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, 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 a chance to the player to move away before he recovers and tries to launch any nearby crates, chairs or tables at Sonic. 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, while he is levitating. Continue running 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 is not busy using PK. Silver will freeze the player in midair, then ﬂing the player across the arena. Should the player hit the wall, the player loses his Rings. The player has a few seconds to recover them and ﬂee the area if the player stays in the same place for too long, Silver rushes up and grabs the player with PK again. When Silver is using PK to lift things he can throw, he is vulnerable. As soon as the player sees Silver lifting barrels, rush him and smash into him with a Homing Attack. Once Silver is knocked down, though, be sure to run away to another part of the arena before he recovers. The player can also lure Silver to run nearby a train cargo, and then destroy the cargo, which causes damage to Shadow upon its destruction.
Advanced users technique: The player can attack Silver, while he is levitating. Continue running 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.