Ranks are grades that are obtained by completing a stage or act (sometimes mini-games) in the video games and represent how well the player participated in that particular event. The rank he/she receives is determined by how many Sonic the Hedgehog series Rings that are collected throughout the stage, how fast the stage is cleared, the number of enemies defeated and other such varying scores.
Ranks made their first appearance in
. Since then, ranks have appeared in the majority of Sonic games released to date, but sometimes the scores are represented by stars instead of ranks (such as in Sonic Adventure 2 ). Since Sonic and the Black Knight , S-Rank became the highest rank, replacing A, and it has been this way in the most recent Sonic games that use letters for ranks. The order of rank grade was A to E starting with Sonic Rush Sonic Adventure 2, and S to D starting from . However, in the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360 version of , E returned as the lowest rank but was dropped again from Sonic Unleashed and onwards (where D was the lowest rank).
Rank list (in order)
X Rank: Violet colored ( games only)
Sonic Riders SS Rank: Brass colored ( Sonic Riders games only)
S Rank: Crystal colored/Platinum colored/Gold colored
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 , but it later got scrapped, so the E Rank is currently the lowest of them all.)
A: "[Whistles] That was cool!"
B: "Too easy! Piece of cake!"
C: "Just made it."
D: "Huh. No problem."
E: "Barely made it."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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!"
A: "[Whistles]. That was tight!"/"Sonic! Knuckles! We did it!"/"Perfect!"
B: "Too easy!"/"Not too shabby!"/"Hmm. Not bad!"
C: "Barely made it."/"Guess that's that!"/"Guess that's about it!"
D: "Hm. No problem."/"A bit tough!"/"I didn't use all my strength!"
E: "Shoot. Not my day."/"We can do better..."/"Just enough to pass."
A: "Perfect as always!"/"Perfect! As usual."/"I am Omega! The ultimate E-Series robot!"
B: "Piece of cake."/"Piece of cake."/"This proves my power!"
C: "Just average."/"Not bad."/"Satisfactory level."
D: "Not taking this seriously."/"I can do better."/"Power balance adjustments needed."
E: "What's wrong with me?"/"I'm ashamed to call myself a treasure hunter!"/"I couldn't even beat Gamma or Beta..."
A: "We're like awesome!"/"I'm so happy, I want to tell everyone!"/"Cause I'm super-duper happy!"
B: "I just knew we could do it!"/"As long as we stay together, we can do anything!"/"That was good!"
C: "Just this will do..."/"Cheese, you did great too. Thank you!"/"Not too bad, I guess."
D: "Guess we could've tried harder."/"That was pretty tough!"/"We should try to do better next time."
E: "We couldn't even impress Sonic like this..."/"Disappointing..."/"I'm feeling a little blue..."
A: "Impossible feat! Ultimate ninja power!"/"Awesome! Totally awesome!"/"Perfect! The work of professionals, heh!"
B: "Good job! Nothing more to be said."/"No problem!"/"No complaints!"
C: "Not bad. No complaints."/"Not bad, don't you think?"/"Not bad!"
D: "Be on guard! Focus, and prepare yourself."/"Maybe we could've done a little better!"/"Maybe... this wasn't our day."
E: "Insulting. Your training has been a waste of time."/"Ok, stop foolin' around!"/"Lackluster performance, I'd say."
S: "That was incredible!"
A: "Too easy! No sweat."
B: "Just made it."
C: "Hmph! No problem."
D: "Man! Today's not my day."
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..."
A: "That felt good."
B: "Well, that wasn't too bad."
C: "Hmph. That took longer than I thought."
D: "Shoot! I still got ways to go..."
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..."
A: "Hm. Not even a challenge."
B: "Guess that was alright."
C: "Need to stay focused."
D: "Maybe I wasn't strong enough."
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?"
E - 123 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?"
A: "Looks like I'm on a roll!"
B: "That was easy!"
C: "That took too long."
D: "I need to pull it together."
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."
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."
PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions only.
Sonic (Day Stages)
S: "Piece of cake!" - "Beautiful!" - "Sweet!"
A: "Yes!" - "Cool!"
B: "How's that?" - "Not bad." - "Ha ha !"
C: "Eh, can't win 'em all." - "Yeah, I'm good."
D: "Hmph! Well that was lame." - "Oh, I've gotta try that again." - "Not my best run."
E: "No!" - "Oh no."
Sonic (Night Stages)
S: "Oh yeah! That's right baby!"
B: "Wow! I rule!"
C: "Hmm, not so bad."
D: "Hmph! Can I start over?"
B: "Very good!"
D: "Don't give up!"
