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Here I 'mostly' explain how second evolution works, and the mechanics behind stat influence.
I'm not too familiar with making videos like this, but hey, I'm learning. Feedback is welcome.
EXTRA INFO STUFF:
Upon editing through this video, I found myself not explaining things as well as I anticipated, so below are some extra comments if anyone's still clueless what I was rambling on about:
0:10 - Correction on Happiness: You need a value of 80 happiness in SA2/SA2B, or a value of 50 happiness in SA1/SADX in order for a Chao to reincarnate.
1:21 - May want to add, mating works in its own separate little variable which gradually increases when a Chao is present in the garden.
3:46 - 4:00: Absence of any significant stat influence usually results into the Chao being None type, this also happens if all stats are equally balanced. While I did throw in a few examples, these aren't the full list, any second evolution None type are also examples of this (e.g. Neutral/Power/None, Dark/Run/None, etc)
4:05 - Points, levels, rankings all work separately from stat influence and do not contribute to it in any way. Stat influence is a hidden value not seen by a Chao's profile when you pick it up, but you can guestimate how much stat influence is present by the appearance of your Chao.
5:46 - diagram isn't to scale, and serves the purpose as a visual reference
6:44 - 6:53: The whole 40 chaos drives and 20 animals rule seem to be different for baby Chao in comparison to adult Chao, I wasn't aware of this until when I was close to finishing the video and didn't want to redo the recording. These numbers provided in this video are relevant to adult Chao, for baby Chao only half as much is required to fully maximise stat influence (so 10 animals or 20 drives are required)
handy-dandy links about second evolution and other stuff mentioned in this video:
Videos (containing full version of each example):
Hero/Fly/Fly to Hero/Fly/Swim- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17_F2Og3uuw
Neutral/Power/Power to Neutral/Power/Run- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yACQ7cbkow
Hero/Run/Run to Hero/Run/Fly- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUltyKYIyfI
Neutral/Swim/Fly to Neutral/Swim/Power- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q8SNplrSpI
Frequent or interesting questions:
Q: Does second evolution apply to Chaos Chao?
A: No, since Chaos Chao do not alter their appearance (changing body shape and colour), stat influence wouldn't play a part for any Chaos Chao.
Q: How do you improve Stamina stat grades?
A: By making the Chao evolve as a None type for its first evolution
Q: Does second evolution improve stat grades, just like first evolution?
A: No, it doesn't
Q: Do grades improve from a Chao's second evolution?
A: No, unfortunately. Only first evolution impacts stat grades.
Q: Can Stat Influence be seen in the Chao's stats?
A: Not really, since Stat Influence is invisible, you can only really gauge it by the Chao's appearance
Q: How long does it take for a baby Chao to evolve?
A: About 1-2 hours, depending how much stamina it has. A Chao's adult life typically goes for 15-20 hours