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For the combat moves in Sonic Unleashed, see Skills (Sonic Unleashed).
Skill list

Lists of Skills in Sonic Generations.

Skills are customizable abilities for the playable characters in Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic and the Black Knight and Sonic Generations. They can be used to improve the characters' actions and/or abilities in gameplay.

Game appearances

Sonic and the Secret Rings

Skills first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings, where they are unlocked by increasing the power of Shahra's Ring. Skills can be obtained by increasing Sonic's Level to a certain number by gaining Experience Points (EXP), collecting a specific number of different Medals, or by obtaining a certain Medal from a single mission.

Most Skills featured in this game fall under categories that identifies their attributes and effects, such as Action type, EXP type and so forth. These categories are marked by the Skill Icon next to them. These categories include:

Name Icon Description
Ground Action Skill
Arrow icon
Increases Sonic's speed and ground maneuvering.
Aerial Action Skill
Wing Icon
Improves Sonic's airborne maneuvering, such as when performing attacks.
Hidden Skill
Skull Icon
Improves one of Sonic's abilities at the cost of creating a drawback. Are awarded after unlocking something.
Assist Skill
Pot Icon
Augments Sonic's attributes or another Skill to make a more powerful version of it.
Damage Skill
Shield Icon
Helps protecting or aiding Sonic when taking damage.
Experience Skill
Ring Icon
Usually adds Experience Points to the total for completing a task that normally yields less or no Experience.
Special Skill
Starburst Icon
Exclusive for Crest Skills. Increases the power of the skills of the same element, with an additional effect.

Besides the categories above, most Skills are further classified under three Element Groups, which is signified by the color of the Skill Icons. These categories separate the Skills into more general concepts:

Element Icon Description
Fire Flame Icon Focuses on attack power.
Wind Wind Icon Focuses on speed and maneuverability.
Dark Dark Icon Focuses on miscellaneous abilities.

The Skills advailable at the beginning of the game do not belong to any category or element. The number of Skill Points Sonic starts out with is at a set amount and increases the more his level rises.

Sonic and the Black Knight

In Sonic and the Black Knight, Skills are used by Sonic the Hedgehog and later by Sir Lancelot, Sir Percival and Sir Gawain during the second half of the game.

For Sonic, Skills are unlocked (expect for Soul Surge) by increasing the Proficiency Level of his combat styles (Knight Style, Cavalier Style and Paladin Style). For each level the combat style increases by, one or more new Skills becomes available. Also, if Sonic acquires an upgraded version of an old Skill (which is signified by the sign "+" followed by its rank), the former Skill will be replaced by the upgraded Skill. Some Skills, however, requires that the player has achieved a certain title before it can be used, even after the player has unlocked it.

For Lancelot, Percival and Gawain, the Skills they acquire are determined by the weapon they wield: each equipable weapon in Sonic and the Black Knight has a certain set of Skills tied to them, and by equipping them to a user, they acquire the Skills tied to the weapon.

Unlike in most games, the Skill tied to the specific combat styles and weapons are not customizable. That means that the Skill sets for each combat style and weapon are permanent and cannot be changed.

Sonic Generations

In Sonic Generations, Skills can be unlocked if the player can find all the Red Star Rings in an Act or purchase them from the Skill Shop using points the player has earned after clearing each act. Certain Skills can only be used for Classic Sonic, while there are some only meant for Modern Sonic. There are also some that can be used by both. Both Classic and Modern Sonic are at the start of the game given a hundred Skill Points to distribute. This number of Skill Points will neither increase decrease over the course of the game.

List of Skills

Sonic and the Secret Rings

Sonic and the Black Knight

Sonic Generations

Classic Sonic

Name Icon Description Skill Points
Flame Shield Classic Sonic - Flame Shield Shield enables midair dashes. 70
Aqua Shield Classic Sonic - Aqua Shield Enables a Bound Jump to help get some air. 70
Thunder Shield Classic Sonic - Thunder Shield Enables double-jumping. 70
Twin Spin Attack Classic Sonic - Twin Spin Attack Allows you to attack in mid-jump. 30
Invincible Start Classic Sonic - Invincible Start Start the stage with temporary invincibility. 40
Shield Classic Sonic - Shield A Shield protects you from a single hit. 60
Power Sneakers Classic Sonic - Power Sneakers Run faster, plain and simple. 60
Long Spin Dash Classic Sonic - Long Spin Dash Your Spin Dash will carry you further. 30
Treasure Scanner Classic Sonic - Treasure Scanner Allows you to see hidden items and Springs. 40
Homing Attack Classic Sonic - Homing Attack Enables the use of Homing Attack. 100
Hercules Muscles Classic Sonic - Hercules Muscles Push objects faster. 10
Breath Holder Classic Sonic - Breath Holder Stay underwater longer. 20
Boardmaster Skateboard Icon Hop on a skateboard whenever you want. 70
Ring Time Classic Sonic - Ring Time Turn enemies into Rings for a short time. 60

Modern Sonic

Name Icon Description Skill Points
Blast Off Modern Sonic - Blast Off Press a button when "GO!" appears for a free Boost. 10
Speed Up Modern Sonic - Speed Up Increase Sonic's speed. 20
Direct Jump Modern Sonic - Direct Jump Increase the speed of your Wall Jumps. 30
Power Stomp Modern Sonic - Power Stomp Create a shockwave when stomping on ground. 30
Quick Slide Modern Sonic - Quick Slide Enables Quick Step when on a skateboard. 30
Acceleration Modern Sonic - Acceleration Increases speed when starting to run. 10
Smasher Bonus Modern Sonic - Smasher Bonus Breaking enemies etc. fills Boost Gauge. 30
Ring Energy Bonus Modern Sonic - Ring Energy Bonus Collecting Rings fills the gauge faster. 40
Boost Gauge Up Modern Sonic - Boost Gauge Up

Extend the length of your Boost Gauge

Serial Homing Modern Sonic - Serial Homing Perform sequential Homing Attacks faster. 40
Auto-Gauge Modern Sonic - Auto-Gauge & Endless Boost Boost Gauge fills automatically over time. 30
Gauge Rebooter Modern Sonic - Gauge Rebooter Begin with a full Boost Gauge upon restart. 30
Trick Mastery Modern Sonic - Trick Mastery Perform tricks faster. 60
Endless Boost Modern Sonic - Auto-Gauge & Endless Boost Boost Gauge stays full but can't get Rings. 70


Name Icon Description Skill Points
Power Brake Both - Power Brake Stop on a dime, regardless of your speed. 10
Sure-Footed Both - Sure-Footed Land on your feet after getting damaged. 20
Safety Net Both - Safety Net Begin with 10 Rings after a restart. 40
Last Chance Both - Last Chance Get an extra life when you're out of lives. 50
10-Second Rings Both - 10-Second Rings Dropped Rings take 10 seconds to disappear. 30
Athleticism Both - Athleticism Lose less speed moving uphill and in water. 20
Time Break Both - Time Break Slows down time temporarily. 80
Super Sonic Both - Super Sonic Collect 50 rings to become Super Sonic. 100


  • The Blast Off skill in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations is similar to the free boost-giving move available in the Wii/PS2 versions of Sonic Unleashed.
  • The Endless Boost Skill has the same icon as the Auto-Gauge Skill.


External links

Sonic and the Black Knight

Main article | Gallery
Sonic Generations

Main article | Gallery | Beta elements

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