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Not to be confused with the move Drift.

Drifting[1] is a recurring game mechanic in the Sonic Storybook series. It is an effect that occurs when making sharp high-speed turns.


The drift is an effect that is activated on its own when the player is running at high speeds and arrives at a sharp turning point. At that moment, the character will skid to slow down and make a sharp turn forward. Oppositely, if the player moves through a drift-able area at low speed, they will just walk through it normally. Depending on the game, this effect can be beneficial to the player.

Game appearances

Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, the drifting mechanic made its first appearance. In gameplay, equipping the "Expert Drift" Skill grants the player the ability to gain extra EXP upon drifting correctly.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Sonic and the Black Knight, the drift made a return. In this game, the player gains a "Drift Bonus" whenever the drift occurs.


  1. Sonic Team (20 February 2007). Sonic and the Secret RingsWiiSega. "Expert Drift Skill description: Gain experience by drifting when approaching a corner."

Sonic and the Black Knight

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