The Gaia Keys are objects appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. They are a set of ancient keys needed to access the inner chambers of the various Gaia Temples from the Gaia Gate in Apotos. Each key consists of two halves protected by a Gaia Key Guardian: a Sun Key and a Moon Key.
For an unknown amount of time, the Gaia Keys have been safeguarded by a group of protectors who kept their task a closely guarded secret. However, their identities were made known to Gregorios, keeper of the Gaia Gate, who likewise safeguarded this information.
Shattered World Crisis
During the Shattered World Crisis, Gregorios came chose to break silence and warn his colleagues after Metal Sonic attacked him looking for information on the temples. He also shared a list of the Gaia Key Guardians with the Freedom Fighters to enable them to gather the keys and thus access the temples and restore the world. The Freedom Fighters were able to gather all of the keys and had them stored alongside the Chaos Emeralds within Castle Acorn's vaults. However, under the orders of Dr. Eggman, the Keys were stolen in a raid conducted by the Hooligans, the Witchcarters and Metal Sonic. The Gaia Keys were then delivered to Eggman in Apotos, where he found the Gaia Gate. They entrances to each Gaia Temple was then opened by Eggman's Egg SWATs with the Keys so that they could place the Emeralds on their respective podiums.
- The Gaia Keys are based on the Boss Gate Keys that appear in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.
- With the exception of Lupe the Wolf, all of the Gaia Key Guardians originate from Sonic Unleashed.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #276 official solicitation
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "A Ray of Hope"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #268, "Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #276, "Cold Hearted"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #277, "Thunder, Rain and Lightning"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #279, "Face of the Enemy Part Two: Friends in Deed"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "Keys to Victory"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #280, "A Special Occasion"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #281, "Homesick"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #282, "Wings of Fire Part Two: Fighting Fire with Fire"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #283, "The Mission"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #284, "Panic in the Sky Part One: The Best Laid Plans"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #285, "Panic in the Sky Part Two: Falling Into Place"