Spiral Upper ( or スパイラルアッパー Supairaru Appā ) ? Spiral Uppercut is a move performed by  Knuckles the Echidna. It first appeared in and Sonic Adventure 2 and later in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle . It is a technique where Knuckles performs a flaming spinning uppercut and is a variant of the Sonic Advance 3 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.
Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
The Spiral Upper first appeared in
and its remake, Sonic Adventure 2 . 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 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle 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
as Knuckles' upward directed Sonic Advance 2 Mid-Air Trick Action. It is performed by pressing up on and .
Sonic Advance 3
The Spiral Upper in
Sonic Advance 3.
, Knuckles can only use the Spiral Upper when his partner is Sonic Advance 3 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 . 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
Knuckles knocking out Bark with a Spiral Upper.
comic series and its spin-offs published by Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics, Knuckles has perform the Spiral Upper a couple of times. In this media, it resembles the Spiral Upper from and Sonic Adventure 2 . He first used this move against Sonic Advance 3 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.
The Spiral Upper during the early development of
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Official game guide pg.9
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English voice actors
Ryan Drummond ( | Sonic) Connor Bringas ( | Tails) Scott Dreier ( | Knuckles/ GUN Soldiers) Jennifer Douillard ( | Amy Rose) David Humphrey ( | Shadow the Hedgehog) Lani Minella ( | Rouge/ Omochao) Deem Bristow ( | Doctor Eggman) Moriah Angeline ( | Maria Robotnik) Marc Biagi ( | Gerald/ GUN Soldiers) Steve Broadie ( | President) Shelly Fox (Default menu voice) | Jon St. John ( | Big) Elara Distler ( | Tikal) Tomoko Sasaki (
Japanese voice actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Kazuki Hayashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Kōji Yusa ( | Shadow) Rumi Ochiai ( | Rouge) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman ) Etsuko Kozakura ( | Omochao) Yuri Shiratori ( | Maria) Kinryū Arimoto ( | President) Shun Yashiro ( | Big) Shelly Fox (Default menu voice) | Tomoko Sasaki (
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**Stage is also playable in 2P mode ^ Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2 only