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The Rank is a grading system used in the Sonic the Hedgehog series video games used to measure how well the player performed in a particular event of a game, the most common being completing a level.


Ranks are letter-grades that range from S or A to E which judge how well the player performed while completing a particular event in a game such as completing a level or mission. Ranks are usually given alongside after the score is given and the player must obtain a particular score in order to reach a rank and thus is influenced by common gameplay factors such as the number of Rings, time taken to finish the stage, number of enemies defeated etc. Some games though have certain levels and missions where ranks are not awarded by score alone and may only judge by one or few gameplay factors (usually just the time taken to complete a mission) depending on the level's specific objective. In games where their playable characters are present in the stage clear results, they will act and/or comment based on the rank received.

Usually, the player has to attain the highest rank (usually an "A" or "S") for some or all stage missions of a game to receive special bonuses, unlock new gameplay features or game achievements (such as Xbox Achievements and PlayStation Trophies).

Rank list (in order)

The following list of letter grades used in the Sonic the Hedgehog games, listed from highest to lowest. The most commonly used ranks are in boldface.

  • X Rank: Violet colored (Sonic Riders games only)
  • SS/S+ Rank: Brass colored (Sonic Riders games only)
  • S Rank: Crystal colored/Platinum colored/Gold colored
  • AA/A+ Rank: Cyan colored/Purple colored (Sonic Riders games only)
  • A Rank: Gold colored/Purple colored/Red colored
  • B Rank: Silver colored/Red colored/Orange colored
  • C Rank: Bronze colored/Yellow colored/Green colored
  • D Rank: Steel colored/Green colored/Light Blue colored
  • E Rank: Rusty metal colored/Blue colored
  • F Rank: Purple colored (This was supposed to appear in Sonic Heroes, but it later got scrapped, so the E Rank is currently the lowest of them all.)

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

Ranks are first featured in Sonic Adventure 2 and later on in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle in the stage/mission results and range from A being the highest and E being the lowest. For all characters' Missions 1, 4 and 5 of all stages (except Route 101 and Route 280), the Rank is determined by the score but if the player obtains every single Ring in the stage and clears it, the player is awarded an automatic A-Rank regardless of the other score factors. For the remaining Missions, the Rank is solely based on the time taken to complete it. The player is required to earn an A-Rank in all missions of every stage in the game in order to obtain all of the Emblems (which also unlocks the "You Are The Legend" Achievement/Trophy in the 2012 HD port).

Besides the game's stages, each stat of a Chao (Fly, Swim, Power, Run and Stamina) are also given Ranks from S being the highest to E being the lowest which determines how high the stat values increase by when they level up. These stat Ranks are randomized for each Chao the player owns.

Sonic Heroes


The player receiving an A-Rank at Seaside Hill as Team Sonic in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, Ranks return where they were given at the stage/mission results like with Sonic Adventure 2. Score-based Ranks were given for all teams' first Missions and all Extra Missions of Team Sonic and Team Chaotix while time-based Ranks were given for boss fights and all Extra Missions of Team Dark and Team Rose. In score-based missions, the character that comments on the rank the player received is the one who has the highest character score (if there is a tie, priority is given to the Speed character and then Fly) while in time-based missions, the character that was the leader when the mission was finished will comment instead. (It should be noted that comments for boss fights are always the same per character regardless of the received rank.)

The player is required to obtain an A-Rank of every Mission in the game to unlock Super Hard Mode. Ranks are not recorded for completing the Tutorial stage or the Super Hard Mode stages.

Sonic Forces


The "S" Rank given to Classic Sonic after completing a stage.

The Rank system is present in the gameplay of Sonic Forces, in which, like before, is given based on the player's performance in the completed level.

Rank comments

Sonic Adventure 2

  • Sonic:
    • A: "[Whistles] That was cool!"
    • B: "Too easy! Piece of cake!"
    • C: "Just made it."
    • D: "Huh. No problem."
    • E: "Barely made it."
  • Tails:
    • A: "I did it, Sonic!"
    • B: "Very good."
    • C: "That was easy."
    • D: "That was a little tough!"
    • E: "I gotta do better next time."
  • Knuckles:
    • A: "Yeah, this is perfect!"
    • B: "Yeah, I feel good."
    • C: "Not too bad."
    • D: "Whew, that was tough."
    • E: "I have to try harder."
  • Shadow:
    • A: "Ultimate victory!"
    • B: "Hmm, too easy for me."
    • C: "That wasn't so hard."
    • D: "Maybe I didn't try hard enough."
    • E: "I guess I'm not at full power here."
  • Eggman:
    • A: "Now you know why I am the best!"
    • B: "Hahaha, piece of cake!"
    • C: "Hmm. That wasn't so difficult."
    • D: "I should have tried a little harder."
    • E: "That was too close."
  • Rouge:
    • A: "How was that? Perfect? Like me?"
    • B: "It's all too easy for me."
    • C: "Not too bad, I guess."
    • D: "I guess I took a little too much time."
    • E: "I'm ashamed to call myself a hunter!"

