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The Neutral Garden, an example of 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

A Chao Garden is a place containing a body of clean water where the A-Life creatures, the Chao, reside.

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.

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 at least one Hero Chao and at least one Dark Chao in their possession. The Chao Gardens in Sonic Adventure 2 contain a rock formation and a waterfall that leads to the Chao cave. Tails and Dr. Eggman do not use their mechs when inside the Chao Garden.

Sonic Advance/Sonic Advance 2/Sonic Pinball Party

Main article: Tiny Chao Garden

In Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Pinball Party, there is a miniature version of the Chao Garden, named the Tiny Chao Garden. This 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 Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood also features a Chao Garden, 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.

Sonic Unleashed

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

In other media

Books and comics

Archie Comics

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 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 being used.





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