Sonic doesn't 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 , the rankings went from S to C, although the D and E ranks were present in the Xbox 360/PS3 versions. Sonic Unleashed Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes ranked A to E while Sonic 06 and Sonic Generations ranked S to D.
In , 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 in any act causes the results BGM to be very distorted.
Since , after getting any rank, Sonic Colors Sonic will do a pose for the player, but only when the time to interact with the results screen stops. In , 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).
Sonic Generations Rankings were supposed to be given in as well, but the concept was scrapped during development time for unknown reasons, howewer the system was implemented into the next game, Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure 2 and almost every other Sonic game released after.
Navigation Templates to Rank
Team Sonic Sonic | Tails | Knuckles
Team Rose Amy | Cream | Cheese | Big
Team Dark Shadow | Rouge | Omega
Team Chaotix Espio | Charmy | Vector
Team Super Sonic Super Sonic | Tails ( | Super Shield) Knuckles (
Eggman | Metal Sonic ( Neo Metal Sonic) | Chocola | Froggy | Shadow Android
Cameron | Egg Bishop | Egg Hammer | Egg Knight | Egg Magician | Egg Pawn | Egg Pawn (Casino version) | E-2000 | E-2000R | Falco | Flapper | Gold Cameron | Gold Klagen | Heavy-Egg Hammer | Klagen | Rhinoliner | Pumpkin-Head Ghosts
Stages 1P Stages
Sea Gate | Seaside Hill* | Ocean Palace | Grand Metropolis* | Power Plant | Casino Park | BINGO Highway* | Rail Canyon* | Bullet Station | Frog Forest* | Lost Jungle | Hang Castle | Mystic Mansion | Egg Fleet* | Final Fortress | Special Stage*
City Top | Casino Ring | Turtle Shell | Egg Treat | Pinball Match | Hot Elevator | Seaside Course | City Course | Casino Course | Road Rock | Mad Express | Terror Hall
2P Play Mode Action Race | Battle | Bobsled Race | Expert Race | Quick Race | Ring Race | Special Stage
Egg Albatross | Egg Emperor | Egg Hawk | Metal Madness | Metal Overlord | Robot Carnival | Robot Storm | Team Chaotix | Team Dark | Team Rose | Team Sonic
Manoeuvres Homing Attack | Kick | Light Dash | Propeller Hammer | Rocket Accel | Shuriken | Spin | Swinging Hammer Attack | Tornado Jump ( Black Tornado, Blue Tornado, Leaf Swirl, Tornado Hammer) | Triangle Jump
Manoeuvres Auto Homing | Body Press | Bubblegum Descent | Fire Combination | Fire Dunk | Fire Launcher | Fireball Jump | Forward Power Attack | Hammer Down | Jump Fire Knock | Jump Fireball | Remote Power Attack ( Fireball, Fire Knock) | Triangle Dive | Umbrella Descent | Wide Power Attack ( Big Fishing, Omega Arm, Vector Breath, Volcanic Dunk)
Manoeuvres Ascending Flight | Cheese Attack | Dummy Ring Bomb | Sting Attack | Thunder Shoot | Quick Ascent
Team Blast Sonic Overdrive | Chaos Inferno | Flower Festival | Chaotix Recital | Super Sonic Power
Grind Step | Grinding | Jump Dash | Lightspeed Attack | Spin Jump
English voice actors
Ryan Drummond ( | Sonic, Metal Sonic) Deem Bristow ( | Eggman) William Corkery ( | Tails) Scott Drier ( | Knuckles) David Humphrey ( | Shadow) Lani Minella ( | Rouge, Omochao) Jon St. John ( | Omega, Big) Jennifer Douillard ( | Amy) Sarah Wulfeck ( | Cream) Bill Corkery ( | Espio) Marc Biagi ( | Vector) Emily Corkery (
Japanese voice actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Ryō Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Kōji Yusa ( | Shadow) Rumi Ochiai ( | Rouge) Taiten Kusunoki ( | Omega) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Sayaka Aoki ( | Cream) Takashi Nagasako ( | Big) Yūki Masuda ( | Espio) Kenta Miyake ( | Vector) Yōko Teppōzuka ( | Charmy) Etsuko Kozakura (
/ OST / Vocal Trax / Official 20th Anniversary Sonic Heroes | We Can | This Machine | Follow Me | Team Chaotix | What I'm Made of...
