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Shiny Jewel Chao are a special breed of Chao, obtained in SADX and SA2B, as the result of mixing [Jewel] Coat genes and the [Shiny] gene. The result is a Chao which is Shiny and has a Jewel Coat at the same time.

Shiny Jewel Chao are special because they have a highly unusual, unique appearance, and not at all what you would expect given how the two parents look. The rare combination of Shiny and Jewel at the same time produces a very strange result. It is unknown why this happens, but it does. Some people believe that it is a glitch.

Correct Appearance?

Shiny Jewel Chao look different depending on the system you are playing. If you look at Sonic Adventure DX, they also appear differently on the GameCube and PC (2005) versions, and not at all on PS3, Xbox 360 and Steam. This inconsistent behaviour leads many people to believe that they are glitch. It is even possible that they were never intended to be in the game. Only in the 2005 PC version of SADX and all versions of Sonic Adventure 2 HD Remake do Shiny Jewel Chao have a consistent appearance, dubbed Pseudo Chao by the community when they first appeared. Could it be that this was Sonic Team's solution for a combination they hadn't thought about? Or actually what they intended all along?

A shiny-jewel Chao with one parent being a shiny yellow Chao on the Gamecube version of SA2B. It is invisible.

Obtaining a Shiny Jewel Chao

These Chao are all obtained in the same way, by breeding a Jewel Chao with a Shiny Chao (or Chao which has a shiny gene,) and they are especially notable for having unusual appearances, completely unlike what one would expect based on the parents. Most mixes of genes with Chao are easy to predict, for example, a Shiny Two-tone Red Chao will appear the same as a non-shiny Two-tone Red Chao, but look shiny. Shiny Jewel Chao do not follow this pattern. The cause of these odd appearances are unknown; some believe it is a glitch, or that Sonic Team did not account for such a combination, while others believe it is a special Easter egg of sorts for breeding two rare kinds of Chao.

The different outcomes in appearance are Invisible Chao, Transparent Chao, and Pseudo Chao. All of them are Shiny Jewel Chao, but the actual special breed that you get depends on the Base Colour of the Chao. The specific Jewel Coat of your Chao does not matter at all; all that matters is that your Chao does have some kind of Jewel Coat, regardless of what it is! For example, Gold, Aquamarine, and Topaz will all work in the same way, whilst Red, Blue, and Green will produce different Chao.

Due to Colour being the main factor in a Shiny Jewel Chao's appearance, the different ones are generally referred to as "Shiny Jewel ____", filling in the blank with the relevant Colour gene.

You can buy a Shiny Egg from the Black Market, and you can obtain Jewel Eggs from the Tiny Chao Garden or Sonic Adventure DX.

Invisible Chao

On the Gamecube only, There are three Shiny Jewel Chao which have the appearance of an Invisible Chao: Shiny Jewel Lime Green, Shiny Jewel Yellow, and Shiny Jewel Grey. As you can probably guess, these are Chao which have completely invisible bodies. The only visible parts are the Face, wings, and Emote Ball. A popular recipe is to give the Chao a hat, so that it looks like a floating item.

Transparent Chao

Also on the Gamecube only, transparent Chao were the most common Shiny Jewel, and can be obtained from eight different Shiny Jewel Chao. These are Chao with partially see-through bodies. Apart from their transparency, they look like Two-tone Chao in patterns, and almost looking like "just the shiny layer" of a Shiny Chao.

The exact appearance of the Transparent Chao depends on its genetic base colour. However, the colour that you see often looks nothing like the actual Base Colour of the Chao! They can be very confusing for this reason. The table further on shows which Shiny Jewel Chao are Transparent Chao, and how they actually look.

A shiny-jewel Chao with one parent being a shiny yellow Chao on the PC version of SA2.

Pseudo Chao

Originally on the Gamecube there were three Shiny Jewel Chao left termed "Pseudo Chao" by the community. This is because their appearance is deceptive: they mostly look like ordinary Chao, but their significant genetic differences will show themselves when they breed. Just like with Transparent Chao, the exact appearance depends on the Base Colour. Following the Gamecube games, any games containing Shiny Jewel Chao were "fixed" to make them all Pseudo Chao.

These Chao are Shiny Jewel Chao genetically, but are missing the distinct transparency of other Shiny Jewels, and in two cases appear identical to other, non-Shiny Jewel Chao. Shiny Jewel Regular Chao appear identical to a Shiny Two-tone Regular Chao, while Shiny Jewel Brown Chao appear identical to Shiny Two-tone White Chao. These can be particularly confusing, as they still carry Jewel genes. The Shiny Jewel Pink Chao is a unique Pseudo Chao, as it does not look identical to any other type of Chao, rather it appears as a Shiny Two-tone White, with a sort of mint-green tint. This Chao became nicknamed as the "Mint Chao."

Bright Chao

Main article: Bright Chao

On the HD versions of SA2 (Steam, Xbox 360, PS3), Shiny Jewel chao are subject to a glitch which makes them appear extremely bright. Mods have been released that will not only fix this issue to make them look like Pseudo chao mentioned above, but also allow the player to choose between the two appearances.

Shiny Jewel Chao differences

For full visual images of Shiny Jewel Chao, please see the Shiny Jewel section of the Chao Gallery on the main website.


List of Shiny Jewel Chao appearances
Gamecube SA2 HD Remake Other
Colour SA2B (GC) SADX (GC) SA2B (PS3) SA2B (X360) SA2B (Steam) SADX (PC 2005) SADX(Steam) SADX(PS3) SADX(X360)
Shiny Jewel Lime Green [Invisible] N/A
Shiny Jewel Yellow [Invisible] N/A
Shiny Jewel Grey [Invisible] [Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Red.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Red [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Green, but with a transparent body.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Orange [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Yellow, but with a transparent body.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Green [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Yellow, but with a transparent body.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Sky Blue [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but with a transparent body and a yellow tint.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Blue [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but with a transparent body and a blue tint.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Purple [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Sky Blue, but with a transparent body.
N/A
Shiny Jewel White [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but with a transparent body and a green tint.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Black [Transparent]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but with a transparent body and a slight yellow tint.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Pink [Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but it has a mint-green tint. Nicknamed the "Mint Chao". It is the opaque (solid) equivalent of the Shiny Jewel White.
[Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White, but it has a mint-green tint. Nicknamed the "Mint Chao".
N/A
Shiny Jewel Brown [Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White. Just like an ordinary Two-Tone White, it will look like a Two-Tone Regular Chao if it has the Hero alignment.
[Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone White. Just like an ordinary Two-Tone White, it will look like a Two-Tone Regular Chao if it has the Hero alignment.
N/A
Shiny Jewel Regular [Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Regular. You should remember that it is actually a Shiny Jewel Regular or you may be confused when it comes to mating. For example, it might not actually have the Two-Tone gene at all!
[Pseudo]
This looks like a Shiny Two-Tone Regular. You should remember that it is actually a Shiny Jewel Regular or you may be confused when it comes to mating. For example, it might not actually have the Two-Tone gene at all!
N/A