Sonic News Network

Strange Relief

Redirected from Relief

11,249pages on
this wiki

Concept art of Strange Relief from Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II.

The Strange Relief[1] (レリーフ Rerifu?, lit. "Relief"), also known as Arrow-Shooting Heads,[2] is a wall-mounted stone statue of a human face with a red gem on its forehead. When it sees the player, it will start to shoot arrows at him. Strange Relief first made an appearance at Marble Garden Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and later made another appearance at Sylvania Castle Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.


Strange Relief is found carved into a wall from both ruined temples or outside as well, while remaining motionless. When the player comes into its range, it starts periodically firing arrows from its mouth in a straight line. Hitting the red gem on its forehead three times will deactivate the relief and open a wall or floor nearby, that leads to the route to progress in the game. While playing as Knuckles in the locked-on version of the game, who cannot climb on these reliefs, there is one part of Marble Garden Zone Act 2, where Knuckles is unable to reach and destroy the Strange Relief, as the player has to use an alternative pathway, that is located upper part of the zone.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Strange Relief shoots darts at the player as it did before. It is invincible however, as hitting its gem will not destroy it. Strange Reliefs also appear in underwater segments, though these statues blow the player different directions rather than firing arrows.



Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Main articles (Sonic 3 | Sonic & Knuckles | Sonic 3 & Knuckles) | Gallery (Sonic 3 | Sonic & Knuckles) | Beta elements | Staff (Sonic 3 | Sonic & Knuckles)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki