“If you give a Chao a small animal, the Chao changes. Try experimenting using different animals.”
There are five groups of animals, and each group has three animals. You can give animals to your Chao to make it stronger and to give it different personalities and looks. When you give a Chao an animal, it will embrace it, and attain its appearance, abilities, and behaviour. The animal will disappear shortly after you give it to a Chao.
The animals are found inside the enemies in each level. Simply destroy an enemy to release the animal within, and then walk into it to pick it up. You can only carry up to ten animals at a time. When you enter the Chao Garden, all the animals currently collected by that character will leave you and run around the garden! The animals will sparkle if you have not given them to your Chao yet. Once you give them to your Chao, the sparkle will disappear and the animal will vanish from the garden after a while. The animals will stay in the garden even when you leave, except for on the Dreamcast where all items left in the garden disappear for good!
The four common animal colours — yellow, purple, green, and red — all raise the primary stats: Swim, Fly, Run, and Power, respectively. They also influence the Chao to evolve into the corresponding type.
The fifth colour — blue — influences the Chao to evolve into a random type.
On the modern games, all animals raise the Chao’s Luck and Intelligence slightly (20% of it’s hidden level up bar). The Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 1 does not have Luck or Intelligence stats at all.
|Swim||Otter||+2.0||0||0||0||Chao performs the backstroke when swimming|
|Swim||Penguin||+1.6||+0.4||0||0||Chao will nuzzle its head against the character|
|Swim||Seal||+1.6||0||+0.4||0||Chao does the shake dance|
|Fly||Parrot||0||+1.6||0||+0.4||Chao sings to itself|
|Fly||Peacock||0||+1.2||+0.8||0||Chao lays down and poses|
|Fly||Swallow||0||+2.0||0||0||Chao does the spin dance|
|Run||Kangaroo||0||0||+1.2||+0.8||Chao performs karate|
|Run||Rabbit||0||+0.8||+1.2||0||Chao does somersaults|
|Power||Elephant||+0.4||0||0||+1.6||Chao attempts sumo wrestling|
|Power||Lion||0||0||+0.4||+1.6||Chao scratches its face|
|Power||Gorilla||0||0||0||+2.0||Chao beats a drum|
|Random||Koala Bear||+10||to a||random||stat||Chao plays the trumpet|
|Random||Mole||+10||to a||random||stat||Chao tries to dig the ground|
|Random||Skunk||+10||to a||random||stat||Chao draws a picture on the ground|
A lot of the animal traits are different to the Dreamcast because they share traits with the modern Sonic Adventure 2 / Battle. The percentages shown are the percent of the level-up bar raised.
|Swim||Otter||+44%||-4%||+8%||-16%||Chao performs the backstroke when swimming|
|Swim||Penguin||+36%||+12%||+8%||-24%||Chao slides on its belly|
|Swim||Seal||+40%||-16%||0||+8%||Chao rolls around|
|Fly||Peacock||+12%||+48%||-16%||-12%||Chao lies down and poses|
|Fly||Swallow||+20%||+60%||-24%||+16%||Chao does backwards somersaults|
|Run||Deer||-4%||-12%||+32%||+16%||Chao draws a picture on the ground|
|Run||Kangaroo||-8%||-8%||+40%||+8%||Chao does the step dance|
|Run||Rabbit||0||+8%||+40%||-16%||Chao hops about|
|Power||Elephant||-8%||-16%||+20%||+36%||Chao does sit-ups|
|Power||Gorilla||-4%||-8%||+4%||+40%||Chao beats on its chest|
|Random||Koala Bear||+20%||+16%||+4%||+8%||Allows hats to be worn|
|Random||Mole||+8%||+8%||+16%||+16%||Chao performs forward rolls|
When given a Skunk (DC) or Deer (Modern), your Chao will sometimes draw a picture on the ground! Your Chao can draw a Chao or any Character it has a close bond with (Bond over 50).