Buddies, also known as companions, 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.
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. Buddies also have different mechanics and attributes that depend on the games they appear in.
Sonic Runners series
In Sonic Runners, buddies were originally called companions before being renamed in a game update. Twenty buddies were available at the game's debut, which expanded to 94 buddies by the time the game's servers closed.
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); the rarer the buddy, the more powerful its ability is. 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. 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.
- 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.
Sonic Runners Adventure
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
|Icon||Name||Character Type||Rarity Level||Effect||Unlocking Requirement|
|Hero Chao||Speed||Normal||Boosts all score elements||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Gold Chao||Fly||Normal||Boosts Rings acquired.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Dark Chao||Power||Normal||Boosts score for destroying enemies.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Jewel Chao||Speed||Normal||Boosts distance run.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Normal Chao||Fly||Normal||Boosts score.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Omochao||Power||Normal||Boosts the number of Animals saved.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Monkey||Speed||Normal||Combo bonuses last longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Spring||Fly||Normal||Springs last longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Electromagnet||Power||Normal||Magnets last longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Baby Cyan Wisp||Speed||Normal||The Laser effect lasts longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Baby Indigo Wisp||Fly||Normal||The Asteroid effect lasts longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Baby Yellow Wisp||Power||Normal||The Drill effect lasts longer.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Pinwheel||Speed||Normal||Has a chance of producing the magnet effect during spin dashes||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Piggy Bank||Fly||Normal||Restores Rings when damaged.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|RC Balloon||Power||Normal||Has a chance of automatically performing a big jump when using jump panels.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Easter Chao||Speed||Normal||Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when passing through Dash Rings and Rainbow Rings.||Available on Item Roulette.|
|Purple Papurisu||Fly||Normal||Every X combo destroys all iron balls.||Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.|
|MAG||Power||Normal||Every X combo destroys all spikes.||Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.|
|Egg Chao||Speed||Rare||Boosts distance run.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Pumpkin Chao||Fly||Rare||Boosts score.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Skull Chao||Power||Rare||Boosts the number of Animals saved.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Yacker||Speed||Rare||All Color Power items last longer.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Golden Piggy Bank||Fly||Rare||Restores Rings when damaged.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Wizard Chao||Power||Rare||All items (except Color Power items and shields) last longer.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Turtle||Speed||Rare||Every X combo turns Rings into Super Rings.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC UFO||Fly||Rare||Every X combo saves all on-screen Animals.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Bomber||Power||Rare||Every X combo destroys all enemies on ordinary stages.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Easter Bunny||Power||Rare||Adds 25 to every X combo.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Magic Lamp||Fly||Rare||Chance of producing a Gold Flicky.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Star-Shaped Missile||Speed||Rare||Increases the area of the magnet effect.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Suketoudara||Power||Rare||Chance of springs appearing when taking damage.||Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.|
|Rappy||Speed||Rare||Chance of a Rappy appearing.||Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.|
|Blowfish Transporter||Fly||Rare||Every X combo provides an equippable item.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Genesis||Fly||Rare||A chain of combos lasts longer before resetting.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Cartridge||Speed||Rare||Start each stage with a combo.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Fighter||Speed||Rare||Boosts score in Laser form.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Hovercraft||Fly||Rare||Boosts score in Asteroid form.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Helicopter||Power||Rare||Boosts score in Drill form.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Green Crystal Monster (S)||Speed||Rare||Every X combo turns all small crystals green.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Green Crystal Monster (L)||Fly||Rare||Every X combo turns all large crystals green.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Airship||Power||Rare||Boosts combos at Star Posts.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Desert Chao||Power||Rare||Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when using a cannon.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Satellite||Fly||Rare||Has a chance of producing the magnet effect when using a jump panel.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Marine Chao||Power||Rare||Chance of auto-tricks at jump panels.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Nightopian||Power||Rare||Chance of destroying iron balls, spikes and enemies when damaged.||Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.|
|Orca||Speed||Rare||Every X combo destroys platforms and increases ring appearances.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Sonic Omochao||Speed||Rare||Chance of a magnet effect with the Speed-type action.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Tails Omochao||Fly||Rare||Chance of a magnet effect with the Fly-type action.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Knuckles Omochao||Power||Rare||Chance of a magnet effect with the Power-type action.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Boo||Power||Rare||Boosts score for destroying super enemies, and every X combo turns enemies into super enemies.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Halloween Chao||Speed||Rare||Chance of keeping Rings when damaged.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Heavy Bomb||Fly||Rare||Defeating X enemies destroys all enemies on-screen. Sometimes produces a Gold Flicky.||Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.|
