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Crouch is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Unleashed, the Wii version of Sonic Colors and the console/PC version of Sonic Generations. It performs similar to the Slide, which is used to slide through narrow and/or low openings in walls and natural structures.


In order for the player to use this move, he must not be moving, but rather standing still. The player must then press and hold the button used to Slide, but Sonic will duck down on all fours. The player can move about freely while holding the button, but Sonic will crawl on all fours instead of walking.


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Sonic crouching in Sonic Generations.

In earlier Sonic the Hedgehog games, like Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, holding the down on the D-pad while in idle position causes Sonic to crouch. Crouching is useful for dodging attacks or obstacles that would otherwise hit the player while standing up. Unlike Sonic Unleashed, Sonic cannot move around while crouching. Crouch is also featured in platforming games for the Master System and Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, Sonic Advance series, Sonic Rush games and Sonic Generations (Classic Sonic only).

Another variation of this move appears in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations (Modern Sonic only). Pressing the Slide button while standing still will cause Sonic to Crouch, but attempting to move will result in a Slide.

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