At the beginning of the battle hit Silver ﬁrst, scoop up the Rings in the center of the arena, then get out of the way as Silver launches his ﬁrst attack. Steer clear of the crates, especially the explosive ones, to prevent Silver from using them and his Psychokinesis powers against the player. When Silver starts to charge up an attack, run and slide into the psychic hedgehog. The kick attack knocks Silver to the ground, giving you a chance to move away before he recovers and tries to launch any nearby crates at you. Repeat this pattern of either kicking Silver or using your Homing Attacks to bounce off his head.
Advanced users technique: The player can attack Silver the Hedgehog, when he is levitating. Continue going around the area, so he does this. Then launch your attack at him (in the air).
Before engaging Silver, pick up some safety Rings. There are two lines of Rings on the conveyor belts that stretch through the middle of the arena, as well as Ring Capsules under the crane towers. Never attack Silver straight on when he’s not busy using PK. Silver will freeze the player in midair, then ﬂing the player across the arena. When the player hit the wall, the player will lose his Rings. The player have a few seconds to recover them and ﬂee the area if the player stay in the same place for too long, Silver rushes up and grabs the player with PK again. One way to bring down Silver is with spinning kicks. Get down on the ground next to him and freeze him with a Chaos Spear. Then deliver a swift kick to knock him down. Once Silver drops to the dirt, run away, because the moment he gets up, he’ll try to grab the player with his PK. When Silver is using PK to lift things he can throw, he’s vulnerable. As soon as the player see Silver lifting barrels, rush him and smash into him with a Homing Attack. Once the player knock Silver down, though, be sure to run away to another part of the arena before he recovers.
Advanced users technique: The player can attack Silver, when he is levitating. Continue going around the area, so he does this. Then launch your attack at him (in the air).
This battle was made infamous due to Silver's line when grabbing the player with his psychokinesis. ("It's no use! Take this!")
This boss battle contains a particular glitch infamous among players, when Silver grabs hold of the player and slams him into a wall. Normally, the player would lose rings and has to escape before Silver gets a chance to grab you again. Sometimes, the player would instead constantly gain a ring back just as Silver prepares to give the final blow. Since it is impossible to die this way, the player is stuck on an endless loop being grabbed by Silver over and over again.
In the description of Sonic's boss battle with Silver in Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide, there are images showing an explosive crate and Silver using Psycho Shock during the boss battle. Neither of these subjects are seen during the battle in the final version of the game.
Though Silver can grab the player with Psychokinesis when fighting against him, the player cannot do the same when playing as Silver against other playable characters.