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.
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 Battle mode 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 & 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 and track events, as well as other speed-based events. Although unplayable, Jet the Hawk and Banza Bill appear as Speed Type rival characters.
In Sonic Runners, Speed Type characters are able to perform a Triple Jump. While all levels in the game can be played with any character, Windy Hill is better suited for Speed Types. Buddies, companions that the player can equip to characters, also have different ability types. Pairing Speed Type characters with Speed Type Buddies will enhance the effects of said Buddy.