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Upgrade FAQ

     SONIC ADVENTURE 2
for Sega Dreamcast Console
       UPGRADE FAQ

Version: 1.8
by brak2000 <brak2000@hotmail.com>
Last Updated: July 14, 2001
Status: Complete

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Table Of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Version
3. Quick Reference Charts
4. Locations
    a. Sonic
    b. Tails
    c. Knuckles
    d. Shadow
    e. Dr. Eggman
    f. Rouge
5. Frequently Asked Questions
6. Contributors/Thanks
7. Contact Me
8. Legal Stuff

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1. INTRODUCTION
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I'm creating this FAQ for all those people who love to ask the same
questions.  I know a lot of people will use this FAQ and I'm glad to
make this for you.  This FAQ will list all the Upgrades found in Sonic
Adventure 2, and detailed instructions how to get each item.  Some of
the older upgrades may not be listed yet, but I will get them as soon
as I can. Even if it means I have to run through this game again! Maybe
later I'll make a full FAQ for the game if anyone would like me to.
This FAQ has been made for GameFAQs and brak2000.com  See the Contact Me
and Legal Stuff section if you would like this FAQ up on your site.
This mini FAQ is dedicated to the Sonic Adventure 2 board at GameFAQs.
May their great help and dedication to Sonic Adventure 2 always stay
strong and help newbies in need!  Now enough with the rambling and lets
get on with the Upgrades!

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2. VERSION
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Here is a list of versions.

7/14/01 V1.8 - Quick correction about Rouge.  The boots are not required to
               finish Mad Space.
6/30/01 V1.7 - Corrected mistake in Sonic's Mystic Melody location.
6/29/01 V1.6 - FAQ Completed!  Will only update if there are any errors.
6/28/01 V1.5 - 4th Update..I have no life.  The BIG update.. only one
               location to go (and I WILL update Final Rush)!
6/28/01 V1.4 - 3rd Update today..yikes!  Hero upgrade locations complete!
6/28/01 V1.3 - Tails Bazooka Location Added!
6/28/01 V1.2 - Many more upgrades for the Dark side characters. Still plenty
               to come and I may get another update in later today.  Keep an
               eye out!
6/27/01 V1.1 - Many more upgrade directions completed.
6/26/01 V1.0 - First version of FAQ! Included: Charts, Some Locations

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3. QUICK REFERENCE CHARTS
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Here is a list of the Upgrades avaliable for each character and a quick
chart showing which level they are avaliable in.  I believe there is
an upgrade in each level..but I'm not entirely sure.  Email me any
forgotten upgrades to <brak2000@hotmail.com>

**IN ORDER OF STAGE**

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/ Sonic   \____________________________________________________________________

      Upgrade         Location      What's Needed?     What does it do?
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| Magic Gloves    | City Escape   | Bounce/Flame   | Pick up enemies     |
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| Light Shoes     | Metal Harbor  | Nothing        | Light Dash          |
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| Ancient Light   | Green Forest  | Nothing        | Light Attack        |
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| Bounce Bracelet | Pyramid Cave  | Nothing        | Lets you bounce     |
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| Flame Ring      | Crazy Gadget  | Nothing        | Destroy metal boxes |
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| Mystic Melody   | Final Rush    | Nothing        | Rescue Chao         |
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 / Tails   \___________________________________________________________________

     Upgrade         Location        What's Needed?    What does it do?
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| Laser Blaster   | Prison Lane    | Bazooka        | + Firing Radius     |
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| Booster         | Mission Street | Nothing        | Allows Hovering     |
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| Mystic Melody   | Hidden Base    | Bazooka        | Rescue Chao         |
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| Bazooka         | Eternal Engine | Nothing        | Destroy metal boxes |
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/ Knuckles  \__________________________________________________________________

     Upgrade         Location        What's Needed?    What does it do?
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| Mystic Melody   | Wild Canyon    | Shovel Claw    | Rescue Chao         |
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| Shovel Claw     | Pumpkin Hill   | Nothing        | Allows digging      |
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| Air Necklace    | Aquatic Mine   | Nothing        | Infinite air        |
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| Hammer Gloves   | Death Chamber  | Nothing        | Destroy metal boxes |
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| Sunglasses      | Meteor Herd    | Hammer Gloves  | See hidden items    |
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 / Shadow   \__________________________________________________________________

