Grind Step[1] is a move used by multiple characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2. While grinding, the user jumps between parallel Grind Rails.


When performing Grind Step, the user, while grinding alongside a parallel Grind Rail, does a flip over to the parallel grind at high speed, where they continue grinding. In gameplay, this move enables the player to quickly and safely switch lane when grinding in Grind Rail sections to dodge obstacles ahead on the rail, and still maintaining speed or the Sonic Boost.

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. It is only usable to Sonic and Shadow as only their Stages features Grind Rails. To use it in gameplay, the player must move stick left/right towards the Grind Rail they want to switch to and press DreamcastA. The movement can almost not be seen though, as the characters switch to the targeted rail almost instantly.

Sonic Heroes

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The Grind Step in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, the Grind Step is unnamed, but it can be used by all the playable characters. When using it, the user will flip over to another Grind Rail instantly. To use in gameplay, the player has to move the control stick left/right and press the jump Button at the same time.

Shadow the Hedgehog


The Grind Step in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, to use the Grind Step, the player must simply move the control stick left or right. This is done in a slower manner than in Sonic Heroes.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, using Grind Step requires the player to quickly tilt the Wii Remote to the appropriate side.

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, albeit only in the Stage's 3D section with parallel rails. Sonic and Blaze retain their Spin Jump and Axel Jump forms, respectively, when switching rails.

Sonic Unleashed

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The Grind Step in Sonic Unleashed

The Grind Step appeared in Sonic Unleashed as an unnamed variant of the Quick Step on Grind Rails. In this game, it can only be performed by Sonic in daytime Stages. To perform it in gameplay, the player must press the following buttons/move following control sticks to move either left or right:

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

Sonic Colors

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The Grind Step in Sonic Colors.

In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the move was officially named Grind Step. When using it, the player will earn 3,000 bonus points called "Grind Bonus". To perform it in gameplay, the player must move left or right with the following controls:

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

Sonic Generations

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Modern Sonic using Grind Step in Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Grind Step can only be used by Modern Sonic in Act 2 of the Stages. To perform it in gameplay, the player must move left or right with the control stick.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the Grind Step only appears in 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 press left or right.


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

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