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Quick Step
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Sonic using Quick Step in the PS2/Wii version of Sonic Unleashed.
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First appearance

Sonic Unleashed

Other appearances

A swift step to the left or right.

The Quick Step (クイックステップ Kuikkusuteppu?) is one of the signature moves of Sonic the Hedgehog. Introduced in Sonic Unleashed, it has since appeared in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.


Fitting with its name, the Quick Step allows Sonic to make a swift strafing movement to the left or right when running at high speeds. If it is used while standing still, Sonic will simply perform a dodge roll to the left or right.

In gameplay, the Quick Step is primarily used to avoid incoming obstacles, 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 falling into a bottomless pit. In Sonic Colors, it can only be used during certain sections of certain levels and using it will award the player with a Quick Step Bonus (like the Sonic Drift). It can be used to bump into and destroy enemies with good timing.


  • 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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