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For the move for trailing down Rings, see Light Speed Dash.

The Light Speed Attack (ライトスピードアタック Raito Supīdo Atakku?, lit. "Light Spin Attack"), also called the Light Attack (ライトアタック Raitoatakku?) is an attack that first appeared in Sonic Adventure. When using the Light Speed Attack, the user uses the Light Speed Dash to attack all enemies within range at the speed of light with their most powerful Homing Attack,[1] thus allowing to attack multiple enemies in rapid succession. This is particularly useful when the player is outnumbered.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

This move first appeared in Sonic Adventure where it is only used by Sonic the Hedgehog. In order to perform the Light-speed Spin Attack, Sonic has to possess the Ancient Light. To use the Light Speed Attack, Sonic must go into a Spin dash, and after a few seconds, Sonic will stop spinning, and will be surrounded by orbs of white light as long as the player keeps holding down the action button (In Sonic Adventure, Sonic's body glows a neon-like blue light). Releasing it will cause Sonic to perform a rapid chain of attacks on all enemies in the vicinity. Like the Maximum Heat Knuckles Attack, the Light Speed Attack can be used to deal double damage to Chaos 6.

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2, the Light Speed Attack returned. It was also shown that not only Sonic, but also Shadow has this ability. In order for either of them to perform this attack, they have to possess the Ancient Light Level Up Item. The method to execute this attack is the same as in Sonic Adventure.

The item is most useful when a P-100 Artificial Chaos transforms its body into Cells, allowing the player to destroy every one of them with ease.

Sonic Heroes

The move also reappeared in Sonic Heroes, but could only be used by Sonic after performing the Sonic Overdrive Team Blast; when there are still enemies nearby Sonic, the player presses XboxX/PSSquareButton/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO while in the air and cancel it by the same buttons. Super Sonic can also use it to intercept Metal Overlord's attacks by using either himself or his two teammates to shoot fire himself, but at the cost of five rings. This is not recommended, especially when the player's Ring count is low.

The Light Speed Attack in this game, however, has its flaws in this game. In some cases where objects are in the way, the Light Speed Attack can be collided by a Case indefinitely and cannot rearrange itself. However, the move is special due to the fact that it continues to work until all the enemies are wiped out, even after the Team Blast Gauge has reset.




  1. Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (GameCube) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 12.
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