The Mid-Air Dash,[1] also referred to as the Fireball Spin Dash[2] (火の玉ダッシュ Hinotama Dasshu?, lit. "Fireball Dash"), is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It is a special move that turns the user into a fiery projectile.


The Mid-Air Dash is basically an enhanced version of the usual Spin Dash that can only be used whenever the Flame Shield is wielded. When performing it, the user curls into a ball and spears forward through midair at high speed like a comet of flames, thanks to the Flame Shield.

In gameplay, the Mid-Air Dash is useful for dashing through midair, destroying breakable objects, damaging enemies and gaining a small speed boost, while wielding the effects of the Flame Shield. However, ramming into a non-fire obstacle will cancel the Mid-Air Dash (and cost the Flame Shield).

Games appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3


The Fireball Spin Dash in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, followed by its add-on continuation Sonic & Knuckles and the locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the Mid-Air Dash made its first appearance. In these games, it is referred to as the Fireball Spin Dash (火の玉ダッシュ Hinotama Dasshu?, lit. "Fireball Dash"). When performing it, Sonic is engulfed in white and red flames, making him resemble a fireball.

To use it in gameplay, the player must press Genesis A Button, Genesis B Button or Genesis C Button during a Spin Jump. However, it can only destroy one target at a time. By comparison, this move is useful against Doctor Robotnik’s Flame Craft bosses, since most of their attacks are fire-based and they tend to float around in midair.

Sonic Generations

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The Mid-Air Dash in Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, this move is referred to as the Mid-Air Dash. In this game, the Mid-Air Dash look more like the Spin Attack, but with the Flame Shield surrounding it, and it can destroy several targets at once. It also creates a distortion similar to that of the Air Boost when used.

The Mid-Air Dash is only usable by Classic Sonic since only he can utilize the Flame Shield. To use it in gameplay, the player must press XboxA/PSXButton during a Spin Jump.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania, the Mid-Air Dash seemingly has the same properties as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. When performing it, Sonic is engulfed in yellow and red flames, making him resemble a fireball.


  1. Sonic Team (November 11, 2011). Sonic Generations. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Flame Shield Challenge. "Omochao: Open this Item Box to wrap Sonic in a Flame Shield! Press A button again while jumping with the Flame Shield activated to perform a Mid-Air Dash!"
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 13.

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