meh to that. When I want to be a Dark character, I'll usually be Shadow.
So let's actually hatch those eggs now! There are three ways to hatch a Chao egg. The first is to pick it up and shake it for about ten seconds, then the Chao will hatch. The second is to leave the egg alone and let it hatch naturally.
The third and most hilarious way is to throw the egg at the walls until it breaks open.
I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON.
We did it!
Actually, believe it or not, hatching the egg by throwing it at stuff doesn't have a negative impact on the Chao. It looks upset right now, of course, but there's no lasting damage.
Newborn Chao are literally newborns. They are not born knowing how to walk, so they crawl around on their stomachs everywhere. D'awwww.
Look, it's happy! Chao are basically cats when it comes to getting a scratch on the head.
The thing above a Chao's head is called the "emotiball." At rest it just looks like a floating dot, but it changes according to the Chao's emotions. Since Tails just pet it, it's happy. When Tails suddenly and forcefully brought it into the world by slamming it against a cliff, it had the tornado swirl, indicating it's confused or upset. The emotiball also becomes a question mark if the Chao is curious, and an exclamation mark if excited or surprised.
Now, about that other egg. We'll let that one hatch naturally, just because.
Don't mind me, just hanging around.
There we go OH LORD THE TEETH!!
Chao can have a variety of faces, too. The face it gets is entirely random, can't be controlled or changed, and doesn't depend on method of hatching, either. So we have evil grin face now to accompany smahsed against a cliff guy. We'll surely see more face types down the road.
Still, it feels like the new guys are missing something... names! We'll end things off here, and feel free to suggest names for the first pair of Chao we get to raise! Next time, now that we have unrestricted access to the Chao World, we'll start exploring in more depth all the things we can do here.
And last but not least, we truly end the part by staring at Tails' butt. Because why not?