For other uses of the term, see Angel Island (disambiguation). For the Zone in Sonic Advance, see Angel Island Zone (Sonic Advance).

Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Angel Island Zone

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Quotation1 Welcome to the Floating Island. Things will really heat up once Dr. Robotnik sets fire to this area of the island. Beware of the Flying Battery blimp. Quotation2
— Instruction manual

Angel Island Zone (エンジェルアイランド Enjeruairando?, lit. "Angel Island") is the first Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (or Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles). The Zone is set in a tropical jungle with waterfalls on the Floating Island.


When playing as Sonic, Angel Island Zone begins with a short introduction sequence. Sonic and Tails discover the Floating Island in their biplane, the Tornado. With the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 still in his possession, Sonic leaps off the plane and becomes Super Sonic, skimming across the sea and onto the island, where he bumps into Knuckles the Echidna and drops the Emeralds. Knuckles steals Sonic's Emeralds before laughing and running off. When playing as Tails or Knuckles, this intro does not play.

Halfway through Act 1, a horde of Flame Crafts appear and set the Zone on fire. This completely changes the background of the level, from its lush peaceful surroundings to an inferno. One of the Flame Crafts returns as a mini-boss at the end of Act 1. In Act 2, a huge warship known as the Flying Battery flies overhead and attempts to kill the player by dropping large bombs. The player must avoid these bombs and outrun the ship until it flies away. When playing as Knuckles, the Flying Battery is not encountered.

After facing Dr. Robotnik in his Flame Craft and opening the Zone's Capsule, Sonic and Tails again encounter Knuckles, who presses a switch that breaks the bridge they were standing on in order to send them falling into the next level of the game, Hydrocity Zone. When playing as Knuckles, he simply jumps off the bridge to enter Hydrocity Zone.

Giant Ring locations

Act 1

  • Instead of going to the right at the first set of vines, go down and to the left. Do a Spin Dash into the wall here to find the Giant Ring.
  • After the Flame Crafts bombard the island, go down into the gap by the springs and then spin dash the left wall. Take the spring, break the top and fall back down and a Giant Ring will pop up.

Act 2

  • At the start of the Sonic/Tails path, slide into the Ring's room.
  • After the switch that lowers the water in the Sonic/Tails path, go down both flipping platform sets. Just keep going until the characters hit the two disappearing platforms. Go into the water and Spin Dash up the right wall while holding right to find the Ring.


Act 1

A Flame Craft is the sub-boss of Angel Island Zone. It is a robot that uses flame jets to hover around. It is equipped with a flamethrower and rocket launchers. It takes six hits to destroy it.

Act 2

The boss for this level is Dr. Robotnik, flying in a modified Egg Mobile also called the Flame Craft. The Flame Craft has two aiming weapons on either side that shoot fireballs across the arena. It takes eight hits to destroy the Flame Craft.





Sonic 3 Music Angel Island Zone Act 102:40

Sonic 3 Music Angel Island Zone Act 1

Act 1

Sonic 3 Music Angel Island Zone Act 202:26

Sonic 3 Music Angel Island Zone Act 2

Act 2

Super Smash Bros02:21

Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Sonic Angel Island Zone (Full)

Sonic Generations Music Target (Angel Island Zone Act 1 Remix)01:06

Sonic Generations Music Target (Angel Island Zone Act 1 Remix)

S&K Collection

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 1" Music "FM Synthesizer"02:12

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 1" Music "FM Synthesizer"

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 2" Music "FM Synthesizer"02:09

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 2" Music "FM Synthesizer"

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 1" Music "General MIDI"02:17

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 1" Music "General MIDI"

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 2" Music "General MIDI"02:11

Sonic 3k PC "Angel Island act 2" Music "General MIDI"


Sonic 3 & Knuckles - Angel Island zone03:54

Sonic 3 & Knuckles - Angel Island zone

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