Fireball Spin Dash
A move that turns the user into a fiery projectile.
Fireball Spin Dash  (, also referred to as the 火の玉ダッシュ Hinotama Dasshu , lit. "Fireball Dash") ? Mid-Air Dash, is a recurring technique in the  that is used by Sonic the Hedgehog series Sonic the Hedgehog and Classic Sonic. It is a special move that turns the user into a fiery projectile.
The Fireball Spin Dash is basically an enhanced version of the usual
Spin Dash with the Flame Shield added to its performance. When performing it, the user curls into a ball and spears forward through midair at high speed like a comet of flames, thanks to the Flame Shield.
In gameplay, the Fireball Spin Dash can only be used while the player is equipped with the Flame Shield. It is useful for dashing through midair, destroying breakable objects, damaging enemies and gaining a small speed boost, while wielding the effects of the Flame Shield. However, ramming into a non-fire obstacle will cancel out the Fireball Spin Dash (and cost the Flame Shield).
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
The Fireball Spin Dash in
Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
, followed by its add-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the locked-on version Sonic & Knuckles , this technique made its first appearance. In these games, it is used exclusively by Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Sonic and is referred to as the Fireball Spin Dash  (. When performing it, Sonic is engulfed in white and red flames, making him resemble a fireball.
火の玉ダッシュ Hinotama Dasshu , lit. "Fireball Dash") ?
To use it in gameplay, the player must press
, or during a Spin Jump. However, it can only destroy one target at a time. By comparison, this move is useful against Doctor Robotnik’s Flame Craft bosses, since most of their attacks are fire-based and they tend to float around in midair.
The Mid-Air Dash in
Sonic Generations .
In the console/
PC version of , the Fireball Spin Dash is referred to as the Sonic Generations Mid-Air Dash. In this game, the Mid-Air Dash look more like the  Spin Attack, but with the Flame Shield surrounding it, and it can destroy several targets at once. It also creates a distortion similar to that of the Air Boost when used.
The Mid-Air Dash is only usable by
Classic Sonic since only he can utilize the Flame Shield. To use it in gameplay, the player must press / during a Spin Jump.
Sonic using the Fireball Spin Dash in
. Sonic Mania
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , the technique is once again referred to as the Sonic Mania Plus Fireball Spin Dash. In this game, it is used by  Classic Sonic and has the same properties as in and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 . When performing the Fireball Spin Dash, Sonic is engulfed in yellow and red flames, making him resemble a fireball.
Sonic & Knuckles
( Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 13. ↑
2.0 2.1 Sonic Team (November 11, 2011).
Sonic Generations. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Flame Shield Challenge. " Omochao: Open this Item Box to wrap Sonic in a Flame Shield! Press A button again while jumping with the Flame Shield activated to perform a Mid-Air Dash!" ↑
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