The Drop Dash (ドロップダッシュ Doroppu Dasshu?)[1] is a recurring move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When performing this technique, the user makes a quick dash just after landing.

Concept and creation

According to Christian Whitehead, the Drop Dash was designed with new players in mind.[2]


When performing the Drop Dash, Sonic curls into a ball as he drop down to the ground, upon where he will instantly dash into a Spin Dash in either direction when landing on the ground.[1]

In gameplay, the Drop Dash is charged in midair when initiated. Doing so will cause Sonic to launch into a Spin Dash once he touches the ground.[2] This allows the player to gain instant speed just after a drop or jump from midair. However, the move cannot be performed if Sonic takes damage before landing, or if an elemental Shield is active.

Game apperances

Sonic Mania

The Drop Dash made its first appearance in Sonic Mania as a move used exclusively by Sonic the Hedgehog. If the move is executed by Super Sonic, a mini-earthquake is set off and the boost will be greater. To perform the Drop Dash in gameplay, the player has to execute the following actions. The move will then be initiated upon landing:

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Press and hold PSSquareButton/PSXButton/PSObutton during a jump Press and hold Switch y/Switch a/Switch b during a jump Press and hold X button/A button/B button during a jump Press and hold [A] / [Q] / [S] during a jump

By collecting enough medalions in the Bonus Stage, this move can be replaced with the Super Peel-Out or the Insta-Shield by accessing the Secrets menu when starting a "No Save" game.

Sonic Forces


The Drop Dash in Sonic Forces.

In Sonic Forces, the Drop Dash is a move that is utilized by Classic Sonic. When using it in this game, Classic Sonic gets enveloped in a faint blue aura. To perform the Drop Dash in gameplay, the player has to press and hold Switch b/PSXButton/A button while in mid-air. Classic Super Sonic can also perform this move but unlike Sonic Mania, he does not perform a mini earthquake upon impact with the ground.


  • In Sonic Lost World, it is possible to use a move that is similar to the Drop Dash when the player keeps on jumping while using Spin Dash.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Mania - 25th Anniversary Debut. YouTube. Sega (22 July 2016). Retrieved on 23 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 TWN: Comic-Con Round-Up; Sonic Mania Interview with Christian Whitehead. YouTube. Teek Vids (31 July 2016). Retrieved on 31 July 2016.

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