Chao Races

One of the main reasons that people raise Chao is to race them. There are many different races, and winning them all is essential as they have 5 out of the 130 emblems needed to complete the game. In order for your Chao to be any good in the races, you will need to raise your Chao's four main stats (Swim, Fly, Run, and Power) up to a respectable level. The exact stats needed depends on the specific race category and course. With high enough stats, your Chao should be able to win all the races and emblems with ease.

To enter your Chao in a race, you will need to visit the Chao Stadium. The entrance to the Chao Stadium is located behind the large doors in the Station Square Garden. You will then be able to pick from the races that are available to you, and can enter any one of your Chao.

Race Mechanics

Basics

During the race, you can see the current position of each Chao on the left of the screen. These numbers will shift around depending on the current position of each Chao in the race. You can use the direction buttons to control the camera. You can focus the camera on different Chao by pressing the left and right buttons to cycle through them; an arrow on the ranking list to the left of the screen shows you what Chao you are currently following. Pressing the up button will switch to an automated, cinematic, zoomed-out camera, and pressing the down button will switch to a close-up camera that follows the Chao from behind.

Cheering

Every so often during a race, you will hear a twinkling sound and a white sparkle will appear around one of the Chao; it's usually appears on one that is further behind. If you are currently watching another Chao, then the camera will switch to show you the Chao with the sparkle. At this point, hold down the jump button to give that particular Chao a short boost of speed! The quicker you press the button after the noise, the longer the boost will last.

If it is your own Chao that is sparkling, then be sure to press the button as fast as you can! If it isn't your Chao, then it might not be good idea to give it a speed boost. Make sure it is a Chao that you want to do well!

Stats

Each of the stats has a different function:

Stat Purpose
Swim This stat determines how well your Chao can swim, or if it can swim at all. It is therefore very important for races that contain a lot of water, as a low Swim stat will cause you to lose your position to the better swimmers.
Fly This stat determines how well your Chao can fly, or if it can fly at all. It can be very useful in races where your Chao has to jump down from a height, as it can use that opportunity to pull ahead if its Fly stat is high enough.
Run This stat determines how quickly your Chao can walk or run, or if it can walk at all. It is probably the single most important stat for races; nearly all the races have a huge emphasis on running, and your Chao will have a significant advantage if it has a high Run stat. An extremely low Run stat will mean your Chao can only crawl very slowly across the ground.
Power This stat determines how strong your Chao is. There are three situations where it is used: climbing up cliffs, shaking nuts down from trees, and pushing a beach ball along. Having a higher Power stat will allow your Chao to perform all of these tasks faster.
Stamina No purpose, as this stat didn't exist on the original Sonic Adventure.
Luck No purpose, as this stat didn't exist on the original Sonic Adventure.
Intelligence No purpose, as this stat didn't exist on the original Sonic Adventure.

Race Categories

There are three different categories of race: Beginner Race, Jewel Race, and Party Race (GameCube version only). At first, you will only have the Beginner Race and Party Race options available. You can unlock the Jewel Race by completing all five courses in the Beginner Race category.

Each category of race has access to the same five courses: Pearl Course, Amethyst Course, Sapphire Course, Ruby Course, and Emerald Course. The Emerald Course is hidden at first, but is unlocked after you complete the other four courses in the Beginner Race category. Every course involves up to eight different Chao, including the Chao that you enter. The opponents that you get depend on the race.

Each course also uses a different track, which means that different courses have different terrain for your Chao to travel over. Your Chao might have to run, swim, fly, climb, or do other things! The stats that your Chao needs to be good at depends on the course you are trying to win.

Beginner Race

The Beginner Races are the first ones that you will enter your Chao into. At first, you will only have four courses available. When you complete all four, you will unlock the fifth and final course. By completing the fifth course, you will unlock the Jewel Races. As you'd expect, your Chao's stats don't need to be very high to win the Beginner Races. However, you will need to raise them a little!

