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Millennium Ring FAQ by Dr.Eggman

Version: 1.3+ | Updated: 01/06/01

SONIC ADVENTURE: Millennium Ring FAQ Ver 1.3+  CREATED 29/9/00
--------------------------------------------   UPDATED 6/01/01
For the Sega Dreamcast                         
FAQ by Dr.Eggman (eggman@dr.com)

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Phew! Now on with the FAQ

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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. INTRODUCTION

2. INFO ON THE MILLENNIUM RING
    - How to obtain the millennium ring
    - What the millennium ring does
  
3. WHY FIND ALL THE RINGS?

4. LOCATION OF THE RINGS!

   - ADVENTURE FEILD
   - Station Square
   - ACTION STAGE
   - Sonic the Hedgehog
   - Miles "tails" Prower
   - Knuckles the Echidna
   - Amy Rose
   - Big the Cat
   - E-102 "Y"
   - MINI-GAME
   - Sonic the Hedgehog
   - Miles 'tails' Prower

5. MISCELLANEOUS
   - Attract mode
   - VMU 'trick'
   - Web page summary
   - Knuckles climbing
   - Station Square posters

6. REVISION HISTORY

=======================================================
 1.    INTRODUCTION
=======================================================

Sonic Adventure! (referred to as SA from now on) In my 
opinion one of the best Sonic games ever. It's fast, 
fun and the graphics are amazing! I was really impressed 
with this game, so I set out to write a FAQ about it. 
Unfortunately I was a little late, and missed the boat  
as far as SA FAQ writing was concerned. I found that FAQ's 
had been written on almost every aspect of the game. 
So, as I was trudging back to the drawing board, 
I remembered one part of SA that had not been written 
about at all: The Millennium ring download. While it 
may not look like much, it adds a whole new dimension to 
the game, in much the same way as the Sonic emblems do. 
I was unimpressed with the download at first, but I found 
that once I got into looking for all the rings, it could  
be quite fun! So to quote Sonic "and away we gooo!"

=======================================================
 2.    INFO ON THE MILLENNIUM RING
=======================================================

-------------------------------------------------------
 HOW TO OBTAIN THE MILLENNIUM RING
-------------------------------------------------------

Getting the millennium ring is easy. To obtain it all you need 
to have is an Internet connection for your Dreamcast. This 
should have come with the actual DC console, so consult 
the manual if you are unsure about anything Internet related. 
To get started, put SA in and boot it up. From the title 
screen, select the 'Internet' option and zip over to the 
SA home page. Now go to the 'community' page and select 
'events', then you will be able to download the file from 
the 'special events' category. The download uses 62 blocks
of space on the VMU.

-------------------------------------------------------
 WHAT THE MILLENNIUM RING DOES
-------------------------------------------------------

Okay, so you've downloaded the millennium ring, now what? 
Good question! Choose a character and go to 'Adventure 
mode' (Sonic is probably a good place to start). In Station 
Square (called SS from now on) you will notice that a series of 
Sonic 2000 posters, and a large gold ring now decorate the 
central station. That large gold ring is the first of many. 
Upon examination, the ring will play a song (the little 
tune it plays is the background music of Palmtree Panic zone 
from Sonic CD for the MegaCD/SegaCD). The ring will also 
display a message. In this case the message it displays is 
"Try to find it! It's also in the action stage", but in the 
action stages it displays the message " A happy new year in 
2K! Please support Sonic in 2K." The aim of this little Y2K
ring mini-game is to find all the giant millennium rings 
hidden in the action stages. Some stages have rings that are 
easy to find, some rings are well hidden, and many stages 
even contain multiple millennium rings! 

=======================================================
 3.    WHY FIND ALL THE RINGS?
=======================================================

Good question! At this point in time there has been no reward 
discovered for finding all the millennium rings. If you have 
found any changes to the game or evidence to suggest a reward 
for finding all the rings, please E-mail me! Although you are 
probably thinking "why the hell would I want to find all these 
rings for nothing?" Remember that it does add a lot more to the 
game. Just like the Sonic emblems do, and don't try to tell me you 
didn't at least try to get all 130 emblems!

=======================================================
 4.    LOCATION OF ALL THE RINGS!
=======================================================

The following lists where to find all the rings hidden
throughout the game.

-------------------------------------------------------
 ADVENTURE FEILD
-------------------------------------------------------
 
 -STATION SQUARE
  DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
As stated above, the first ring is located in front of the SS 
central station. This is accessible with any character in the game.

