Grinding ( is the act of balancing on a rail or some rail-like object. Grinding is a recurring gameplay mechanic in the グラインド Guraindo ) ? . By doing this, characters can gain more speed/momentum while on the rail or take shortcuts through the levels.
Sonic the Hedgehog series
Grinding first appeared in
but can only be used by Speed Type characters such as Sonic Adventure 2 Sonic or Shadow. Also, those characters only wear Soap shoes in order to grind. Grinding is required to defeat the Biolizard.
In later games, such as
, Power Type and Flight Type characters can also grind. In addition, the characters don't need to wear Soap Shoes in order to grind. Also, games before Sonic Heroes required the use of balancing on the rail via control stick in order to properly maintain speed. This was removed possibly due to need for simplicity and possibly the fact that Sonic and his friends grew more experienced (along with the fact as of Shadow the Hedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog, rails have somewhat expanded in size and are less thin).
and its Sonic Riders sequel, only Speed type Extreme Gears (Skates or Boards with the Grind Gear Part) can grind on rails. In , the grinding Gear Part alone can be set for almost every Gear (except for the Sonic Free Riders Beginner as it cannot have any Gear Parts) including Bikes.
, if the presses the Sonic Adventure 2 , the character will crouch in order to gain speed. However, in , Sonic Heroes , and Shadow the Hedgehog , if the player presses Sonic 06
(PS2/PS3), the character will do a 180 degree spin which will accelerate them on the rail. In , Sonic Unleashed and Colors , Sonic can move through rails fast by using the Generations Sonic Boost. In Sonic Unleashed (PS3/Xbox 360 version) and Sonic Generations (PC/console version), the 180 degree spin can be performed while grinding for no effect by pressing either the
button (Xbox 360) or the
Grinding once again appears in all versions of
. However, it not only appears in stages that originally had rails, it appears in some stages without it in the past, such as Sonic Generations Mushroom Hill.
According to Sega, the grinding mechanic's addition to the Sonic series was heavily inspired by the fact that they were working on Jet Set Radio, which originally used the mechanic, around the same time Sonic Adventure 2 was in development.
Classic Sonic doesn't "grind" in Sonic Generations, more he just rolls along the rail. Bizarrely (and somewhat painfully), this still causes sparks and metallic scraping. This is more noticeable in Crisis City and City Escape.
In , Silver cannot grind in single player, but he can in multiplayer.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle - Grind showdown (05:22) 182 views Sonic and Shadow having a grind race in multiplayer mode of . Sonic Adventure 2
Team Sonic Sonic | Tails | Knuckles
Team Rose Amy | Cream | Cheese | Big
Team Dark Shadow | Rouge | Omega
Team Chaotix Espio | Charmy | Vector
Team Super Sonic Super Sonic | Tails ( | Super Shield) Knuckles (
Eggman* | Metal Sonic* ( Neo Metal Sonic*) | Chocola* | Froggy*
Egg Pawn | Casino Pawn | Egg Knight | Egg Flapper | Cameron | Klagen | Egg Hammer | Heavy Egg Hammer | Falco | Egg Bishop | Egg Magician | Rhino Liner | E-2000 | E-2000R | Gold Cameron | Gold Klagen | Pumpkin-Head Ghosts
Sea Gate | Seaside Hill | Ocean Palace | Grand Metropolis | Power Plant | Casino Park | BINGO Highway | Rail Canyon | Bullet Station | Frog Forest | Lost Jungle | Hang Castle | Mystic Mansion | Egg Fleet | Final Fortress | Special Stage
BINGO Highway | Casino Ring | Casino Course | City Top | Egg Fleet | Egg Treat | Frog Forest | Grand Metropolis | Hot Elevator | Mad Express | Pinball Match | Rail Canyon | Road Rock | Seaside Course | Seaside Hill | Terror Hall | Turtle Shell
2P Battle Mode
Action Race | Bobsled Race | Expert Race | Quick Race | Ring Race | Special Stage | Team Battles
Egg Hawk | Team Battle 1 | Robot Carnival | Egg Albatross | Team Battle 2 | Robot Storm | Egg Emperor | Metal Madness | Metal Overlord
Big Fishing | Body Press | Bubblegum Descent | Chao Attack | Fire Combination | Fire Dunk | Fire Knock | Fire Launcher | Grinding | Hammer Down | Homing Attack | Fireball | Grinding | Jump Fire Knock | Jump Fireball | Kick | Light Speed Attack | Light Speed Dash | Omega Arm | Rocket Accel | Shuriken Throw | Sting Attack | Spin Jump | Thunder Shoot | Tornado Jump | Triangle Dive | Triangle Jump | Umbrella Descent | Vector Breath | Volcanic Dunk
Sonic Overdrive | Chaos Inferno | Flower Festival | Chaotix Recital | Super Sonic Power
English Voice Actors
Ryan Drummond ( | Sonic, Metal Sonic) Deem Bristow ( | Eggman) William Corkery ( | Tails) Scott Drier ( | Knuckles) David Humphrey ( | Shadow) Lani Minella ( | Rouge, Omochao) Jon St. John ( | Omega, Big) Jennifer Douillard ( | Amy) Sarah Wulfeck ( | Cream) Bill Corkery ( | Espio) Marc Biagi ( | Vector) Emily Corkery (
Japanese Voice Actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Ryō Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Kōji Yusa ( | Shadow) Rumi Ochiai ( | Rouge) Taiten Kusunoki ( | Omega) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Sayaka Aoki ( | Cream) Takashi Nagasako ( | Big) Yūki Masuda ( | Espio) Kenta Miyake ( | Vector) Yōko Teppōzuka ( | Charmy) Etsuko Kozakura (
Sonic Heroes | We Can | This Machine | Follow Me | Team Chaotix | What I'm Made of...
