Buddies, also known as companions,[1] are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a type of ability-granting follower that a playable character can bring along in stages to aid their performance.

Description

Buddies are floating followers, akin to RC Vehicles, that take various forms. Some of them take the appearance of different forms of RC Vehicles. Most of them however, look like objects and characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, such as Chip, Caliburn, Chao, the Tornado, the Death Egg, etc. For certain crossover events in their respective games however, buddies resembling elements from other franchises, like NiGHTS and Carbuncle, are also introduced.

In gameplay, buddies can be equipped to playable characters and brought along with said characters for their runs through stages. During a playthrough, buddies can be seen floating right behind the playable characters. In stages, buddies each grant unique and special abilities to the playable characters. This can include raising scores or even enhancing item effects.[1] Buddies also have different mechanics and attributes that depend on the games they appear in.

Game appearances

Sonic Runners series

Sonic Runners

Knuckles with two buddies accompanying him in Lava Mountain.

In Sonic Runners, the buddies were originally called companions[1] before being renamed following an update to the game. In this game, there were originally twenty different buddies to choose from,[1] but it eventually ended up having 94 different buddies.

In gameplay, the playable character can be equipped with up to two different buddies during a stage, each one granting its own ability at the same time. In addition, each buddy in this game has two fundamental attributes applied to it. The first is its rarity level, which can be "Normal", "Rare", or "S Rare" (Super-Rare[2]); the rarer the buddy, the more powerful its ability is.[2] The second attribute is its character type, which can be Speed, Fly, or Power. If a buddy is paired up with a matching character type (for example, a Speed Type buddy with a Speed Type playable character), then the buddy's ability will receive a performance boost that amplifies its ability.[1] In addition, while following a playable character in a stage, the buddy can pick up any Animals it touches on behalf of the playable character. Also, some buddies are bigger than others when out in the stages, As such, the bigger the buddy, the more Animals it has the chance of picking up.[3]

The player can obtain buddies from Chao Eggs. These can be earned by playing the Premium Roulette.[4] The rarity of the buddies earned from the Premium Roulette are determined accordingly:

  • Normal: Only available on the BIG and SUPER roulette wheel within the Premium Roulette
  • Rare. Only available on the Premium Roulette and the Special Roulette, unlocked when the spinner lands on a segment with a grey, Rare Egg.
  • S Rare: Only available on the Premium Roulette and the Special Roulette, unlocked when the spinner lands on a segment with a golden, Super-Rare Egg.

The game also features event buddies. These buddies are acquired by playing the Premium Roulette while an event is underway. Event buddies have extra event-specific powers in addition to their normal abilities. Using event buddies is highly recommended when aiming for the top on the Event Rankings.

Should the player earn a buddy that they already have, that buddy's level will increase by one, improving its ability. A buddy can be leveled to a maximum of level ten. If the player gets a buddy that they already have and it is also at maximum level, the player will get a Special Egg instead. Collect ten Special Eggs and the player will be rewarded with a a Rare or S Rare buddy when playing the Special Roulette.[5]

Sonic Runners Adventure

Shadow with two buddies accompanying him in Green Hill.

In Sonic Runners Adventure, the buddies made a return. In this game, there are a total of eleven buddies to choose from.

In gameplay, the buddies' mechanics have been significantly simplified. Although they still grant special abilities to the playable characters during a playthrough, they have no other mechanics beside that. In this game, the playable character can be equipped with up to two different buddies during a stage, each one granting its own ability at the same time.

The player can obtain buddies by purchasing them from the Team menu with Rings while others are unlocked as the player progresses with the game.

