The Stomp (ストンピング Sutonpingu?, lit. "Stomping") is a recurring move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It involves the user performing a powerful stomp into the ground to destroy enemies and obstacles.


When performing Stomp, the user goes into midair, for then to slam directly downwards with one of their feet first, creating an aura field around them as they descend. Upon landing on the ground, the user releases a destructive shock-wave which damages nearby surroundings.

In gameplay, this move is useful for destroying enemies and obstacles, breaking through weak surfaces and activating pressure pads or Switches. This move can also help the player reach the ground quickly.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

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An illustration of the Stomp in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed.

The Stomp first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. For Sonic to perform the Stomp in the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version of the game, he has to possess the Stomping Shoes (In the Wii/PlayStation 2 version, Sonic starts out with all of the abilities including Stomp). Here, Sonic can perform the Stomp by pressing XboxB/PSObutton while airborne.

The Stomp is especially effect against Mole Cannons, who can hide underground from most attacks. However, Egg Fighter: Shields can block the Stomp once and those equipped with Springs can even deflect it entirely.

Sonic Colors

In the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of Sonic Colors, the Stomp is one of Sonic's standard moves. In this game, the Stomp creates bigger shockwaves than in Sonic Unleashed. As Super Sonic, the Stomp can even destroy all kinds of Containers, except for the Blue Blocks. While Stomping underwater, the move can be cancelled by simply jumping. In the Sonic Simulator, the Stomp is also useful for taking out shielded Egg Pawns with just one hit.

The player can perform the Stomp while by pressing one of the following buttons while airborne.

Wii Remote + Nunchunk Wii Remote Sideways Wii Classic Style GameCube Controller Nintendo DS
Wii-Button-Z WiiB x Button Gamecube X Button Hold Down on Controlpadds and press DSB or WiiDSA

Sonic Generations

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Sonic using the Stomp in the tutorial of Crisis City.

In Sonic Generations, the Stomp is one of Modern Sonic's standard moves, and has the same controls as in Sonic Unleashed. In the console/PC version of the game, the shockwaves it produces are virtually non-existent. However, if Sonic is equipped with the Power Stomp, the range of the shockwaves from the Stomp are increased, thus allowing Sonic to damage more enemies in the vicinity. In addition, the Stomp cancels Sonic's momentum, so even if the player still holds XboxB/PSObutton, Sonic will not perform a Slide which he did previously in Sonic Unleashed. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Sonic has to obtain the Stomping Shoes before he can use the Stomp.

In the PC/Console version, the main gimmick for the Stomp is the rising magma footholds in Crisis City, which the player can stomp on to make them temporarily descend to traverse the Acts.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

The Stomp serves as one of Sonic's custom moves for the Homing Attack in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. When Sonic activates the attack, he jumps into the air and slams straight down with a Spin Attack, which can meteor smash characters.

Sonic Forces


The Avatar using the Stomp in the Green Hill Zone.

In Sonic Forces, the Stomp can be used by Modern Sonic and the Avatar. Shadow is also able to perform it in his "Episode Shadow" DLC. To perform it in gameplay, the player must press A button/PSObutton/B button while in midair.


  • In Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS, Tails created the Stomping Shoes. He also mentions that the reason Sonic can stomp with them is because they are lighter than his normal shoes.
  • In Sonic Colors, the Blue Cube Color Power allows Sonic to launch himself to the ground similar to the Stomp. When he lands on the ground, nearby enemies will be destroyed.
  • In Sonic Colors, Sonic uses a different animation for the Stomp (where a blue light engulfs Sonic) than in Sonic Unleashed.
  • Super Sonic's Stomp color is blue in Sonic Colors, but in Sonic Generations his Stomp color is gold.



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