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Hyper Knuckles

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Hyper Knuckles
Hyper Knuckles animated
Hyper Knuckles.
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Game appearances
Transformation overview

Knuckles the Echidna

Cause of 

The seven Super Emeralds.

Real-world designer(s)

Sonic Team

Physical description

Pink-red with a pulsing glow, white





  • White gloves with pointed knuckles
  • Red and yellow shoes with green cuffs and gray buckle
Skills, powers and abilities
Enhanced powers
and skills
  • Enhanced acrobatic skills and reflexes
  • Enhanced super strength
  • Enhanced super speed
  • Invincibility
  • High jumping abilities
  • Explosive punches
  • Aquatic respiration
  • Gliding
  • Enhanced climbing
Moves and techniques

Hyper Knuckles (ハイパーナックルズ Haipā Nakkuruzu?) is Knuckles the Echidna's hyper transformation that is gained when he taps into the power of seven Super Emeralds and fifty rings. His only game appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.


S3K Hyper Knuckles

Hyper Knuckles running at full-tilt.

Like Super Knuckles, Knuckles does not receive any physical transformation, but his fur pulses from red to pink. Unlike his Super State, however, any movement he makes leaves after-images.

Powers and abilities

While in Hyper form, Knuckles' natural abilities are multiplied many times over; his already impressive strength, speed and accuracy increase vastly, and he is virtually invulnerable as long as the transformation lasts. Since Hyper Knuckles is an enhanced version of Super Knuckles, all of his physical abilities surpass that of Super Knuckles and he gains additional abilities as well. When gliding into a wall, Hyper Knuckles can perform the "Gliding Shock Wave Attack" which causes an earthquake that destroys all enemies on the screen, and he can breathe underwater as well.

Like most other super transformations, caused by the Chaos Emeralds/Super Emeralds, once he runs out of rings, he returns to his normal form.

In other media

Archie Comics

In the Archie Comics, Knuckles has a transformation called Hyper Knuckles. However, this transformation can actually be classified as a Super form, which is caused by a super transformation, rather than a Hyper form and is merely a name Knuckles has given it.


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