List of Buddies

Sonic Runners

Icon Name Character Type Rarity Level Effect Unlocking Requirement
Hero Chao SR-0.png
Hero Chao Speed Normal Boosts all score elements Available on Item Roulette.
Gold Chao SR.png
Gold Chao Fly Normal Boosts Rings acquired. Available on Item Roulette.
Dark Chao SR.png
Dark Chao Power Normal Boosts score for destroying enemies. Available on Item Roulette.
Sapphire Chao SR.png
Jewel Chao Speed Normal Boosts distance run. Available on Item Roulette.
Sonic Runners Normal Chao.png
Normal Chao Fly Normal Boosts score. Available on Item Roulette.
Omochao SR.png
Omochao Power Normal Boosts the number of Animals saved. Available on Item Roulette.
Cymbal Monkey SR.png
RC Monkey Speed Normal Combo bonuses last longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Springs SR.png
RC Spring Fly Normal Springs last longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Magnet SR.png
RC Electromagnet Power Normal Magnets last longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Baby Cyan Wisp SR.png
Baby Cyan Wisp Speed Normal The Laser effect lasts longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Baby Indigo Wisp SR.png
Baby Indigo Wisp Fly Normal The Asteroid effect lasts longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Baby Yellow Wisp SR.png
Baby Yellow Wisp Power Normal The Drill effect lasts longer. Available on Item Roulette.
Pinwheel SR.png
RC Pinwheel Speed Normal Has a chance of producing the magnet effect during spin dashes Available on Item Roulette.
RC Flying Pig.png
RC Piggy Bank Fly Normal Restores Rings when damaged. Available on Item Roulette.
RC Balloon SR.png
RC Balloon Power Normal Has a chance of automatically performing a big jump when using jump panels. Available on Item Roulette.
Easter Egg Chao SR.png
Easter Chao Speed Normal Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when passing through Dash Rings and Rainbow Rings. Available on Item Roulette.
Sonic Runners Purple Papurisu.png
Purple Papurisu Fly Normal Every X combo destroys all iron balls. Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.
Mag.png
MAG Power Normal Every X combo destroys all spikes. Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.
Egg Chao.png
Egg Chao Speed Rare Boosts distance run. Available on Premium Roulette.
Pumpking Chao.png
Pumpkin Chao Fly Rare Boosts score. Available on Premium Roulette.
Skull Chao SR.png
Skull Chao Power Rare Boosts the number of Animals saved. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Yacker.png
Yacker Speed Rare All Color Power items last longer. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Golden Piggy Bank.png
RC Golden Piggy Bank Fly Rare Restores Rings when damaged. Available on Premium Roulette.
Wizard Chao.png
Wizard Chao Power Rare All items (except Color Power items and shields) last longer. Available on Premium Roulette.
SR Cameron.png
RC Turtle Speed Rare Every X combo turns Rings into Super Rings. Available on Premium Roulette.
RC UFO SR.png
RC UFO Fly Rare Every X combo saves all on-screen Animals. Available on Premium Roulette.
RC Stealth Jet SR.png
RC Bomber Power Rare Every X combo destroys all enemies on ordinary stages. Available on Premium Roulette.
Easter Pocky SR.png
Easter Bunny Power Rare Adds 25 to every X combo. Available on Premium Roulette.
Genie Lamp SR.png
Magic Lamp Fly Rare Chance of producing a Gold Flicky. Available on Premium Roulette.
Stars SR.png
Star-Shaped Missile Speed Rare Increases the area of the magnet effect. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Suketudoura.png
Suketoudara Power Rare Chance of springs appearing when taking damage. Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.
Rappy.png
Rappy Speed Rare Chance of a Rappy appearing. Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.
Sonic Runners Blowfish Transporter.png
Blowfish Transporter Fly Rare Every X combo provides an equippable item. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Genesis.png
Genesis Fly Rare A chain of combos lasts longer before resetting. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Cartridge.png
Cartridge Speed Rare Start each stage with a combo. Available on Premium Roulette.
RC Fighter Jet SR.png
RC Fighter Speed Rare Boosts score in Laser form. Available on Premium Roulette.
RC Hovercraft SR.png
RC Hovercraft Fly Rare Boosts score in Asteroid form. Available on Premium Roulette.
Helicopter SR.png
RC Helicopter Power Rare Boosts score in Drill form. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Green Crystal Monster (S).png
Green Crystal Monster (S) Speed Rare Every X combo turns all small crystals green. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Green Crystal Monster L).png
Green Crystal Monster (L) Fly Rare Every X combo turns all large crystals green. Available on Premium Roulette.
Blimp SR.png
RC Airship Power Rare Boosts combos at Star Posts. Available on Premium Roulette.
Genie Chao SR.png
Desert Chao Power Rare Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when using a cannon. Available on Premium Roulette.
Satellite SR.png
RC Satellite Fly Rare Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when using a jump panel. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Marine Chao.png
Marine Chao Power Rare Chance of auto-tricks at jump panels. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Nightopian.png
Nightopian Power Rare Chance of destroying iron balls, spikes and enemies when damaged. Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.
Sonic Runners Orca.png
Orca Speed Rare Every X combo destroys platforms and increases ring appearances. Available on Premium Roulette.
SonicOmochao.png
Sonic Omochao Speed Rare Chance of a magnet effect with the Speed-type action. Available on Premium Roulette.
TailsOmochao.png
Tails Omochao Fly Rare Chance of a magnet effect with the Fly-type action. Available on Premium Roulette.
KnucklesOmochao.png
Knuckles Omochao Power Rare Chance of a magnet effect with the Power-type action. Available on Premium Roulette.