Ball Switch | Bobsled | Bomb | Bull Train | Bumper | Cage | Cannon | Capsule | Castle Key | Cell Key | Cervix Tunnels | Chaos Emerald | Character battles | Container | Conveyor Belt | Dash Panel | Dash Rail | Dash Ring | Detonator Switch | Dummy Ring | Egg Fleet | Emblem | Engine Core | Fan | Flipper | Flower | Fly Type | Formation Change Gate | Gallery | Giant Frogs | Giant Switch | Glowing Mushrooms | Goal Ring | Grind Rail | Haunted Towers | Hint | Item Box ( Barrier, Fly Charge, High Speed, Invincible, Rings, Power Core, Team Blast Ring, 1-Up) | Kao | Laser Field Block | Light Spider Mark | Orb switch | Palm Plants | Pole | Power Gong | Power Type | Propeller | Pulley | Sonic Heroes Puzzle | Rank | Ramp | Ring | Shuttle loop | Slot Machine | Spear | Speed Type | Special Stage Key | Sphere | Super Hard Mode | Super Shield | Switch | Target Switch | Team Blast Gauge | Team Chaotix Missions | Torch | Vine | Warp Flower | Weight | Wide Spring
*Stage is also playable in 2P Battle mode.
Sonic ( Super Sonic, Sonic the Werehog) | Chip ( Gaia Colossus) | Tails | Amy | Dr. Eggman | Professor Pickle | Orbot | Dark Gaia ( Perfect Dark Gaia)
/ Town Stages Villages Apotos | Mazuri | Spagonia | Chun-nan | Holoska | Shamar | Empire City* | Adabat | Eggmanland
Action Stages /
Stages Windmill Isle | Savannah Citadel* | Rooftop Run | Dragon Road | Cool Edge | Arid Sands | Skyscraper Scamper* | Jungle Joyride | Eggmanland
Alexis | Anastasia | Eric | Gregorios | Hot Dog Vendor* | Ice Cream Vendor | Lambros | Lucas* | Milos* | Sandra
Aida* | Barbara | Ciccio | David | Denise | Dora | Elio* | Federica | Franco* | Gigi | Hot Dog Vendor* | Ippolita | Irma* | Josef | Lilli* | Lucia | Marcantonio* | Mauro | Natalia* | Otto | Professor Pickle | Professor Pickle's Assistant | Raimondo
Ana | Essie | Gwek | Hog Dog Vendor* | Kofi | Kwami | Kwod | Yawa | Yaya
Chun | Hot Dog Vendor* | Hualin | Jinlin* | Lin | Shuifon | Wang* | Yilin | Zonshen
Hot Dog Vendor* | Jari-Pekka | Jari-Thure | Marketa | Sarianna | Ursule
Ara | Dimah | Ehsan | Erhan | Hizir | Hot Dog Vendor* | Iman | Labib | Latif | Layla | Mufid | Musaid | Raniya | Sa'id | Sadiq | Safi | Samia | Sammar | Shadi | Utba | Yasmine
Boss* | Brenda* | Charles* | Def Big* | Elizabeth* | Hot Dog Vendor* | Li'l Kate* | Louie Montaine* | Robert*
Hot Dog Vendor* | Jamal | Kaeo | Nagi | Rudi | Teanchai
EF-DC1998* | EF-MD1991* | EF-XB2006* | Hot Dog Vendor*
Egg Beetle | Egg Cauldron* | Egg Dragoon | Egg Devil Ray | Egg Lancer | Dark Gaia | Dark Gaia Phoenix | Dark Guardian | Dark Moray | Perfect Dark Gaia
Air Boost | Crouch | Foot Sweep* | Grind Step | Grinding | Homing Attack | Hop | Light Speed Dash | Slide | Skydiving | Sonic Boost | Sonic Drift | Spin Jump | Stomp | Quick Step | Wall Jump
Dash | Double Jump | Grab | Guard | Skills | Unleashed Mode | Wall Shuffle
Super Sonic Boost
Attacks Donkey Kick Combo* | Double Axle Combo* | Double Kick Combo* | Feral Were-Hammer* | Knuckle Sandwich Combo* | Sho-Hog-Ken* | Unleashed Knuckle Sandwich* | Vertical Were-Hammer* | Were-Hammer* | Werewheel Rush*
Attacks Earthshaker* | Egg Scrambler* | Feral Wild Whirl* | Rolling Kick Combo* | Sho-Claw-Ken* | Ultimate Wild Combo* | Unleashed Wild Combo* | Wereclap* | Wild Whirl* | Wild Whirl Were-Hammer*
Attacks Aerial Claw Slash* | Aerial Claw Slash and Spin* | Aerial Piledriver* | Crescent Moon Strike* | Diving Bodypress* | Flying Double-Punch* | Flying Double-Punch Crush* | Hurricane Combo* | Shooting Star Combo* | Typhoon Combo*
