SPECIAL STAGE GUIDE

To win each of the seven Chaos Emeralds you must complete a Special Stage with the required amount of rings. You can have more than one attempt at each Chaos Emerald as there are numerous Star Posts scattered through out the game which send you to the Special Stages as long as you have 50 rings or more. Be sure to remember that once you have completed a Special Stage your rings go to 0. Try to use all of the Star Post on each level but take note of the time.

Each Time you collect a Chaos Emerald you get 10000 points and points for your rings.

Both Sonic and Tails are playable in the Special Stages. During normal play, that is Sonic and Tails on screen, the second player can control Tails. To improve your chances of collecting the rings in the Special Stage it's recommended that at the options screen you select just Sonic. There is a slight delay time in Tails following Sonic and during the complicated sections Tails often gets hits which takes rings from your combined total. It's not impossible to complete all seven Special Stages with Tails though.

Here are the moves required to obtain all of the Chaos Emeralds. Follow these and you should have little problems in collecting all of them.

EMERALD 1

Target 30

The first set of rings appear in the centre so stay still. The next set appears to the upper right then the following sequence - upper left, upper right, centre, right, upper left. You should be able to get more than 30.

Target 70

Move to the centre for the next batch of rings, then to the centre left as you go around the corner., then to the centre of the lane and then stay there to avoid the mines. More rings appear in the centre and then - centre left, centre left again, as you take the corner, right for two more sets then as you take he next corner, centre right, centre again.

Target 130

The next two sets of rings come from the centre left, avoid or leap over the mines and move down to the centre to collect the next set of rings then the rings appear as follows - centre right, centre, upper right as you go around a corner then centre again.

A shiny blue emerald should be yours!

EMERALD 2

Target 50

You will go around a left bend. Position yourself in the middle of the left lane for the first three sets of rings. As you collect the third set you will go into another bend; ease upto the left for more rings. You will then go through another left bend with more rings in the upper left and the rest as follows - upper right, upper left, upper left again.

Target 100

Move slightly to the left to avoid the mines that appear in the middle of the lane, then drop down to the middle to collect rings to wither side of you. Rings appear all around the tube so you can choose either side. Mines appear to the upper left and right so you must stay in the centre. As you pass move to the left slightly to avoid mines coming down the centre. Then quickly move to the upper left for some rings and follow the line down to the centre slightly across to the right and then back to the centre again. Drift to the upper left and then back to the lower right to avoid the mines.

Target 140

Stay in the middle for the next set of rings, then move over to the left to avoid mines coming down the centre. Move to the upper left to collect rings as you go around a corner and stay here if you can because loads of mines come down the middle. Follow the bends around to the left and right, then move to he middle.

A purple emerald should now be yours!

EMERALD 3

Target 50

The lane will run into a left bend and the first rings appear as you are in it. The second and thirds sets are in the middle of the lane and you then have to jump over a set of mines. Rings appear in the middle of the lane, followed by mines, rings, mines again then rings again. Move upper rights for rings, then avoid mines there. Rings appear upper left followed by mines then avoid mines to the lower left. Collect rings arching to the upper right, the keep away from the mines to the lower right.

The sequence goes as follows: rings arc to the upper right, mines to the lower left, rings to the lower left arching to the upper right, mines to the lower right, then rings to the lower right, mines arching to the upper rights and then left, rings arching to the right and then left.

Target 110

You will go round a bend to the left to find rings in the centre of the lane and mines to the upper left arching down to the centre. You then enter another bend and rings run through the centre with mines to the upper left arcing through to the upper right - be sure to jump over them. Rings appear in the centre again with mines arcing through from the upper left to the upper right: jump over them. You go round a bend to the left and masses of mines appear form the upper left and right. Avoid mines to the upper left and right. You will find rings in the centre of the lane as you go around a bend to the right, more mines to the upper right and left then rings in the centre again. As you come out of the bend to your right you will bee a full circle of mines and you must quickly jump through the centre of the ring.

Target 160

Stay in the middle of the lane and you will see masses of rings in the centre. Go around a bend to the left and as you come out jump through the middle of a full circle of mines. The lanes goes up and down with rings arcing from the bottom right to top right, then down and you have to jump through another ring of mines. Rings arc from the bottom right again and as you go down the lane jump through another ring of mines. As you land move to the left of the lane and pick up the rings as they arc from bottom left to upper left.

At the top left jump quickly to avoid another full circle of mines, then go to the lower right and collect rings arcing low left to high left. Mines will appear top left and arc down to lower right.

A red emerald should now be yours!

EMERALD 4

Target 40

Rings appear in the centre of the lane, then to the upper left. You will go around a bend to the right and rings appear in the middle of the lane. The lane will go up and then down and bear to the left, and rings appear to the upper right, then mines in the middle of the lane. You'll find more rings in the middle, then the lane will bear to the right with rings to the upper left.

The lane goes down and you will have to jump through a circle of mines, then avoid an almost complete ring by staying in the middle of the lane. You will go round a bend to the right with rings appearing to the upper left.

