The Red Nightmare (レッドナイトメア Reddo Naitomea?) is an enemy that appears in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed. They are a variant of Dark Gaia's Minions and an empowered version of the Nightmare.


The Red Nightmares look just like standard Nightmares, appearing as humanoid chameleon-like beings with thick forearms, spiked backs and horns, with glowing markings on their bodies and purple smoke emitting from their backs. However, unlike regular Nightmares, they have a pinkish-red colored skin and their glowing markings are cyan.

Powers and abilities

The Red Nightmares are able to move around by emerging from black puddles on the ground. As a Dark Gaia minion, the Red 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 an evolved form of the Nightmare, the Red Nightmare possesses strength, speed and durability above the regular Nightmares. The Red Nightmares also possess elastic bodies, allowing them to stretch their limbs over a slightly larger area.

The Red Nightmares have a certain degree of skills and cunning in terms of hand-to-hand, being able to fight opponents with combos and guard against attacks with their arms.


The Red Nightmares, like all of Dark Gaia's Minions, were created when Dark Gaia fell apart at the beginning of Sonic Unleashed, with some of its fragments becoming Red Nightmares. They first appear in Cool Edge Act II: The Ice Floe.

As an empowered version of the Nightmare, the Red Nightmares are faster and stronger than the normal Nightmares and possess more health, but they are still weaker than the regular Deep Nightmare. They usually appear in groups of at least three or more.

Like their relatives in battle, the Red Nightmare fights with hand-to-hand combat, but in a more aggressive way than the regular Nightmares. 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 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 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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