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Pumpkin Hill
Sixth hero storyline level, Sonic Adventure 2
Level theme: spooky/supernatural
Secondary level theme: mountain/canyon
Mission 1: Find 3 pieces of the Master Emerald!
  • A-Rank: 12,000 points
  • Total rings: 154
Mission 2: Collect 100 rings!
  • A-Rank: 3:00
Mission 3: Find the lost Chao!
  • A-Rank: 1:00
Mission 4: Collect the Emerald pieces in 3 minutes!
  • A-Rank: 13,000 points
Mission 5: Clear Hard Mode!
  • A-Rank: 16,000 points
  • Total rings: 89
Green Forest | Mission Street

Pumpkin Hill is the sixth stage in the Hero storyline of Sonic Adventure 2 and the second playable as Knuckles. It represents attempt to find Master Emerald pieces that were scattered after he smashed it.

Plot

After finding every Master Emerald shards on the Wild Canyon area, Knuckles sets off to the rural canyon regions nearby, after feeling a weak signal from the Master Emerald from this place.

Level layout

Appearance

Pumpkin Hill is a Halloween themed level, with ghosts, ghost trains, and more Pumpkins than the Green Goblin can shake a batglider at. It is a whimsical stage that includes some elements from Mushroom Hill Zone and various "spooky levels" from platformer games.

The major gimmicks of this level are the ghosts that make their first appearance in the game, a train that change its trajectory due to switches and rockets that provide a quick way to travel from section to section. Although the level is set above a bottomless pit, Knuckles won’t die if he falls, instead floating atop an updraft.

Other level specific objects are tall pillars with a pumpkin shape on top, called pumpkin ghost hills, pumpkins in all shapes and sizes that jiggle if punched, small houses and metal containers that can be destroyed, stone graves, tree stumps with scary faces on them, chimneys, scarecrows and pointed fences.

Level sections

Pumpkin Hill is divided into three major sections.

Knuckles will start the level in a small platform part of a large cluster of platforms and tight catwalks. The Shovel Claw upgrade is in a platform in his front. To the left of the upgrade platform a rocket will take him to Church Mountain, to the right a rocket surrounded by fences with skulls impaled will take him to Ghost Train Mountain, and going all the way backwards from where Knuckles came, a rocket surrounded by pumpkins will take him to Pumpkin Mountain.

The first section, Church Mountain, is a steep hill with a medium sized platform at the bottom, with a spring that launches Knuckles to the top of the hill, short ledges all the way up the mountain and a train circling its midsection. At the top stands a graveyard with a chapel to the side as well, along with a rocket that will lead to Pumpkin Mountain.

The second section, Ghost Train Mountain is the lowest of the three hill yet the most expanded and the one with the most gimmicks as well, with a train that switches locations. The main part of this section is composed of a central platform, called Ghost Train Turntable, where the train always starts before switching locations. There are three switches and therefore, three locations and movements the train can have. The default switch is the lowest one, which makes the train go back in forth in the turntable. The middle switch will make the train disappear to the lowest of the platforms and circle there, where two rotating spikes are as well. The third switch is the highest one, which will make the train go around the circle tracks directly below it. From the second switch mountain there's a system of platforms that branches to the middle of the three mountains, with a rocket with pumpkins surrounding will lead to Pumpkin Mountain.

The third section, Pumpkin Mountain is the highest hill, with close to nothing towards the bottom. Halfway up the mountain, there’s another train circling in the air, and right at the top there's a set of three round platforms, with pumpkins and scarecrows, which is called Pumpkin field, where a Mystic Melody is. Activated will make a trail of platforms appear, leading to a set of suspended platforms above.

Besides these, there are several pillars with giant pumpkin heads on top in the outskirts of the mountains, all of them with different expressions.

Hard Mode

The only significant difference in Hard Mode is on Pumpkin Mountain, where the Mystic Melody won't generate any platforms but an extra life. The suspended platforms still exist but are unreachable by conventional means.