      Upgrade         Location        What's Needed?    What does it do?
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| Flame Ring      | Radical Highway | Air Shoes      | Destroy metal boxes |
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| Air Shoes       | White Jungle    | Nothing        | Light Speed Dash    |
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| Ancient Light   | Sky Rail        | Nothing        | Light Speed Attack  |
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| Mystic Melody   | Final Chase     | Nothing        | Rescue Chao         |
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 / Dr. Eggman  \_______________________________________________________________

      Upgrade         Location       What's Needed?     What does it do?
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| Laser Blaster    | Iron Gate      | Large Cannon   | Upgrade Attack      |
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| Mystic Melody    | Sand Ocean     | Jet Engine     | Rescue Chao         |
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| Jet Engine       | Lost Colony    | Nothing        | Allows Hovering     |
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| Large Cannon     | Weapons Bed    | Nothing        | Destroy metal boxes |
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| Protective Armor | Cosmic Wall    | Jet Engine     | Upgrade Armor       |
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/ Rouge     \__________________________________________________________________

     Upgrade         Location       What's Needed?      What does it do?
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| Mystic Melody   | Dry Lagoon     | Pick Nails     | Rescue Chao         |
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| Pick Nails      | Egg Quarters   | Nothing        | Allows digging      |
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| Treasure Scope  | Security Hall  | Boots/Melody   | See Hidden Things   |
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| Iron Boots      | Mad Space      | Nothing        | Destroy metal boxes |
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4. LOCATIONS
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Here are descriptions of how to get each item in the game.  I'll try to make
them as descriptive as possible so I dont get as many emails asking.  If a
description isn't descriptive enough, email me at <brak2000@hotmail.com>.
Then I'll have a chance to do my best and make the description easier to
understand and so on.

**UPGRADES IN LEVEL ORDER**

A. Sonic
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Item: Magic Gloves
Location: City Escape
Requirements: Bounce Bracelet, Flame Ring
What It Does: Allows you to pick up enemies and throw them.  Press B when the
              top right corner says "Magic Gloves" to pick up the enemy, then
              press B again to throw.
Difficulty: Fairly Easy

How To Get:  First of all, make sure you have the Bounce Bracelet AND the
             Flame Ring before you attempt to get this upgrade.  Run through
	     the level as you would in a normal run until you come to a part
             with 2 enemies shooting at you.  Near them should be a staircase
             going down with a rail and an arch over it.  Right before you go
             down that staircase, there should be 4 metal boxes imbedded in
	     the ground.  Do a bounce attack and located down in the ground
	     should be the Magic Gloves and a spring.  Grab the Magic Gloves
	     and of course, use the spring to get out.

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Item: Light Shoes
Location: Metal Harbor
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to use the EXTREMELY useful Light Dash.  The Light
              Dash (also seen in Sonic Adventure) allows you to dash through
	      a line of rings to get over and avoid obstacles under.  This is
	      usually used to access shortcuts and occasionally used to
	      continue on the normal path.
Difficulty: Extremely Easy - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Continue through the level as normal until you come to a LONG
             string of rings and no other way across the water.  Stop and go
             into the structure to see one of those things you grab and it
             raises you. I don't know what they are called. Anyways, at the
             top is a platform with the Light Shoes upgrade.  Go down to the
             line of ring to test out your upgrade and continue on your way!

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Item: Ancient Light
Location: Green Forest
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to use the Light Attack.  The Light Attack allows
              you to attack enemies in a quick row.
Difficulty: Medium

How To Get:  Right before the second checkpoint, there should be 2 boosters
             that lead outside the enclosement.  This should be a short
	     distance after the open loop. Right before you leave, face
             the camera and you should see an enemy floating.  Do a homing
             attack on the enemy, then do another homing attack on to the
             ledge across.  The reason this is sort of tough is the horrible
             camera angle.  Anyways, the ledge across should have a free life
             and the Ancient Light powerup.

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Item: Bounce Bracelet
Location: Pyramid Cave
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to do the bounce attack and also allows you to bounce
              off the ground and gain momentum to get to high ledges.  The
              bounce attack is another REQUIRED upgrade to complete the level.
Difficulty: Extremely Easy - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get: In my opinion, the easiest powerup on the game.  Its located
            DIRECTLY on the path.  Just proceed through the level and you most
            likely will spot it easily.

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Item: Flame Ring
Location: Crazy Gadget
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to break metal boxes allowing you to find more hidden
              animals and coin boxes.  This is a very useful upgrade.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Right after the second warp pipe type thing and what I believe is
             the third checkpoint, jump down the large step.  You should be
             upside down when you are done with the warp pipe.  Anyways, use
             the gravity switch straight in front of you to turn right side
             up.  Go backwards a little bit and hit one of the two springs in
             the back of the room.  The flame ring should be located behind
             some wooden boxes.

