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"Chaos energy" redirects here. For other uses of the term, see Chaos energy (disambiguation).

The Chaos Emeralds infusing Super Sonic with Chaos Emerald energy, from Sonic Forces.

Behold... Power of the Chaos Emeralds!

Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Riders

Chaos Emerald energy,[1] also known as Chaos Emerald power,[2] Emerald forces,[3] or chaos energy,[4] is a force that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It refers to the type of mystical energy generated by the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald.


The red Chaos Emerald emitting Chaos Emerald energy, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Chaos Emerald energy is a mystical[5] form of energy that is generated by the Chaos Emeralds and their controller, the Master Emerald. In the case of the Chaos Emeralds, Chaos Emerald energy is the product of the Emeralds' ability to manifest peoples' thoughts as power.[6] Said to be appliable to all living things,[7][8] Chaos Emerald energy is an unimageable source of power[9] great enough to let someone control the whole world.[10] In fact, the Chaos Emerald energy of all seven Chaos Emeralds can bestow one with what has been described as unlimited power.[11] The only powers in the cosmos known to surpass Chaos Emerald energy are the Power of the Stars[12] and the Phantom Ruby.[13]

Chaos Emerald energy can also be channeled as a tangible energy. Due to the vastness of its power however, Chaos Emerald energy can be highly destructive, being capable of destroying the whole world in large amounts. This is best demonstrated with the Eclipse Cannon: with the Chaos Emerald energy from all seven Chaos Emeralds, it holds enough power to destroy planets and pierce stars.[14][15] That same energy even packed enough power to turn the Space Colony ARK into a bomb that could utterly destroy the earth if it collide with the planet.[16] Even six Chaos Emeralds' Chaos Emerald energy is enough for the Eclipse Cannon to blow up half of the moon.

Perfect Chaos, a being relying on negative Chaos Emerald energy, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

Chaos Emerald energy comes in two specific varieties: positive and negative.[17] The type of Chaos Emerald energy that the Chaos Emeralds produce changes in accordance to the feelings in their wielder's heart.[18] As such, positive feelings such as friendship and caring, will bring out positive Chaos Emerald energy from the Chaos Emeralds, while negative feelings, such as hatred, anger and the wish to destroy, will bring out negative Chaos Emerald energy.[18][19] The exact differences between positive and negative Chaos Emerald energies are not clearly defined, although they appear to neutralize each other.[20] Negative Chaos Emerald energy is also implied to be inferior to that of its positive counterpart.[17]

Chaos Emeralds that have been deprived of their Chaos Emerald energy will lose their lustre and look like gray, ordinary stones. However, their Chaos Emerald energy can be restored in various ways. These include people's thoughts,[19] the Gaia Temples and/or their connection to their planet's power,[21][22] through exposure to the Sol Emeralds,[23] and letting them reabsorb their drained Chaos Emerald energy.[24]

Shadow firing Chaos Emerald energy as a Chaos Spear, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

The application options for Chaos Emerald energy are vast; when used in conjunction with the Chaos Emeralds' abilities, Chaos Emerald energy appears to be capable of bending reality to achieve feats nothing short of miracles if one focuses their thoughts enough.[25][26] Applied at its most basic level, Chaos Emerald energy is capable of powering machines, and when further developed through science and technology, it can be used to create nuclear weapons and laser beams.[8] When applied to living beings though, Chaos Emerald energy can temporarily enhance a user's innate talents. Taken a step further, Chaos Emerald energy can be channeled into different chaos powers, which are performable techniques that utilize Chaos Emerald energy. This can include the Chaos Spear, which is a bolt of red/purple/yellow Chaos Emerald energy, or the Chaos Blast, which is an immense discharge of Chaos Emerald energy in the form of an explosion. The basis of several chaos powers, however, is Chaos Control, a phenomenon where a user applies Chaos Emerald energy with the proper usage of a Chaos Emerald to warp time and space.[27] This way, Chaos Emerald energy can affect reality in a multitude of ways, such as slowing down time,[28] warping targets instantaneously through space,[28] allowing travel through time and across dimensions, and reshaping reality.[29]

While it has many usages, the most famous application of Chaos Emerald energy is its ability to induce super transformations in both living beings and machines;[7][30] should enough Chaos Emerald energy be infused within an individual, they will attain a Super State that grants vastly increased innate talents, flight and invulnerability among other things. However, the Chaos Emerald energy of a Super State is not sustainable in the long run on its own, as a Super State consumes tremendous amounts of energy.[31] However, the longevity of the Chaos Emerald energy of a Super State user can be prolonged with Ring Energy, which can sustain a Super State as well.

The Master Emerald neutralizing the Chaos Emeralds' energies, from Sonic Adventure 2.