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, whichever character earned the most points between the three teammates will be the one to say their comment.

  • Team Sonic:
    • Sonic:
      • A: "[Whistles]. That was tight!"
      • B: "Too easy!"
      • C: "Barely made it."
      • D: "Hm. No problem."
      • E: "Shoot. Not my day."
    • Tails:
      • A: "Sonic! Knuckles! We did it!"
      • B: "Not too shabby!"
      • C: "Guess that's that!"
      • D: "A bit tough!"
      • E: "We can do better..."
    • Knuckles
      • A: "Perfect!"
      • B: "Hmm. Not bad!"
      • C: "Guess that's about it!"
      • D: "I didn't use all my strength!"
      • E: "Just enough to pass."
  • Team Dark:
    • Shadow:
      • A: "Perfect as always!"
      • B: "Piece of cake."
      • C: "Just average."
      • D: "Not taking this seriously."
      • E: "What's wrong with me?"
    • Rouge:
      • A: "Perfect! As usual."
      • B: "Piece of cake."
      • C: "Mmm. Not bad."
      • D: "I can do better..."
      • E: "I'm ashamed to call myself a treasure hunter!"
    • Omega:
      • A: "I am Omega! The ultimate E-Series robot!"
      • B: "This proves my power!"
      • C: "Satisfactory level."
      • D: "Power balance adjustment needed."
      • E: "I couldn't even beat Gamma or Beta..."
  • Team Rose:
    • Amy:
      • A: "We're like awesome!"
      • B: "I just knew we could do it!"
      • C: "Just this will do..."
      • D: "Guess we could've tried harder..."
      • E: "We couldn't even impress Sonic like this..."
    • Cream:
      • A: "I'm so happy, I want to tell everyone!"
      • B: "As long as we stay together, we can do anything!"
      • C: "Cheese, you did great too. Thank you!"
      • D: "That was pretty tough!"
      • E: "Disappointing..."
    • Big:
      • A: "Cause I'm super-duper happy!"
      • B: "That was good!"
      • C: "Not too bad, I guess."
      • D: "We should try to do better next time."
      • E: "I'm feeling a little blue..."
  • Team Chaotix:
    • Espio:
      • A: "Impossible feat! Ultimate ninja power!"
      • B: "Good job! Nothing more to be said."
      • C: "Not bad. No complaints."
      • D: "Be on guard! Focus, and prepare yourself."
      • E: "Insulting. Your training has been a waste of time."
    • Charmy:
      • A: "Awesome! Totally awesome!"
      • B: "No problem!"
      • C: "Not bad, don't you think?"
      • D: "Maybe we could've done a little better!"
      • E: "Ok, stop foolin' around!"
    • Vector:
      • A: "Perfect! The work of professionals, heh!"
      • B: "No complaints!"
      • C: "Not bad!"
      • D: "Maybe... this wasn't our day."
      • E: "Lackluster performance, I'd say."

Shadow the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

  • Sonic:
    • S: "That was incredible!"
    • A: "Too easy! No sweat."
    • B: "Just made it."
    • C: "Hmph. No problem."
    • D: "Man! Today's not my day."
  • Tails:
    • S: "Great! I did it, Sonic!"
    • A: "An "A" effort!"
    • B: "Well, not bad!"
    • C: "I had a bit of trouble there."
    • D: "I've got to do better..."
  • Knuckles:
    • S: "Alright!"
    • A: "That felt good."
    • B: "Well, that wasn't too bad."
    • C: "Hmph. That took longer than I thought."
    • D: "Shoot! I still got a ways to go..."
  • Elise:
    • S: "I don't believe it!"
    • A: "I'm so happy."
    • B: "How was that?"
    • C: "I'm a bit tired."
    • D: "I need to try harder..."
  • Shadow:
    • S: "Perfect."
    • A: "Hm. Not even a challenge."
    • B: "Guess that was alright."
    • C: "Need to stay focused."
    • D: "Maybe I wasn't strong enough."
  • Rouge:
    • S: "What did you think of my beautiful technique?"
    • A: "For me, it was a piece of cake!"
    • B: "That was pretty good, I guess."
    • C: "I guess I took a bit too long."
    • D: "How can I call myself a treasure hunter?"
  • Omega:
    • S: "Perfect mission."
    • A: "Good performance."
    • B: "That was adequate."
    • C: "Expected time frame: not met."
    • D: "Has one of my systems broken down?"
  • Silver:
    • S: "Perfect!!!"
    • A: "Looks like I'm on a roll!"
    • B: "That was easy!"
    • C: "That took too long."
    • D: "I need to pull it together."
  • Blaze:
    • S: "Can't complain."
    • A: "All it takes is a little effort."
    • B: "That was so-so."
    • C: "I should have done better."
    • D: "That was weak."
  • Amy:
    • S: "Just perfect!"
    • A: "Aren't I just incredible?"
    • B: "Yay! I rock!"
    • C: "Phew. That was close."
    • D: "I gotta do better than this."

