Sonic inhaling an Air Bubble
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
Giving oxygen whilst underwater
A bubble of air
Air Bubbles are large bubbles of air that allow Sonic to breathe while underwater. First appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog, they appear in every water-based level in every Sonic game. Without using air bubbles underwater, Sonic will eventually drown. It is possible to run through the level at full speed and avoid using them, but this is difficult unless in Sonic Rush or Sonic Rush Adventure, when the player can use Sonic/Blaze Boost. For this reason, air bubbles are usually necessary for Sonic's survival underwater.
Air bubbles are usually found on the ground in various water-themed levels, however the bubbles are too small for the player to inhale so the player has to wait for a large enough air bubble to inhale. In Carnival Night Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, air bubbles can also found by popping balloons whilst underwater. In Sonic Chaos and Sonic Triple Trouble, there are larger air bubbles that can surround the player, making them float slowly to the surface. Whilst in the bubble, the player is impervious to drowning and can move left and right as well as changing the speed of ascent by pressing up or down. The bubble can be popped by jumping out of it, hitting a hazard and, in Sonic Chaos only, colliding with a wall.
If the player does not get an air bubble within 18 seconds, a Countdown sequence will be played. The song played during this sequence is one of the most famous songs in the series.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
- In most 3D Sonic games, air bubbles do not appear. Instead, most of the time, Sonic drowns instantly or loses his Rings when falling in water. He can, however, run across the water at a certain speed and the right angles.
- Early on, the countdown sequence had a zero at the end. This was later scrapped (possibly in Sonic Adventure).