Despite its vast power, there exists a counter to Chaos Emerald energies: the Master Emerald. While it contains Chaos Emerald energy as well, but in far more quantities than a regular Chaos Emerald, it also possesses the ability to control and neutralize the Chaos Emerald energy of the Chaos Emeralds.[32][33] This can be done by reciting Tikal's Prayer.

In other media


Sonic Underground

A Chaos Emeralds emitting chaos energy, from "Fortress of Altitude".

In the Sonic Underground television series, Chaos Emerald energy is referred to as chaos energy. In this media, it is the energy contained within Chaos Emeralds. Chaos energy is shown to be highly unstable, and if not safely contained within a Chaos Emerald, it will run rampant and cause chaotic phenomena that can tear a planet asunder.

Sonic X

The Chaos Emeralds glowing with chaos energy, from "Showdown in Space".

In the Sonic X anime series and its comic series published by Archie Comics, Chaos Emerald energy is known as chaos energy. In this media, it is the power generated by the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald, the former do so by converting thoughts into power. Like its game counterpart, chaos energy is an an immense source of power with various applications, and come in both positive and negative forms.

Books and comics

Archie Comics

Chaos energy in use, from Sonic Universe #12.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Chaos Emerald energy is known as Chaos energy. In this media, it originally came from the Chaos Force, the all-encompassing force of the universe. Objects like the Chaos Emeralds and certain individuals possessed a natural link to the Chaos Force, allowing them to harness Chaos energy from said force.

After the Super Genesis Wave rewrote history, Chaos energy would originate from the Chaos Emeralds, though there is no explanation for how certain individuals can call upon Chaos energy without the Emeralds.

Sonic the Comic

Super Sonic utilising chaos energy, from Sonic the Comic #100. Art by Richard Elson.

In the Sonic the Comic comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, Chaos Emerald energy is known as chaos energy or Chaos Emerald Radiation. In this media, it was created by the alien Drakon Empire as an incredibly powerful, yet highly unstable, power source. In their search for vessels for this power, they discovered the Emeralds from the sacred mine of the Echidnas on Mobius, and created the seven Chaos Emeralds - six to contain the power and a seventh, the Grey Emerald, to control the others. A fierce war was fought between the Drakons and the Echidnas over these Emeralds and the power they contained, which the Echidnas eventually won, although with heavy losses.

When brought together outside of certain stabilizing conditions, such as extreme cold, the presence of Golden Rings, or in the temple of Floating Island, the Chaos Emeralds would produce chaos energy in the form of radiation, building to a chain reaction. In some circumstances, this would cause a spatial warp that teleported the Emeralds into the other-dimensional Special Zone.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Chaos Emerald energy (IDW)

