The Punch Attack (パンチ攻撃,Panchi kōgeki?), also known as Punch (パンチ,Panchi?), is one of the signature moves of Knuckles the Echidna. It first appeared in Sonic Adventure and has since then been one of Knuckles basic moves. Since its introduction, other characters has also made use of the Punch Attack, namely Tikal, Chaos 0 and Shadow the Hedgehog. It is a basic triple punch combo the user delivers to the opponents.
When using the Punch Attack, the user stands firmly on the ground where he/she punches the opponent in front with his/hers fists up to three times in a successive combo attack.
Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Knuckles punches with his right fist and sends out a purple pulse.
Knuckles follows up with a punch with his left fist and sends out a purple pulse.
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 Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
The Punch Attack reappeared in Sonic Adventure 2, where it was called Punch, and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle where Knuckles and the additional characters in the games' two-player mode, Tikal and Chaos 0, could perform it. While Tikal's Punch Attack is identical to Knuckles', Chaos 0's Punch Attack has further reach due to Chaos 0's stretchy limbs. Like in Sonic Adventure, it is a three-punch combo attack:
The user punches with his/hers right fist while putting a little body weight into the strike.
The user follows up with a more reckless punch with his/hers left fist while putting a little body weight into the strike.
The user finishes with a jump into the air while delivering a twisting uppercut with his/hers left fist. This is called the Tornado Claw. If runing at high speeds, instead of a uppercut Knuckles wil do a Spiral Attack, where Knuckles will will launch himself spinning through the air for a short time, while keeping his fists in front.
To perform the Punch Attack in gameplay, the player has to press . To execute the Punch Attack as a combo, the player has to press up to three times in succession. In the game, Knuckles' Punch Attack can be enhanced with the Hammer Gloves, which allows him to break iron craters.
The Punch Attack returned as one of Knuckles's attacks. Like in the games' before it, the Punch Attack is a three-punch combo:
Knuckles delivers a quick right cross while standing firm.
Knuckles takes a step forward as he follows up with a quick left cross.
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 . To execute the Punch Attack as a combo, the player has to press 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). In this game, the Punch is used as part of a three-hit combo attack:
Shadow delivers a quick right cross whilst standing firm.
Shadow then steps forward slightly as he follows up with a quick left cross.
To finish the combination, Shadow performs a fast, rising somersault kick.
To perform the Punch in gameplay, the player has to press // up to three times in succession when Shadow is not equipped with a weapon. If performed in midair, Shadow stays stationary in the air for a brief second and performs a spinning kick.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
The Punch Attack made another appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), where it was referred to as Punch. In this game, it was once again one of Knuckles' attack and returned to being a three-punch combo:
Knuckles delivers a full-force strike with his right fist. This is called the Heat Knuckle (ヒートナックル,Hītonakkuru?).
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").
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 Split Punch").
To perform the Punch in gameplay, the player has to press /. To execute the Punch as a combo, the player has to press / up to three times in succession.