In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Chaos Spear can track down the opponent no matter where, where it will cause damage upon impact and as well impede the opponent's movements. It is performed by Shadow during the final boss battle against him in the hero story. Here, Shadow will perform this technique if Sonic trails too far behind on the runway, but it can be evaded by running forward.
Chaos Spear can also be performed by the player by playing as Shadow in the games' two-player mode. To use it in gameplay, the player must press the Action Button on the ground after collecting 40 Rings. To use it again, the player has to collect another 40 Rings. In two-player mode, Chaos Spear is nearly impossible to avoid, unless the other player is Metal Sonic, who can use his Black Shield to protect himself from this attack. Also, in the Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2, Metal Sonic can use the Chaos Spear in multiplayer as well. Whenever Shadow uses the Chaos Spear, he shouts "Disappear."
Shadow the Hedgehog
In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Chaos Spear can only be used in the final boss battle against Devil Doom. In this iteration, Super Shadow can charge up chaos energy into a large Chaos Spear that is shaped like a lightning bolt in order to wound Devil Doom. If it is released before being charged to its peak, Shadow unleashes a smaller blue lightning bolt called the Chaos Arrow. Despite being somewhat weaker and can only cause minor injuries on Devil Doom, they have the advantage of a faster rate of fire and are good to destroy debris and pop balloons containing Balloon Rings.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Chaos Spear is performed by the player pressing / in mid-air while jumping. Shadow can shoot a Chaos Spear which is capable of paralyzing opponents, and can be charged by holding the buttons down. The technique can be upgraded when Shadow activates the Chaos Boost Level 2 and above, which upgrades the Chaos Spear into the Chaos Lance which can deal damage instead of just paralyzing. Also, another version of the Chaos Spear appears during the battle with Solaris, called the Spear of Light.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
Shadow hurls spears of raw chaos energy that ignore armor.
In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Chaos Spear is one of Shadow's POW moves. When performing Chaos Spear in this game, Shadow walks up in front of the opposing enemies and forms a purple Chaos Spear in each of his hands. He then grabs the Chaos Spears as if they were real spears and throws both of them at the opponents.
In gameplay, the Chaos Spear deals attack damage to a chosen target with two strikes. When it deals damage, Chaos Spear pierces armor. However, if there are more enemies present on the opposing side of the battlefield besides the chosen target, there is a chance that one of the Chaos Spears will hit one of them instead of the chosen target, resulting the chosen only receiving one strike. The higher the level of Chaos Spear is, the more attack damage it will deal.
Quick time event
When performing Chaos Spear in gameplay, the player has to complete a series of Quick time events by performing certain actions on the Touch Screen, in order to execute Chaos Spear optimally:
The player has to touch the inside of three circles in succession when the outer circles overlap the inner circles.
The player has to touch and stay inside the outer circle that appears when it overlaps the inner circle and follow it in a straight line from the upper left corner of the screen to the lower right corner.
Missing or not touching these circles correctly will either result in Shadow missing a strike or the damage from the attack being reduced.
During the mission "Lancelot Returns" in Deep Woods, Lancelot will use Chaos Spears in the fight against Sonic. When he get too far away from the player, he will fire Chaos Spears either from the palm of his hands or in clusters above him.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Shadow will use Chaos Spear during his All-Star move. Shadow will transform into Super Shadow and fly along the track, if you press the ITEM button Super Shadow will launch Chaos Spears on the track that will explode once it hits the ground. The explosion has a blast radius that will take out other racers as long as they're in range.
In Sonic Generations, Shadow uses Chaos Spear several times in the battle against Sonic. He either uses when Sonic falls too far behind, or after gaining two/three Energy Cores. In the latter chase, Shadow releases and embeds several Chaos Spears into the ground that Sonic must avoid by using Quick Step. Afterwards, Shadow performs a larger Chaos Spear, launching it directly at Sonic while shouting "Chaos Control," one that also can be avoided using Quick Step.
The Chaos Arrow is a weaker version of Chaos Spear used only by Super Shadow in his battle against Devil Doom in Shadow the Hedgehog. When using it, Super Shadow shoots small white arrow that can destroy obstacles and deal minor damage to Devil Doom.
The Chaos Lance is an enhanced version of Chaos Spear that Shadow uses when he is in the Chaos Boost state in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). When using it, Shadow throws a red arrow of chaos energy that deals damages as opposed to the Chaos Spear.
The Spear of Light is an upgraded version of Chaos Lance that Super Shadow used in his battle against Solaris in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). When using it, Super Shadow throws nine Chaos Lances at the same time with enough power to damage Solaris and his core.
In the anime series Sonic X, the Chaos Spear is used by Shadow to great effect, allowing him to brush aside powerful, and occasionally physically stronger, opponents with ease. Using it, he has fought off numerous ships, punched holes in the Blue Typhoon and torn off the leg of the X-Tornado, all with minimal effort. In another episode of the series, Super Sonic uses what appeared to be yellow energy bolts, an ability which could possibly be a derivative of Chaos Spear, during a battle with Super Shadow; though it is not confirmed if this truly was Chaos Spear or not, as Sonic never said a word while doing this attack.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Shadow uses the Chaos Spear in the boss battle against him. When using it, Shadow will say "Chaos Spear" and stand up before he unleashes Chaos Spears from his body that will fall to the ground and charge. After charging their power, the Chaos Spears will explode in a powerful red aura that can cause damage to the player.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Chaos Spear is one of Shadow's signature moves. However, unlike their game counterparts, the Chaos Spears are colored green as opposed to yellow and Shadow is able to grab and hold it as it was an actual spear.