Ball Switch | Bobsled | Bomb | Bull Train | Bumper | Cannon | Capsule | Cervix Tunnels | Chaos Emeralds | Character battles | Container | Conveyor Belt | Dash Panel | Dummy Rings | Emblem | Flipper | Formation Gate | Gallery | Giant Frogs | Glowing Mushrooms | Goal Ring | Grind Rail | Haunted Towers | Hint | Item Box ( Super Ring, Invincibility, Power Sneakers, Extra Lives, Power Core, Team Blast Ring, Fly Charge) | Kao | Palm Plants | Pulley | Puzzle Game | Ranks | Rings | Shadow Androids | Shuttle Loop | Slot Machine | Spear | Special Stage Key | Sphere | Spiderlight | Super Hard Mode | Super Shield | Team Chaotix Missions | Teleport Balls
Articles that have an "*" by it indicates that the character is not playable.
Sonic ( Super Sonic) | Blaze ( Burning Blaze) | Tails | Cream | Knuckles | Amy | Eggman | Eggman Nega
Leaf Storm | Water Palace | Mirage Road | Night Carnival | Huge Crisis | Altitude Limit | Dead Line | Unknown | Exception | Special Stages*
E-1001 Egg Pawn ( Knight Pawn) | E-1002 Egg Flapper ( Sea Pawn) | Egg Pawn Ogre | Rhino Spring | Gun Hunter | Bomb Hawk
Egg Hammer Mega | Egg Turtle | Egg Scarab | Egg Libra | Egg Hammer Fortress | Egg Eagle | Sonic/Blaze | Egg King | Egg Salamander
Axel Jump** | Axel Tornado** | Burning Fire Boost** | Burst Hover** | Combo Tricks | Fire Boost** ( | Burning Blaze Version**) Hop Jump** | Humming Top* | Jump Dash* | Jump Step** | Spin Dash* | Spin Jump* | Super Boost*
English Voice Actors
Jason Griffith ( | Sonic) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman, Eggman Nega) Amy Palant ( | Tails) Rebecca Honig ( | Cream) Bella Hudson (
Japanese Voice Actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman, Eggman Nega) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Sayaka Aoki ( | Cream) Nao Takamori (
Original Groove Rush A New Day | Right There, Ride On | Back 2 Back | Ethno Circus | Ska Cha Cha | Jeh Jeh Rocket | Get Edgy | What U Need Is | Metal Scratchin' | Vela Nova | Bomber Barbara | Wrapped in Black | Raisin' Me Up
Air Bubbles | Bungee Rope | Chaos Emeralds | Corkscrew Loop | Gallery | Item Box ( Super Ring, Shield, Lightning Shield, Invincibility, Tension Bonus, Max Tension Bonus, Slow, Attract, Confusion) | Ramp | Rings | Special Generator* | Switch | Time Attack | Tension Gauge | Winding Rope
Articles with an "*" are exclusive to
Sonic the Hedgehog; articles with an "**" are exclusive to Blaze the Cat.
Sonic Rush Adventure
Sonic ( Super Sonic) | Blaze ( Burning Blaze) | Tails | Marine | Coconut Crew ( Setter | Tabby | Colonel | Kylok | Daikun | Muzy) | Gardon | Norman | Captain Whisker | Mini & Mum | Johnny | Doctor Eggman | Doctor Eggman Nega
Southern Island | Whale Point | Plant Kingdom | Machine Labyrinth | Coral Cave | Haunted Ship | Blizzard Peaks | Sky Babylon | Pirates' Island | Big Swell | Deep Core | Hidden Islands ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16) | Special Stage
Ghost Rex | Ghost Pendulum | Ghost Kraken | Ghost Pirate | Ghost Whale | Ghost Condor | Captain Whisker and Johnny | Ghost Titan | Egg Wizard
Wave Cyclone | Ocean Tornado | Aqua Blast | Deep Typhoon | Magma Hurricane | SS Tornado EX | SS Marine | SS Super-Marine
Angler Fish | Cave Bat robot | Crabmeat | Labyrinth Soldier | Pirahna bot | Ptera | Steampacker | Torikeratanku | Wrench Swinger
Axel Jump | Axel Tornado | Burning Fire Boost | Burst Dash | Burst Hover | Combo Tricks | Fire Boost | Hop Jump | Humming-Top | Jump Dash | Jump Step | Spin Dash | Spin Jump | Super Boost
English Voice Actors
Jason Griffith ( | Sonic) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman, Eggman Nega) Amy Palant ( | Tails) Bella Hudson ( | Blaze) Lonnie Hirsch ( | Captain Whisker) Christopher Pellegrini (
Japanese Voice Actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman, Eggman Nega) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nao Takamori ( | Blaze) Shinya Fukumatsu ( | Captain Whisker) Kota Nemoto (
A New Venture | Bomb | Bungee Rope | Chaos Emeralds | Item Box ( Super Ring, Shield, Lightning Shield, Invincibility, High Speed, Tension Bonus, Maximum Tension Bonus, Confusion, Slow, Attract) | Jeweled Scepter | Materials | Power of the Stars | Ramp | Rings | Sonic Rush Adventure Flash | Sonic Rush Adventure Original Soundtrack | Tension Gauge | Time Attack | Winding Rope