In gameplay, the Chao Attack can only be obtained at random from Item Boxes by Cream and Spring Cream. As with all other Items, Metal Sonic can also use the Chao Attack if he uses the Steal Item to steal it from the aforementioned users.
When used, the user lets Cheese out, who will quickly travel down the lane the user was one when he was deployed. After flying down the lane for a while, Cheese will then ricochet in the opposite direction. Opponents caught in the path of the Chao Attack will be slowed down and lose Rings. In addition, the Chao Attack can travel through all walls and will continue moving after hitting players.