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Super Shadow, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
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Super Shadow
First appearance

Sonic Adventure 2

Game appearances
Appearances in
other media
Transformation overview

Shadow the Hedgehog

Cause of 

The seven Chaos Emeralds

Voice actor(s)
Voice actor(s)
Voice actor(s)

Kouji Yusa

Physical description

Lemon yellow, crimson, white


Dark Tan


Ruby Red

Skills, powers and abilities
Enhanced powers
and skills
  • Enhanced Chaos Powers
  • Enhanced super speed
  • Enhanced super speed
  • Virtual invulnerability
  • Flight
  • Enhanced super strength
  • Enhanced acrobatic skills and reflexes
  • Chaos energy projection
  • Hero Shadow transformation
  • Dark Shadow transformation
Moves and techniques

Super Shadow (スーパーシャドウ Sūpā Shadō?) is the Super State of Shadow the Hedgehog when he harnesses the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Super Shadow made his first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2 and has since then appeared in numerous games. While transformed, all his powers and abilities are enhanced up to their full limit.


When transformed into Super Shadow, Shadow's black fur turns into a golden lemon-cream color. Other than that, his additional fur colors, eye color and quill style remains unchanged. He also possesses a golden aura that varies in size, which can be anything from smooth to flame-like in shape. In Shadow the Hedgehog however, his quills pointed upwards like Super Sonic's instead of being in their normal stance.

In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, his nose has the same color as his fur.

Powers and abilities

While in his Super State, Shadow arguably becomes one of the most powerful characters in the series. As Super Shadow, Shadow is strong enough to defeat Devil Doom on his own, go toe-to-toe with Solaris, and resist the overwhelming force from the Space Colony ARK falling through the atmosphere. During his first time using it, Shadow had trouble maintaining his Super State,[1] but now appears to have mastered it.

As Super Shadow, Shadow's innate abilities far surpasses his normal ones. Not only is his strength multiplied many times over, but his speed has been enhanced immeasurably as well, allowing him to evenly match Super Sonic's who can move at the speed of light and presumably beyond.[2][3][4] His reflexes are also improved, allowing him to keep up with his increased movements. Like the traditional Super State, Shadow has gained new abilities, including high-speed run-flight and virtual invulnerability to harm,[5] although his invulnerability can be bypassed if he is hit with enough force, such as Solaris' attacks. By combining his Super State with his Hero Shadow and Dark Shadow transformations, Super Shadow can enhance his abilities even further.

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Super Shadow channeling chaos energy into the Chaos Spear.

All of Shadow’s Chaos Powers are enhanced to their full limit in his Super State, enabling him to put far more power and range into his attacks. He can now channel and project large amounts of chaos energy as bullets with enough power to blow up a building and he can freely perform Chaos Control which lets him bend time and space to his will. The latter has been enhanced to such levels that he can teleport the Black Comet into space on his own and transport the Space Colony ARK back into orbit (the latter with Super Sonic's aid).

Moves and techniques

Super Shadow makes heavily use of his Chaos Spear techniques and the moves derived from it. Due to his Super State, Shadow's Chaos Spear has been greatly amplified, allowing him to charge it with enough power to impale being like the nigh-invulnerable Devil Doom. Alternatively, he can fire smaller, faster arrows with lesser power or launch Chaos Spears that explode upon impact as seen in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Super Shadow can also use a variant of the Chaos Spear called the Spear of Light where he launches a rain of red spears with enough force to penetrate Solaris' light shells. He can also utilize an enhanced version of his Chaos Blast.

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Super Shadow and Super Shadow combining their Super Sonic Boost.

Like Super Sonic, Super Shadow can use the Super Sonic Boost, an attack where Shadow cloaks himself in a fiery aura and launches himself into enemies with increased speed and enormous force. Alternatively, he is able to perform smaller dashes for quick, short-ranged movements. He can even combine his Super Sonic Boost with similar techniques to amplify its size and power, such as Super Sonic's Super Sonic Boost.

Appearances in other media

Sonic X


Super Shadow in Sonic X.

Just like Super Sonic, Sonic X is the only animated Sonic TV series so far to feature Super Shadow. Super Shadow is also the only other super transformation presented in the TV series besides Super Sonic. His physical proportions are unchanged and his black fur turns lemon yellow, but is slightly darker. Some scenes, however, depicts his quills pointing slightly more vertically than usual.

Super Shadow first appearance was in the second season. During the Shadow Saga, Shadow became Super Shadow in order to battle the Final Lizard, alongside Super Sonic and prevent the Space Colony ARK from destroying the Earth. In their struggle, Super Shadow removes his Inhibitor Rings to give himself a power boost and together, they send the Space Colony ARK back into orbit with a unified Chaos Control. Afterwards, Shadow is presumed to have died.

Super Shadow later reappeared in the middle of the third season. In a struggle for the seven Chaos Emeralds inside a Metarex fortress in space, Sonic and Shadow ended up entering their Super States in the conflict, and they have a brief battle. Soon after though, a gravitational field inside the fortress treats to destroy Dr. Eggman and his space ship, but Super Shadow manages to save them, by performing a Chaos Control that warps the space ship away.

