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OperationBigWave

Operation Big Wave underway.

Quotation1 I thought up this strategy in about a minute and a half. We're going in hard and fast and we're not going to stop till Eggman's army's destroyed. Quotation2
Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic Forces

Operation Big Wave is an event that appears in Sonic Forces. It was an all-out military action carried out by the Resistance on Metropolis during the war to take back the planet. It purpose was to take the Eggman Empire's headquarters and bring an end to the war. However, after Operation Big Wave began, the Resistance got overpowered by Infinite, who ensured the operation's downfall.

History

During the last days of the war to take back the planet, the Resistance discovered that the Eggman Empire's headquarters, Metropolis, was undermanned, possibly because they were staging elsewhere to prepare Dr. Eggman's endgame. Planning to take Metropolis and end the war with the Eggman Empire, Knuckles the Echidna, the commander of the Resistance, came up with Operation Big Wave.[1][2] This daring operation's strategy was to hit Metropolis hard and fast until the Eggman Army was eradicated.[3] Although Sonic was preoccupied elsewhere and could not help the attack, Knuckles was certain the Resistance had the spirit and strength to win.[4] The operation's success was further supported by the fact that a quick, focused attack would let the Resistance stand a chance against the much larger army station in Metropolis. In addition, they had Classic Sonic for support.[5]

Beginning their attack on Metropolis, the Resistance started out strong. While the Resistance's air fleet covered the sky, the soldiers handled the ground forces, all acting on Knuckles' orders to press onward and sweep the enemies away.[6] In response to the attack, Eggman dispatched Infinite and had him use his Phantom Ruby prototype's power over virtual reality against the Resistance.[7] This brought forth gravity distortions and monsters in Infinite's likeness that attacked the Resistance. In no time, the gathered Resistance's troops got scattered in the confusion.[8] As a result, the troops wandered into enemy crossfire where they got picked off one by one. 80% of the Resistance forces were soon after wiped out while the rest lost contact with HQ.[9] Ultimately, the only one left who could salvage Operation Big Wave was a young Resistance rookie.[10]

Despite the rookie's efforts, the Resistance had no choice: if they wanted to live to fight another day, they had to call off Operation Big Wave. The Resistance subsequently fell back from Metropolis to regroup, leaving the Eggman Empire as the victor of the military showdown.[11][12]

The Avatar was not able to make it out of the city with the others due to having a run-in with Infinite. Due to some words of encouragement given by Sonic in spirit, the Avatar ultimately fought him off, also avoiding being killed by Infinite, to the latter's surprise.

Aftermath

After the attack, Knuckles debriefed the group on how Operation Big Wave "fizzled out" due to Eggman's usage of the Phantom Ruby, with Sonic, having learned about some of the Phantom Ruby's properties from Shadow,[13] also informing them of its properties of creating illusions. They then decided to find out how to deactivate the Phantom Ruby's power long enough to stage a second assault on Metropolis.[14]

References

  1. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles the Echidna: Listen up! We just got intel that Eggman's forces are undermanned at his headqearters in Metropolis! / Espio: They're probably staging somewhere else as part of Eggman's plan. This could be our only chance to take the city. / Knuckles: Exactly! That's why we're focusing on a full frontal assault on Metropolis! I'm calling it, 'Operation Big Wave'!"
  2. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles the Echidna: Okay, let's heads straight for Eggman's HQ! Time to save the world, people!"
  3. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles the Echidna: I thought up this strategy in about a minute and a half. We're going in hard and fast and we're not going to stop till Eggman's army's destroyed."
  4. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles the Echidna: Sonic is busy fighting Shadow, but the rest of us can do with this. We've got the strength and spirit to win. There's is no finer group that I'd want to fight with."
  5. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Tails: They have more in sheer numbers, so the idea of a quick, focused attack isn't bad. We also have Sonic--I mean, the other Sonic--so I have no doubt we can do this!"
  6. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Knuckles: All right! Time for Operation Big Wave! We'll surge forward and sweep the enemy away!"
  7. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Eggman: How absurd! What can that rabble do with an all-out attack? I'll smash them to smithereens! / ... / Eggman: Infinite! Activate the Phantom Ruby. Make them wish they'd never been born!"
  8. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Soldier: It's no use! Our troops are scattering in the confusion! / Silver the Hedgehog: This is bad! Our forces were all gathered together, and now they're plunged into chaos!"
  9. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Soldier: This is Eagle Squad! We've caught in enemy crossfire! / Soldier: Snake Squad requesting reinforcements! / Soldier: This is Fox Squad! We' can't hold out much more! / Amy Rose: 80% of our forces have been wiped out! And we've lost contact with the rest!"
  10. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Knuckles the Echidna: The rookie is our only hope now."
  11. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Knuckles the Echidna: Grr, we can't go on like this. / Espio: As such as this pains me to say it, the best we can do now is to live to fight another day."
  12. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Metropolis: Capital City. "Knuckles the Echidna: Our Big Wave has flushed out! / Silver: We haven't lost. Let's fall back and regroup.
  13. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Shadow the Hedgehog: Infinite can create virtual reality projections. They have mass and form, but no heart and soul. / Sonic the Hedgehog: Virtual reality? So all those familiar faces that were part of Eggman's army... / Shadow the Hedgehog: Replicas. The problem is, they may not be real, but their powers are as formidable as the originals. According to Rouge, Infinite can create unlimited numbers of them. / Sonic the Hedgehog: So, fight after fight, he can just keep cranking out counterfeits? / Shadow the Hedgehog: Exactly. As it stands, there's no way we can win this. / Sonic the Hedgehog: Of course we can win this! We always do! We just haven't figured out that part yet."
  14. Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles the Echidna: Things were going well with Operation Big Wave, but then everything fizzled out when that Phantom Ruby kicked in. / Silver the Hedgehog: That fake Shadow was created by the Phantom Ruby, right? Even if it's a virtual reality projection, it's as strong as the real Shadow. / Shadow the Hedgehog: Rouge, have you found the intel I was looking for? / Rouge: No, not yet. But I have reports that Eggman's database is located at the Chemical Plant. If we can check that out, we might find something there. / Sonic the Hedgehog: That sounds like a promising lead. We have to figure out the secret behind Infinite's power and virtual reality. Tails, can you handle this? / Miles "Tails" Prower: Got it. I'll take Sonic--I mean the other Sonic-- with me and head to the Chemical Plant!"

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