Sonic using the Slide in Sonic Generations
Slide along a destructive path straight through multiple enemies ahead
Slide (スライディング Suraidingu?, lit. Sliding), also known as the Sliding Attack, is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow the Hedgehog. It first appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog as one of Shadow's moves, though after Sonic first used it in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), it has become one of Sonic's more commonly used moves. It is a kick the user delivers to their opponents when sliding along the ground.
The mechanics behind the Slide is very similar to the Skid Attack, but better as it possesses greater range and speed. In order to perform the Slide, the user has to be running, or simply moving at high speeds. Once moving, the user then falls down and slides along the ground with his feet in the front, which creates a blue/yellow field around them. While sliding along the ground, the user can attack and damage any enemy or weaker obstacles caught in his path. This also allows the user to squeeze through narrow entrances or doors that is coming in at high speed. The Slide will automatically continue until the user gets hit, slows down from the Slide's friction, or goes off a ledge.
The attack range, or rather the distance and speed the user can slide, is determined by how fast he was moving before performing the Slide, as it is the force created from his speed that drives the Slide. In other words, the faster the user is running prior to the Slide, the longer range the Slide has and the more enemies the user can attack.
If chosen, the user can at any time break the Slide before coming to a halt, and resume his running nearly undisturbed. Therefore, in Sonic's chase, if the player wants to preserve Sonic's momentum when forced to do a Slide, it is advisable to time the Slide so that Sonic only has to perform it for a fraction of a second.
Shadow the HedgehogEdit
Despite being a similar kind of flying kick move Sonic possessed in Sonic Heroes, Shadow was the first to use this attack. While running, the player can tap the Action or Attack button (though only the action button can be used if Shadow is carrying a firearm) to slide into foes and under tight spaces, as well as being able to curve the direction of the slide. Shadow can also jump out of the slide with a backward flip in order to reposition himself.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)Edit
The Slide reappeared in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) as one of Sonic's moves. In order to perform the Slide however, Sonic has to possess the Antigravity upgrade. Once obtained, Sonic can freely perform the Slide by holding the square/X button when moving and can direct his path along the ground in any direction at a steady pace for a short time. It can be stopped with the attack button or by running out on its own.
The Slide later returned in Sonic Unleashed as one of Sonic's standard moves. In this game, Sonic can perform the Slide by pressing the circle/B button when running and break it by releasing it, but will slowly reduce Sonic's speed if continuously used. If Sonic tries to use the Slide when standing still, it will make Sonic perform the Crouch, a move where he ducks/crawls around on all fours. Sonic will crawl under tight spaces should he not be running and is instead simply standing near one.
Sonic Colors and Sonic GenerationsEdit
The Slide also appeared in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations (Modern Sonic only). Its performance and mechanics are identical to Sonic Unleashed's. Also, in Sonic Colors, no matter how still Sonic stays when near a tight space, he will not crawl, but instead will always manage to slide under at a slow speed.