Sonic Adventure 2
Pumpkin Hill is the second stage for Knuckles, and is only playable as him in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. This is a treasure-hunting stage that uses the song "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup". The time frame of this stage occurs in twilight.
The goal of this stage is to find three Master Emerald shards. This place is a level with a Halloween-like theme. Standby rockets allow the player to travel through the level with ease, though gliding is a simplistic method of navigation as well. There are many pumpkins and ghosts that appear with no warning to surprise the player. King Boom Boo's Boos make their first appearance in this level. G.U.N. robots also appear to attack the player throughout the level, ensuring that the player is not successful in their mission.
An interesting piece of trivia is that this is the only stage to not have a gold beetle at all in the GameCube and HD version. In the original Dreamcast version, it is found just off the ledge with the middle switch on ghost train mountain.
Pumpkin Hill has three major areas:
- Pumpkin Mountain: An area dominated by various types of pumpkin and fire-breathing mechanized skulls. There is a Ancient Ruin at the summit that opens up a new area.
- Church Mountain: A mountain with a blue and lilac church at the summit. It has many tombstones in front of it, mimicking a cemetery. A dangerous Boo can be found there and it will follow the player in order to inflict damage.
- Ghost Train Mountain: A mountain with a turntable directing a Ghost Train. It leads to a Pumpkin Head Mountain with a trail of Ring Balloons. The area features many different trains on top of a hill with many rails and even a turn table. The hill also has a few doors and cages which on of them has Big the Cat in it for unknown reasons.
Level Up Item
Knuckles obtains an Level Up Item in this level; the Shovel Claw. This Level Up Item allows him to dig and is necessary for at least one Emerald Shard requires digging. Further levels also need this Level Up Item.
Find the three pieces of the Master Emerald
This mission is simple as Knuckles has to find the Master Emerald pieces around in Pumpkin Hill. Knuckles will need the Shovel Claw that is in plain sight as a Master Emerald piece will, most likely, be hidden underground. Master Emerald pieces can also be found on the three main mountains or on some of the large, hoodoo-like, pumpkin structures around the outside of the stage.
Collect 100 Rings
This mission is very simple now that Knuckles has the Shovel Claw. Knuckles can simply dig underground to find buried rings. Rings are also scattered around the three mountains and the G.U.N. robots and Boos are limited here. Flying through the ring balloons will also help as well.
Find the lost Chao
As always, Knuckles will need the Mystic Melody in order to proceed through the mission. In fact, Knuckles will only need the Mystic Melody for this simple lost Chao mission. Knuckles will need to take the rocket to Pumpkin Mountain and play the Mystic Melody at the Anicent Shrine there. Afterwards, Knuckles can jump up to a portion of the mountain and get to the lost Chao.
Collect the Emerald pieces in 3 minutes
This one isn't too difficult as, despite it's size, Pumpkin Hill is pretty easy to navigate through if one learns the layout. Knuckles may need to use a hint computer or two if he has trouble finding some Emerald pieces.
Complete Hard Mode
Hard mode requires two Level Up Items: Sunglasses and Shovel Claws. The stage has many more Boos including the Boom Boos which float around the rockets and tombstones. The Emerald Shards in this mode are located in the following fixed places:
- Glide to Ghost Train Mountain and reach the turntable. From there, climb straight down the side of the mountain in the direction the back end of the train is facing. When the player comes to the chimney pipe, turn the camera. From there, the first Emerald Shard can be seen floating above a mechanism swinging spiked balls. Glide over and grab it.
- The next Emerald Shard is located near the bottom of Pumpkin Mountain. On the side of the mountain that faces away from the center of the stage, there is a platform where the player can find two skulls breathing fire. The Emerald Shard can be found in the wall where the skulls' flames meet. Simply wait for the flames to stop, and dig in.
- To find the last Emerald Shard, head to Church Mountain. Climb up to the tip of the steeple and try to balance on top of it by just barely tapping the Control Stick. At the top, put the Sunglasses on, and a Spring should appear beneath Knuckles to launch him into the air. At the height of the Spring's launch, glide straight forward to grab the Emerald Shard.
Big the Cat sighting
Inside one of Ghost Train Mountain's cages is Big the Cat.
Chao Container locations
- Halfway up Pumpkin Mountain, the first Chao Container can be found stacked together with a Wooden Container on a ledge that sits at the same height as the local ghost train.
- On Ghost Train Mountain, the second Chao Container can be found on a platform behind the ghost pumpkin pillar. This platform is located at the end of the balloon trail which can seen from the top of the mountain.
- Glide from the top of the column where the second Chao Container is found and head toward the center of the stage which lies between all three mountains. Here, the player should see a platform about halfway up, almost directly in the center, where the final Chao Container is.
In other media
- Shadow has his own version of this level called Sky Rail, which takes place during the day. This happens with stages such as Final Rush and Final Chase, Sand Ocean and Hidden Base, and Death Chamber and Egg Quarters, but those have the same gameplay style. Pumpkin Hill and Sky Rail have different gameplay styles, making it a unique pair.
- An arcade video game called Sonic Ghost Shooting takes elements from this stage into the said arcade game.