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.
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 that Sonic wears throughout the game. They can be obtained by increasing Sonic's Level to a certain number by gaining Experience Points (EXP), collecting a specific number of different Medals from the game's missions, or by obtaining a certain type of Medal from a single mission.
Most of the Skills featured in this game fall under certain categories, such as Action type, EXP type etc. which is marked by the Skill Icon next to them. These icons displays the Skills attributes' and their effect:
- Arrow Icon: Increases Sonic's speed.
- Wing Icon: Improves Sonic's movements, such as when he performs attacks.
- Shield Icon: Helps protecting or aiding Sonic when taking damage.
- Skull Icon: Improves one of Sonic's abilities at the cost of creating a drawback.
- Ring Icon: Increases Experience Points.
- Rocket Icon: Increases Sonic's acceleration.
- Starburst Icon: Exclusive for Crest Skills. Increases the power of the skills of the same element, with an additional effect.
In addition to the categories above, most of the Skills are further classified under three additional Element Groups, which is signified by the color of the Skill Icons. These categories separate the Skills into more general concepts:
- Red: Element of Fire, which focuses on attack power.
- Blue: Element of Wind, which focuses on speed and maneuverability.
- Purple: Element of Dark, which focuses on miscellaneous abilities.
The Skills that are advailable at the beginning do not belong to any category or element. The number of Skill Points Sonic has in this game starts at a set amount and increases the more his level rises.
Sonic and the Black Knight
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 in, one or more new Skills for that combat style 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 if the player already has unlocked the Skill.
For Lancelot, Percival and Gawain, the Skills they acquire are determined by the weapon they are equipped with: each equipable weapon in Sonic and the Black Knight has a certain set of Skills tied to them, and by equipping a weapon to Lancelot, Percival and/or Gawain, they acquire the Skills tied to the weapon in question.
Unlike most the games wtih Skills, the Skill sets in Sonic and the Black Knight that the combat styles automatically acquire and the Skill sets that are tied to the weapons, are not customizable. That means that each Skill set for both combat styles and weapons are permanent and cannot be changed.
In Sonic Generations, Skills can be unlocked if the player can find all the Red Star Rings in an Act, or purchase them from Omochao's 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 Secret Rings Skills|
Sonic and the Black Knight
|Flame Shield||Shield enables midair dashes.||70|
|Aqua Shield||Enables a Bound Jump to help get some air.||70|
|Thunder Shield||Enables double-jumping.||70|
|Twin Spin Attack||Allows you to attack in mid-jump.||30|
|Invincible Start||Start the stage with temporary invincibility.||40|
|Shield||A Shield protects you from a single hit.||60|
|Power Sneakers||Run faster, plain and simple.||60|
|Long Spin Dash||Your Spin Dash will carry you further.||30|
|Treasure Scanner||Allows you to see hidden items and Springs.||40|
|Homing Attack||Enables the use of Homing Attack.||100|
|Hercules Muscles||Push objects faster.||10|
|Breath Holder||Stay underwater longer.||20|
|Boardmaster||Hop on a skateboard whenever you want.||70|
|Ring Time||Turn enemies into Rings for a short time.||60|
|Blast Off||Press a button when "GO!" appears for a free Boost.||10|
|Speed Up||Increase Sonic's speed.||20|
|Direct Jump||Increase the speed of your Wall Jumps.||30|
|Power Stomp||Create a shockwave when stomping on ground.||30|
|Quick Slide||Enables Quick Step when on a skateboard.||30|
|Acceleration||Increases speed when starting to run.||10|
|Smasher Bonus||Breaking enemies etc. fills Boost Gauge.||30|
|Ring Energy Bonus||Collecting Rings fills the gauge faster.||40|
|Boost Gauge Up||
Extend the length of your Boost Gauge
|Serial Homing||Perform sequential Homing Attacks faster.||40|
|Auto-Gauge||Boost Gauge fills automatically over time.||30|
|Gauge Rebooter||Begin with a full Boost Gauge upon restart.||30|
|Trick Mastery||Perform tricks faster.||60|
|Endless Boost||Boost Gauge stays full but can't get Rings.||70|
|Power Brake||Stop on a dime, regardless of your speed.||10|
|Sure-Footed||Land on your feet after getting damaged.||20|
|Safety Net||Begin with 10 Rings after a restart.||40|
|Last Chance||Get an extra life when you're out of lives.||50|
|10-Second Rings||Dropped Rings take 10 seconds to disappear.||30|
|Athlecticism||Lose less speed moving uphill and in water.||20|
|Time Break||Slows down time temporarily.||80|
|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.