Jewel Race

The Beginner Races were the easiest races to win. The Jewel Races are next, and are much harder. This is the main set of races, and you will earn an emblem for each course that you complete!

Party Race

The Party Race is only available on the GameCube version of Sonic Adventure DX. If you are playing on PC, PS3, or Xbox 360, then it will not be available. It is a singleplayer or multiplayer race between your own Chao. You can select up to four Chao from any of your gardens or memory cards, as long as you have four controllers. Invite a friend to challenge your strongest Chao! You can choose any of your available courses to play on. The Party Race is just for fun; there are no emblems or toys to win here.

Race Courses

Win the first four courses, and the Jewel courses will be unlocked.

Map Race Description
Pearl Pearl Course

"Strong Chao can take advantage of this course."

This is a simple ball pushing race. This course mostly involves the Power stat, as your Chao has to push a beach ball down a long path to a marker line. There is then a very short sprint to the finish, where your Chao can get ahead if it has a high Run stat.
Amethyst Amethyst Course

"Chao that can fly can take advantage of this course."

The chao begin in the same spot as Pearl race. Chao have to run down a long, winding course that goes from the start along a clifftop before finally leading up the mountainside to the finish. There are parts of the course where some Chao may choose to take an alternative route: the first is right after the first stretch, where Chao can either continue on the direct path or fly into the river and swim; the second is at the end of the first direct path where Chao can fly off the bridge. This race is also good for strong Swim Chao.
Sapphire Sapphire Course

"Strong Chao, and Chao that can swim well can take advantage of this course."

This race tests all of your Chao's skills. It starts where the Amethyst course ended. Chao must run down a long straight that has a few rises in it before making a brief climb up a wall. Another run then leads to a flight down into the lake below, where the Chao must swim to the finish line.
Ruby Ruby Course

"Chao that can swim well can take advantage of this course."

A pure swimming race besides a brief run from the start and to the finish. A good breakaway from the blocks will give you a clear swim to the finish if your Chao has a good swim stat!
Emerald Emerald Course

"Chao who are strong all around can take advantage of this course."

Winning all the races in Beginner and Jewel will lead in the Emerald course being unlocked in both sections. This is a long race taking up the whole course, aside form the Ruby course starting point. Chao will have to run down the first straight with the beach ball before reaching the coconut trees. A coconut will have to be shaken down from the tree and then eaten, before continuing the length of the other three courses. Good luck!

Secret Rivals

After you have completed every race (meaning you have all the Jewel Race emblems), you will unlock the secret rivals. If you enter your Chao in a race again, you may see one or more secret rivals. These are special, highly-trained Chao that will show up in the races to challenge your own Chao. They all have certain conditions that must be met before they show up.

Chacron

Chacron is a Two-Tone Black Chao that sometimes shows up amongst the competitors in lane 2. Chacron's condition to appear is simply that you are participating in a Jewel Race, and that none of the other secret rivals are showing up. He will not show up in a Beginner Race.

The race will start, and while all the Chao zoom off to try and win the race, he will just lie there snoozing! Is he mad? Well... not really. You see, halfway through the race he will suddenly get up, and sprint after all the other Chao at an incredible speed! Unless your Chao's stats are high enough, there is a good chance that Chacron will catch up, overtake, and win!

Note that Chacron will start the Pearl Course immediately, without waiting at the start like he normally does.

Silver Chao

If your Chao's four main stats (Swim, Fly, Run, and Power) add up to 6,751 points or more, then it will face a team of all Silver Jewel Chao. They have extremely high stats and make challenging opponents. It doesn't matter whether you place it in a Beginner Race or Jewel Race, just as long as the Chao meets the stat requirements.

Gold Chao

If your Chao's four main stats (Swim, Fly, Run, and Power) are each at 1,900 points or more, then it will face a team of all Gold Jewel Chao. They have the highest stats of any Chao that you will face, and they make challenging opponents. It doesn't matter whether you place it in a Beginner Race or Jewel Race, just as long as the Chao meets the stat requirements.