Boo-Sonic-Runners.png
Boo Power Rare Boosts score for destroying super enemies, and every X combo turns enemies into super enemies. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Halloween Chao.png
Halloween Chao Speed Rare Chance of keeping Rings when damaged. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Heavy Bomb.png
Heavy Bomb Fly Rare Defeating X enemies destroys all enemies on-screen. Sometimes produces a Gold Flicky. Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.
Sonic Runners Block Bomb.png
Block Bomb Speed Rare Chance of destroying all enemies on screen when performing special actions. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Hunk of Meat.png
Hunk of Meat Power Rare Extra Rings for every Super Rings you collect. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Yeti.png
Yeti Speed Rare Every X combo triggers the Cyan Laser effect. Limited to Christmas Event.
Sonic Runners Arctic Chao.png
Snow Chao Fly Rare Every X combo triggers the Indigo Asteroid effect. Limited to Christmas Event.
Sonic Runners Ideya.png
Ideya Fly Rare Every X combo switches an equipped item for another item. Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.
ChristmasNightopian.png
Christmas Nightopian Power Rare Every X combo triggers the Yellow Drill effect. Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.
Sonic Runners Orbot.png
Orbot Speed Rare Every X combo causes you to lose Rings but triggers an item effect. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Cubot.png
Cubot Power Rare Every X combo occasionally triggers an item effect. Available on Premium Roulette.
Light Chaos.png
Light Chaos Speed S Rare Boosts all score elements. Available on Premium Roulette.
Hero Chao SR.png
Hero Chaos Fly S Rare Boosts Rings acquired. Available on Premium Roulette.
Devil Chao SR.png
Dark Chaos Power S Rare Boosts score for destroying enemies. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Chip.png
Chip Speed S Rare Produces one last dash. Available on Premium Roulette.
SR Shahra.png
Shahra Fly S Rare Every X combo activates a non-color power item at random. Get promoted in Story Mode's Runners' League.
Sonic Runners Caliburn.png
Caliburn Power S Rare Performs auto-attacks during boss battles. Available on Premium Roulette.
SR KingArthur.png
King Arthur's Ghost Speed S Rare Boss battles extended/damage against bosses. Available on Premium Roulette.
Tornado SR-0.png
RC Tornado Fly S Rare Restores Rings when damaged. Available on Premium Roulette.
Battleship SR.png
RC Battle Cruiser Power S Rare More Red Star Rings appear during boss battles. Available on Premium Roulette.
SR Merlina.png
Merlina Fly S Rare Every X combo activates a Color Power effect. Limited to Windy Hill in Spring Event.
SR ErazorDjinn.png
Erazor Djinn Speed S Rare Every X combo produces a shield. Limited to Desert Ruins Event.
SR MoonMech.png
RC Moon Mech Power S Rare Chance of an additional attack on bosses. Available on Raid Boss Roulette.
Sonic Runners Carbuncle.png
Carbuncle Speed S Rare Every X combo grabs certain on-screen objects. Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.
Quana.png
Kuna Fly S Rare Chance of an item effect at Star Posts. Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.
Sonic Runners Chaos.png
Chaos Power S Rare Chance of using an item without losing it. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Death Egg.png
Death Egg Power S Rare Chance of continuing after being defeated. Available on Premium Roulette.
Red Fright SR.png
Red Crystal Monster (S) Speed S Rare X combos turn all small crystals red. Available on Premium Roulette.
Dark Bat Sniper SR.png
Red Crystal Monster (L) Fly S Rare Every X combo turns all large crystals red. Available on Premium Roulette.
Golden Bird SR.png
Golden Goose Power S Rare X combos turn all enemies into golden enemies. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Mother Wisp.png
Mother Wisp Speed S Rare Boosts score when using Color Powers. Limited to Tropical Coast Event.
Gold Airship SR.png
RC Pirate Spaceship Fly S Rare More Super Rings appear during boss battles. Available on Premium Roulette.
Gold Angel SR.png
Golden Angel Power S Rare More golden enemies appear. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Nights.png
NiGHTS Speed S Rare Big combo bonus after a loop. Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.
Sonic Runners Reala.png
Reala Fly S Rare Magnet effect after a loop. Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.
Sonic Runners RC Tornado 2.png
RC Tornado 2 Fly S Rare Extra Rings when Rings are banked. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Chao Walker.png
Chao Walker Speed S Rare Every 200 combo allows Buddies to absorb Rings for X seconds. Awarded for every 10 Daily Battle win streaks.
Sonic Runners Dark Queen.png
Dark Queen Power S Rare Every X combo provides an item. Get promoted in Timed Mode's Runners' League.
Sonic Runners King Boom Boo.png
King Boom Boo Fly S Rare Chance of a score boost when defeating enemies. Limited to Halloween Event.
Sonic Runners O-Papa.png
O-Papa Power S Rare Every X combo destroys everything except terrain and produces a magnet effect. Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.
Sonic Runners Opa-Opa.png
Opa-Opa Speed S Rare Every X combo banks a certain number of Rings. Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.
Sonic Runners RC Block Face.png
RC Block Face Fly S Rare Chance of destroying everything on screen except terrain when performing special actions. Available on Premium Roulette.
Sonic Runners Christmas Yeti.png
Christmas Yeti Power S Rare The bonus score when combos are performed is boosted. Limited to Christmas Event.
ChristmasNiGHTS.png
Christmas NiGHTS Speed S Rare Chance of reducing the game speed. Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.
Sonic Runners Dark Chao Walker.png
Dark Chao Walker Fly S Rare Every 200 combo makes your Buddy absorb nearby Crystals for X seconds. Available on Premium Roulette.

