The shield icon from Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
Protection around its user.
A round, protective shield, which is seen colored as blue or dark green. Getting hit once make it disappear.
The Shield, also known as Barrier (バリア Baria?) in Japan, Normal Shield or Barrier Shield, is a power-up item, first introduced in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. It is obtained by braking an Item Box with a blue or dark green circular symbol on the monitor. It is the first and original of all shield type power-ups.
The power-up itself envelops the playing character in a spherical barrier which protects the wearer from attacks or damage so that the player would not lose collected rings or a life if they are hit without rings. Its color varies from blue, green and grey depending on what game it is in. Unlike its successors, it does not have any additional abilities to grant to the wearer.
The protection of shield varies on certain forms. It is able to protect from enemies, spikes and some other level hazards and after hitting one of aforementioned alternatives, the shield disappears and the player is usually seen flying slightly backwards without losing rings. However the shield is not able to protect while falling to the bottomless pits or being crushed by crusher with spikes or not, which is the instant death. If the player also enters to the underwater sections, it doesn't disappear like elemental shields do, but neither it does protect from drowning.
The Shield's color has been varied thought the series without any logical reason. As the shield is originally known being colored as blue, while since Sonic Adventure, it changed its color to dark green. However one time in Sonic Generations, it is simply illustrated as transparent white bubble, but in most appearances it is transparent with a shade of either blue or dark green.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)Edit
The original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog marked the first appearance of Shield. In the game, it can be collected from normal monitor with blue orb symbol icon in it. The shield is colored a washed-out blue and flashes around Sonic. If the player gets hit once by badniks or any other obstacles, Sonic will lose the shield, but he can pick up another one from other monitors. Because the game is known having a "Spike Bug", the player is able to lose shield, rings and even life directly at a time while getting hit multiple times by spikes, despite few seconds flashing and invulnerability.
The 8-bit version of the game with same name also features shields on monitors. It is somehow smaller and more brighter blue comparing to the 16-bit counterpart. It can also seen spinning around the player during the game and like in 16-bit counterpart, it doesn't protect about drowning in underwater sections of Labyrinth Zone.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2Edit
The shield makes its next appearance in 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where the game describes more dark blue than in previous game. The shield in this game also is seen flashing effect with white core. It can be once again being found at monitors at each zone. Despite the sprite being changed slightly, the shield had no other benefits and was more or less the same as it had been in the previous installment. The shield is also seen in multiplayer mode of the game too, but items of monitors are now randomized.
The shield's appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog CD is almost identical comparing to original Sonic the Hedgehog. Similarly, it can be found at monitors and it is seen to have same washy flashing effect. It can be lost once after getting hit by badniks, spikes or any other dangerous obstacles.
The shield has seen as general monitor item in Knuckles' Chaotix. The blue shield has similar effect from previous games, as the player will lose it after hitting the enemy or spikes once. Although it only protects certain playable character, that player controls and breaks the monitor. The other playable character in this case gets hit and falls out the screen and comes back to the action after for while. The shield has spinning coin effect during the being around the player.
Sonic the FightersEdit
Sonic the Fighters doesn't feature the traditional shield, but does feature different temporary shield, that the player or the stage's opponent is able to used it to guard defense for while. It is able to do by holding down the Barrier button in original arcade version of the game. The player and opponents are able to break others shield while they are guarding it. It takes several punches to break through a single shield. At the beginning of arcade mode of the game, the player has already five shields on the hand and if the player loses all, shields are all gone for good.
The shield is also featured at isometric perspective in Sonic 3D Blast (also known as Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in Europe and Japan). It can be normally found at monitors with blue shield icon on it and it only protects the player until hitting badniks, spikes or other hazards of each zone. It is worth of note, that Flickies that the player has also got small shield surrounding on them and they don't fly away by hitting obstacles, if the player himself doesn't.
There are also other two shields in the game as well, such as Fire Shield from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, which protects from fire obstacles and the player is able to walk on lava lakes. The game features new type of shield called Gold Shield, which gives ability to Blast Attack to the badnik. All Flickies also got these shields as well.
The shield makes appearance in Sonic Blast, as being found from monitors. It is small comparing to the playable character, but works similarly like in previous appearances. However some of monitors with question marks are randomized, which may contain one of eight power-ups of the game, including the shield.
The shield makes next appearance in Sonic Adventure, while having basic same method from earlier appearances, the color of the shield is now dark green. It can be normally found at Item boxes, which is newer form of monitors since this game. Also since Sonic Adventure, Lightning Shield from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles is also seen featured in item boxes, which also protects until the one hit, but also magnetically attracts rings.
Sonic Pocket AdventureEdit
Shield becomes one of general monitor items once again in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, where it is now seen colored as light blue. Shield have the same method from previous games, as by hitting badniks, spikes or other obstacles once makes the shield disappear around the player. The shield is also seen in multiplayer mode of the game as well.
Sonic Adventure 2Edit
The dark green shield is once again seen in Sonic Adventure 2, as being included in item boxes, that can be seen with foot-sets or floating in the air. Shield has the same method from Sonic Adventure, while the game also features Lightning Shield as well. However if the player has 90 rings on hand and run past one of Point Markers, the player will earn the shield automatically.