|Sonic and the Secret Rings|
|Characters||Sonic (Darkspine Sonic) | Shahra | Erazor Djinn (Alf Layla wa-Layla) | King Shahryar | Ali Baba | Sinbad the Sailor | King Solomon | Uhu | Shadow* | Tails* | Knuckles* | Cream* | Cheese* | Silver* | Blaze* | Omochao* | Big|
|Locations||World of the Arabian Nights | Arabian Nights|
|Zones||Lost Prologue | Sand Oasis | Dinosaur Jungle | Evil Foundry | Levitated Ruin | Pirate Storm | Skeleton Dome | Night Palace|
|Bosses||Sand Scorpion | Captain Bemoth | Ifrit Golem | Erazor Djinn | Alf Layla wa-Layla|
|Moves/Techniques||Charge Jump | Grinding | Homing Attack | Speed Break | Time Break | Wall Shuffle|
|English Voice Actors||Jason Griffith (Sonic, Shadow) | Bella Hudson (Shahra, Blaze) | Peter Cormican (Erazor) | Mike Pollock (King Shahryār/Eggman) | Amy Palant (Ali Baba/Tails) | Dan Green (Sinbad/Knuckles) | Lisa Ortiz (Amy) | Rebecca Honig (Cream, Omochao) | Pete Capella (Silver)|
|Japanese Voice Actors||Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Sonic) | Koji Yusa (Shadow) | Mai Nakahara (Shahra) | Masashi Ebara (Erazor) | Chikao Ōtsuka (King Shahryār/Eggman) | Ryo Hirohashi (Ali Baba/Tails) | Nobutoshi Kanna (Sinbad/Knuckles) | Taeko Kawata (Amy) | Sayaka Aoki (Cream) | Etsuko Kozakura (Omochao) | Nao Takamori (Blaze) | Daisuke Ono (Silver)|
|Party Mode||Aim! Big Crossbow* | Aim! Color Balloon* | Aye aye Captain! Pirate Flag* | Cross! Balance Race* | Fire! Marksman* | Fly! Ptero-Rider* | Fore! Putt-Putt* | Get 'em! Parasol Diving* | Go! Mine Cart Race* | Grab it! Bubble Hunt* | Grab it! Kri Ma Djinn* | Hit it! Home Run* | Hit it! Parasol Ball* | Hold it! Treasure Haul* | Knockdown! Balance Battle* | Look up! Skydiving* | Play! Violin* | Pull on it! Carpet* | Put it out! Big Fire* | Recognize! Treasure Box* | Reel! Battle Fishing* | Roll it! Heavy Ball* | Row! Canoe Race* | Row! Canoe Salvage* | Row! Canoe Survival* | Seek! Edge Race* | Shine on! Kri Ma Djinn* | Sink 'em! Pirate Ship* | Spike! Fruit Catch* | Spill! Weight Puzzle* | Spin! Cogwheel Relay* | Spin! Propeller Race* | Spin! Safe Dial* | Spin! Steel Survival* | Spot! Pitch Black* | Stay Tight! Big Balloon* | Thrust! Bone Knight* | Watch out! Trap* | Whack! Giant Stakes* | Whack! Hatchet*|
|Songs||Seven Rings in Hand | Let the Speed Mend It | The Wicked Wild | The Palace That Was Found | No Way Through | The White of Sky | Unawakening Float | Poison Spear | Blue on the Run | How It Started | It Has Come to This | Worth a Chance|
|Other|| Auto Running | Catapult | Dash Panel | Djinn | Fire Soul | Flame of Judgment | Gallery | Jump Carpet | Flying Pot | Magic Lamp | Rich Ring | Ring | Shahra's Ring | Skills | Soul Gauge | Spear | World Ring
*Only appears in Party Mode.
