The Chao Transporter is a device located in every Chao Garden. On the GameCube, it allows you to name Chao, get rid of Chao forever, and transfer Chao back and forth between a Game Boy Advance. On the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions, it is called the Name Machine instead, and only has the first two functions.
The Chao Transporter.
The menu when holding a Chao.
The menu when empty-handed.
The "Name" function has an obvious purpose: it lets you give your Chao a name! This function will only be available if you step onto the Chao Transporter whilst holding the Chao. You can then give it a name with up to seven different characters. In addition to the normal letters, you can choose some symbols and Japanese characters.
The "Good-bye" function.
The "Good-bye" function allows you to permanently remove a Chao from your Chao Garden. You can only keep up to eight Chao in each garden, so you may want to use this to clear space. However, you should think about this very carefully: you will never be able to get your Chao back after sending it away!
This function will only be available if you step onto the Chao Transporter whilst holding the Chao. Sad music will play as you choose this option. The "Back" button will be selected by default; press up and then the jump button to continue. The game will explain that if you proceed, the Chao will be sent to live in the forest or mountains far away. It will have a happy life, but you will never see it again. You will be asked twice if you're sure, and then the Chao will disappear forever.
The "Quit" function just exits the Chao Transporter and returns you to the Chao Garden without doing anything special.
Tiny Chao Garden
The Tiny Chao Garden is a simple two-dimensional Chao Garden that you can play with on the Game Boy Advance. It also includes rare eggs and fruits. It is included in Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, and Sonic Pinball Party. If you don't have any of those games, then don't worry: you can download the Tiny Chao Garden straight to your Game Boy Advance. See
the Tiny Chao Garden section for more information.
The Chao Transporter contains two functions related to the Tiny Chao Garden, which are both explained below.
These do not exist on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions. You will obviously need a Game Boy Advance to use these functions. You will also need a GameCube to GBA link cable; this is different from an ordinary GBA to GBA link cable. Connect one end of the link cable to your Game Boy Advance, and the other to one of the controller ports on your GameCube. You should make sure that your Game Boy Advance is turned on, and that you have the Tiny Chao Garden open if you are using Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, or Sonic Pinball Party.
The "Drop off" function.
The "Drop off" function allows you to send a Chao from your regular Chao Garden to the Tiny Chao Garden. This function will only be available if you step onto the Chao Transporter whilst holding the Chao.
If you have Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, or Sonic Pinball Party in your Game Boy Advance, then you must be in the Tiny Chao Garden for this to work. The Chao will be transferred and saved in the GBA game. You can disconnect the GameCube to GBA link cable and even turn the GBA off entirely. Your Chao is safe in the game cartridge.
If you have no game cartridge in your Game Boy Advance, then a temporary Tiny Chao Garden will be downloaded to it. This will take a few minutes. A backup clone of your Chao will be made on Sonic Adventure DX. Once your Chao is transferred to the GBA, you can disconnect the GameCube to GBA link cable (if you want). You can play with the Tiny Chao Garden for as long as you have battery power. If you turn off your GBA before transferring the Chao back to the GameCube, then you will lose any progress. However, you can get the backup clone back. This only applies to the temporary Tiny Chao Garden.
The "Pick up" function.
The "Pick up" function allows you to transfer a Chao, an egg, rings, and/or fruit from your Tiny Chao Garden over to your regular Chao Garden. You will not be able to access this function if you are already holding a Chao. You do not need to pick your Chao up from the same game that you used to drop it off. This means that you can use the Tiny Chao Garden to transfer your Chao between Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, if you happen to own both games.
If the Chao or egg was originally created in the Tiny Chao Garden (i.e. you hatched the Chao on there, or bought the egg from the shop), then there is something worth mentioning here. The Tiny Chao Garden does not generate faces (the eyes and mouth), and so that information is instead randomly generated every time a Chao or egg is sent to the GameCube.