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The Spiral Upper (スパイラルアッパー Supairaruappā?) or Spiral Uppercut[1]is a move performed by Knuckles the Echidna. It first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and later in Sonic Advance 3. It is a technique where Knuckles performs a flaming spinning uppercut and is a variant of the Punch Attack. It is the equivalent to Rouge the Bat's Screw Kick.


When Knuckles performs the Spiral Upper he shoots himself directly high into the air while spinning around. He then delivers a direct uppercut to whatever enemy that might be above him.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

The Spiral Upper first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. It is performed in gameplay by rotating the joystick in a 360-degree angle, then pressing the X/B button quickly. The Spiral Upper can later be enhanced with the Hammer Gloves, which allows it to break iron craters. In these games Knuckles move with such speed when performing it that he leaves afterimages.

Sonic Advance 2

Spiral Upper made an appearance in Sonic Advance 2 as Knuckles' upward directed Mid-Air Trick Action. It is performed by pressing up on Controlpadds and RBUTTONDSSNNdisco.

Sonic Advance 3


The Spiral Upper in Sonic Advance 3.

In Sonic Advance 3, Knuckles can only use the Spiral Upper when his partner is Tails. Here Knuckles must be the character the player controls and Tails serves as the character that follows the controlled character. With Tails' influence, Knuckles' Double Punch is automatically transformed into the Spiral Upper, which is performed by pressing GameboyB. In this game, Knuckles does not jump nearly as high as in Sonic Adventure 2, but the force from the jump engulfs his fists in fire and gives him a wider attack range.

Appearances in other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Spiral Upper (Archie)
Knuckles Flame Spiral Upper

Knuckles knocking out Bark with a Spiral Upper.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Knuckles has perform the Spiral Upper a couple of times. In this media, it resembles the Spiral Upper from Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Advance 3. He first used this move against Bark the Polar Bear in the Chaos Emerald Championship.


  • This attack is similar in style to the Shoryuken from the Street Fighter series. This is noted by Knuckles during Worlds Unite when the Street Fighter crew enters.



  1. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Official game guide pg.9
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