Attacks Comet Punch* | Missile Punch* | Spinning Needle Attack* | Tricky Tornado Uppercut* | Triple Wild Claw* | Were-Claw Charge* | Were-Cyclone* | Were-Rush* | Were-Tornado* | Wild Werewhip*
Beatdown** | Crescent Moon Strike** | Earthshaker** | Wereclap** | Were-Hammer** | Were-Claw** | Were-Wallop** | Wild Claw** | Wild Whirl**
Level Up Items Air Boost Shoes* | Light Speed Dash Shoes* | Stomping Shoes* | Wall Jump Shoes*
Aero-Cannon | Aero-Chaser | Egg Blizzard | Egg Burst | Egg Fighter | Egg Fighter: Knight ( Electric shield, Spring shield) | Egg Fighter: Shield ( Electric shield, Spring shield) | Egg Fighter: Sword* | Egg Flame | Egg Launcher (H) | Egg Launcher (H+V) | Egg Launcher (V) | Egg Shackle | Egg Shooter | Egg Typhoon | Gold Aero-Cannon | Interceptor | Little Fighter* | Mole Cannon | Spinner | Thunder Ball | Thunder Spinner
Dark Gaia's Minions Big Mother | Cure Master* | Dark Bat | Dark Bat Sniper | Dark Eel* | Dark Fright | Dark Master** | Deep Nightmare | Evil Flower* | Fire Master | Fright Master | Killer Bee | Lightning Master | Little Rex | Nightmare | Power Master* | Red Fright | Red Killer Bee | Red Nightmare** | Red Deep Nightmare** | Red Rex | Red Titan** | Spike** | Thunder Bat | Titan
Accelerator Gun | Art Book* | Audio System | Balloon | Blue Tea* | Bobsled | Bookshelf* | Bomb | Buggy | Check Point | Chaos Emerald | Chaos Orb* | Container | Conveyor Belt | Crane Lift | Crank | Crystal Ball* | Dark Energy Key** | Dark Gaia Force | Dash Panel | Dash Rail | Dash Ring | Door | Gaia Key* | Goal Ring | Gift* | Gramophone* | Green Tea* | Grind Rail | Hanging vine | Horizontal Bar | Hourglass* | Item Capsules** | Key Stone* | Laser Field Block | Lever | Maiden Statue* | Miles Electric | Moon Tablet** | Movable Crate | Moving Crate | Old Necklace* | Planet Tablet** | Pick-Me-Up* | Pretty Bouquet* | Lovely Ring* | Power Shield* | Rainbow Ring Ramp | | Record* | Red Tea* | Ring | Shield Charge* | Souvenir* | Spear** | Spiked Ball | Spikes | Springboard/Spring | Springpole | Sun and Moon Medals | Sun Tablet** | Sundae Supreme | Super Claw* | Super Ring | Switch | Tornado-1 | Trap Spring | Turquoise Tea* | TV* | Videotape* | Violet Tea* | White Tea* | Wide Spring | Yellow Tea* | Zip Line | 1UP
English voice actors
Jason Griffith ( | Sonic, Sonic the Werehog, Prof. Pickle's Assistant) Amy Palant ( | Tails) Lisa Ortiz ( | Amy) Anthony Salerno ( | Chip) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman, Zonshen) Christopher Collet ( | Orbot) Dan Green (
Ice Cream Vendor, Prof. Pickle)
Japanese voice actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Otsuka ( | Eggman) Chō ( | Prof. Pickle) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Tomokazu Seki ( | Sonic the Werehog) Ryōko Shiraishi (
Planetary Pieces Endless Possibility | Dear My Friend
Auto Running | Bandanna Ghost and Bow Tie Ghost* | Boost Gauge | Boss Gate | Chao* | Chaos Energy Cannon | Chun-nan's Treasure | Collection Room* | Dark Energy Force Field** | Don Fachio* | Earth | Eggman Fleet | Egg Mobile | Entrance Stage* | Exorcisms | Gaia Gate | Gaia Manuscripts | Gaia Temple | Gallery | Hallowmoon | Havok | Hint | Orb Result** | Quick time event | Script | Shield | Shield Gauge | Shop* ( Counter of Dreams 2, Eggshop, Flying Fish Beach Shop, Golden Trading Company, Josef's, Surfside Seagull Sundries, Traveling Salesman Wentos, Treeshade, Ursule's Trading Post, Wang's Emporium) | Shuttle loop | Sonic: Night of the Werehog | Sonic Unleashed (Mobile) | Sonic World Adventure (manga) | Rank | Time of awakening | Tornado Defense* | Unleashed Gauge
"*" Exclusive to
PS3/ Xbox 360 version "**" Exclusive to PS2/ Wii version.