|Sonic and the Black Knight|
|Characters||Sonic (Excalibur Sonic) | Caliburn (Excalibur) | Merlina (Dark Queen) | King Arthur | Blacksmith | Nimue | Lancelot | Gawain | Percival | Galahad* | Lamorak* | Shadow* | Knuckles* | Blaze* | Amy* | Merlin | Townsperson|
|Areas||Grand Kingdom||Camelot Castle | Shrouded Forest | Knight's Passage | Deep Woods | Dark Hollow|
|Outlands||Misty Lake | Molten Mine | The Cauldron|
|Highlands||Titanic Plain | Crystal Cave | Great Megalith | Dragon's Lair|
|Enemies||Crawling-One | Eyeball-One | Fish-One (Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, White) | Flapper | Giant-One | Soldier-One (Sword, Spear, Axe, Crossbow)|
|Bosses||Mist Dragon | King Arthur | Lancelot | Gawain | Percival | Earth Dragon | Dark Queen|
|Basic||Guard | Homing Dash | Jump Dash | Lock-on|
|Special||Grinding | Wall Climb | Wall Shuffle | Wall Slide|
|Soul Surges||Arthur's Soul Surge | Blacksmith's Soul Surge* | Chaos Punishment | Excalibur Sonic's Soul Surge | Flames of Kilekion | Gail Meteor | Galahad's Soul Surge* | Rose Typhoon* | Sonic's Soul Surge|
|Treasury||Weapons||Steel Longsword | Cursed Longsword | Rusty Longsword | Bronze Longsword | Katana | Cursed Dagger | Rusty Dagger | Bronze Dagger | Steel Dagger | Cursed Rapier | Rusty Rapier | Bronze Rapier | Steel Rapier | Cursed Spear | Rusty Spear | Bronze Spear | Steel Spear | Cursed Axe | Rusty Axe | Bronze Axe | Steel Axe|
|Armor||Steel Gauntlet | Cursed Gauntlet | Rusty Gauntlet | Bronze Gauntlet | Cursed Helmet | Rusty Helmet | Bronze Helmet | Steel Helmet | Samurai Helmet|
|Necklaces||String of Pearls | Mermaid’s Tear | Pendant of Eons | Chain Bracelet | Thorn Anklet | Flower Amulet | Wooden Belt | Bright Red Ribbon | Expensive Broach | Rabbit’s Tail | Poison Broach | Stone Broach | Ice Broach | Cure-all Broach|
|Medicines||Healing Potion | Healing Draught | Antidote | Superior Antidote | Paralysis Cure | Paralysis Immunity | Stone Protection | Petrification Immunity | Vial of Calm | Philter of Tranquility | Fiery Quaff | Hot Fiery Quaff | Herb of Toughness | Herb of Strength|
|Books||Arthur’s Legend 1 | Arthur’s Legend 2 | Arthur’s Legend 3 | Arthur’s Legend 4 | Arthur’s Legend 5 | Tome of Arms | Tome of Armor | Tome of Medicines | Tome of Amulets | Tome of Games | Tome of Jewels | Tome of Minerals | Tome of Plants | Tome of Feasts | Tome of Rings | Encyclopedia Arcana|
|Rings||Yellow Ring | Green Ring | Red Ring | Blue Ring | Aqua Ring | White Ring | Purple Ring | Poison Ring | Doughnut | Onion Ring|
|Plants||Carnation | Violet | Daffodil | Sweetpea | Lily | Rose | Larkspur | Gladiolus | Morning Glory | Marigold | Daisy | Narcissus | Herb|
|Gem Stones||Garnet | Amethyst | Aquamarine | Diamond | Emerald | Moonstone | Ruby | Peridot | Sapphire | Opal | Topaz | Turquoise|
|Toys||Pawn | Rook | King | Queen | Bishop | Knight | Ace of Spades | Ace of Clubs | Ace of Hearts | Ace of Diamonds | Joker | Medal of Sonic | Medal of Gawain | Medal of Lancelot | Medal of Percival | Dart | Dartboard | Die | Big the Cat Mask | Building Block | Fishing Pole | Doll|