Sonic and the Secret Rings

  • Sonic:
    • Gold Medal:
    • Silver Medal: "Too easy!"
    • Bronze Medal: "Phew, just made it!"
    • No Medal: "Huh, no Problem."

Sonic Unleashed

  • PlayStation 3/Xbox 360:
    • Sonic:
      • S: "Piece of cake!"/"Beautiful!"/"Sweet!"
      • A: "Yes!"/"Cool!"/"No problem!"
      • B: "How's that?"/"Not bad."/"Ha ha !"
      • C: "Eh, can't win 'em all."/"Yeah, I'm good."
      • D: "Well that was lame."/"Aw, I've gotta try that again."/"Not my best run."
      • E: "NOOOOO!"/"Aw No!"
    • Sonic the Werehog:
      • S: "Oh yeah! That's right baby!"
      • A: (Howls)
      • B: "Wow! I rule!"
      • C: "Hmm, not so bad."
      • D: "Augh! Can I start over?"
      • E: "Darn!"
  • PlayStation 2/Wii:
    • Sonic:
      • S: "No problem!"/"Sweet!"|"Piece of cake!"'
      • A: "Yeah, I'm good."/"Ha ha !"|"Yes!"
      • B: ""Ha ha !"|"Yeah, I'm good."|"Yes!"
      • C: "NOOOO!"/"Not my best run."
    • Sonic the Werehog:
      • S: "How do you like that, huh?!"
      • A: "Wow! I rule!"
      • B: "Augh! Can I start over?"
      • C: "Hmph, not so hot."

Sonic and the Black Knight

  • Sonic
    • 5 Stars: "(Whistles) That was tight!"
    • 4 Stars: "Too easy!"
    • 3 Stars: "Whew, just made it!"
    • 2 Stars: "Hm, no problem"
    • 1 Star: "Shoot! Not my day"
  • Sir Lancelot
    • 5 Stars:
    • 4 Stars:
    • 3 Stars: "All's well that ends well"
    • 2 Stars: "Not taking this seriously"
    • 1 Star:
  • Sir Gawain
    • 5 Stars:
    • 4 Stars: "Hm, not bad!"
    • 3 Stars: "Not bad"
    • 2 Stars:
    • 1 Star:
  • Sir Percival
    • 5 Stars:
    • 4 Stars:
    • 3 Stars: "A performance fitting a knight"
    • 2 Stars:
    • 1 Star:

Sonic Colors (DS)

  • Sonic:
    • S: "Amazing!"
    • A: "Great!"
    • B: "Very good!"
    • C: "Good!"
    • D: "Don't give up!"

Sonic Lost World (3DS)

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Sonic does not add any comments to his Ranks; instead he spins around and gives a "Thumbs Up" depending on the Rank received.


  • In the Wii/PS2 version of Sonic Unleashed, the rankings went from S to C, although the D and E ranks are present in the Xbox 360/PS3 versions. Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes ranked A to E while Sonic 06 and Sonic Generations ranked S to D.
  • In Sonic Generations, almost the total score (and Rank) is calculated by the time taken to complete it. This means by completing an Act at a sufficiently fast time, it is almost always enough to earn an A or S Rank (assuming the player doesn't lose a life).
    • However, an orange bar counting as rings will extend off of the green bar (time).
  • In the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and Chip look directly at the ranking. Depending on what the rank is, they will behave in a certain way. They will get annoyed if the rank is bad (E or D), remain calm if the rank is average (C or B) and will dance for joy if the rank is good (A or S).
    • Receiving an E rank in any act causes the Results BGM to play very badly.
  • Since Sonic Colors, after getting any rank, Sonic will do a pose for the player, but only when the time to interact with the results screen stops. In Sonic Generations, after getting your score results and your rank, Sonic will do a pose, perform a move or just dance (depending of what rank the player gets).
  • Rankings were supposed to be given in Sonic Adventure as well, but the concept was scrapped during development time for unknown reasons.[citation needed] However, the system was implemented into the next game, Sonic Adventure 2 and almost every other Sonic game released after.

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