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Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Final Rush
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Medium-Hard - REQUIRED to get 3rd level emblems

How To Get:  The hardest upgrade to get for Sonic is the Mystic Melody. This
             is hard to explain, but I'll do the best I can.  After the fifth
             checkpoint you should come to a large room with many splitting
             paths.  After you take the long vertical grind, grind down the
             the next platform where it splits.  Grind the left rail on this
             and you should get enough distance at the end to make it on the
             platform with the rocket.  If you take the left path, watch as
             you go down for a platform at the left.  Jump on it if you can
             and it'll lead you to the platform with the rocket. After a few
	     tries, you should get it down easily.  Take the rocket to a free
	     guy, then continue along the path and eventually you will come
	     to the Mystic Melody upgrade.  Play the Mystic Melody at the
	     shrine and take the warp to continue on with the level.

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B. Tails
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Item: Laser Blaster
Location: Prison Lane
Requirements: Bazooka
What It Does: Increases the amount of space and firing radius Tails has.  You
              can lock on to enemies with double the radius now.  This is
              another useful item when you are attempting for A ranks on the
              levels.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium

How To Get:  If you've been looking for this and not finding it, it's actually
             a pretty obvious upgrade.  In the final room, make sure you do
             NOT touch the goal ring and look near the back of the room.  You
             should see a metal door with boxes behind it.  Shoot all the
             enemies in the room and the door should open.  If it doesnt, make
             sure you have all the enemies near the ceiling.  Jumping around
             while locking usually works.  Once the door opens, proceed down
             the hall and shoot the 2 guards to open the final gate between
             you and the Bazooka.

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Item: Booster
Location: Mission Street
Requirements: None
 What It Does: One of Tails most useful upgrades, this allows you to hover over
              open spaces to make those long, tough jumps.  This is required
              to finish Mission Street and is also required to finish many of
              the other missions with Tails in the game.
Difficulty: Easy - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Proceed through Mission Street until you come to a large gap in
             the road you can't jump with a line of rings going across.  Turn
	     around, and you should see the powerup behind you.  Be careful
             when getting it as the road will collapse, requiring you to fly
             after you pick it up.  Fly over the large gap to continue on with
             the level.

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Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Hidden Base
Requirements: Bazooka
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Easy - REQUIRED to get 3rd level emblems

How To Get:  Walkthrough the level as you would normally until you come up to
             a very large "lower portion" of the level.  This is right after
             you rise up by a crane type thing and shoot all the bomb throwing
	     monkeys.  From a distance, a graphic error makes it look as if an
	     open passage is on the bottom.  As you get closer you'll notice 4
	     metal boxes blocking the opening.  Shoot these 4 boxes and jump
	     the easy set of gaps to pick up the Mystic Melody.  Once you grab
	     it, play it at the shrine and use the crane to raise yourself
             on the path and to continue the level.

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Item: Bazooka
Location: Eternal Engine
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to break metal boxes.  This is another extremely
              useful upgrade for Tails.  Breaking metal boxes allows you to
              find new paths, shortcuts, and even some animals to raise your
              Chao with.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Continue through the level as normal until you come to a long
             bridge with a switch at the other end.  Under the switch should
             be a locked door and a floating platform between you and the
             door.  There are 2 ways to make it into the locked door that
             contains the Bazooka upgrade.  First, you can walk across the
             bridge and hit the switch being careful not to blow up the path
             in front of you.  If you accidently blow it up, you'll need to
             fall down to the large platform below.  Near the back of this
             platform should be the switch.  Hop onto the platform nearby to
             ascend back up to the now unlocked door to see an upgrade
             surrounded by a ring of rings.

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C. Knuckles
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Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Wild Canyon
Requirements: Shovel Claw
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Easy - REQUIRED to get 3rd level emblems

How To Get:  Make your way up the Thermal Lift type thing (thats just what
             I call it) and head to the left (or right, depending which way
             you are facing).  Fly over to the lonely statue and way above his
             head is a picture.  Dig through the Oval type shape in the center
             to find a secret room with Knuckles Mystic Melody.  Use it on the
             shrine to create a warp that leads you back to the starting room.

