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The Grind Step[1] is a move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique used while grinding which allows the user to jump between parallel Grind Rails.

Description

When performing the Grind Step, the user, while grinding besides a parallel Grind Rail, does a jump over to the parallel rail at high speed, from where they continue grinding. In gameplay, this move enables the player to quickly and safely switch lanes when grinding in Grind Rail sections. This way, the player can dodge incoming obstacles on the Grind Rails while still maintaining speed or the Boost, as opposed to simply jumping to another rail.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

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Grind Step in Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Grind Step goes unnamed. In this game, it is only usable to Sonic and Shadow (as well as Amy and Metal Sonic in the multiplayer) as only their Stages feature Grind Rails. To use the Grind Step in gameplay, the player must move the control stick towards the Grind Rail they want to switch to and press DreamcastA/A Button GameCube v2 while grinding. The characters' movement can almost not be seen when Grind Stepping though, as the characters switch Grind Rail almost instantly.

Grind Stepping in this game is not entirely safe, as the Grind Rails do not "attract" the playable character when the player uses the Grind Step.

Sonic Heroes

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The Grind Step in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, the Grind Step is unnamed. In this game, it can be used by all playable characters. When using it, the user will jump over to another Grind Rail almost instantaneously. To use the Grind Step in gameplay, the player has to move the control stick left/right and then press A Button GameCube v2/XboxA/PSXButton while grinding.

Shadow the Hedgehog

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The Grind Step in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Grind Step is used primarily by Shadow the Hedgehog. In this game, Shadow executes the Grind Step in a slower manner than in Sonic Heroes by doing a sideflip instead of a horizontal hop towards the grind rail he switches to. To use the Grind Step in gameplay, the player must simply move the control stick left or right while grinding.

Sonic Storybook series

Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, the Grind Step is only used by Sonic the Hedgehog. When using the move in this game, Sonic strikes a pose while jumping between Grind Rails. Using the Grind Step in gameplay requires the player to quickly tilt the Wii Remote towards the desired Grind Rail while grinding.

Sonic and the Black Knight

In Sonic and the Black Knight, the Grind Step is only used by Sonic the Hedgehog. When using the move in this game, Sonic does a sideways hop between Grind Rails.

Sonic Rush Adventure

Grind Step (Sonic Rush Adventure)

The Grind Step in Sonic Rush Adventure.

In Sonic Rush Adventure, Sonic and Blaze are able to use the Grind Step in Plant Kingdom Act 1, albeit only in the Stage's 3D section with parallel Grind Rails. When Grind Stepping in this game, Sonic and Blaze use their respective Spin Jump and Axel Jump forms when switching Grind Rails. To use the move in gameplay, the player has to press left/right on Controlpadds while grinding.

Sonic Unleashed

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The Grind Step in Sonic Unleashed

In both versions of Sonic Unleashed, the Grind Step appeared as an unnamed Grind Rail-exclusive variant of the Quick Step. This time around, it can only be performed in the daytime as Sonic the Hedgehog. When performing the Grind Step in this game, Sonic does a sideflip towards the Grind Rail he switches to. To perform the move in gameplay, the player must press the following buttons/move the following control sticks to move either left or right while grinding:

PS2 Wii (remote) Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) PS3 Xbox 360
Playstation-Button-L1 /R1ps3 Control Stick ◄/► Wii-Classic-Button-L/ButtonIcon-WCC-R Lgame /Rgame Playstation-Button-L1 /R1ps3 Xbox-Button-LB/Xbox-Button-RB

In gameplay, Grind Stepping seems to increase one's grinding speed.

Sonic Colors

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The Grind Step in Sonic Colors.

In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the move was officially named the Grind Step.[1] In this game, it is used by Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Sonic and the Virtual Hedgehogs. Its execution is also the same as in Sonic Unleashed. To perform the Grind Step in gameplay, the player must move left or right using the following controls:

Wii Remote Normal Wii Remote Sideways Classic Style GameCube Controller
Control Stick Controlpadds Wii-Classic-Button-L Stick Control Stick

In gameplay, Grind Stepping seems to increase one's grinding speed.

Sonic Generations

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Modern Sonic using Grind Step in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

In both versions of Sonic Generations, the Grind Step is only usable to Modern Sonic and Modern Super Sonic, meaning it can only be used in the Stages' second Acts. Modern Sonic's execution of the Grind Step is also the same as in Sonic Unleashed.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the player must move left or right with the control stick while grinding in order to perform the Grind Step. In gameplay, Grind Stepping also seems to increase one's grinding speed.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Grind Step only appears during a brief 3D section at the end of Tropical Resort Act 2, similar to its limited appearance in Sonic Rush Adventure. To perform it, the player must move left or right with the movement controls.

Sonic Lost World

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Grind Step is used Sonic and Super Sonic. In this game, Sonic's execution of the move is the same as in Sonic Unleashed. To perform the Grind Step in gameplay, the player must press left/right on Controlpadds and DSB at the same time.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Grind Step is used by all playable characters. In this game, the characters do a very brief, very short jump towards the Grind Rail they want to switch over to when executing the Grind Step. To perform the Grind Step in gameplay, the player just has to swipe left or right on the touchscreen.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the Grind Step is a move that can be used by Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Sonic and the Avatar. In this game, the characters execute the Grind step in same way as Sonic did in Sonic Unleashed. To perform it in gameplay, the player must press the following buttons while grinding to move either left or right:

Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One PC
Switch l / Switch r Playstation-Button-L1 / R1ps3 Xbox LT3-1 / Xbox RT2-1

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colors (Wii) European instruction booklet, p. 12.

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