-------------------------------------------------------
 ACTION STAGE
-------------------------------------------------------

  SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 
  ------------------

-EMERALD COAST (Azure blue world)
 DIFFICULTY: EASY
Sonic's first millennium ring is located on the boardwalk at the 
start of the stage, just before the first loop-the-loop. You can't
miss this if you stick to the track.

 -EMERALD COAST (Windy and ripply)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY-NORMAL
Sonic's next millennium ring is not so easy to spot, 
but it not that hard to find. At the start of the 'windy and 
ripply' section (the second part of Emerald coast) when you 
are running behind the two big waterfalls, don't take the 
shortcut with the extra life, up on the cliff. Instead take 
the normal way (the low road) and when you reach the large pool, 
don't jump on the platforms, just dive straight into the 
pool, and you will see the ring floating down the far end.

 -WINDY VALLEY (Windy hill)
  DIFFFICULTY: EASY
This is impossible to miss. It is lying on the ground right 
before the collapsing bride 
(the bridge is just beside the tornado you get sucked into).

 -WINDY VALLEY (Tornado)
  DIFFICULTY: HARD
This is much harder to find, and tougher than any of Sonic's 
previous rings. There are two ways to get to the ring:

The easier way:
---------------
To get to it, follow the tornado up until you get to the 
numbered panels. Jump on all the panels until you get the 
number three panel, don't jump to the next panel. You will
be standing on a wire mesh platform. Walk over to the bottom
right hand corner of the platform, and jump in that direction.
You should land on the platform with the Y2K ring.

The harder way:
---------------
To get to it, follow the tornado up until 
you get to the numbered panels. Jump on all the panels 
until you get to the next bit of stable land (the place with 
the point marker and the trampoline) (If you had a sharp eye 
you would have been able to catch a glimpse of the millennium 
ring on your way up the panels). Now, Instead of jumping on 
the trampoline, turn around and walk back to the edge of the 
platform. You should see a broken piece of bridge hanging over 
the edge of the platform. Stand on top of this broken piece of 
bridge, and then jump of the platform. Hold UP on the analog 
thumb pad as soon as you jump and you should touch the ring on 
the way down. If you have any problems with this, E-mail me!

 -WINDY VALLEY (The air)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY 
After the tough ring that was hidden in the 'Tornado' section 
of Windy Valley, Sonic gets a rest here, as this ring is easy 
to find. Play through the third part of Windy valley until you 
reach the place in which Sonic gets shot up in the air, then 
free falls down to a platform with a point marker on it. While 
free falling, you can see the millennium ring on the platform 
you land on. Once again, this ring is very hard to miss if you 
just stick to the normal route, and remember keep on the look out.

 -CASINOPOLIS (Dilapidated way)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL
Finding this ring isn't too tough.
To get to the sewer area where the ring is hidden, you need 
to play a game of pinball and lose all your balls without 
earning more than 99 rings. If you succeed in doing this, 
you will be dumped into the sewer level of the casino 
(called Dilapidated way). Reach the end of the sewer level 
and you will see the giant ring buried in some trash to the 
right of the last set of spiked balls and chains.

 -ICECAP (Snowy mountain)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
At the very start of the level walk onto the speed ramp to get 
shot outside. Now when you land, simply press down on the 
analog thumb pad, and after a few steps you will come across 
the ring! (check out the ring, it's all frozen over!)

 -ICECAP (Snowboard)
  DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
At the very end of the level (once Sonic has removed the 
snowboard) walk over to the right of the egg-capsule (the 
grey thing you jump on to finish the level) and you will 
see the ring beside a tree and a log that has fallen on the 
ground. Due to the white nature of the level, this ring is 
quite easy to spot. Obtaining this ring is really easy, 
because it is impossible to die during the snowboarding 
sequence.

 -TWINKLE PARK (Pleasure castle)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY-NORMAL
This is another ring that is harder to find than it is to 
reach. The actual ring can be found in bottom of the pool 
located the middle of the of Twinkle park. (This is the 
pool that Big fishes in, when he plays the Twinkle park 
action stage). To find the ring, look in the corner of 
the pool closest to the castle.

 -SPEED HIGHWAY (goin'down)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
After you have run down the sky scraper and smashed through 
the glass, the ring is just beside you in the room where you 
land. You can't miss this.

 -RED MOUNTAIN (symbol of thrill)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL
Just before the section of the level where Tikal tells
you to "move forward by attacking the enemies" you can 
plainly see the ring. I must be sounding like a broken record, 
but... You can't miss it if you follow the path!

