Dark Chao are creatures that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of Chao.



Dark Chao are similar in size to Neutral Chao, but have their own distinguishing features. By default, they have a dark red-brown skin color with magenta and violet tips on their hands and feet. Also, instead of a small mark at the center of their bellies, there is a light pink mark in the shape of a crescent the top of their chests, similar to Knuckles'.

Dark Chao also have a spike ball hovering above them instead of a sphere or a Hero Chao's halo. They also have wings just like any other Chao, but they resemble bat wings. Their eye colors are similar to a Hero Chao's, but the black outline has been replaced with sky blue. The pupils are still colored white, however.


To get a Dark Chao, one must feed it Dark Fruit and raise that Chao with Shadow, Rouge and Dr. Eggman. Dark Fruit can be bought at the Black Market at the Chao Kindergarten in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. In Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, they can be found in the Black Market as well and they are now required to get a Dark Chao because only heroic characters can be played in that game. A Dark Chao can also evolve into a type of Chaos Chao known as a Dark Chaos, but it can only evolve this way during the its third evolution. After it has been reborn twice, one must give the Dark Chao one of every small animal. It will then evolve into a Dark Chaos.

A Dark Chao also appears in Sonic Heroes, throwing mines at the player during the Special Stages. They also appear in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, giving the player several missions.

In other media

Sonic X

Main article: Dark Chao (Sonic X)

A Dark Chao in Sonic X.

In the Sonic X comic series published by Archie Comics, the Dark Chao were a unique breed of Chao created by Dr. Eggman who had the ability to turn into their dark forms when exposed to a radio signal. Eggman tried using an army of wild Dark Chao to take over the world, but they got converted back to their docile states by Sonic and several of his allies.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Dark Chao (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Dark Chao are a certain breed of Chao. The first one introduced in the series was the Dark Chao owned by White Park Zone's Chao racing champion, Clutch.


  • In Sonic Rivals, the card with the Devil Chao mistakenly says Dark Chao.

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