The Mystic Ruins is an Adventure Field that appears in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. It takes place across the jungle swamplands of the same name, which is the ancient homeland of the Knuckles Clan. The Mystic Ruins can be accessed with a watermill raft/ramp on the Egg Carrier and the train station in Station Square. From this Adventure Field, a number of Action Stages and events can be reached.
The epicenter of Perfect Chaos' attack millennia ago, the Mystic Ruins is all that is left of the Knuckles Clan civilization. In present-day, Angel Island once crashed on the shoreline next to Mystic Ruins; but it floated away again after the Master Emerald was restored. Sonic the Hedgehog and co. also made several trips through this area to halt Chaos' return to power.
Area A - Mystic Ruins Station Area
The Mystic Ruins Station Area (or just Station Area for short) is a large grassy plateau with some buildings and trees. One side leads to a steep cliff into the ocean, and on the other side is a mountain with various caves. A hill is located in the eastern part.
The southeastern corner of the Station Area contains the Mystic Ruins Station/station, a tall wooden building built to serve the archaeological sites, with stairs that lead to a stone bridge where the player can take a train to Station Square. Northeast of there is Windy Cave which contains Windy Valley. Other areas accessible from here are Angel Island/Mystic Ruins Angel Island through West Cave, the Jungle/Mystic Ruins Jungle Area by the means of the Jungle-Bound Trolley Car/Truck, and the East Cave which holds the Chao Garden Bound Trolley Car/Truck to the Mystic Ruins Garden and the Eastern Cave. In Eastern Cave lies another doorway leading to the Shovel Claws and the Monkey Detonation Switch.
Other points of interest are the Boat Dock, a platform below the station, accessed by a ladder, which eventually allows passage to the crashed Egg Carrier in the Sea, and Tails' Workshop/Tails's Work Shop, a small two-story house on a hill. The latter has a long biplane runway with two rows of palm trees leading out into the ocean. The workshop is apparently connected to a cave beneath the house, where Tails works on his Tornado 2. Up north is the Waterfall that feeds a small lake beneath it, which is then drained by a river leading into the ocean. A silver Chao Egg can be found on a ledge in the Waterfall. To obtain this egg, a switch near the Waterfall's base must be pushed. This retracts the ledge and drops the egg into the pool.
Area B - Mystic Ruins Angel Island
Mystic Ruins Angel Island (or just Angel Island for short) lies within the borders of Angel Island. After Angel Island crashes near Mystic Ruins, most characters can access this area through the West Cave in the Station Area. The main area is a long tunnel that leads to a large area where the Master Emerald's shrine can be found.
When playing as Sonic, this area become accessible through a cutscene where the West Cave is blown open. Inside this cave is a wind tunnel (like the one in Windy Cave) that leads to the Station Square Entrance in the West Cave on Angel Island. Along the following tunnel is a frozen doorway, through which the Ice Cave lies, a frozen cave with a lake where the Ice Cap is found. The area outside the tunnel contains the Watch Ape guarding Red Mountain, the Ancient Light, and an old wooden bridge leading to the Emerald Altar/Altar of the Emeralds. The ancient altar is where the Master Emerald reside, but is now broken and worn down due to extreme age. It stands on a small piece of ground which is separated from the rest of the island. Only by flying or using the bridge can the altar be reached. In Tails' storyline, this area is blocked by a doorway.
Area C - Mystic Ruins Jungle Area
The Mystic Ruins Jungle Area (or just Jungle for short) is a maze-like area of lush, thick jungle with many paths through it and several ledges hanging over it. Several archaeologists are lost there, wandering among the trees. As it happened to the archaeologists, the player can easy get lost in this area without the aid of a map.
The Jungle is accessed via the Jungle-Bound Trolley Car in the Station Area and leads to this area's Station Square Entrance on a cliff. The Jungle holds the Pyramid/Ancient ruin which is a large mayan-like shrine that used to be the holy site of the Knuckles Clan, the location of the Final Egg at the northern's cliff's edge, and a cave holding Sand Hill. This area is also the location of a small wooden structure that is Big's House. Also, within the thick jungle lie two alcoves containing two statues which Knuckles must dig up and enter Lost World with.
Mystic Ruins Temple
Set in the past, the Mystic Ruins Temple encompasses a great city where the Knuckles Clan live. The player is brought here by Tikal. Whether this is an illusion or actual time travel is unknown, as characters can talk to the locals and Tails even finds the Rhythm Badge here.
The whole city is surrounded by mountains with the "back" of the city facing the great jungle. The city is Aztec or Mayan in appearance, and in the center lies the pyramid-like Shrine of Knuckles's race, still in its pristine state. The only exit to the city is a cave which leads to the Shrine of the Master Emerald. Before its ruin, this place was ruled by Chief Pachacamac. Sonic is the only one who cannot visit this place.
In the western section of this area lies the Rhythm Badge for Tails.
Shrine of the Master Emerald
Set in the past, the Shrine of the Master Emerald consists of the area outside the Mystic Ruins Temple. The player is brought here by Tikal. Whether this is an illusion or actual time travel is unknown, as characters can talk to the locals.
At the end of the road there lies a great stone bridge (most of this bridge is left over during modern times as part of Angel Island) that leads up to the Altar of the Emeralds. While still just as old, the altar is not in ruin as the altar will be on Angel Island. The seven surrounding pillars hold the Chaos Emeralds with the Master Emerald at its center. The altar also has water flowing from it; whether this is a fountain or something magical is unknown.
