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Not to be confused with Dark Oak from Sonic X.

The Black Oaks (ブラックオーク Burakkuōku?) are enemies that appear in Shadow the Hedgehog. They are giant Black Arms soldiers with enormous strength.


Black Oaks are muscular versions of the Black Warriors. They have a nasty dark green skin, with red color starts from the humerus to the end of their hands, and from the ankles to their feet. They also have sharp claws on both hands and feet.


The Black Oaks appear in a majority of the later levels, the first being Central City. However, statues of them appear in Glyphic Canyon and Sky Troops and hide Black Swords.

Black Oaks are incredibly tough opponents, taking about twelve Homing Attacks to destroy just one of them. In gameplay, they will occasionally drop into the player's path through Warp Hole-like points or Black Arms Gunships.

The Black Oaks are usually equipped with one of several types of weapons to use against the player, such as long-ranged firearms to attack the player from away, or short-ranged swords which they use swiftly but also leave them open to attacks. Their exclusive Dark Hammers also lets them block attacks. Upon defeating an armed Black Oak, the player can pick up their weapon and use it themselves. The weapons used by the Black Oaks include:


Black Oaks are mindless beasts that do what Black Doom say without hesitation, acting as no more than extension of his will. They will pushing themselves into any kind of battles, even at the risk of their own lives.

Powers and abilities

According to Doom's Eye, the Black Oaks are "heralded for their pure strength", being capable of breaking and swatting away cars with ease, and has high endurance and durability to match it. They are also proficient at using a variety of weapons

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Black Oak (Archie)
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A Black Oak in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Black Oaks have the same background as their game counterparts. A bunch of them, under Black Death's control, returned for another invasion of Sonic's World, but perished in the resulting battles.



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