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Spiked balls,[1] also known as Iron Balls (鉄球 Tekkyū?)[2] are recurring obstacles in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games. They variants of the more common Spikes that are described as heavy black/gray balls that have white or gray colored spikes around. These variants are first seen in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, as spiked balls spin around in certain sections of Spring Yard Zone. Smaller spike balls appear swinging around in Labyrinth Zone, while larger spike balls appear swinging back and forth in the second act of Scrap Brain Zone. Black, slow-moving spike balls orbit platforms in Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Mystic Cave Zone. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, there are specific large spike balls that block the player's path using different methods, such as swinging around either vertically or horizontally in Marble Garden Zone (dependent on the pole it is attached to), or even rotating to the player's neck at one point in Lava Reef Zone.

In later games since Sonic Adventure, spike balls become more occurring obstacles. These obstacles may be swinging around or dropping down and moving up while doing same method. In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Silver can grab these with his Telekinesis ability and utilize them to destroy enemies or other obstacles. Some spike balls may fall down to player's neck at Dusty Desert or Kingdom Valley. In games such as Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and the Black Knight and Sonic Generations, spike balls are set just on, or embedded in the ground in the player's way.




  1. Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "Sonic the Hedgehog • Wave Ocean". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. pp. 69. ISBN 978-0761555100. "Watch for the Ring Capsules in hard-to-reach places, such as between two spiked balls or next to the base of the cliffs."
  2. Sonic Adventure. Green Hill Zone. Archived from the original on 30 December 2017. Retrieved on 30 December 2017.
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