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Sonic using Drift in Sonic Generations.
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Sonic Unleashed

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A direction-changing technique for making sharp turns.

The Drift (ドリフト Dorifuto?), also called the Sonic Drift, is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog. It first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. When performing this move, Sonic can make sharp turns when moving at high speeds.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

This move, where it is called "Sonic Drift" is used to get through tight turns found throughout the game's levels and can also be used to fill the Ring Energy bar in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions. In the Wii/PlayStation 2 versions, Sonic has to perform the Sonic Drift more often, the move is also much sharper, and using it long enough will give the player a "Drift Bonus", if performed correctly. In this game, it is performed by pressing XboxB, Left Trigger or Right Trigger (Xbox 360), PSObutton (PS2/3), L2 or R2 button, the Z button (Wii remote and Nunchuk), the Y button (Classic Controller) or SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO (Gamecube Controller)

Sonic Colors

The move can also be performed in Sonic Colors, where its name has been changed to "Drift", but can only be performed at certain curve points. The physical features for the drift is different as it has rainbow sparks shoot out of it (similar to the Sonic Boost in this game) which is in equalization to the theme of Sonic Colors. The drift becomes more "slippery" and difficult, and it does not raise the boost gauge, although it does earn the player extra points. It can also be used to crash into enemies and objects.

Sonic Generations 

Quotation1 Sonic spins while turning, allowing him to turn tight corners at high speed. Quotation2
Sonic Generations Manual Description

This move can also be performed in Sonic Generations, but only while playing as Modern Sonic. In Sonic Generations, when Sonic uses the move, it looks similar to a Spin Attack. Like in Sonic Colors, it can be used to attack enemies. In this game, it is performed using the LT/RT trigger (Xbox 360), L2/R2 trigger (PS3) or the 1/3 number keys (PC).


  • In Sonic Unleashed (PS3/Xbox 360 version), it is possible to cross water surfaces without using the Boost if the player simply uses the Drift and constantly alternates Sonic's direction, much like snaking in other games with a drifting mechanic.


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