The Final Fortress (ファイナルフォートレス Fainarufōtoresu,Final Fortress?) is a giant whale shark-shaped battle flagship that makes its first appearance in Sonic Heroes as the final stage, and as three different racing tracks in the racing game Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Final Fortress is located in the heart of the Egg Fleet, and seems to be permanently surrounded in rough weather. Modern Sonic fights the Egg Emperor in Final Fortress in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations.
In Sonic Heroes, Final Fortress acts as the final stage of the game. It has many different sections crossed with grindingrails, Tornado Jump poles, cannon fire, and the best of Dr. Eggman's robotic army. Some parts of the stage collapse; others can be detonated. Laser fire occurs periodically throughout the stage, probably as a security reflex. In the very core of the flagship lies a giant structure with a mechanical version of Eggman's head on top, hiding the power core of the vessel. The most common robot there is the E-2000. Team Sonic must befall the battleship by destroying its power core. Team Dark must reach this power core and capture the Doctor. Team Rose goes to find Froggy and Chocola, whom they believe have been kidnapped by Eggman. Team Chaotix goes to find the Keys to free their client and meet him in person. After reaching the core, Neo Metal Sonic, disguised as Eggman, attempts to finish off the heroes in the Egg Emperor.
The following is a list of requirements to attain a rank for each mission with each team.
Destroy the flagship's core!
Get to the core where Eggman is!
Hurry and find Eggman!
Find the keys to the cell where the client is locked up!
Final Fortress returns as the battlefield where Modern Sonic faces the Egg Emperor in the Modern Era for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.
In Super Hard Mode, after Team Sonic triggers the first self-destruct button onto the rail section, Sonic comments about the dark clouds in the background while Knuckles asks Tails if he can handle the stormy weather. Tails falsely replies that he is not scared, alluding to the fact that Tails has a fear of lightning.
In Team Sonic's version of Final Fortress, Tails will ask why the ship self-destructed after pressing the button in the English version while in the Japanese version, Tails asked why Eggman would place a self destruct switch where it was easily accessible.
Though surrounded by a massive thunderstorm in this stage, it can be seen in clear weather during the Egg Fleet opening cutscene.
Stage 14: Final Fortress
↑Guess, Gerald (6 January 2004). Sonic Heroes: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 159. ISBN 0761544496.