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Insta-Shield
Sonic wspin attack
Sonic doing Insta-Shield in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Statistics and Overview
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Other appearances
User(s)
Description

Mid-air rapid spiral technique that can to destroy harder defended enemies, items, projectiles or other targets.

The Insta-Shield, known as the W Spin Attack or W Kaiten Attack (W回転アタック Daburu Kaiten Atakku?) in Japan, also called the Wind Attack and Twin-Spin Attack, is a move where the player character is able to create a rapid 360° spiral flashing around the playable character. It creates a temporary shield for a split-second that can slash on enemies and items without having to touch them. It can also be useful for defeating harder defended enemies and even avoiding projectiles. The Insta-Shield is usually performed by tapping one of the jump buttons while the playable character is in mid-air after already performing a Spin Jump.

Making its first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, it has been able to be performed by Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Advance 3 only). It has since appeared in later 2D games, particularly in Sonic Advance games.

Game Appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

It's like slashing sandwitch with blade

Insta-Shield at action in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

The Insta-Shield is first seen as one of new types of techniques for Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and is featured in the same way in the add-on continuation Sonic & Knuckles. Sonic is able to create an Insta-Shield while Spin Jumping by pressing the A, B or C-buttons again in mid-air, creating a temporary shield around him. It is useful when the player has to avoid and destroy small projectiles and defeat heavily armed enemies including Star Pointers or Orbinauts without touching them at all, however the player has to do this very close to the enemies or projectiles.

Tails and Knuckles can't use the Insta-Shield due to having their own abilities. The Insta-Shield cannot be used while Sonic is equipped with a shield in both games, while having Invincibility or while Super Sonic. Instead, he will perform an action depending on the type of shield possessed:

Sonic Advance series

The Insta-Shield returns in all three Sonic Advance games (though it is called Spin Attack[1] in Sonic Advance, Double Spin Attack[2] in Sonic Advance 2 and Wind Attack[3] in Sonic Advance 3 ) and is performed in the same manner as it is in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. In first two games, only Sonic is able to perform the Insta-Shield by pressing GameboyA again while doing a Spin Jump. He is also able to do it in Sonic Advance 2, but if the player is close to a normal Badnik, Sonic performs a Homing Attack instead but will be able to perform Insta-Shield afterwards.

In Sonic Advance 3, Sonic can only perform the Insta-Shield while having Knuckles as his partner by pressing GameboyB while jumping. Tails can also perform a variation of this move called the Tail Spin Attack[3] in the same game while he is partnered with Knuckles.

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Insta-Shield is one of Skills only available for Classic Sonic under the name Twin Spin Attack. The skill is unlocked by collecting all the Red Star Rings in Sky Sanctuary Act 1 and costs 30 points to equip. The Twin Spin Attack functions similarly to how it did the in previous games, but the slash effect is more transparent than white. It is performed by pressing the PSXButton/XboxA while jumping.

Appearances in Other Media

Sonic the Comic

Sonic used the Insta-Shield (unnamed in this continuity) twice in issues of Sonic the Comic: first to protect himself from a Pointdexter in the Marble Garden Zone shortly after visiting the Floating Island for the first time,[4] and again while fighting Knuckles. Sonic explained that he created the forcefield by vibrating the air molecules around him at super speed.[5]

Archie Comics

In Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, Sonic the Hedgehog has done Insta-Shield only once in comic issue 13. After crashing down on the Floating Island, one of Robotnik's flying machines starts attacking Sonic and Tails with a flamethrower and bombs. Sonic unknowingly manages to perform the Insta-Shield in time while dodging flames.

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References

  1. Sonic Advance Instruction Booklet page 8
  2. Sonic Advance 2 Instruction Booklet page 9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Advance 3 Instruction Booklet page 9
  4. Sonic the Comic #33, "Enter Knuckles, Part 1"
  5. Sonic the Comic #36, "Power of the Chaos Emeralds, Part 2"


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