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This object exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic X continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.

The Limiters (リミッター Rimittā?)[1][2] are objects that appear in the Sonic X anime. They are rings worn by Shadow the Hedgehog to restrain his power which he has worn since his creation onboard the Space Colony ARK.



Shadow removing his Limiter automatically.

The Limiters are golden rings that Shadow the Hedgehog wears on his wrists and ankles. When worn, they limit the amount of Chaos energy Shadow uses during combat and other situations. They also produce two red cuffs on his wrists for fixation. When he takes them off, Shadow can tap into his full strength, giving him a drastic boost in power, though at the risk of thoroughly over-exerting himself; in fact, without them, Shadow quickly tires out when fighting at just normal power.[1]

The Limiters expand and contract to Shadow's will, allowing him to remove and put them on with more ease, although he can also remove them normally.[3][4] The Limiter are connected to the red tongues on the black cuffs of Shadow's gloves; the red tongues disappear when the Limiters are removed, but regenerate when he puts them back on.[1]



Shadow Saga


Christopher Thorndyke holding Shadow's discarded Limiter.

Seemingly given to Shadow the Hedgehog during his time on the Space Colony ARK, Shadow first removed his Limiters to boost his Chaos Control as Super Shadow so he and Super Sonic could sent the Space Colony ARK back into orbit. In the aftermath, Sonic could only find Shadow's Limiter which he gave to Chris who kept it as a memento of Shadow.[5][6]

Metarex Saga

During the battles with the Metarex, Chris gave Shadow the Limiters back to Shadow so he will not lose consciousness in combat. Later on, Shadow would remove his Limiters to gain a power boost several times to combat enemy forces.[7][4][3]


  • When putting the limiters off, the Limiters light up with a transparent yellow aura in the Japanese version. However in the English version, the Limiters glow with a dark yellow.


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Masake, Hiro. "The Cosmo Conspiracy (Japanese dub)". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 73.
  2. Masake, Hiro (23 November 2003). "Shadow Knows (Japanese dub)". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 34.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Masake, Hiro (6 May 2006). "So Long Sonic". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 78.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Masake, Hiro (18 February 2006). "A Revolutionary Tale ". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 68.
  5. Masake, Hiro (4 December 2004). "Showdown in Space". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 38.
  6. Masake, Hiro (29 October 2005). "Trick Sand". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 60.
  7. Masake, Hiro (19 November 2006). "Station Break-In". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 63.

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