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`The Bounce Attack (バウンドアタック Baundo Atakku?, lit. "Bound Attack"), also known as the Continuous Bound (連続バウンド Renzoku Baundo?), Bound Jump, Bound Attack or simply Bound (バウンド Baundo?) is a move used only by Sonic the Hedgehog. It first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, and has since become once of Sonic's most used techniques. The Bounce Attack allows Sonic to perform a downward attack.


While in a mid-jump or in the air, Sonic curls into his spinball form and Spin Attacks directly downward. Once Sonic hits the ground, he will bounce back up into the air, and can then perform the downward attack again. With each bounce, Sonic will go higher in the air until he reaches a certain altitude.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


Sonic doing Bounce Attack with Water Shield on.

The Bounce Attack first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, in which it is called Continuous Bound. In order for Sonic to use the Bounce Attack, he has to have the Water Shield equipped. To perform the Bounce Jump, the player has to press Genesis A Button, Genesis B Button or Genesis C Button right after doing a Spin Jump. When bouncing back into the air from the Bounce Jump, the player can do the Bounce Jump again by pressing Genesis A Button, Genesis B Button or Genesis C Button again. If the attack is done on top of a Badnik, the player can achieve a vast jumping increase, especially if this is done underwater.

The move reappeared in the following game Sonic & Knuckles and locked-on version, where it functions in the exact same way.

Sonic can jump fairly high without aid, but the Bound Jump gives the hedgehog even more altitude with each repeated bounce. The Bound Jump can also be used offensively. When jumping, press the attack button to slam down on the ground. If jumping above an enemy, Sonic will strike the enemy with extra force. If jumping above a breakable object, such as an ice sheet or a crate, the extra downward force of the Bound Jump shatters the object.

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic has to possess the Bounce Bracelet to perform this move. To perform this move, the player must press the jump button, followed by the action button (DreamcastB/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO). The attack can be done indefinitely. In 2P Battle Mode, Amy Rose is also capable of performing the technique.

Sonic Advance 2

The Bounce Attack first appeared on the handheld in Sonic Advance 2 and is performed by pressing GameboyB while in mid-air or pressing RBUTTONDSSNNdisco while holding down on Controlpadds while launched into the air by gimmicks such as springs, serving as his downward Mid-Air Trick Action. When using it in this game, Sonic stops mid-flight when using the Bounce Attack and leaves after images when used. This can be used to open pathways under Sonic.

Sonic Advance 3

The Bounce Attack returned in Sonic Advance 3 and is performed by holding down on Controlpadds and GameboyB. Sonic can only perform this move when he has Knuckles the Echidna as his partner however.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), this move can be used to deal extra damage to enemies (although, unlike in Sonic Adventure 2, the bounce attack in this game makes Sonic lose all forward momentum). If jumping above a breakable object, such as an ice sheet or a crate, the extra downward force of the Bound Jump shatters the object. Just in Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic has to possess the Bounce Bracelet before he can use the Bounce Attack. In order to perform it, the player to press PSSquareButton/XboxX.

Sonic Generations

The Bounce Attack also appeared in Sonic Generations due to the reappearance of the Bubble Shield, but can only be used by Classic Sonic. Classic Sonic can use this move by double-jumping.

Sonic Lost World

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A Bounce Attack in the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

In both version of Sonic Lost World, the Bounce Attack is one of Sonic the Hedgehog's regular moves.

In the Wii U version of the game, Sonic is limited to only three bounces with this attack, and it creates a small shockwave on the ground. After his third bounce, Sonic jumps out of his spinball form and falls down on his feet. It also deals the same amount of damage as a regular Homing Attack and can only be triggered in areas with no targets or after hitting an enemy, making it hard to perform. To use the Bounce Attack, the player must press Snnwiidsxbuttondisco/Snnwiidsybuttondisco while in mid-air.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Sonic can perform multiple Bounce Attacks, like in earlier games. Here, it is useful against Grabbers and similar enemies.


  • A trick with the bounce attack is a move dubbed a "Super Bounce" where a tremendous amount of vertical distance is possible. To do this, you spin dash into a wall. Upon collision you press A then B in a split time frame. Because a bounce is determined by the velocity of the downward bounce, unnatural speeds cause a giant bounce. This allows the player to do multiple tricks, such as getting back onto the first roadway of City Escape.
  • In Sonic 3 & Knuckles, if the player does a Bounce Attack, the player will be bounced higher than normal.
  • Sonic's bounce attack in Sonic Adventure 2 works in a similar way to the Butt-Bounce ability in the Pac-Man series.
  • The Bounce Attack seems to exist in Shadow's files in Sonic Adventure 2, as it can be playable via recovering or codes without any crashes. However, its mechanics are not completed as it can be used to gain altitude, but cannot deal damage.

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