Chao Colours

There are many different colours of Chao which can be obtained. When we talk about a Chao’s colour or breed, we are referring to its colour pattern completely separate from and unrelated to its evolution. There are many factors (such as colour and tone) which combine to form the Chao’s overall breed.

Types of Colours

The majority of Chao you will see will be Coloured Chao and Jewel Chao.

Coloured Chao

Coloured Chao are the most common as they are the easiest to obtain. In fact, the very first Chao that you start with is a special kind of Coloured Chao, referred to as regular Two-tone Chao.

Every Coloured Chao has a single base colour. They may often appear to visually have multiple colours on their bodies, but this is an effect resulting from other factors of their breed. A Coloured Chao only ever has one base colour out of the available 14, which can be anything in the following list: Regular, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple, Sky Blue, Orange, Green, Brown, Grey, Lime Green, or Black. You can find images of each colour in the Chao Gallery.

Most of the available colours listed above are self-explanatory: a red Chao will always look red, and a yellow Chao will always look yellow. The regular colour requires more explanation than this. Regular Coloured Chao have a colour which varies depending on their current alignment and evolution. The very first Chao that you start with has the regular colour, and this is why you can see it change colour depending on how you raise it.

Mono-tone Chao

Mono-tone Chao are the easiest type of Chao to obtain, as they can be purchased as eggs from the Black Market. As you might expect, Mono-tone Chao appear with a solid colour all over their bodies.

Two-tone Chao

Two-tone Chao are the other type of coloured Chao. As previously mentioned, the very Chao that you start with is a regular Two-tone Chao. An immediate difference that you may notice between your starter Chao and the Mono-tone Chao that you buy from the Black Market, is that the starter Chao has multiple colours on its body. For example, a neutral child Chao will have yellow highlights on its head, hands, and feet, and a darker blue patch on its body. These highlights are what makes the Two-tone Chao special.

Two-tone Chao are harder to obtain than Mono-tone Chao because they cannot be bought. Instead, you need to breed for them. An easy way to do this is to buy the matching Mono-tone Chao from the Black Market, and then breed it with one of your starter Chao. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a Two-tone version of that colour. For more information, see the the Breeding page.

Jewel Chao

Jewel Chao are a rarer breed of a Chao which have a special metallic, reflective coat. It’s body is covered in a jewel-like sheen. Jewel Chao does not show a Chao’s base colour and tone, instead all Jewel Chao appear with a solid, metallic texture.

Every Jewel Chao has a single jewel coat, which defines its appearance. The available types are: Non-Jewel, Silver, Gold, Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Aquamarine, Peridot, Topaz, or Onyx. You can find images of each jewel coat in the Chao Gallery.

Shiny Chao

Shiny Chao look the same but have a sparkling, brighter coating. All Chao can be a shiny or non-shiny version. If the Chao has a non-jewel coat, the Chao will look the same but more sparkly and shinier. If it has any other jewel coat, it will appear differently depending on it’s original base colour, and on what version of Sonic Adventure 2 you are playing:

  • Gamecube: Generally semi-transparent or completely invisible with a few being opaque
  • PC: All opaque colours
  • Steam/X360/PS3: There are no Shiny Jewel Chao


A full list of Chao can be seen on the Chao Gallery! Or you could even create your own with the 3D Chao Viewer!

List of Chao in each game

Sonic Adventure [Dreamcast]

  • Regular Two-tone Chao
  • Black Two-tone Chao
  • Silver and Gold Jewel Chao
  • Bronze and Onyx Jewel Chao (via breeding)

In Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast, all Chao are neutral, regular coloured two-tone Chao (With the exception of 3 hidden Chao and 2 breeding-only Chao). The later games introduced Hero and Dark Chao, more colours, monotone Chao and shiny Chao.

Sonic Adventure 2 [Dreamcast]

  • Regular Two-tone Chao
  • Black Two-tone Chao
  • Various Jewel Chao: Silver, Gold, Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Emerald.
  • Moon Texture Chao

In Sonic Adventure 2 for the Dreamcast, all Chao are coloured two-tone or Jewel Chao. Unlike the games following this, you cannot obtain monotone Chao or shiny Chao in this version.

The Moon Chao is a unique Chao with a special appearance. It is purple and has an almost golf ball-like texture covering it. Like the Jewel Chao, it is a solid colour and doesn’t show the Chao’s normal colour or highlights. The Moon Chao is also only available on the online Black Market, and is unobtainable in any other version of the game without the use of hacking or modding tools.

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle [Modern]

  • All Two-tone Chao
  • All Mono-tone Chao
  • Shiny Chao

Unfortunately, Jewel Chao are unobtainable directly in this game. In fact, the only way to get a Jewel Chao is to own the Gamecube game, and then transfer it from Sonic Adventure DX or the Tiny Chao Garden. All other versions have no way to obtain Jewel Chao without the use of editors or mods - see our Downloads section for more information!

Sonic Adventure DX [Modern]

  • Regular Two-tone Chao
  • All Mono-tone Chao
  • Shiny Chao
  • Silver and Gold Jewel Chao

There are no two-tone Chao in this version except for the regular coloured one. Furthermore, not all Jewel Chao are obtainable directly in this game. You can obtain Silver and Gold Chao eggs hidden in the adventure fields, but to get the other colours you need the Gamecube version so you can transfer them over from the Tiny Chao Garden. Once again, to obtain the full range of Jewel Chao you will have to use editors or mods - see our Downloads section for more information!

Sonic Advance [Gameboy Advance]

  • Regular Two-tone Chao
  • All Jewel Chao

The Tiny Chao Garden is the only way you can obtain Jewel Chao for transfer to the Gamecube games.