The Crouch[1] is a recurring move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique used to gain more speed while grinding.


When performing the Crouch, the user assumes a lower position while grinding along a Grind Rail to gain a small boost of speed. How this position is assumed differs between games. In gameplay, the Crouch is useful for maximizing the player's grinding speed when their acceleration starts to falter at any time while using a Grind Rail.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

Appearing alongside grinding in Sonic Adventure 2, Crouching is used exclusively by Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. In this game, the user will simply assume a lower position which causes a small jet stream to form in front of the user.

In gameplay, Crouch lets the player Grind Step at a faster rate. It is also necessary for grinding along looped and vertical Grind Rails. Using Crouch when crossing a quirk while riding on a downward Grind Rail, however, causes the playable characters to lose balance, putting them at risk of falling off the Grind Rail. In addition, not all characters will achieve the same rate of speed from Crouching: in Multiplayer mode, Shadow has a slight speed advantage over Sonic when using Crouch, while Metal Sonic is the fastest of them all while using this move. To use Crouch in gameplay, the player has to press DreamcastB/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO while grinding.

Sonic Heroes

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Sonic crouching in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, Crouching was significantly changed. In this game, characters will start their Crouch by doing a 180° spin on top of the Grind Rail, either turning to face left from a right-facing position or turning around to have their backs in the direction the character is moving.

In gameplay, the Crouch can be performed repeatedly by pressing PSSquareButton/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/XboxX. Holding PSSquareButton/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/XboxX will still maintain the Crouch position and allow for faster Grind Rail travel for a significant time. Fly Formation characters have a unique version of the Crouch: they will lean forward with the bottom character (which they hold onto) on the Grind Rail and use their flight to accelerate along the rail.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow is the only character that can use Crouch. In this game, the 180° spin from Sonic Heroes now has a hop above the Grind Rail added to it. However, the Crouch position is only assumed until the player presses the action button again, and does not need to be actively maintained. Staying in this position no longer has any effect on grinding speed. To use the Crouch in gameplay, the player has to press Gamecube X Button/PSObutton/XboxB

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Crouch (2006)

Shadow crouching upon a rail in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the Crouch works nearly the same as how it functioned in Shadow the Hedgehog, although Sonic, Shadow and Blaze will just rotate 180° above the rail while grinding.

In this game, the player can only use Crouch repeatedly after a specific amount of time has passed, in addition to the severe lack of boost it gives to the player. Additionally, although Silver can grind in the Multiplayer mode of the game, he cannot Crouch properly. To use Crouch in gameplay, the player must press XboxX/PSSquareButton while grinding.


  1. Sonic Adventure 2 (2012), "How to Play" pg. 8: While grinding, press Jump to jump, Action to crouch (speed up), and use the left stick/Movement keys to balance yourself.

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