|Block Bomb||Speed||Rare||Chance of destroying all enemies on screen when performing special actions.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Hunk of Meat||Power||Rare||Extra Rings for every Super Rings you collect.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Yeti||Speed||Rare||Every X combo triggers the Cyan Laser effect.||Limited to Christmas Event.|
|Snow Chao||Fly||Rare||Every X combo triggers the Indigo Asteroid effect.||Limited to Christmas Event.|
|Ideya||Fly||Rare||Every X combo switches an equipped item for another item.||Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.|
|Christmas Nightopian||Power||Rare||Every X combo triggers the Yellow Drill effect.||Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.|
|Orbot||Speed||Rare||Every X combo causes you to lose Rings but triggers an item effect.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Cubot||Power||Rare||Every X combo occasionally triggers an item effect.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Light Chaos||Speed||S Rare||Boosts all score elements.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Hero Chaos||Fly||S Rare||Boosts Rings acquired.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Dark Chaos||Power||S Rare||Boosts score for destroying enemies.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Chip||Speed||S Rare||Produces one last dash.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Shahra||Fly||S Rare||Every X combo activates a non-color power item at random.||Get promoted in Story Mode's Runners' League.|
|Caliburn||Power||S Rare||Performs auto-attacks during boss battles.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|King Arthur's Ghost||Speed||S Rare||Boss battles extended/damage against bosses.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Tornado||Fly||S Rare||Restores Rings when damaged.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|RC Battle Cruiser||Power||S Rare||More Red Star Rings appear during boss battles.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Merlina||Fly||S Rare||Every X combo activates a Color Power effect.||Limited to Windy Hill in Spring Event.|
|Erazor Djinn||Speed||S Rare||Every X combo produces a shield.||Limited to Desert Ruins Event.|
|RC Moon Mech||Power||S Rare||Chance of an additional attack on bosses.||Available on Raid Boss Roulette.|
|Carbuncle||Speed||S Rare||Every X combo grabs certain on-screen objects.||Limited to Puyopuyo!! Quest Collaboration.|
|Kuna||Fly||S Rare||Chance of an item effect at Star Posts.||Limited to Phantasy Star Online 2 Collaboration.|
|Chaos||Power||S Rare||Chance of using an item without losing it.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Death Egg||Power||S Rare||Chance of continuing after being defeated.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Red Crystal Monster (S)||Speed||S Rare||X combos turn all small crystals red.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Red Crystal Monster (L)||Fly||S Rare||Every X combo turns all large crystals red.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Golden Goose||Power||S Rare||X combos turn all enemies into golden enemies.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Mother Wisp||Speed||S Rare||Boosts score when using Color Powers.||Limited to Tropical Coast Event.|
|RC Pirate Spaceship||Fly||S Rare||More Super Rings appear during boss battles.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Golden Angel||Power||S Rare||More golden enemies appear.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|NiGHTS||Speed||S Rare||Big combo bonus after a loop.||Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.|
|Reala||Fly||S Rare||Magnet effect after a loop.||Limited to NiGHTS into Sonic Runners... Event.|
|RC Tornado 2||Fly||S Rare||Extra Rings when Rings are banked.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Chao Walker||Speed||S Rare||Every 200 combo allows Buddies to absorb Rings for X seconds.||Awarded for every 10 Daily Battle win streaks.|
|Dark Queen||Power||S Rare||Every X combo provides an item.||Get promoted in Timed Mode's Runners' League.|
|King Boom Boo||Fly||S Rare||Chance of a score boost when defeating enemies.||Limited to Halloween Event.|
|O-Papa||Power||S Rare||Every X combo destroys everything except terrain and produces a magnet effect.||Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.|
|Opa-Opa||Speed||S Rare||Every X combo banks a certain number of Rings.||Limited to Fantasy Zone Collaboration Event.|
|RC Block Face||Fly||S Rare||Chance of destroying everything on screen except terrain when performing special actions.||Available on Premium Roulette.|
|Christmas Yeti||Power||S Rare||The bonus score when combos are performed is boosted.||Limited to Christmas Event.|
|Christmas NiGHTS||Speed||S Rare||Chance of reducing the game speed.||Limited to Christmas Nights Collaboration Event.|
|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
|Chip||Chance of continuing after being defeated once per run: 100%||Buy for 2,500 Rings|
|Dark Chao||Chance of defeating a missed enemy on the screen: 25%
Deflects Eggman's Yellow Balls
|Buy for 2,500 Rings|
|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|
|Hero Chaos||Chance of keeping all the Rings when damaged: 50%||Buy for 1,500 Rings|
|Knuckles Omochao||Increases booster item duration for Power-type characters by 5 seconds||Unlock chapter 3|
|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|
|RC UFO||Chance of collecting missed Rings: 25%||Buy for 2,500 Rings|
|Sonic Omochao||Increases booster item duration for Speed-type characters by 5 seconds||Get to level 4 of Green Hill|
|Tails Omochao||Increases booster item duration for Fly-type characters by 5 seconds||Unlock chapter 2|
|Wizard Chao||Chance of producing the Magnet effect when using a Cannon or a Jump Panel: 35%||Buy for 1,500 Rings|
|Yacker||Increases the area of effect of the Magnet by 50%
Compatible with RC Tornado and RC UFO
|Buy for 2,500 Rings|
- SONIC RUNNERS[SEGA]. Sega. Archived from the original on 26 February 2025.
- 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."
- 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!"
- 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!"
- 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?"