Alignment

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Alignment is the term used to describe if your Chao is a Hero, Dark or Neutral type.

Mechanics

Alignment is a hidden number which ranges from -1 to +1. -1 represents Dark, 0 represents Neutral, and +1 represents Hero. It starts at 0 for a new born Chao. Reincarnated Dark Chao start at -1 and reincarnate Hero Chao start at +1.

The last bite of a Dark Fruit subtracts 0.15 from the Alignment value, while the last bite of a Hero Fruit adds 0.15 to the Alignment value. In Sonic Adventure 2 (all releases) every time a heart appears above a Chao's head from being petted, held, or fed, its alignment shifts depending on the alignment of the character taking care of it (+0.05 for Hero Characters, and -0.05 for Dark Characters.) In the opposite way, abusing a Chao will shift its alignment in the opposite direction of the character abusing it; abuse with a Hero character will cause the Chao to become more Dark aligned, and vice versa. The precise values for changes to the alignment slider through abuse are not known.

Gardens also have an effect on the alignment of a Chao. Hero Garden will cause an increase of +0.008333333768, or roughly 1/120, in alignment value about every 2 minutes, while Dark Garden will cause a decrease by -0.008333333768, or roughly 1/120, in alignment value about every 2 minutes. Through this method, a Chao should be ready to evolve into Hero or Dark alignment simply by being in the proper Garden, with no player input, after 2 hours.

If the Alignment value is less than or equal to -0.5, the Chao will evolve into a Dark Chao. If the Alignment value is greater than -0.5 and less than +0.5, the Chao will evolve into a Neutral Chao. If the Alignment value is greater than or equal to +0.5, the Chao will evolve into a Hero Chao.


Alignment in Adult Chao

Evolved Chao are capable of changing their alignment just as child Chao can, however they do not have any visual changes. The only known instance of adult alignment changes affecting an Chao is in what Actions a Chao may take to greet a player. Occasionally, a Chao may greet a player character it has a high bond with by either bowing or giving a thumbs up. A Chao will bow if its alignment is above 0.5, while a Chao will give a thumbs up if its alignment is below 0.5.

It had been observed that Hero Chao would generally bow while Dark Chao would generally give a thumbs up, but also that if a Hero Chao were raised by a Dark character it would give a thumbs up, and vice versa.

Alignment remains unchanged after evolution, and may change throughout a Chao's life span. However, upon rebirth, all Dark Chao will have their alignment set to -1, all Hero Chao will have their alignment set to +1, and all Neutral Chao will have their alignment set to 0, regardless of their alignment values at the end of their first lives.