Sonic & Knuckles
|Mushroom Hill Zone|
Knuckles in Mushroom Hill Zone Act 1
A forest hill abundant with giant mushrooms
Launch Base Zone (Sonic 3 & Knuckles only)
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Mushroom Hill Zone is the first zone in Sonic & Knuckles and the seventh of Sonic 3 & Knuckles. It is a lush forest notable, as its name would suggest, for giant mushrooms that can be used as various springs and platforms.
In the first act, when playing as Sonic, Tails will airlift Sonic down from the free-fall after stopping the Death Egg's launch. Sonic then spies Knuckles closing the door to a passageway leading to a Warp Ring for Special Stage. In the complete game, Knuckles is hiding a Super Warp Ring that takes the user to the island's Hidden Palace Zone. Here all collected Chaos Emeralds' powers are halted by the Master Emerald and they are transformed into dormant Super Emeralds. From this point on, Super Warp Rings (distinguishable by the colors of the Emeralds which it flashes) transport the player to the Hidden Palace Zone for another chance at a Super Emerald. Mushroom Hill Zone contains lots of Warp Rings compared to other zones in Sonic & Knuckles, making it important to collect as many Emeralds as possible before leaving this zone if aiming to collect all seven before completing the game.
When playing as Knuckles, he's seen relaxing and enjoying his playful friends when an EggRobo appears and tries to destroy Knuckles with a well-placed bomb. Knuckles gives chase and the game proceeds often with secondary paths not available to Sonic and Tails. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, this event does not occur, and the EggRobo instead throws the bomb at the end of Launch Base Zone.
The second act takes place on a desperate run through the forest to stop Robotnik from destroying it by means of a weather machine that rapidly progresses the seasons from spring, through summer and autumn and into winter. Through different sections, the color of the forest will change from green to red to tan. At the end, the player must destroy the weather machine (in the form of a satellite dish in the ground) to turn the forest back to green and trigger the boss fight.
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- Main Article: Hei Hou
The mini-boss of this stage, Hei Hou, wields an axe and chops sections of tree trunks to throw at the player. It is a large forest filled with hills and giant mushrooms.
- Main Article: Jet Mobile
Robotnik will appear after the weather-changing satellite is destroyed. Upon this, he will fly backwards past trees that hold spikes from one end to another, which vary in height while running after the mad scientist. Occasionally, Robotnik will spray a few of the jets in the front of his machine, either one, the other, or both simultaneously. After enough hits, he'll crash into a large tree, with a small tunnel at the bottom which Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles can run through to reach the animal capsule.
Other Game Appearances
Sonic the Fighters
Sonic Jam (Game.com)
Mushroom Hill is back in Sonic Generations (3DS version). The level is brought back to life in 2.5 D for both Classic and Modern Sonic (as well with a nice stereoscopic 3-D effect). Classic goes through it in the summer and Modern through the fall.
Appearances in Other Media
Sonic the Comic
In Sonic the Comic, the entire population of the Emerald Hill Zone was temporarily relocated to the Mushroom Hill Zone (also occasionally referred to as the Mushroom Valley) in order to protect them from Doctor Robotnik.
- On the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Level Select Screen, there is an unused level slot called Mushroom Valley. This may have been the original title for this level.
- In Sonic & Knuckles alone, there are exactly seven Warp Rings in Mushroom Hill Zone (Act 1 and 2 combined) making it possible to get all emeralds before fighting the boss. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, there are eight Warp Rings, due to an added area at the beginning of the level.
- In Sonic Heroes, Mushroom Hill is mentioned by Knuckles during the stage Frog Forest.