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Item: Shovel Claw
Location: Pumpkin Hill
Requirements: None
What It Does: Without a doubt the most useful upgrade for Knuckles, this
              allows you to dig through walls and floors to find some of the
              pieces of the emerald (or keys depending on which level).
              Without this, you won't make it past Pumpkin Hill.
Difficulty: Extremely Easy - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Look straight ahead from you and you will see the Shovel Claw.
             All you need to do is fly or walk across the ledge to get over
             to the "island" and pick up this simple upgrade.

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Item: Air Necklace
Location: Aquatic Mine
Requirements: None
What It Does: Another useful upgrade for our little red echidna is the air
              necklace.  The air necklace allows infinite air while swimming
              underwater.  You'll have a VERY tough time beating the final
              level without this item, so I suggest you pick it up on your
              first time through this level.
Difficulty: Medium-Hard - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for final stage

How To Get:  The first thing you need to do for this upgrade is getting the
             water level lowered.  Walk straight forward at the beginning of
             the level, crawl up that central structure (water powered lift),
             and grab the crane lift to get up to the highest floor.  Find the
             level 3 water switch and hit it to make life a little easier.  Go
             down into the level again and look for a long pipe type
             structure with 2 caution signs plastered near the top of it.  Go
             down the pipe and if you see a spring at the bottom, continue on.
             If theres only an opening and no spring, go to the other side of
             the level (should be kitty cornered) and drop down that one.  Hop
             into a water and now is when the fun begins.  As fast as you can,
             swim through the path.  Soon you'll come to a small room with
             some wooden planks at the bottom.  Quickly and carefully swim
             through them and swim through another pipe.  Now quickly swim
             straight up and hope you dont run out of air.  At the top is a
             small room with the air necklace.

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Item: Hammer Gloves
Location: Death Chamber
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to destroy metal boxes.  Destroying the boxes can
              help you find extra rings, animals, shortcuts, and even upgrades
              for some characters.  These are required to complete the level.
Difficulty: Easy - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  At the beginning of the level, use the hourglass to go through
             the door.  Turn to your right in the hallway to see some crates.
             Break through them and located behind are the Hammer Gloves.
             You can now get through the 2 paths with metal crates in the main
             room and continue on with your hunting quest.

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Item: Sunglasses
Location: Meteor Herd
Requirements: Hammer Gloves
What It Does: Allows you to see hidden pictures and hidden items.  Required to
              get most Hard Mode emblems (5th emblem for each Knuckles level)
              I recommened you pick up this upgrade right away considering it
              is fairly easy to get and comes very useful. Out of all of
              Knuckles upgrades, this one is the coolest.
Difficulty: Medium - REQUIRED for most Hard Mode emblems

How To Get:  There are actually 2 ways to get this upgrade.  I would suggest
             using the way that seems easier for you.  Straight in front of
             you is a circular type platform (located directly under where
             you fight Rouge in the next level) with 6 doors with red slashes
             on them.  Use the nearby meteors by smashing them into the doors
             to find a metal box with a switch.  The door you need has the
             meteor a fairly large distance away.  You can either:
	     A) Get a good start and smash that meteor as hard as you can into
	        the door
             OR you can
             B) Softly tap one of the other meteors around and place it as
                well as you can in front of the door.  Then you can smash it
                into the door.
             Either way, once you open the door, break the box and hit the
             switch.  This will remove the floor from the force-fielded walls
             in front of you.  Fly up and over the force field walls and fall
             down into the newly opened area.  On the bottom platform should
             be located the upgrade.  Pop on the sunglasses by using the Y
	     button to shuffle through your B list.  Then hit B to put them
	     on to see some hidden surprises nearby.

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D. Shadow
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Item: Flame Ring
Location: Radical Highway
Requirements: Air Shoes
What It Does: Since this is the same as Sonic's Flame Ring, I'll just copy
              and paste that definition here. Allows you to break metal boxes
	      allowing you to find more hidden animals and coin boxes.  This
	      is a very useful upgrade.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and may be REQUIRED

How To Get:  Near the beginning of the level, you should see a "staircase
             pyramid" type structure leading up to the highway.  Hop up this
             making sure not to shoot the boxes. After walking a little ways
             you'll come up to a highway path you need to "turn" on.  Instead
	     of going the way the camera goes, go the other way.  You should
             see a roller that you can spin under.  After this should be a
             line of rings going to another highway.  You should know what to
             do here, if not simply do a Light Dash across the way.  Hit the
             spring on the path and hop into the circle to get the Flame Ring
             upgrade.

