Crouch is a reoccurring move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series which first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. It is a technique where the user assumes low stances.


When performing the Crouch, the user assumes a stance by lowering his head. In gameplay, crouching is useful for dodging attacks or obstacles that would otherwise hit the player while standing up. In one instance, it can also be used to pass through narrow spaces which otherwise can only be done with the Slide.

Games appearances

Sonic Unleashed

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The Crouch in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed.

In Sonic Unleashed, the Crouch can only be performed in the daytime Stages as Sonic the Hedgehog. In this game, Sonic falls down on all fours when crouching. Unlike in other games, Sonic can move around when crouching, albeit only by crawling around, thus enabling the player to pass through spaces otherwise only traversable with the Slide. To use Crouch in gameplay, the player has to hold down the following buttons while standing still. Using the control stick while crouching lets Sonic crawl around:

PlayStation 2 Wii (remote) Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
PSSquareButton Wii-Button-Z y Button SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO PSObutton XboxB

Sonic Colors

In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the Crouch is only used by Sonic the Hedgehog. Should the player try to move while crouching, it will induce the Slide. To perform Crouch in gameplay, the player has to press the following buttons while standing still:

Wii Remote with Nunchunk Wii Remote Sideways Classic Style GameCube Controller
Wii-Button-Z WiiB x Button Gamecube X Button

Sonic Generations

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Sonic using the Crouch in Sonic Generations.

In the Console/PC version of Sonic Generations, Crouch is only useable to Modern Sonic and have the same mechanics as they had in Sonic Colors. To use it in gameplay, the player must press XboxB/PSObutton while standing still.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the Crouch is usable to Sonic the Hedgehog and the Avatar. To perform it in gameplay, the player has to press Switch a/PSObutton/B button while the playable character stands still.

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