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The Stomp (ストンピング Sutonpingu?, lit. "Stomping") is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog that first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. It involves Sonic performing a powerful stomp into the ground to destroy enemies and obstacles.


When performing Stomp, Sonic first goes into midair, whether from jumping or entering midair. He then proceeds to slam directly downwards with one of his feet first, which creates a blue field around him. Once landing on the ground, Sonic releases a destructive shock-wave which damages the nearby surroundings. This is useful for destroying enemies and obstacles, breaking through weak surfaces and activating pressure pads or Switches. This move can also help Sonic 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

The Stomp returned in Sonic Colors as one of Sonic's standard moves. He can perform the Stomp while airborne by pressing WiiBwhen just using the Wii Remote, the Z button when using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk and the X button when using the GameCube Remote and the Classic Controller. In the Nintendo DS version, it is performed (while in midair) by holding down on Controlpadds and pressing WiiDSA/DSB.

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.

Sonic Generations

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Sonic using the Stomp in the tutorial of Crisis City.

The Stomp reappeared again in Sonic Generations as one of Modern Sonic's standard moves with 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 Skill, 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, he 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/Wii U

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

Sonic Forces

The Stomp is scheduled to make an appearance in Sonic Forces.


  • 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 Wisp allows Sonic to do a different version of what appears to be 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.


Sonic Unleashed

Main article | Gallery | Script | Credits (Xbox 360/PS3, Wii/PS2) | Re-releases (Mobile)
Sonic Colors

Main article | Gallery | Scripts (Wii, DS) | Credits (Wii, DS)
Sonic Generations

Main article | Gallery | Script (Console/PC, 3DS) | Beta elements | Staff (Console/PC, 3DS)

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