Experience Points,[1] also referred to as Experience,[2] EXP,[2] and XP for short, is a recurring mechanic in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a unit of measurement used to quantify a playable character's progression through the different games.


The use of EXP is to quantify a player character's progression through the different games. The means of awarding EXP depend on the different the games, but they are generally awarded for the completion of missions, killing enemies, and collecting various objects. When a character has gotten enough EXP, they will "level up", achieving the next stage of character development. Such an event usually increases the character's abilities and grants all-new abilities as well. With each level up, the player needs to collect more EXP than before to reach the next level.

Game appearances

Sonic and the Secret Rings


The result screen in Sonic and the Secret Rings displaying EXP.

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, EXP is used to improve Sonic the Hedgehog's abilities. In this game, EXP is gained through various methods including, but not limited to: killing enemies, collecting Rings, and finishing missions quickly.

When leveling up through EXP, the player is gradually given new Skills that they can equip to Sonic. Some Skills also make it easier to gain EXP, such as "Expert Drift", which grants bonus EXP when turning a corner.

Sonic Unleashed


The result rescreen in Sonic Unleashed displaying EXP parameters.

In Sonic Unleashed, EXP is granted from collecting certain objects. On the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, it is Chaos Orbs, and on the Wii/PlayStation 2 version it is red Dark Gaia Force. Both these objects can be collected from defeated enemies on their respective versions, although only select enemies release red Dark Gaia Force on the Wii/PlayStation 2 version. On the Wii/PlayStation 2 version, the player can also gather red Dark Gaia Force from breaking environmental objects and certain Item Capsules.

On the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of the game, EXP is only used to increase Sonic the Werehog's parameters. These includes increasing Sonic's Life Gauge, attack power and Unleashed Gauge. Also, as the player levels up, more Skills will become available.

On the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of the game, EXP is applied to both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Werehog. For Sonic the Hedgehog, EXP is used to increase his "Speed" (Sonic's running speed) and "Ring Energy" (size of his Ring Energy Gauge) parameter. For Sonic the Werehog, EXP is used to upgrade his "Combat" (number of Skill available), "Strength" (attack power), "Life" (size of his Life Gauge), "Unleash" (size of his Unleashed Gauge) and "Shield" (size of his Shield Gauge) parameters. The amount of EXP each parameter require are as following:

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood


Choopaloo, a Chao that can manipulate XP.

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, the Experience Points (often referred to as XP) are featured in a manner similar to most other RPG games. The manner of gaining EXP is also the same, as the player gains varying amounts of EXP for each battle and mission completed, with the EXP amount depending on how powerful the enemies are or how difficult the missions were. However, the higher the player level is (with the level cap at level 30), the less EXP will the player be rewarded with from battles. When leveling up, the characters' Speed, Attack, Defense, Luck, HP, and PP stats all increase.

Among the Chao in the game, a unique Chao named Choopaloo can boost the amount of EXP the player receives. The higher level Choopaloo is, the more it boosts the player's EXP.

Sonic and the Black Knight

Title Sonic and the Black Knight

The result screen in Sonic and the Black Knight.

In Sonic and the Black Knight, EXP is referred to as Followers. In this game, it is represented by the Townspersons, which symbolize the trust and loyalty Sonic has earned from the residents in the world of Camelot.

In this game, Followers are gained from completing Missions and are used to increase the player's Title. The higher the player's title is, the more Skills will Sonic be able to use during gameplay.

See also


  1. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, p. 20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360) United States instruction booklet, p. 15.

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