|Minerals||Stone | Lump of Iron | Lump of Bronze | Aluminum Ore | Skipping Stone | Rock Salt | Beautiful Crystal | Ice Crystal | Lava Jewel | Flintstone | Mintstone | Gold Ingot | Quasi-Magic Stone | Mithril | Hardtack | Burnt Bread | Moonrock | Wavestone | Dragon-Eye Stone | Orihalcum|
|Foods||Moist Cookie | Tart | Fresh Milk | Spongy Bread | Aromatic Tea | Chilidog | Herb of Calm | Lollipop | Ham|
|Special Items||Flag | Ballista Arrowhead | Raven's Feather | Mouse Tail | Oar | Lantern | Broken Trap | Egg | Cheese | Magical Moth Dust | Plant Thorn | Giant Flower Seed | Troll's Eyelash | Broken Lock | Rabbit Fur | Lizard Tail | Prison Key | Iron Shackle | Highland Mushroom | Silk Clothing | Silk Shoe | Dragon Scale | Dragon Claw | Dragon’s Fang | Shovel | Pickaxe | Wheelbarrow | Bat’s Fang | Broken Brick | Soft-Boiled Egg | Lithograph | Letter|
|Swords||Clarent | Arondight | Rubious | Morglay | Gastiga | Secace | Altachiara | Durendal | Aduro Cutlass | Aduro Khopesh | Precieuse | Espadon | Ddraig Goch | Galatine | Battleaxe | Labrys | Hauteclaire | Gringolet | Balmung | Sanglamore | Chrysaor | Almace | Caledfwlch | Flaming Kopis | Flamberge | Laevatein | Corrougue | Colada | Ktuga | Brinnig | Solais Rapier | Claiomh Solais | Fragarach | Curtana | Ignis Fleuret | Glorious | Joyeuse|
|Misc.||Mastery Star | Map | Skill Scroll | Music Notes | Knight’s Seal | Knight’s Banner | Emblem Component | Painting | Deadly Swordsman | Windblade | Destroyer | Quickblade | Blade without Equal | Despised One | Chicken | Weakling | Coward | Ruffian|
|English Voice Actors||Jason Griffith (Sonic, Shadow, Lancelot, Lamorak) | Casey Robertson (Caliburn) | Melissa Hutchison (Merlina) | Gavin Hammon (Arthur) | Amy Palant (Blacksmith) | Lisa Ortiz (Amy, Nimue) | Dan Green (Gawain, Knuckles) | Bella Hudson (Percival, Blaze) | Pete Capella (Galahad)|
|Japanese Voice Actors||Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Sonic) | Hiroaki Hirata (Caliburn) | Mamiko Noto (Merlina) | Hidekatsu Shibata (Arthur) | Ryo Hirohashi (Blacksmith) | Taeko Kawata (Amy, Nimue) | Kouji Yusa (Shadow, Lancelot) | Nobutoshi Canna (Gawain, Knuckles) | Nao Takamori (Percival, Blaze) | Daisuke Ono (Galahad) | Daisuke Kishio (Lamorak)|
|Knight of the Wind | With Me | Fight the Knight | Through the Fire | Live Life|
|Other||Acts of Chivalry | Barrier stone | Battle Mode | Black Onyx | Bottomless Pits | Cavalier Style | Chaos Blast | Chaos Control | Chaos Spear | Corner Poles | Dash Panel | Fairy | Gallery | Goal Plate | Goal Ring | Grind Rail | King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table | Knight Style | Knight's Honor Bonus | Knights of the Round Table | Knights of the Underworld | Minecart | Mystery Circle | Paladin Style | Ramp | Reflecting Pool | Ring Container | Rich Ring | Ring | Sacred sword | Scabbard of Excalibur | Slime | Skill | Sonic and the Black Knight (manga) | Soul Gauge | Spear | Spiked Ball | Spikes | Spring | Thunder dragon | Title | Treasure Chest | Treasury | Underworld | Will 'o Wisps | World of Camelot
"*" Appears exclusively in Battle Mode.