During the Chaos incident, a group of archaeologists were sent to Mystic Ruins to seek out the Shrine of Knuckles's race, although it is revealed by talking to one of the group that the first group sent into the jungle had become lost, and plans were being made to send in a second team.
In gameplay, the characters can walk around and enter various Action Stages in the Mystic Ruins. The Mystic Ruins contains six Action Stages, several bosses, and a Chao Garden:
- Final Egg: Eggman's large tower base, where he keeps his Egg Carrier and Egg Viper. This is the base where the first of the E-100 series was created. The base is heavily defended and has three sectors. The first is simple pathways with spinning iron, spike balls and grinding mechanisms. The second drastically changes from the first, being basically a large shaft that leads downwards, three tunnels lead to different levels and at the bottom there are more spinning masses. The last is similar to the first, except for three large rooms containing exploding crabs as well as pitfalls. This Action Stage is playable as Sonic, Amy and Gamma, and can be entered via a long tube in the location of the Final Egg.
- Icecap: A cold, snowy mountain with many caves which contains a frozen lake and a large number of satellites. The second part of Icecap consists of a long hill for snowboarding. The slope is used for skiing. This Action Stage is playable as Sonic, Tails and Big, and can be entered using the ladder in Ice Cave.
- Lost World: An Action Stage set inside the Ancient ruin. It is extremely large, and one part features an underground section that looks nothing like the jungle. The temple also contains various booby traps such as a giant rolling stone ball and gravity panels that move on the wall. The center of the temple contains a mural of Perfect Chaos. This Action Stage is playable as Sonic and Knuckles, and can be entered through the Ancient ruin. Whereas Sonic can enter Lost World directly, Knuckles needs the Gold and Silver Statue to open the Ancient ruins' portal.
- Red Mountain: Another mountain of Angel Island, except this one is volcanic. It is surrounded by smaller mountains–most of them are connected by metal bridges. There is also a large network of underground tunnels and caves which are flooded with lava. This Action Stage is playable as Sonic, Knuckles and Gamma, and can be entered through the gate in the Watch Ape's place, which will only open when the Watch Ape is destroyed.
- Sand Hill: A long desert slope with various ruins which burst from the ground. This Action Stage is playable as Tails only, and can be entered through the Sand Hill cave to the left of the Station Area Entrance in the Mystic Ruins Jungle Area.
- Windy Valley: A windy Action Stage where tornadoes easily form. The second part of the stage consists of floating paths high above the clouds. This Action Stage is playable as Sonic, Tails and E-102 Gamma, and can entered through the updraft in Windy Cave.
- Character conflict: Sonic and Tails battle Knuckles, while Knuckles battles Sonic. This fight is set just in front of the Waterfall.
- Chaos 4: Sonic, Tails and Knuckles fight Chaos powered by four Chaos Emeralds. It is fought in the lake at the Waterfall.
- Egg Hornet: Sonic and Tails fight Dr. Eggman piloting the Egg Hornet. This boss is fought on the field west of Tails' Workshop.
- Mystic Ruins Garden: A Chao Garden on the side of a mountain. There is a lake and several large rocks lying about. The lake is connected to a larger one which is above the Waterfall. It is accessed with the Chao Garden Bound Trolley Car/Truck in East Cave.
- Sky Chase: A mini-game where Sonic and Tails chase the Egg Carrier in their plane, shooting down enemy robots. Sky Chase Act 1 uses the Tornado, while Sky Chase Act 2 uses the upgraded Tornado 2. The Egg Carrier itself is also fought as a boss in Act 2. It can be accessed from Tails' Workshop.
- If the temple in the center of the jungle area is approached from outside its render distance at high enough speed, one can see the stone sphere on the left side transforms into a statue of an Echidna whenever it is loaded. The sphere on the right is broken, so its ability to transform if any is unknown.
- Eggman's Hidden Base in the Jungle Area only spawns for those meant to explore it, meaning it will not appear in Big or Tails' story modes.
- Knuckles is an exception to this rule. Although the entrance to Eggman's base appears due to being part of a cutscene, the entrance door will not open for Knuckles, leaving the base inaccessible.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Adventure Online. Map: Mystic Ruins. Sonic Team. Retrieved on 19 July 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Sonic Adventure Online. Map: Mystic Ruins. Sonic Team. Retrieved on 19 July 2016.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 In-game map of the Mystic Ruins Station Area from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sonic Adventure Online. Map: Mystic Ruins. Sonic Team. Retrieved on 20 July 2016.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 In-game map of the Mystic Ruins Angel Island from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Sonic Adventure Online. Map: Mystic Ruins. Sonic Team. Retrieved on 20 July 2016.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 In-game map of the Mystic Ruins Jungle Area from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- ↑ Stratton, Bryan (17 June 2003). "Knuckles The Echidna's Adventure Fields and Action Stages". Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 76. ISBN 978-0761542865.
- ↑ In-game map of the Mystic Ruins Temple from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- ↑ Stratton, Bryan (17 June 2003). "Knuckles The Echidna's Adventure Fields and Action Stages". Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 77. ISBN 978-0761542865.
- ↑ In-game map of the Shrine of the Master Emerald from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- Mystic Ruins at Sonic Retro