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The Speed Type symbol from Sonic Heroes.

The Speed Type (スピードタイプ Supīdotaipu?) is an ability type used in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and is represented by the color blue. It was introduced along with the Power Type and Fly Type in Sonic Heroes. As its name implies, Speed Type characters are generally faster than those of other types.

Game appearances

Sonic Heroes

The Speed Type was first introduced in Sonic Heroes. Speed Type characters are the fastest in the team and have access to several abilities such as the Homing Attack, Rocket Accel and a Tornado Jump. Speed Types can access specific routes by performing several Homing Attacks against airborne enemies in succession and by using Tornado Jump to traverse Poles and activate propellers.

In Battles and boss battles against other teams, Speed Types have an advantage over Fly Types, but are weak against Power Types.

Sonic Advance 3

The Speed Type returns in Sonic Advance 3. The Speed type can be gained by any creating any team involving Sonic. The Speed Type allows the player to enter Boost Mode at a certain speed for a certain amount of time, when running past a dash panel or using Tag Action (when Sonic is the partner character).

Speed Type teams

  • Unbreakable Bond (Sonic & Tails)
  • Fighting Buddies (Sonic & Knuckles)
  • Lovely Couple (Sonic & Amy)
  • Sonic & Cream
  • Sonic & Dr. Eggman

Sonic Riders series

In the Sonic Riders, Speed Type characters are able to utilize grind rails for shortcuts and alternate paths that would be otherwise inaccessible. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, although Speed Type characters can use any other ability type, their exclusive Gears are Boards with a Gear Part which enable the ability to grind on rails. In Sonic Free Riders Speed Type characters can use any ability. Regardless, all speed-type characters have excellent top speed with average rating for all other capabilities (acceleration, power and curving). 

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series

In the Mario & Sonic series, the Speed type is one of the four character types, along side the Power, Skill and All-Around Types. Speed characters are best suited for races, track events as well as other speed-based events. Although unplayable, Jet the Hawk and Banza Bill appear as Speed Type rival characters.

List of Speed Type characters

Non-Sonic Speed Types


  • Sonic, Amy and Espio are the only organic Speed Types in the Sonic series not to enhance their natural running speed in the main series.
  • Espio is the only Speed Type in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that has not shown the ability to Boost or enter Boost Mode outside of the Special Stages.
  • Except for Silver, every hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog series so far is a Speed Type.
  • Both female Speed Types in the Sonic the Hedgehog series are the only Sonic All-Around Type characters.

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