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Neutral Garden

The Neutral Garden, an example of a Chao Garden, from Sonic Adventure 2.

This is the Chao Garden. If you bring the eggs you find all over the world, a Chao will be born.

Tikal, Sonic Adventure

Chao Gardens are recurring locations that are seen throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They serve as the homes of Chao.


While there are multiple Chao Gardens located in a variety of places on Earth, each with varying looks and features, Chao Gardens commonly share a peaceful natural garden theme; they are full of various fertile vegetation including trees capable of growing fruit that Chao love to eat, and contain small ponds of water suitable for Chao to swim in.

Game appearances[]

Sonic Adventure[]

In Sonic Adventure, and its remake Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, there are three Chao Gardens available: one in the hotel in Station Square, the second inside the cave in Mystic Ruins and the last one on an island near the Egg Carrier.

Each garden can only hold a maximum of eight Chao at any point (hence restricting the player to a limit of 24 Chao per save file). If the player brings a Chao into a garden that has reached the maximum limit, one of the Chao (chosen at random) will be transported to a non-full garden. New Chao cannot be produced (via mating or buying Chao Eggs from the Black Market) once all gardens are full.

Sonic Adventure 2[]

In Sonic Adventure 2, and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Neutral Garden is available from the start of the games. The Hero Garden and Dark Garden are unlocked when the player has raised at least one Hero Chao and one Dark Chao respectively. Each Chao Garden is subject to the same Chao capacity restrictions that the Chao Gardens in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut have. The Chao Gardens in Sonic Adventure 2 contain a rock formation and a pond which Chao can swim in. The Neutral Garden also contains a waterfall with a cave leading to the Chao Stadium, where the Chao Race and Chao Karate (in Battle) can be accessed. Tails and Dr. Eggman do not use their mechs when inside the Chao Garden.

Sonic Advance/Sonic Advance 2[]

Main article: Tiny Chao Garden

In Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2, the Chao Garden has the same function as the normal Chao Garden, but contains a lot of differences. The player can bring Chao back and forth between the Chao Gardens in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut and Sonic Adventure 2 via the Tiny Chao Garden on the Game Boy Advance.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)[]

In Crisis City in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), there are highway signs mentioning the Chao Garden, although the actual garden is never seen.

Sonic Rivals 2[]

In Sonic Rivals 2, the Chao Garden is mentioned at the end of Sonic and Tails' stories. After they defeated the Ifrit in Chaotic Inferno Zone, Sonic says to Tails that they should go back to the Chao Garden and take a break.

Sonic Unleashed[]

Like in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Unleashed features Chao Garden highway signs in Skyscraper Scamper during the day.

Sonic Frontiers[]

In Sonic Frontiers. the Chao Garden is mentioned when Sonic said that the Starfall Islands could make a good place for the Chao.

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Pinball Party[]

In Sonic Pinball Party, there is a miniature version of the Chao Garden, named the Tiny Chao Garden.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood[]

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood also features a Chao Garden for its Chao, although it is inaccessible. In this game, Chao Eggs are deposited in an inaccessible garden that can only be viewed through a menu screen. Once the Chao has hatched, the player can equip it with a fighting character in order to give the bonded character special abilities.

In other media[]

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

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A Chao Garden, from Sonic the Hedgehog #263.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Chao Gardens were areas on Mobius that were inhabited by Chao. These areas were usually full of vegetation and contained large bodies of water.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote reality, Chao Gardens became nearly indistinguishable from their game counterparts.

Sonic X[]

Main article: Chao Garden (Sonic X)

In the Sonic X comic series published by Archie Comics, a single Chao Garden was built by Dr. Eggman in his lair to keep his Dark Chao.


  • The most common request Takashi Iizuka gets from Sonic fans is the Chao Garden.[1]
  • The Chao Gardens use an updated version of the A-Life system originally used in the NiGHTS into Dreams Nightopian system.
  • The Chao Garden appears in the Minecraft Sonic The Hedgehog DLC, with its Sonic Adventure 2 theme music being used.






  1. Sonic Frontiers: 123 Rapid-Fire Questions With Takashi Iizuka. YouTube. Game Informer (12 July 2022). Retrieved on 13 July 2022.

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