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Illustration of an Exorcism in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed.

Exorcisms (除霊 Jorei?) are optional side missions in the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed. It enables the player to purge townspeople possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions.


Possessed Aida

Aida exhibiting the traits of being possessed.

Exorcisms are a function that lets the player drive Dark Gaia's Minions out of the townspeople in the Town Stages. Townspeople possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions exhibit at night abnormal behavior for them, purple smoke around their heads, and may even have something extra next to their name in their word bubbles (Example: Kwami Acting Strangely).

After clearing Rooftop Run Night Act 1, Tails will give the player the “Uncanny Camera”, which releases Dark Gaia's Minions from townspeople at night. After that, upon encountering a possessed townsperson, the player can exorcise them by pressing XboxY/PSTriangleButton when in front of them. The player will then be thrown into a time trial where they have to defeat several of Dark Gaia's Minions before time runs out. These missions allow the player to get experience and unlock other missions from the townspeople. Exorcising all people in the game will also grant the player the “Get on the Exorcise Bandwagon” achievement/trophy.

List of Exorcisms

The following list contains a complete summary of people possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions. In this list, the used terms means the following; Time means how much time the player has in order to defeat the enemies, and Enemies means the number of enemies and types that appear during the exorcism.


Raimondo, Federica, Josef, Dora, David and Professor Pickle's Assistant (Tutorial)

  • Time: 5 Minutes
  • Enemies: 4




Ice Cream Vendor











Empire City

Med School Student Charles



In other media

Archie Comics


Two humans being exorcised from Dark Gaia's energies.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by the Archie Comics, the Exorcism appeared during the Shattered World Crisis. During Team Dark, Knuckles and Amy's trip to the Mystic Cave Zone, Shadow explained that at night, people get exorcised by Dark Gaia's evil energies, and as a result, G.U.N. spreads robotic troops to ensure safety.[1]


  1. Sonic Universe #87, "Shattered Part One: Closing In

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