See also


  1. Sonic Team (27 February 2004). Sonic Battle. Game Boy Advance. Sega. Area/Level: Ending sequence (Rouge's Episode). "Prof. Gerald's Journal 3: I now understand why this being was named "Gizoid". In the ancient tongue, it means "everything." According to the stone tablet, if the Gizoid establishes a "Link" with someone, the Gizoid will swear loyalty to that person. Perhaps it still lacks "Chaos Emerald" energy, but it has been saying the word "Link" to me in broken tones. "
  2. Sonic Labyrinth (Sega Game Gear) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  3. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 15.
  4. BioWare (30 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Chaos Blast description: Shadow delivers an explosion of chaos energy that may weaken effected targets"
  5. Sonic Team (9 September 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Cutscene: Cutscene 1 (Tails' story). "Tails: I was lucky to find one of the 7 Chaos Emeralds. They have unlimited mystic powers."
  6. Sonic Team, Blindlight (14 November 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/Level: White Acropolis (Silver Episode). "Blaze: That's a Chaos Emerald. It's said this gem can transform your thoughts into power. Collect seven and a miracle's supposed to happen."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sora Ltd. (9 March 2008). Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Wii. Nintendo. Area/Level: Trophy Hoard. "'Super Sonic' trophy: Sonic's Final Smash. The Chaos Emeralds give energy to all living things, and Sonic's gathered all seven of them, then used their power to transform into Super Sonic. His abilities in this form far surpass his normal ones, and he's even able to fly. He uses a lot of energy in this form, so he can only remain in it for a short time."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pgs. 9-10.
  9. Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  10. Bandai Namco, Sora Ltd. (21 November 2014). Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wii U. Nintendo. Area/Level: Trophy Hoard. "'Super Sonic' trophy: The Chaos Emeralds are said to hold enough power to control the whole world. It's that power that turns Sonic into Super Sonic. He turns a glorious golden color and can fly at nearly the speed of light. In his Final Smash, this high-speed flight damages anyone who gets in its way and can even launch them!"
  11. TailsTube #1 (feat. Sonic). YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog (24 March 2022). Retrieved on 24 March 2022.
  12. Sonic Team, Dimps (14 September 2007). Sonic Rush Adventure. Nintendo DS. Sega. Area/Level: Deep Core. "Eggman: I never imagined that this sort of power was even possible! Even the Chaos Emeralds and Sol Emeralds can't compare to this! Mwa ha ha ha ha!"
  13. Sonic Forces: Stress Test, "Stress Test"
  14. Sega Studio USA (15 November 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. Nintendo GameCube. Sega. Cutscene: Before The ARK. "Black Doom: Hidden inside that space colony ARK is the most powerful weapon, able to pierce stars... the Eclipse Cannon."
  15. Sonic Team USA (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Cutscene: Gathering of the Dark. "Shadow: The ARK was the first space colony created by mankind. Not many people know that the ARK contained a top-secret research facility, where weapons of mass destruction were being created. This is one of them; a weapon capable of destroying an entire planet. Codenamed: 'The Eclipse Cannon.'"
  16. Sonic Team USA (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Leve: Last Story. "Eggman: The core of the Eclipse Cannon is now highly reactive and explosive. This is because of the energy of the Chaos Emeralds is overpowering it. If the colony collides with earth, it will shatter into pieces like my grandfather predicted! That mad scientist!"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sonic Team (27 June 2003). Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. Nintendo GameCube. Sega. Area/Level: Last Story. "Tails: Chaos only used the negative power of the Emeralds. Sonic, you should be able to harness their real power!"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sonic Team (19 October 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Big's version). "Tikal: The 7 Emeralds are the servers. Chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller serves to unify the chaos. Uhh... The 7 Emeralds can change our thoughts into power. If this Emerald controls that power... Please, you must stop him!"
  19. 19.0 19.1 Sonic Team (9 September 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Last Story. "Tails: Negative forces aren't the only way to empower the Chaos Emeralds. Our positive feelings toward each other can make them work. Our hearts together form awesome power."
  20. Sonic Team (27 June 2003). Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. Nintendo GameCube. Sega. Area/Level: Last Story. "Knuckles: Chaos has changed again. This time for the better. / Tails: Yeah! Super Sonic must have neutralized it, so it's nice again."
  21. Sonic Team (9 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Cutscene: Gaia Manuscripts. "Pickle: If we act now, we may be able to restore the planet by returning power to the Chaos Emeralds. Sonic, you must travel to each of the temples listed in the Gaia Manuscripts. The planet's power will restore the Chaos Emeralds, and in turn the Chaos Emeralds will restore the planet and help it heal naturally."
  22. Sega (17 August 2021). ソニック & ルージュ 後編 (Japanese). Sonic Channel. Archived from the original on 17 August 2021. Retrieved on 26 October 2021.
  23. Sega (2 November 2021). ソニック & ブレイズ 後編 (Japanese). かべがみカバーストーリー. Sonic Channel. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021.
  24. Sonic Team (25 February 2015). Sonic Runners. iOS. Sega. Area/Level: Episode 50-5. "Tails: Of course! The Chaos Emeralds must be absorbing the energy from the brainwashing laser!"
  25. Sonic Team, Blindlight (14 November 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/Level: End of the World. "Silver: Of course! Let's call him back with the power of the Chaos Emeralds! Focus your thoughts on using its power to perform this miracle..."
  26. Sega (1 October 2021). ソニック & シルバー 後編 (Japanese). かべがみカバーストーリー. Sonic Channel. Archived from the original on 1 October 2021.
  27. Sonic Adventure 2 (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 7.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Sega (13 November 2011). Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: London Party. "Shy Guy: Do you know what Shadow's Chaos Control lets him do? / [...] / Shy Guy: I hear he can stop time and move to another place in an instant!"
  29. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Advance 3". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 144. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Dr. Eggman has used the power of the Chaos Emeralds to unleash Chaos Control, splitting the world into pockets of reality"
  30. Sonic Team, Dimps (7 June 2004). Sonic Advance 3. Game Boy Advance. Sega. Area/Level: Altar Emerald (true ending).
  31. Sonic Team . Sonic Channel (Japanese). Sega. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved on 25 June 2008.
  32. Sonic Team (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Wild Canyon. "Knuckles: The Master Emerald contains special powers that neutralize the energy of the Chaos Emeralds. That makes it very powerful!"
  33. Sonic Team (9 September 1999). Sonic Adventure. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Mystic Ruins (Big's story). "Tikal: So these are the 7 Emeralds... ?! Could it be? The servers are... the 7 Chaos Emeralds... Unified by one that is the controller... The 7 Chaos... The controller itself... Could this be the Emerald that controls the 7 Chaos?"