The Red Deep Nightmare (レッドディープ・ナイトメア Reddo Dīpu Naitomea?) is an enemy that appears in the nighttime Stages in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed. They are a variant of Dark Gaia's Minions and an empowered version of the Deep Nightmare, making them the strongest of the Nightmare variant.


The Red Deep Nightmares closely resembles the Deep Nightmare. They resemble humanoid lizards with thick forearms and have purple smoke emitting from their back, much like the Nightmare. Unlike the Nightmare, however they are slightly taller, their horns and tails are larger and more jagged, they have several more teeth with tusks in the corner of their mouth, and they have larger and more spikes on their back than the Nightmares. Unlike the normal Deep Nightmare however, they have a pinkish-red color and their markings glow in a cyan color.

Powers and abilities

The Red Deep Nightmares are able to move around by emerging from black puddles on the ground. As a Dark Gaia minion, the Red Deep Nightmares can possess people by latching onto the deepest, darkest part of the heart, and generate despair, negative emotions or even erratic behavior that are completely opposite to the person's personality.

Being highest evolved form of the Nightmare, the Red Deep Nightmare stands as the strongest variant of the Nightmare variant, possesses strength, speed and durability well above even the Deep Nightmares. They also possess elastic bodies, allowing them to stretch their limbs over a slightly larger area.

The Red Deep Nightmares have a profound degree of skills and cunning in terms of hand-to-hand, being able to fighting opponents with strong and fast combos and can guard against attacks with their arms with great skill.


The Red Deep Nightmares were born when Dark Gaia fell apart in the beginning of Sonic Unleashed. These fragments then spread across the planet, resulting in the creation of Dark Gaia's Minions, with some amongst them becoming Red Deep Nightmares. They first appear in Eggmanland Night Act I: Level 1 - Infiltration.

As more powerful versions of the Deep Nightmares, the Red Deep Nightmares are faster, can deal more damage to the player and have more health than any of their Nightmare relatives. They usually appear in large groups of themselves.

Like their relatives in battle, the Red Deep Nightmare fights with hand-to-hand combat. Being the most dangerous of the Nightmare variant, the Red Deep Nightmares fight more aggressively than any of the other known Nightmare variants. They usually strike with their stretchy arms and can make body flips that cause damage to Sonic if landing on him. They are also capable of aerial attacks; if Sonic jumps into the air, the Red Deep Nightmares can jump up and knock him down again. When fighting defensively, they can nullify the damage from the player's attacks by guarding, which can be broken with the right combo attack or be automatically put down after a while.

Upon the reconstruction of Dark Gaia by Dr. Eggman, all of the Red Deep Nightmares along with the other Dark Gaia minions were returned to the beast, who was later defeated and sealed within the planet's core.



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