The Chao Attack (チャオアタック,Chaoatakku?), also called the Cheese Attack, is the signature move of Cream the Rabbit and Cheese, and is Cream's primary form of offense. It first appeared in Sonic Advance 2 and it appears in most games Cream and Cheese are playable in. It is a move where the user orders Cheese to attack enemies from afar.
Sonic Advance 2
Making its first appearance in Sonic Advance 2, Cream is the only character to use this move. To perform Chao Attack in gameplay, the player presses . This can be done either on the ground or while in mid-air. Cream points forward, commanding Cheese to quickly turn around and back, charges towards the enemy at a moderate speed and destroys/damage the enemy. This attack can easily defeat the bosses of this game.
The Chao Attack appeared again in Sonic Heroes where it is called the Cheese Attack. In this game, the Cheese Attack serve as the Fly Formation and the Solo Attack for Team Rose. When using the Cheese Attack, Cream sends Cheese into enemies and destroys them on contact, unlike other Solo Attacks for the Fly Formation which only stuns the enemies, though this attack is the slowest of them all. It is also very useful during Battles and boss battles against other teams, capable of knocking the opposing team off the platform.
To use the Cheese Attack in gameplay, the player has to press // when Cream is without her teammates.
Sonic Advance 3
Chao Attack returns in Sonic Advance 3 and it is performed in the exact way as it was in Sonic Advance 2. Cream's Tag Action transforms Cheese into a Chao version of her partner and allows them to use the Chao Attack for a limited time.
A similar move can also be performed by Cream and Cheese when partnered with Sonic the Hedgehog is called the Chao Ball Attack, where Cheese is launched forward in a blue aura instead of homing onto nearby enemies. When Cream is at Boost Mode (she must be partnered with Sonic to enable this), Cream can perform this attack without interrupting her speed, allowing her to remain at Boost Mode. While partnered with Amy, Cream can only perform Chao Attack while in mid-air due to her ground attack being using her Piko Piko Hammer to attack.
The Step Attack (ステップアタック,Suteppuatakku?) is basically the Chao Attack performed at high speeds. It is a move used only by Cream the Rabbit and Cheese. It has so far only appeared in Sonic Advance 2.
In order to perform the Step Attack, Cream must perform the Chao Attack while in Boost Mode. The resulting speed from the Boost Mode will then transform the Chao Attack into the Step Attack.
When using the Step Attack, Cream will take a long stride forward, while Cheese circles around her as a shield at high speeds and as a result, it will destroy or damage any enemies Cheese makes contact with. Most importantly though, the Step Attack allows Cream to maintain the speed she is running at and remain in Boost Mode, unlike the normal Chao Attack which would make her slow down.
In other media
In the Sonic X anime, Cream and Cheese, though rarely participating in any fighting, have used the Chao Attack. It first appeared when Emerl went on a rampage and appeared unstoppable due to his ability to copy others' moves. By using multi-attacks with Cheese however, the Chao Attack included, Cream was able to defeat Emerl since he could not copy two skills at once.
Cream and Cheese have also developed a Spin Attack variant of the Chao Attack. When using this attack, Cream throws Cheese as he dashes towards enemies in ball form.
In Sonic Advance 2, the Chao Attack can be used to collect Special Rings.
Cheese is able to attack armored and spiky foes with little effort and has never been injured by attempting this attack.