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Item: Air Shoes
Location: White Jungle
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to use the EXTREMELY useful Light Dash.  The Light
              Dash (also seen in Sonic Adventure) allows you to dash through
	      a line of rings to get over and avoid obstacles under.  This is
	      usually used to access shortcuts and occasionally used to
	      continue on the normal path.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  Go through the level as normal until you get to a long line of
             rings.  Look around on the island you are on to find a wooden
             box.  Open it up and fall down into the hole to land on a lower
             bit of the jungle mountain.  Look around to see the Air Shoes.
             To get out of this area, spin under the wooden wall nearby and
             use the shoes for a light dash across the ring line.

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Item: Ancient Light
Location: Sky Rail
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to use the Light Attack.  The Light Attack allows
              you to attack enemies in a quick row.
Difficulty: Medium-Hard

How To Get:  Not as hard as it seems. Proceed through the level as normal
             until you get to the first rocket.  DO NOT take this rocket, but
             instead homing attack the enemy over to the ledge with the chao
             box.  Walk over and break the chao box.  Tiptoe over to the edge
             and get as close to the mountain as you can.  A row of baddies
             should appear.  Homing attack them and then homing attack the
             final one with the spring to get to the top of the mountain and
             the Ancient Light upgrade.

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Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Final Chase
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium

How To Get:  Continue through the level as normal until you get to the part
             where you are continuously running up gravity pipes and jumping
             onto platforms with those annoying Chaos type guys attacking you.
             At the top of one of those you will be able to see in the
             distance another gravity pipe with an entire electric field
             around at one point.  Jump at the pipe so you land above the
             electric field and then follow up the pipe for a platform and
             the Shadow's Mystic Melody upgrade.

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E. Dr. Eggman
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Item: Laser Blaster
Location: Iron Gate
Requirements: Large Cannon
What It Does: Increases the amount of space and firing radius Eggman has.  You
              can lock on to enemies with double the radius now.  This is
              another useful item when you are attempting for A ranks on the
              levels.
Difficulty: Easy

How To Get:  Continue through the level as normal until you get to the 2nd
             checkpoint.  In front of you should be a hallway blocked by metal
             boxes.  Simply shoot the boxes out and continue through the
             "trashy" hallway to get this upgrade.  See..that wasn't so hard
             now, was it?

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Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Sand Ocean
Requirements: Jet Engine
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Easy - REQUIRED to get 3rd level emblems

How To Get: At the beginning of the level, hop onto the spinning platform
            shortly in front of you.  Wait on the end of it until it comes up
            to the platform on your left.  Jump and hover over and walk down
            the short path to find the Mystic Melody at the end.  Play it at
            the shrine to create a warp and continue on your way.

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Item: Jet Engine
Location: Lost Colony
Requirements: None
What It Does: One of Eggman's most useful upgrades, this allows you to hover
              over open spaces to make those long, tough jumps.  This is
	      required to finish Lost Colony and is also required to finish
	      many of the other missions with Eggman in the game.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  When you get to the large room that appears to be a never ending
             circle and fairly dark, look around until you see a staircase
             made of the unbreakable metal boxes.  It should be the only
             completed staircase that you can actually walk up in this level.
             This will allow you to hover to the other platforms and exit the
             room which is why it is required.

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Item: Large Cannon
Location: Weapons Bed
Requirements: None
What It Does: This is a weapon upgrade for Dr. Eggman that allows him to break
              metal boxes.  Breaking metal boxes in SA2 is extremely helpful
              and required in finishing some missions or finding hidden rings
              and animals.
Difficulty: Easy - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and possibly REQUIRED

How To Get:  Head past the large stock of enemies at the beginning of the
             level and keep an eye out on the left side for 3 doors.  One
             should be open while the other two are closed with dynamite packs.
             Open the center door or the left one with dynamite in it to find
             the upgrade tucked away.  Sometimes Sonic Team can be so sneaky!

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Item: Protective Armor
Location: Cosmic Wall
Requirements: Jet Engine
What It Does: Obviously, the Armor upgrade upgrades your armor allowing you
              to take more hits from the baddies!
Difficulty: Medium

How To Get:  This is a fairly obvious one, but I will still explain it.  After
             the second checkpoint, there will be a free fall coming up.  As
             you fall, look for a platform with a rocket on the left side.
             Land on the platform and launch the rocket to blow up some
             "hidden" crates.  Hover over to the hidden platform located
             directly below the other platform.  It's tough to see but you'll
             need to try to land right between them.  If you can manage that,
             you'll get this upgrade.