Super Shadow appeared again, at the end of the third season, alongside Super Sonic, in the final battle against Dark Oak, but they are unable to break through Dark Oak's force field as he prepares to destroy the galaxy. However, thanks to the sacrifice of Cosmo, they manage to finally defeat Dark Oak. After trying to save Cosmo, Super Shadow knocks Super Sonic unconscious and performs Chaos Control to warp himself and Dark Oak's corrupted Planet Egg far away before it explodes.

Archie Comics

Main article: Super Shadow (Archie)
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Super Shadow in the Archie Comics.

Following the comic's adaptation of Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow entered his Super State to become Super Shadow when he allied himself with Super Sonic to stop the Finalhazard from destroying Mobius with the Space Colony ARK, but the effort from it left him drained of energy and he became lost in space. He entered this form again when he was saved by an alien race called the Bem from drifting through space, by providing him with enough power to become Super Shadow. The reason for this was so he could combat the approaching Xorda. Super Shadow proved unprepared for the Xorda attack, however, and was sent plummeting towards Mobius.

Shadow reached his super transformation once again, this time due to A.D.A.M. pulling all of the Chaos Emeralds in the universe towards Mobius to use their incredible powers for his own gain. After being released from captivity by Dr. Eggman, Super Shadow used his Chaos Control to aid Turbo Tails and sent all of the Chaos Emeralds into the Zone of Silence, thus ending A.D.A.M.'s plans.


"Sonic, leave it to me, I'll destroy him!"
—Super Shadow during the battle against the Finalhazard.
"Here I come, you creep!"
—Super Shadow at the beginning of his turn in the battle against the Finalhazard.
"Sonic, I just realized who the ultimate lifeform is... it could be you!"
—Super Shadow, late in the battle against the Finalhazard.
"I must destroy all the evil the Professor has created."
—Super Shadow after defeating the Finalhazard.
"This is the end of you, and the end to my cursed past!"
—Super Shadow after defeating Devil Doom.
"Only one thing left to do... To put the past behind me!!"
—Super Shadow, as he sends the Black Comet back into space.
"A Super-Dimensional being… Heh. This might even be a fair fight!"
—Super Shadow's first quote when facing Solaris.
"No, it's not over yet!"
—Super Shadow after defeating Solaris for the first time.
"I will release you from the chains of your past!"
—Super Shadow when attacking Solaris in the past.

Theme song

  • "I Am... All of Me" by Crush 40 - Played during the final battle of Shadow the Hedgehog against Devil Doom. It describes the mystery surrounding Shadow's past from his perspective and his quest to figure it out, while outlining the different paths he can take.


  • Super Shadow is the second most frequently used super transformation in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, next to Super Sonic.
  • During the battle against the Finalhazard in Sonic Adventure 2, it is implied with in-battle quotes that Shadow struggles more than Sonic in maintaining his Super State. This could be due to a lack of experience with the transformation (whereas Sonic has used it many times), or that he was exerting himself more in the battle.
  • Many people mistakenly call this form Hyper Shadow, due to a misprint in the strategy guide for the game. While the term is still widely used, hacking and viewing the in-game files confirms the name Super Shadow.
  • When Super Shadow wanted to stop the Space Colony Ark from falling into the Earth with Super Sonic, his shoes' light was purple.
    • It is also strange that Shadow uses Hover Shoes, while he can fly by his Super State power.
  • The artwork from the Sonic Art Assets DVD is a recolor of an artwork used for promoting Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Its purpose at the time was box art for the upcoming Action Figure 3 pack featuring Super Sonic, Super Shadow, and Super Silver.
  • In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, when Shadow uses his All-Star Move (Super Shadow), if you look closely, you will notice that his nose is yellow, along with the rest of his body. This is probably a mistake, because his nose remains black in all of the other games Super Shadow makes an appearance in.



  1. Sonic Team (May 3, 2002). Sonic Adventure 2. GameCube. Sega. Area/Level: Finalhazard. "Super Shadow: Gutha! I don't have enough energy to transform into my Super Form!"
  2. 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!"
  3. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PlayStation 3) United States instruction manual, pg. 4.
  4. Shadow is an artificial life form, created by Dr. Eggman's grandfather. His initial hatred of Sonic has now developed into a friendly rivalry. Like Sonic, Shadow is about speed – his acceleration and “Spin Attack” coming from his rocket skates. With Chaos Emeralds he can power up his Chaos Control and warp time and space. If he has all seven emeralds he can transform into Super Shadow – which, like Sonic, makes him invulnerable and gives him run-flight. Shadow uses a modified G.U.N. motorcycle known as the Dark Rider. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
  5. Sumo Digital, Feral Interactive (26 February 2010). Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PlayStation 3). Sege, Feral Interactive. "Shadow the Hedgehog's character profile: If he has all seven emeralds he can transform into Super Shadow – which, like Sonic, makes him invulnerable and gives him run-flight."

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