Sonic Runners Adventure

Icon Name Effect Unlocking Requirement
SRA-Chip.png
Chip Chance of continuing after being defeated once per run: 100% Buy for 2,500 Rings
SRA-DarkChao.png
Dark Chao Chance of defeating a missed enemy on the screen: 25%

Deflects Eggman's Yellow Balls

Buy for 2,500 Rings
SRA-DarkChaos.png
Dark Chaos Chance of defeating an enemy or destroying an obstacle instead of getting damage: 50%

Deflects Eggman's Yellow Balls

Buy for 1,500 Rings
SRA-HeroChaos.png
Hero Chaos Chance of keeping all the Rings when damaged: 50% Buy for 1,500 Rings
SRA-KnucklesOmochao.png
Knuckles Omochao Increases booster item duration for Power-type characters by 5 seconds Unlock chapter 3
SRA-RCTornado.png
RC Tornado After the player's character is defeated, their buddy flies ahead collecting Rings for the next 10 seconds

Does not work in boss levels

Buy for 2,500 Rings
SRA-RCTornadoUFO.png
RC UFO Chance of collecting missed Rings: 25% Buy for 2,500 Rings
SRA-SonicOmochao.png
Sonic Omochao Increases booster item duration for Speed-type characters by 5 seconds Get to level 4 of Green Hill
SRA-TailsOmochao.png
Tails Omochao Increases booster item duration for Fly-type characters by 5 seconds Unlock chapter 2
SRA-WizardChao.png
Wizard Chao Chance of producing the Magnet effect when using a Cannon or a Jump Panel: 35% Buy for 1,500 Rings
SRA-Yacker.png
Yacker Increases the area of effect of the Magnet by 50%

Compatible with RC Tornado and RC UFO

Buy for 2,500 Rings

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 SONIC RUNNERS[SEGA]. Sega. Archived from the original on 26 February 2025.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 4-1. "Tails: Okay, here goes... Your companions have three different rarity levels: Normal, Rare, and Super-Rare. The higher a companion's rarity, the more powerful it is."
  3. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 4-1. "Knuckles: Whenever one of our companions touches an animal, that animal is saved... So I guess we should make friends with the biggest companions we can. / Sonic: Good to know, Knuckles! Thanks! All right, so we'd better take a companion's size into account when we're deciding which ones to equip on the Select Companions Screen!"
  4. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 4-1. "Tails: You can win companions by playing Premium Roulette, but you need Red Star Rings if you want to spin the Wheel of Companion Fortune! You can earn Red Star Rings by proceeding through the story. Try to collect as many as you can!"
  5. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/level: Episode 4-1. "Omochao: Oh, wait just a second... Let me give you a little hint about companions. If you're playing Premium Roulette and you win a companion you already own, that companion's level will increase by one. If you win a companion you already own and it's also at maximum level, you'll get a Special Egg instead. Collect 10 Special Eggs, and you can play Special Roulette, when you're guaranteed a Rare or a Super Rare companion! Don't forget now, you hear?"

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