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F. Rouge
--------

Item: Mystic Melody
Location: Dry Lagoon
Requirements: Pick Nails
What It Does: Allows you to play a melody in front of certain ancient shrines
              that unveils new paths that usually lead to the lost Chao.
	      These also allow shortcuts occasionally.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to get 3rd level emblems

How To Get: In the starting room, look around for a picture to crawl through.
            It should look like the ones you ran across in Egg Quarters and
            Knuckles' Death Chamber levels.  Anyways, there should be 2
            pictures in the room you start in.  One is uncovered while the
            other is hidden behind some boxes way up on the top.  Find the
            uncovered one which is a little bit lower than the covered one.
            Once you find it, crawl in and grab the Mystic Melody.  Play it
            on the shrine to create a warp and continue on through the level.

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Item: Pick Nails
Location: Egg Quarters
Requirements: None
What It Does: Without a doubt the most useful upgrade for Rouge, this allows
              you to dig through walls and floors to find some of the pieces
	      of the emerald (or keys depending on which level). Without this,
	      you won't make it past Egg Quarters.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium - REQUIRED to finish level

How To Get:  At the start of the level, go forward through the hallway while
             watching out for the beetle robot.  When safe, continue through
             the next room with 2 robot enemies and through another hallway.
             When you get to the room with the rocket, set the rocket off and
             go through the wall it opens up.  Located at the far end of the
             room is the upgrade.  Please be careful as there is a trap in the
             center of the room waiting to crush you if you dont go around it.

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Item: Treasure Scope
Location: Security Hall
Requirements: Iron Boots, Mystic Melody
What It Does: Allows you to see hidden pictures and hidden items.  Required to
              get most Hard Mode emblems (5th emblem for each Knuckles level)
              I recommened you pick up this upgrade as soon as you get the
              Boots and the Melody, because it comes in handy.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium

How To Get: The first thing you'll need to do is get on the Yellow floor which
            I believe is floor B and the center floor.  Anyways, run to the
            end nearest the beginning and you should see a Shrine.  Obviously,
            play the Mystic Melody and a line of platforms will appear walk or
            jump across these into the door and continue to find the Treasure
            Scope.  Put it on by cycling through your B list with the Y button
            and you will see a free life in the corner of the room you found
            it.

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Item: Iron Boots
Location: Mad Space
Requirements: None
What It Does: Allows you to destroy metal boxes.  Destroying the boxes can
              help you find extra rings, animals, shortcuts, and even upgrades
              for some characters.  These are required to complete the level.
Difficulty: Medium-Hard - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

How To Get:  This one is tough to explain, but I'll do the best I can.  Here
             is a short walkthrough on getting it from beginning to end.  At
             the beginning, go to one of the 3 connected platforms with the
             switch.  The switch puts a rocket on a platform above.  Climb up
             and use the rocket to get on a big green asteroid.  Look around
             for a smaller asteroid (still rather large) that looks sort of
             like the moon.  Fly down to it and look in the enclosement in the
             center of the asteroid to find the upgrade.

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5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q: I picked up an upgrade, but when I started my game later, I didn't have it.
   Why don't I have it anymore?
A: You'll need to finish the level or finish some level so the game saves
   before you turn off the game or your upgrades will not save.

If you have any questions, please submit them to <brak2000@hotmail.com>

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6. CONTRIBUTORS/THANKS
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Thanks to Sega for making a wonderful game!

No Thanks to Sega for canning Dreamcast though.

No Thanks to Dogma: Special Edition for pulling me away from this FAQ!

Thanks to everyone at the SA2 board at GameFAQs for being great people and
helping everyone with their problems.

Thanks to Dullone598@aol.com for providing the info on the Flame Ring in my
charts.

Thanks to JoQuo711@aol.com for pointing out a level error.

Thanks to mike@ourdomain.force9.net for Tails submission.  Even though I
didn't use it, I appreciate the help.

Thanks to Brent B for giving me Rogue locations.  Even if I didn't use them
I still highly appreciate the thought of the submissions.

Thanks to Brian B for correcting the small mistake I made in Sonic's Mystic
Melody location.  Indeed the platform is on the left and not on the right.

Also thanks to isv666, Icelight and TapamN for helping me with the Laser
Blaster info for Tails.

Kudos to isv666 also go out for helping me find some of the obvious locations
to refresh my memory.  I guess this makes up for him annoying me while
writing this FAQ.  Thanks man.

Thanks a lot everyone!

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