The Quick Step (クイックステップ Kuikku Suteppu?) is a recurring move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When using this technique, the user moves swiftly to the sides.


Fitting with its name, the Quick Step allows the user to make a swift-strafing movement to the left or right when running at high speeds in the 3D sections for levels. If it is used while standing still, the user will simply perform a cartwheel to the left or right.

In gameplay, the Quick Step is primarily used to avoid incoming obstacles at high speed, such as spikes or walls, that will impede Sonic's movements. It can also be used to make precise movements into narrow pathways or to move to another runway in order to avoid obstacles or falling into a bottomless pit. Its speed can be increased when the Boost is used.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

In Sonic Unleashed, it is a regular move that can be used everywhere in the daytime Stages. It is very useful for evading Aero-Chasers and the Interceptor's lasers and many other enemies. Its speed can as well be increased by used the Sonic Boost at the same time. To use it in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls:

PlayStation 2 Wii (remote) Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
Playstation-Button-L1/R1ps3 WiiB + Control Stick ◀/▶ Wii-Classic-Button-L/ButtonIcon-WCC-R Lgame/Rgame Playstation-Button-L1/R1ps3 Xbox-Button-LB/Xbox-Button-RB

Sonic Colors

In Sonic Colors, the Quick Step is one of Sonic's moves, which can only be used in specific parts of the Acts, like when encountering Moto Bugs and Egg Chasers. When a Quick Step area is encountered, a Control Stick icon will appear on the upper side of the screen that shows Sonic where direction he must move to. To use it, the player has to move the control stick when encountering the Quick Step areas. It can also be used destroy enemies. Every Quick Step gives the player 100 points per-use, with a maximum of 100,000 points for each Act.

Sonic Generations

In Sonic Generations, the Quick Step returned to its basic mechanism from Sonic Unleashed, allowing the player to use it anywhere in Act 2 of every Stage. To use it in gameplay, the player must press Xbox-Button-RB/Xbox-Button-LB on the Xbox 360 and Playstation-Button-L1/R1ps3 on the PlayStation 3.

In the battle against Shadow, Shadow will use the Quick Step while boosting to avoid crashing into the purple Meteorites when Sonic gets all the Energy Cores.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the quick step is used by both Modern Sonic and the Avatar, although the latter executes it in a less swift motion than the former. Also, a Quick Step that is performed while the playable character is standing still in this game is referred to as a Cartwheel. To use the Quick Step in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls:

Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Switch l / Switch r Playstation-Button-L1 / R1ps3 Left Right Bumper


  • This style of move has become very popular with mobile games like Temple Run, Subway Surfers and Agent Dash. In 2013, Sega released its own take on these quick step focused games with Sonic Dash.
  • In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, a move similar to the Quick Step can be performed with any of the playable characters while racing through the Speed Sections of a level.


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