 -RED MOUNTAIN (Red hot skull)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL 
For Sonic's second Red Mountain ring, follow the path until you 
come across a large machine, with many cogs etc. Near the machine 
(to the left)is a long row of prison cells that contains three 
inmates (there are two tall inmates, and one short). In front of
their cells is the ring.

 -SKY DECK (Sky deck a GO! GO!)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL
At the start of the level run along the walkway, while avoiding 
the cannons, and climb up the ladder at the end. Now, instead 
of jumping onto the spring, look to the left. See the bladed 
spinners? Good! Now use the homing dash on them to advance 
forward to the next platform. Once you reach the platform your 
reward will be waiting for you!

 -SKY DECK (sub level after the first section)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-(HARD if you suck at this zone)
For Sonic's second Sky deck millennium ring, work through 
the sub-level as normal, listening for the warning siren to 
alert you when to grab on to something. When you reach the 
first horizontal ladder (I think it is the only ladder in 
this sub level) use it to get up on to the red platform, 
now immediately run over to the left. Near the edge of the 
ship you will see the ring. Again, you can E-mail me 
with any problems.

 -SKY DECK (general offensive)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-(HARD if you suck at this zone)
At the end of the level, the millennium ring is in between two of 
the catwalks that you run on to get to the egg-capsule.

 -LOST WORLD (Tricky maze)
  DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
At the beginning of the level, the ring is just in front of the
entrance to the long winding tunnel. If you can't find this I 
suggest giving up on videogames altogether :)

 -LOST WORLD (Danger! Chased by rock!)
  DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
This ring is hidden in the pitch-black room. Here are some 
rough directions on how to get to it: At the start, walk 
forward, light the mirror, move forward and kill or avoid 
the fire badnick, light the mirror at the end of the path,
move forward, jump to the next platform, forward, avoid the 
spikes, move forward, jump to next platform, jump forward 
again, light mirror, kill or avoid another fire badnick, 
forward, light torch. The ring is located to the right of 
the mirror you have just lit. Remember to take you time 
with this level (I lose more lives here than any other 
level in SA!).

 -FINAL EGG (Mechanical resonance)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
After the room full of conveyor belts, look to the right
just before going into the rotating tunnel, and you will 
find the ring stuck to a pillar.

 -FINAL EGG (sub level after the first section)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-MEDIUM
To get to Sonic's second Final Egg millennium ring, take 
the first elevator you come across (just after the swinging 
hammers) down to the next level. Instead of going right, past 
the three spiked balls, down to the point marker, go left 
and turn the corner. You will see the ring in front of three 
item cylinders.

 -FINAL EGG (Crank the heat up!!)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-(EASY when you know how to do it)
Play through the level until you reach the point marker just 
before Gamma's shooting range. Stand in between the point markers
facing the range (you will see a ramp on the other side of the 
room), and rev-up a light speed dash. Just before the dash has 
finished charging, release it and press the analog thumb pad 
FOWARD, along with the jump button. The momentum from the dash 
will cause you to jump all the way over to the ramp on the other 
side. Spin up the ramp on to the ledge, to find the ring sitting 
there, waiting for you!

  MILES "TAILS" PROWER
  -------------------- 

 -WINDY VALLEY (The air)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY 
This is in the same place as Sonic's 2K ring.
Play through the third part of Windy valley until you get to the
part in which Tails gets shot up in the air and free falls down 
to a platform with a point marker on it. While free falling, you 
can see the millennium ring on the platform you land on. Once 
again, this ring is very hard to miss if you just stick to the 
normal route.

 -CASINOPOLIS (Dilapidated way)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Unlike Sonic, Tails starts in the sewer so finding the ring on 
this level is even easier. To get to the ring, simply reach the
end of the sewer level, and you will see the giant ring buried 
in some trash to the right of the last set of spiked balls and 
chains.

 -ICECAP (Snowboard)
  DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
At the very end of the level (once Tails has taken of the 
snowboard) walk over to the right of the egg-capsule, and you 
will see the ring beside a tree and a log that has fallen on the 
ground. Obtaining this ring is really easy, because it is 
impossible to die in the snowboarding segment of the game.

 -SKY DECK (Sky deck a GO! GO!)
  DIFFICULTY: ???
I cannot find a ring anywhere in this level! Any help would be 
greatly appreciated!

 -SPEED HIGHWAY (Speed highway)
  DIFFICULTY: HARD
Follow Tails' normal track until you come across a building
that has a satellite dish tower on both sides, and a rocket 
over to the right hand side. There are also three badnicks as 
well (spiky spinners). In front of this building is a yellow
platform, use it to jump over to a skyscraper, where the 
millennium ring is waiting. Sorry I can't be more descriptive, 
but there are no other land marks in this area. Any problems,
you know what to do!

