Tails using the standard Lock-On Missiles with his Cyclone in Sonic Adventure 2
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A barrage of homing missiles
The Lock-On Missile (ロックオンミサイル発射 Rokkuonmisairu hassha?, lit. "Lock-on Missile fire"), also known as Homing Missile Launch (ガン発射 Gan hassha?, lit. "Gun fire") or Homing Missile, is an attack used by Dr. Eggman, EggRobo, E-102 Gamma and Miles "Tails" Prower. It first appeared in Sonic R, and have since reappeared in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. When performing this attack, the user shoots missiles at a marked target.
When using the Lock-On Missile, the users use their weapon equipment to mark and lock onto a target with a guiding system before firing a missile at the target. The missile will then from there automatically follow the target until it hits it. For those with more technological advanced equipment, the users can fire several missiles in rapid succession to multiple targets.
In gameplay, the Lock-On Missile is used by the player to attack previously marked enemies/opponents from afar with missiles. Regardless from which angle the Lock-On Missile is used, the missiles launched from the attack will automatically home onto the targets until they hit, either causing damage to or destroying the target.
The Lock-On Missile first appeared in Sonic R, where it was named Homing Missile. In this game, it is one of the actions Dr. Robotnik and EggRobo can perform during a race. Here, Dr. Robotnik uses his Egg Mobile's weapon equipment to perform the Homing Missile, while EggRobo uses its standard hand weapon.
In gameplay, the Homing Missile is used to attack other characters during a race. For each usage of the Homing Missile, the player has to pay 10 Rings, with a brief recharge period between each shot. To use the Homing Missile, the player first has to let a reticle appear on the screen and let it lock onto a nearby racer (which is signified by it turning green). Then, to fire the missile, the player has to press the Jump button (A, C, or Y button). When an opponent is hit by the Homing Missile, it will greatly slow him/her down. Also, if the targeted character is wearing a shield (namely either a Lightning Shield or a Water Shield), the Homing Missile will eliminate the shield.
In Sonic Adventure and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the Lock-On Missile is used by E-102 Gamma, where it goes by the name Homing Missile Launch. Here, Gamma uses his machine gun to perform the Homing Missile, with the attack being a part of his standard weapon systems.
In gameplay, the Homing Missile Launch is used to attack the targets marked by Gamma's Laser Gun. To use the Homing Missile Launch, the player has to press the /// Button after marking a target with Laser Gun, where Gamma will rapidly shoot enough energy missiles to hit all marked targets, which will then either destroy or damage them. However, the marking from the Laser Gun only lasts for a short while, so if the player waits too long to use the Homing Missile Launch, all marked targets will disappear and the player would have to remark the enemies. Note that Gamma can move freely while using Homing Missile Launch.
By obtaining the upgrade Laser Blaster, the Homing Missile Launch gains a larger attack radius by creating a large explosion upon the missile's contact with the enemy, allowing it to damage enemies close to the targets. After obtain the Laser Blaster, Gamma's energy missiles change color from yellow to light blue.
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Lock-On Missile is used by Tails and Dr. Eggman. Here, Tails and Eggman use the Lock-On Missile as a part of the weapon arsenal onboard the Cyclone and the Eggwalker respectively. On Tails' Cyclone, the Lock-On Missile is fired from the cannon located on the rear, and on Eggman's Egg Walker, the Lock-On Missile is fired from the cannon on the left side of the cockpit.
Like in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the Lock-On Missle is used to attack the targets marked by the Tails/Eggman's Lock-on, with the Lock-On Missile's mechanics being the same as those games. To use the Lock-On Missile, the player has to press /// after marking a target with Laser Gun.
Like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the player can obtain the upgrade Laser Blaster for larger attack radius when the Lock-On Missile impacts the targets. When Tails obtain the Laser Blaster, his Lock-On Missile changes color from yellow to blue, and when Eggman obtain the Laser Blaster, his Lock-On Missile changes color from yellow to green.
In Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Lock-On can target enemies on an much faster rate due to the improved game engine.
- In Sonic Adventure, Gamma's missiles were very fast and hit an enemy within a matter of seconds. In Sonic Adventure 2, Tails and Eggman's missiles have varying speeds depending on where they are.
- In the normal Stage Levels, Tails and Eggman's missiles move very fast towards the enemies, but in the Boss Fights against each other, the missiles move considerably slower, so that they can be avoided easier.
- Also in the Stage levels, the missiles never miss, but in the Boss Fights and 2-Player mode, they are not as accurate and may miss the intended target.
|Characters||Sonic (Super Sonic) | Tails | Knuckles | Amy | Dr. Robotnik | Metal Sonic | Tails Doll | EggRobo | Metal Knuckles|
|Courses||Resort Island | Radical City | Regal Ruin | Reactive Factory | Radiant Emerald|
|Objects||Accelerator | Balloon | Chaos Emeralds | Item Panels/Power-Up Items (Fleet Feet, Numbered Item Panel/Numbered Power-Up Item, Lightning Shield, Water Shield) | Ring Gate | Rings | Sonic Token/Sonic Coin | Spring|
|Moves/Techniques||Flying | Gliding | Homing Missile | Spin Dash Roll | Turbo Boost|
|Sonic R||Back in Time | Can You Feel the Sunshine | Diamond in the Sky | Living in the City | Super Sonic Racing | Work It Out | You're My Number One|
|Other||Egg Mobile | Gallery | Loop | Time Attack|
|Characters||Sonic (Super Sonic) | Tails | Knuckles | Amy| Gamma | Big | Chao | Dr. Eggman* | Lumina Flowlight* | Illumina* | Void* | NiGHTS*|
|Boards||Emerald Coast | Fire Bird | Fourth Dimension Space | Nature Zone | Riot Train|
|Attacks/Moves||Spin Dash | Flying | Climb | Hammer Jump | Hover | Light Speed Dash | Light Speed Attack | Rapid Tails Attack | Maximum Heat Knuckles Attack | Spin Hammer Attack | Laser Blaster | Lock-On Missile | Power Rod | Lullaby|
|Other|| Forcejewels | Magical Cards | Maginaryworld | Precioustone | Temple of Light