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For the attack deployed with the Egg Walker, see Punch (Egg Walker).

The Punch Attack (パンチ攻撃 Panchi kōgeki?), also known as Punch (パンチ Panchi?), is one of the signature attacks of Knuckles the Echidna, though others have used it over time too. It is a basic triple punch combo the user delivers to the opponents.

Description

When using the Punch Attack, the user stands firmly on the ground where they punch the enemy in front with their fists up to three times in a successive combo attack.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Knuckles is first seen using a punch in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. In Launch Base Zone, he punches the Egg Mobile in an effort to block the player's progress, only for the foundation he is standing on to give in. In Sonic & Knuckles and the locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Knuckles uses a quick death-dealing punch at the showdown of Hidden Palace Zone when Sonic or Tails is too close to him on the ground.

Tails Adventure

The Punch made an appearance in Tails Adventure, which is chronologically its earliest known appearance. The move can be used by Tails when the Knuckles item is equipped. To use the move, the player must press Button 1. The player can perform multiple punches by repeatedly pressing the button.

Sonic Pocket Adventure

In Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, Knuckles uses the Punch Attack during the boss battle against him. This version of the move is similar to the one from the boss battle against Knuckles in Sonic & Knuckles.

Sonic Adventure

In Sonic Adventure and its remake, the Punch Attack made its return. In this game, it is one of Knuckles' standard attacks. Its performance is as following:

  1. Knuckles punches with his right fist and sends out a purple pulse.
  2. Knuckles follows up with a punch with his left fist and sends out a purple pulse.
  3. Knuckles finishes with a strong punch with his right fist while charging forward. The force from it forms a large red energy field around him and a leaves a red trail. This is called the Dash Punch.

To perform the Punch Attack in gameplay, the player has to press the B/X button. To execute the Punch Attack as a combo, the player has to press the B/X button up to three times in succession.

Sonic Shuffle

In Sonic Shuffle, Knuckles have a punch as his basic attack. When using two cards at once, he may use a Dash Punch Attack (ダッシュパンチ攻撃 Dasshupanchi kōgeki?).

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the move returned as Knuckles' standard attack where it is called Punch. In the remake of the game later on, it is called Punch Attack. Tikal and Chaos can also perform it in the games' two-player mode, although Chaos's Punch Attack has further reach in re-releases due to its stretchy limbs. Its performance is as following:

  1. The users punch with their right fist while putting a little body weight into the strike.
  2. The users follow up with a more reckless punch with their left fist while putting a little body weight into the strike.
  3. The users finishes with a jump into the air while delivering a twisting uppercut with their left fist. This is called the Tornado Claw. If running at high speeds, instead of a uppercut, Knuckles will do an attack resembling the Spiral Attack.

To perform the Punch Attack in gameplay, the player has to press DreamcastB. To execute the Punch Attack as a combo, the player has to press DreamcastB up to three times in succession. In the game, Knuckles' Punch Attack can be enhanced with the Hammer Gloves, allowing him to break iron craters.

Sonic Advance

In Sonic Advance, the Punch Attack returned as one of Knuckles's attacks. Its performance is as following:

  1. Knuckles delivers a quick right cross while standing firm.
  2. Knuckles takes a step forward as he follows up with a quick left cross.
  3. Knuckles finishes the combination with a fiery high-rising uppercut, similar to the Spiral Upper.

To perform the Punch Attack in gameplay, the player has to press GameboyB. To execute the Punch Attack as a combo, the player has to press GameboyB up to three times in succession.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow is able to use the Punch Attack (referred to as Punch). Its performance is as following:

  1. Shadow delivers a quick right cross whilst standing firm.
  2. Shadow then steps forward slightly as he follows up with a quick left cross.
  3. To finish the combination, Shadow performs a fast, rising somersault kick.

To perform the Punch in gameplay, the player has to press SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/PSSquareButton/XboxX up to three times in succession when Shadow is not equipped with a weapon. Additionally, some of Shadow's allies can perform Punch when controlled by another player in the GameCube/PlayStation 2 version of the game. Like Shadow, the player can perform Punch by pressing SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/PSSquareButton. Characters who can use Punch are:

In the game's Two Player mode, two of the playable Shadow Androids, which appear at the top of the character select screen, use Shadow's move-set, and can therefore also use Punch.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the move returned once again as one of Knuckles' attacks, where it is referred to as the Punch. Its performance is as following:

  1. Knuckles delivers a full-force strike with his right fist. This is called the Heat Knuckle (ヒートナックル Hītonakkuru?).[1]
  1. Knuckles follows up with a quick spin to build up momentum and strikes with his right fist. This is called the Back Claw (バックブロー Bakkuburō?, lit. "Back Blow").[1]
  2. Knuckles finishes by jumping into the air and punches into the ground with his right fist, which sends out a delayed red shock-wave. This is called the Stone Breaker Punch (岩石割パンチ Ganseki Wari Panchi?, lit. "Rock Splitter Punch").[1]

To perform the Punch in gameplay, the player has to press XboxX/PSSquareButton. To execute the Punch as a combo, the player has to press XboxX/PSSquareButton up to three times in succession.

Variants

Double Punch

Main article: Double Punch

The Double Punch is a quick one-two jab Knuckles delivers to his opponent. This move appeared in Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Advance 3.

Spiral Attack

Main article: Spiral Attack

The Spiral Attack is basically the Double Punch performed while Knuckles is in Boost Mode. It has only appeared in Sonic Advance 2.

Spiral Upper

Main article: Spiral Upper

The Spiral Upper is a spinning uppercut Knuckles delivers to the enemy above him. This move appeared in Sonic Adventure 2, the remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Sonic Advance 3.

Gallery

Sonic Adventure

Sonic Adventure 2

Sonic Advance

Shadow the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Team (14 November 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Xbox 360. Sega. Area/Level: Town Mission 8: The Legend of the Three Musketeers. "Hint Ring: Press the XboxX once to do a Heat Knuckle. Again, to do a Back Claw. And a third time to do a Stone Breaker punch for a combo attack!"
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