Other Versions

Pumpkin Hill shares its setting and level objects with Shadow's Sky Rail, including some landscapes like Church Mountain and Pumpkin Field. It's of no wonder, since both stages are located at the same mountainous area. Unlike Pumpkin Hill, which takes place at sunset, Sky Rail takes place during the day.

Enemies

Type Series Models
Normal Mode Hard Mode
GUN military force Beetle series Gold Beetle
Hawk series Gun Hawk
Rhino series Rhino Cannon
Ghosts Boo Boo, Boom Boo

Locations

Animals

Animal Quantity Location
Bat.png 2 Pumpkin mountain: In a metal ledge by the platform with train tracks on it.
Church mountain: In a cage that needs to be bust open, in a platform halfway up.
Boar.png 1 Ghost train mountain: By the rotating spikes of the lowest platform.
Cheetah.png 1 Pumpkin mountain: In the middle level of the Pumpkin field, between a monitor and a scarecrow close together.
Skeleton dog.png 2 Church mountain: Between some graves in the graveyard.
Ghost Train Mountain: By whistling close to the blocked tunnel on the right of the Ghost Train Turntable (sometimes gets stuck halfway down, but jumping will get it).
Random 5 In the platform with a rocket that leads to Pumpkin mountain, inside a small pumpkin Knuckles can pick up.
Church mountain: In a pipe located in the platform with train tracks on it.
Ghost train mountain: In two wooden containers stacked together, in the lowest platform of the hill with the highest switch.
Ghost train mountain: Inside a skull Knuckles can pick up, which is in turn inside a shed in a middle platform of the hill with the highest switch.
Pumpkin mountain: In the lower level of Pumpkin field, inside a small pumpkin Knuckles can pick up.
Halffish.png Level specific animal

Big the Cat

On Ghost Train Mountain, jump down to the Ghost Train Turntable. The left track leads back to a blocked-off tunnel and behind the bars is Big, waving.

Chao containers

  • Pumpkin Mountain: Halfway up the mountain, stacked together with a wooden container, on a ledge at the same eight as the ghost train.
  • Ghost Train Mountain: In a platform on behind ghost pumpkin pillar, located at the end of the trail of balloons seen from the top of the mountain.
  • Ghost Train Mountain: In a platform system in the middle of the tree mountains.

Gold Beetle

The Gold Beetle can be found close to the end of the empty metallic ledge on the platform where the middle switch is located, on Ghost train mountain.

Lost Chao

On the middle ledge of Pumpkin field there's a Mystic Melody. Activate it and follow the platforms that appear at the top of the mountain until the end.

Alternate route: No upgrades required.

Take the rocket to the top of Church Mountain. From there, take the rocket to Pumpkin Mountain. Mash the A button, when the rocket reaches the end, glide straight out. You will make it to the Lost Chao's area without needing to use the Mystic Melody.

Master Emerald shards

Hard Mode

Emerald shard Hints
#1 Under the mountain?
A rusty steel platform above.
Under the mountain with round tracks.
#2 Lively cheer from the skulls.
In the rocky wall.
A place where the flame crosses.
#3 There is a secret in that church!
Do you have your sunglasses?Try wearing your sunglasses at the top of the Church...
  • The first shard is bellow the first switch hill of Ghost Train mountain, above the axis of the spinning spikes. Climb down to the foot of the mountain and glide from an appropriate height.
  • The second shard is buried above where the skulls are breathing fire, located on the lowest platform of Pumpkin mountain. Dig to get it.
  • The third shard is in the air above Church mountain. Climb to the top of the mountain and use the Sunglasses, to activate a spring and then glide to get it.

Upgrade

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Knuckles' Shovel Claw upgrade can be found in a platform directly north of where Knuckles first starts.

Trivia

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  • At least in the Dreamcast version, the game's counter considers there to be only 10 animals on the level, even though, as listed above, there are actually 11. After the tenth animal, the game will give an extra life and the number will blink red like usual; when the eleventh is subsequently collected, an additional life is awarded and the number ten will blink red again as well.


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