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Super Knuckles
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Super Knuckles in Sonic Heroes
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic & Knuckles

Game appearances
Appearances in
other media

Archie Comics

Transformation overview
Base
character(s)

Knuckles the Echidna

Cause of 
transformation

Seven Chaos Emeralds

Real-world designer(s)
Creator
(real-world)

Sonic Team

Physical description
Fur

Red, white (Originally magenta, white)

Skin

Peach

Eyes

Violet (Originally black)

Attire
  • White gloves with pointed knuckles
  • Red and yellow shoes with green cuffs and gray buckle
Skills, powers and abilities
Enhanced powers
and skills
  • Flight
  • Enhanced acrobatic skills and reflexes
  • Enhanced super strength
  • Enhanced super speed
  • Invulnerability
  • Enhanced jump
  • Gliding
  • Enhanced climbing
Moves and techniques
Ability type

Super Knuckles

Super Knuckles (スーパーナックルズ Sūpā Nakkuruzu?) is a transformation that first appeared in Sonic & Knuckles. It is the Super State of Knuckles the Echidna, achieved by harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds.

Appearance

When transformed into Super Knuckles, Knuckles' physical traits remain unchanged. However, he does gains a pulsating golden energy shield around himself.

In the Sega Mega Drive-based games, Super Knuckles' fur pulsed in a bright magenta color and he possessed a magenta colored aura. However, he lacked any form of a shield.

Powers and abilities

As Super Knuckles, Knuckles' innate abilities far surpasses his normal ones. Knuckles' trademark strength has been enhanced many times over to the point where he can smash a ship from the Eggman Fleet with a single strike and throw punches so powerful that he can launch fireballs which explode upon impact through friction alone. Knuckles also becomes fast enough to keep up with even Super Sonic who can move at the speed of light and presumably beyond.[1][2] His reflexes are also improved, allowing him to keep up with his increased movements. Like the traditional Super State, Knuckles has gained new abilities, including high-speed run-flight and virtual invulnerability to harm.

All of Super Knuckles' standard techniques has been greatly enhanced following his transformation; his Volcanic Dunk technique has been upgraded to the point where he can shoot a barrage of explosive fireballs at his foes, and Glide and Climb techniques can be executed on a much faster rate.

Weakness

Super Knuckles can only stay transformed for a short time, as a Super State consumes tremendous amounts of energy and requires Rings to be sustained. If Knuckles remains in this form for too long without sustainment, he will revert back to normal.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

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Super Knuckles in Sonic & Knuckles.

Super Knuckles first appeared in Sonic & Knuckles and its extension Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. The transformation can only be obtained by collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds as Knuckles. The player can then activate Knuckles' Super State by collecting fifty Rings and then press the jump button twice. While Knuckles is transformed, the player's Ring count drops by one Ring every second. When the Ring count hits zero or when the Act Boss is defeated, the transformation runs out.

In gameplay, Super Knuckles is invincible, can move, glide and climb faster, and jump higher. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, should the player enter the neon flashing giant ring in Mushroom Hill Zone, the player will have their Chaos Emeralds turned into Super Emeralds in Hidden Palace Zone, thus preventing Knuckles from becoming Super Knuckles anymore. By collecting Super Emeralds though, the player is able to transform Knuckles into Hyper Knuckles.

Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

By locking-on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles, the player is able to get normally Super Knuckles in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 by collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds. In gameplay, Super Knuckles' abilities are identical to that in Sonic & Knuckles. Like before, the player's Ring count drops by one for every second Super Knuckles is active. When it reaches zero, Knuckles reverts back to normal.

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, Super Knuckles appeared as the Power Type member of Team Super Sonic.[note 1] When Metal Overlord took off, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and shared his chaos energy with Knuckles and Tails, allowing them to achieve their own Super States and go after Metal Overlord together. With the power of teamwork, Team Super Sonic defeated Metal Overlord.

In gameplay, Super Knuckles cannot take damage and he has automatically obtained three red Power Cores. Unique to Super Knuckles, his Volcanic Dunk attack has been changed, enabling him to throw fireballs in front of him over a long range to attack targets. During the boss battle, the player's Ring count drops by one every second, and when it runs out, Knuckles and his team revert back to normal which will cost the player a life.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Super Knuckles was referenced in the Chaos Emeralds' entry in the codex, where it is stated Knuckles is among many of the people how have used the Emeralds to attain a Super State.[3]

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

In the 2013 re-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Knuckles can be unlocked as a bonus feature in the gameplay for Knuckles. On Level Select, the player can change the Max Emeralds setting from 6 to 7 to get all seven Chaos Emeralds. After that, the player can use Super Knuckles in any of the Zones with Knuckles after collecting fifty Rings. His appearance is almost identical to his original one from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Super Knuckles' abilities are the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Like before, the player's Ring count drops by one for every second Super Knuckles is active. When it reaches zero, Knuckles reverts back to normal.

Appearances in other media

Archie Comics

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Super Knuckles in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Knuckles' Super State was dubbed "Hyper Knuckles." This was because he was set up to battle Super Sonic, and the writers wanted to avoid the monotony of two supers against each other.[citation needed] However, this form would be referred to as "Super Knuckles" later on.

Knuckles' first known transformation was when he went head-to-head with Super Sonic in a battle for the Chaos Emeralds. Knuckles later turned into Hyper Knuckles again to battle Master Mogul alongside Super Sonic and Turbo Tails. Knuckles later obtained his super form again to fight Hunter on Angel Island, this time using the power of the Master Emerald.

Trivia

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Knuckles using Emerald Power

  • Knuckles' All-Star Move in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and it's sequel - "Emerald Power" - causes Knuckles to use the power of the Master Emerald to take on a state similar to Super Knuckles, albeit with a green energy shield instead of a yellow one, and a green energy trail.
  • Prior to Sonic Heroes, Super Knuckles, unlike most other Super States, does not have a golden glow, but rather a magenta colored one.


Gallery

Sprites

Screenshots

References

  1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014). In-game description of the "Super Sonic" trophy: "The Chaos Emeralds are said to hold enough power to control the whole world. It's that power that turns Sonic into Super Sonic. He turns a glorious golden color and can fly at nearly the speed of light. In his Final Smash, this high-speed flight damages anyone who gets in its way and can even launch them!"
  2. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PlayStation 3) United States instruction manual, pg. 4.
  3. BioWare (26 September 2008). Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Nintendo DS. Sega. "Codex: Many, including Sonic, Knuckles, and Shadow, and others, can even use the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds to transform into Super versions of themselves!"

Notes

  1. The in-game files of the PC-version for Tails and Knuckles during the final battle are named in such a way („sk” and „st”, respectively, compare Super Sonic's files named „ss”). Cream also refers to all members of the team as using super transformation: "Everyone! Watch your Ring count! You won't be able to use super transformation if you lose all your Rings."
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Main articles (Sonic 3 | Sonic & Knuckles | Sonic 3 & Knuckles) | Sonic 3's Gallery | Beta elements | Sonic & Knuckles' Gallery
Sonic Heroes

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Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

Main article | Gallery | Beta elements | Re-releases (2005 | GBA | 2013)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Main article | Gallery | Prereleases (Nick Arcade | Simon Wai) | Re-releases (2006 | 2013) | Knuckles in Sonic 2

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