Target 110

An almost complete ring of mines appears so remain in the centre of the lane. Rings appear to the upper right quickly followed by another almost complete ring of mines. The lane bears round to the rights with rings in the upper left corner, then dips down and another ring of mines appears - stay in the lower left corner or leap through it. The lane then goes to the right with rings to the lower left. Mines appear in the middle of the lane so collect the rings to the upper right. Rings appear upper left in the left-hand bend; avoid mines in the middle. More mines appear in the centre of the lane, rings to the upper right, then upper left, then upper right again, with mines in the middle and sides as you go. the lane will dip down with mines in the middle, jump to the left and then to the right for rings.

Target 150

The lane bends to the right and then you'll see mines in the centre of the lane with rings in the centre after them followed by more mines. The lane bends to the left. Go upper right for rings, then the lane goes up and to the left with mines in the centre of the lane. As you go round the bend, get the rings to the upper right, then avoid mines in the middle and the lane bends to the left. There are rings to the upper right, then the lane goes down with rings in the middle of the lane and bends to the right this time with mines in the middle. Collect rings in the lower left, then jump through a ring of mines and stay in the lower left corner. The lane bends to the left and there are masses of rings in the middle of the lane.

A pink Chaos Emerald should now be yours!

EMERALD 5

Target 50

The lane bends to the left and rings appear in the centre. The rings appear to the upper right and left, then directly over your head on the ceiling. Go to the middle of the lane as their are mines to the upper right and left, followed by more mines to the upper right and left again. There are rings in the centre of the lane followed by mines. Then the sequence is as follows: rings appear to the upper right and left, mines in the centre, rings to the upper left and the lane bends to the right, with rings in the centre. The lane then dips down with more rings in the middle then it bends to the right with mines in the centre, then it up then down and rings appear to the upper right and then in the centre. The lane goes down, then bends to the left with rings to the lower right.

You should now get a thumbs up for hitting 50 rings and you are given the next ring target of 90.

Target 90

Rings appear in the centre of the lane, in the centre again, then arcing to the left and right at the same time in crossed loops. Watch out for mines in the centre. The lane then bends to the right with rings to the upper left and mines in the middle, the it bends to the left with ring to the lower right, Mines appear in the centre, the rings to the upper left as the lane bends to the right.

You should get a thumbs up for hitting 90 and given the final target of 160 rings.

Target 160

Rings appear in the centre, then mines in the centre, the rings again. The lane bends to the left with rings to the upper right, the rings in the centre, then rings to the upper left as it bends to the right. The lane bends down and there are there are more rings in the middle then it bends to the left with rings to the upper right. The lane it bends down with rings in the centre, then to the right with rings to the upper left. Rings appear in the centre, then there’s a left-hand bend with rings to the upper right, then rings on the ceiling, rings on the ceiling again, then rings arcing in crossed loops to the left and right. You should have 160 rings and will be given the yellow Chaos Emerald.

For the sixth and seventh emeralds the pace quickens and you will zoom along the track so sharpen your reflexes! Because it all happens so fast, the instructions for these two emeralds just give you the sequence in which the rings and mines appear - you won’t have the time to notice anything else.

EMERALD 6

Target 80

The track bears to the right. Rings are in the middle, with mines either side, then rings in the middle again. Then the sequence is as follows: rings upper left, upper right, in the middle, upper left, mines upper right. The road dips down, and you will find rings to the upper right, mines upper left, rings upper right, mines upper left, mines upper right, upper left, rings arcing upper left and right between mines, then a ring of mines to jump through and rings in the middle. Now you’re ready for the target of 140.

Target 140

Mines in the middle, rings upper right, mines in the middle, rings upper left, mines in the middle. rings upper left, rings arcing left and right, a ring to jump through, mines in the middle, rings upper left, mines upper right, rings upper right, mines upper left, rings upper right. Next target of 210 is for the Emerald.

Target 210

Rings in the middle, then the lane bends right and the sequence is as follows: mines in the middle, rings in the middle, rings upper left and right, ring to jump through, rings in the middle, ring to jump through, rings immediately after, ring to jump through, rings upper right, ring to jump through, rings upper left, ring to jump through, rings in middle, ring to jump through, rings in middle, go around a bend, ring to jump through, rings in middle, ring to jump through.

You should have hit 210 rings and be given the Green Emerald.

EMERALD 7

Target 100

There’s a bend to the right, the following sequence: rings in middle, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper right, upper left, upper left, upper right, upper right, upper left, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left. Next target is 150

Target 150

The sequence is as follows: rings upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper left, upper left, upper left, upper left, upper right, upper left, upper right.

You should get the thumbs up and go on to your next target for the Emerald.

Target 190

Scattered rings, scattered mines, ring of mines, scattered rings, scattered mines, scattered rings.

You will hit 190 and be given the Grey Emerald - the seventh and last one.

Back in the normal game, collect 50 rings and jump. Sonic will then become Super Sonic.

This guide was ripped from the Sonic 2 Solid Gold Guide

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