Sonic Advance gamesEdit
The dark green shield is also seen in all three Sonic Advance games. In all three games, it can be found at normal or floating item boxes and protects player until hitting to the enemy or any hazards on the way without losing rings.
The dark green shield is once again been featured in Sonic Heroes, as it can be found at item boxes or floating balloon variants of them. It works similarly like in Sonic Adventure titles, as getting hit once makes the shield disappear, but check points don't give shields anymore. The appearance of shield in the game is smaller and more colorful, even sometimes being nearly invisible around the playable character. The Lightning Shield is not featured in the game.
Sonic Rush gamesEdit
Dark green shields are also seen once again being featured in Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure, as these power-ups are once again included in item boxes and balloon variants as well. It works similarly like in Sonic Advance games without any differences.
Shadow the HedgehogEdit
The normal, dark green shield has also make appearance in Shadow the Hedgehog, where it is found at item boxes like in previous titles. Like always, it protects the player in the action until it lost by hitting the enemy once. The game also has red Heat Barrier, which hurts surrounding enemies while using it and blue Lightning Shield is also seen as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)Edit
The dark green shield makes another appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), where it can be found at more detailed looked item boxes and work similarly like in previous games such as Sonic Adventure. The game doesn't feature once again Lightning Shield, but as Sonic sometimes holds Elise at several stages such as Dusty Desert and Tropical Jungle, the player is able to use temporary yellow shield that protects about to not sink down quicksand or lake in the jungle.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing seriesEdit
In Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, one of item box power-ups appear to be dark green shield, which can be activated after getting it. The shield also appears here, and works the same way as it always has. However as the other player hits with other item box weapons, the shield will disappear and can collect again from another item box.
Different type of shield is featured in Sonic Unleashed, which is able to do with Sonic at his Werehog form. This energy shield guards Sonic, as he pulls his arms at front of his face by holding LB button and Sonic thus got temporary shield around. The player is able to increase the EXP of Shield Gauge by collecting Chaos Orbs after destroying enemies during night stages of the game. The highest level where the player is able to power-up shield at its status is to level 8.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4Edit
The normal shield makes appearance in all episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4, although still being colored as dark green. It can be found at newer monitors and works similarly like in previous installments. After getting hit once by badniks, spikes or other obstacles makes shield disappear and the player doesn't lose rings.
Even though Nintendo Wii version of Sonic Colors doesn't feature item boxes and shields at all, the Nintendo DS version does feature item boxes, which also include dark green shields as one power-ups in the game. The game also feature Lightning Shield as well and all shields work similarly like in Sonic Rush games.
Normal shield makes reappearance, along with Elemental Shields (Fire, Thunder and Water) in Sonic Generations. It can only be found on monitors at classic act of each level. However, in this game, the player is also able to buy the shield and the others elemental shields as Skills from the Skill Shop as well. By buying shields, the player can keep three shields at a safe place during the game and, by equipping their respective Skill in gameplay, the player can activated the shields manually whenever desired.
In the console version the shield looks completely white orb like the Bubble Shield, but the icon of the item shows shield to being normally dark green. In the Nintendo 3DS version, it can be found normally on Item Boxes, as well as the Thunder shield (Emerald Coast only) or get either of them as an extra skill after playing Versus Mode online.
Sonic Jump gamesEdit
Dark green shields are featured in all Sonic Jump, Sonic Jump 2 and 2012 remake of the game, as normally being collected item boxes and disappear once after getting hit by enemies and other obstacles. The 2012 remake include different shields as well.
Dark green shields are included at item boxes in Sonic Dash. When the player gets the shield, it protects him from crashing the badniks of the game without losing rings. However the shield will disappear after for while and the player has to get another one from other item box.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Adventures of Sonic the HedgehogEdit
Sonic X (Comics)Edit
In Archie's Sonic X comics, Sonic finds shield monitor on the top of large loop at Green Hill Zone in issue 10. He first felt hesitated after getting it around and tries to outrun the shield, which doesn't work. After that, he proceed his journey until he comforts Doctor Eggman on his Eggmobile's additional device. He lost the shield after getting smashed by wrecking ball, but despite few hits, he still manages to defeat him and thus Sonic and Eggman moves to the next zone.
In Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, Sonic is seen using sort of similar shield at issue 227, during the Genesis arc.. When Sonic, Sally and Boomer have entered inside of the Scrap Brain Zone and come across Doctor Eggman with large mechanic pillars, Sonic suddenly got trapped of blue forcefield around him. He uses it during the fight against Eggman's machine and as Antoine arrives into the Eggman's machine, Sonic finishes the battle and after that, the shield disappears.
Concept Arts and ArtworksEdit
- Although multiple shields can be obtained at once, but the player will still only be protected from one hit.
- The player is unable to transform Super Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, if Sonic has shield around. However if the player does super transformation, it is noticeable that, monitors that have shield changed the blue color to golden yellow and the player is then able to pick up the yellow shield around. This is due Sonic and shield sharing the same color palette in the game. The same thing can happen in locked-on version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where the shield starts glowing pink just like Super Knuckles does.
- This has been lated fixed in both two episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4, where Sonic is able to transform while having dark green shield or even invincibility at the same time.
- Numerous lead minions of their enemy groups are known to have different, invisible shield around them in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Unleashed, if the player attacks them at front view.