 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA
 --------------------

 -SPEED HIGHWAY (at dawn)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
At the start of the level, jump into the fountain and let it 
shoot you over to a passage in the building opposite to the 
bell-tower, now all you need to do is turn the corner, and 
the ring is right there!

 -CASINOPOLIS (Main hall)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL
To get this ring, go just outside the vault (the place 
where Sonic stores his rings) and you will se a tilted 
spring. Jump on it, and let it spring you up onto the 
mast of a pirate ship. Now glide down to the stern of 
the ship (the back of the ship) and the ring is yours 
for the taking!

 -RED MOUNTAIN (symbol of thrill)
  DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
Okay, from the start, go forward and glide to the next
ledge (the one with the bridge), then walk across the 
bridge and follow the track down around to a set of springs.
Jump on the springs and let them take you to the next segment 
of the path. Keep following the path and kill or avoid the 
fire badnick. When you come to a rocket (close to a large 
hammer) use it to fly up to a cliff top with a pool of lava 
in the middle. There are two small hills on the left and right
hand sides of the cliff-top, climb up the one to the right and 
the ring is stuck on the wall in between two large hammers.

 -LOST WORLD (Danger! Chased by rock!)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
>From Knuckles' starting position, walk to his right, and climb 
up the wall you come across. Eventually you will get to a 
hole in the wall. Climb into it, and you will see the ring half 
buried in the sand/water.

-SKY DECK (general offensive)
 DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-(MEDIUM if you suck at this zone)
The ring is in the same place as Sonic's (in between two of the 
catwalks that you run on to get to the egg-capsule as Sonic). It 
is quite easy to reach. All you need to do is climb up one of 
the walls on either side of the sky deck, then climb or glide 
over to the ring.

 AMY ROSE
 --------

 -TWINKLE PARK (Pleasure castle)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY-NORMAL
This is another ring that is harder to find than it is to 
reach. The actual ring can be found in bottom of the pool 
located the middle of the of Twinkle park. (This is the 
pool that Big fishes in, when he plays the Twinkle park 
action stage). To find the ring, look in the corner of 
the pool closest to the castle. If you have found Sonic's 
Twinkle park Y2K ring, you will have noticed it is in the
same place.

 -TWINKLE PARK (Mirror rooms)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY-NORMAL
Keep following the path and it is impossible to miss this ring.

 -HOT SHELTER (Bad taste aquarium)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Right above the emergency drainage switch. Another one of those 
impossible to miss rings.

 -HOT SHELTER (Crank the heat up!)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
In the monitor room, where you must put the four blocks in the 
slots to turn the monitor on. The ring is stuck to the monitor.

-FINAL EGG (Mechanical resonance)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Blocking the path to the escape balloon at the end of the level. 
Man, Amy's got it easy!

 BIG THE CAT
 -----------

 -TWINKLE PARK (Pleasure castle)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
This is another ring that is harder to find than it is to reach. 
The actual ring is located in bottom of the pool that Big fishes 
in. To find the ring, look in the corner of the pool closest 
to the castle.

 -ICECAP (Limestone cave)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL-MEDIUM
This is Big's hardest to find millennium ring.
>From the start, take the angled spring up onto the path, then 
follow the path around the until you get to a small pool. Dive 
in the pool, and swim through the underwater passage until you 
resurface. Take the only path over to the frozen lake and break 
the ice using the boulder. Then jump in the water to see the ring
floating to the left had side of the screen.

 -EMERALD COAST(Big fishin')
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Simply walk over to the opposite end of the sand bar you start 
on to find the ring sitting out in the open.
 
 -HOT SHELTER (Bad taste aquarium)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Big's last millennium ring is located in the same place as Amy's
Hot Shelter ring. Look for it right above the emergency drainage 
switch. Yet another one of those impossible to miss rings.

 E-102 "y" (or just Gamma)
 --------

 -FINAL EGG (Mechanical resonance)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL
Although this ring is in the same position as Sonic's second
Y2K ring, the method of reaching it is different. To get to 
the ring, go through the level as normal, until you reach a 
set of two springs. Use the springs to get on to the ledge 
above, then do a 180 degree turn. Now press UP on the D-PAD 
to look at your surroundings, and tap LEFT a few times so you 
can get a good view of the ring (which is on the opposite ledge). 
Now simply jump over to the ring. (The jump is made easier with 
the jet booster power up, but it is not necessary).

 -WINDY VALLEY (Windy hill)
  DIFFFICULTY: NORMAL-HARD
NOTE: You must have the jet booster power up to reach the ring 
in this level. First, it is a good idea to locate the ring, 
so to get a good view of it, walk forward on to the first bridge, 
and press UP on the D-PAD. You should see the ring up ahead 
on top of a pillar. To reach the ring, cross the first and second 
bridges, then when you are at the end of the second bridge, 
walk to the left. You will see a break in the fencing. Jump
off the platform at this break, and you will land on a small ledge 
with a spring and an item cylinder containing speed sneakers. Take 
the sneakers if you want, then jump on the spring. At the peak of
your jump, use the jet booster to glide over to the top of the pillar
where the ring awaits. 

 -EMERALD COAST (Azure blue world)
  DIFFICULTY: EASY
Gamma's third millennium ring is located on the boardwalk at the
start of the stage, just before the first loop-the-loop (which is
boarded of in Gamma's version of the level). You can't miss this if 
you stick to the track. This is located in the same place as Sonic's 
Azure blue world ring.

  -RED MOUNTAIN (Red hot skull)
  DIFFICULTY: NORMAL 
For Gamma's Red Mountain ring, follow the path until the end of
the level, where you can see the millennium ring on a round
platform close to where you fight E-104 "e".

-HOT SHELTER (Red barrage area)
 DIFFICULTY: EASY-NORMAL
You can find this ring on the front of the cargo train that Gamma
has to ride (it's blocking the button you need to press to stop the 
train). You need to get the ring before you stop the train, because 
it will disappear when the train is stopped.

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 MINI GAME
-------------------------------------------------------

 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
 ------------------

-ICECAP (Snowboard)
 DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
At the very end of the level (once Sonic has taken of the 
snowboard) walk over to the right of the egg-capsule and 
you will see the ring beside a tree and a log that has fallen on 
the ground. Obtaining this ring is really easy because it 
is impossible to  die in the snowboard section of the game. 
This is exactly the same as Sonic's action stage version 
of the level.

 MILES "TAILS" PROWER
 --------------------

-ICECAP (Snowboard)
 DIFFICULTY: VERY EASY
At the very end of the level (once Tails has removed the 
snowboard) walk over to the right of the egg-capsule and 
you will see the ring beside a tree and a log that has 
fallen on the ground. This is exactly the same as Tails' 
action stage version of the level.

=======================================================
 5.    MISCELLANEOUS
=======================================================

-In the 'attract mode' (the demo when you leave the game going at the
 title screen) sometimes
 has millennium rings in it (e.g. Big's Emerald coast stage).
 The ring can also be seen in several FMA's (full motion actions), such
 as Sonic's, Knuckles' and Big's intros.

-If you pull your VMU out while playing, all the millennium rings will
 disappear from the adventure fields and action stages.

-The paragraph below is taken from the SA web page, it gives a brief 
 description of the download:
 "Here it is folks the dreaded Y2K! Okay, so it's not really the new 
 millennium, truth is, the  millennium does not officially begin until 
 2001! However, to usher in the three zeros, Sonic Team  presents the 
 millennium download! Enjoy! Sixty-Two (62) Blocks".

-Knuckes can climb up the outside of any Y2K ring (this serves no 
 purpose, though).

-If you examine the posters that appear on the SS central station,
 they give you little messages.
 The following is a list of the messages: 
 
-FAR-LEFT POSTER:
A happy year in 2K
Knuckles digs through 2K

-LEFT POSTER
A happy year in 2K
Tails smiles through 2K

-MIDDLE POSTER
A happy year in 2K
Please support sonic in 2K

-RIGHT POSTER
A happy year in 2K
Sonic runs through 2K

-FAR-RIGHT POSTER
A happy year in 2K
Wish you a good new year

=======================================================
 6.    REVISION HISTORY
=======================================================

- 1.3+ Changed layout slightly

- 1.3 Added the easy way to get Sonic's windy valley
      tornado ring.
 
- 1.2 Added Amy's second Hot Shelter ring
      Added info about Gamma's Hot Shelter ring

- 1.1 Added Kunckles' Speed Highway Y2K ring
      Fixed info on Sonic's first Final Egg ring
      Added info about posters to miscellaneous section
      Fixed loads of spelling and grammatical errors
      Added Knuckles climbing info to miscellaneous section
      Added badnick names
      Corrected web page info
      Added web page summary to miscellaneous section
      Added section on Sonic's second Final Egg ring
      Edited Sonic and Tails snowboard sections for the Mini-Game category

- 1.0 First version, not much to say really!

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