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Super Tails
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Super Tails in Sonic Heroes
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Game appearances
Transformation overview
Base
character(s)

Miles "Tails" Prower

Cause of 
transformation
Real-world designer(s)
Creator
(real-world)

Sonic Team

Physical description
Fur

Yellow, white

Eyes

Blue (originally black)

Attire
  • White gloves and socks with small gray fasteners
  • Red sneakers with white toes and gray soles
Skills, powers and abilities
Enhanced powers
and skills
  • Flight
  • Auto-homing Flickies (Sonic 3 & Knuckles only)
  • Enhanced acrobatic skills and reflexes
  • Enhanced super strength
  • Enhanced super speed
  • Invulnerability
  • Enhanced jump
Moves and techniques
Ability type

Fly Type

Super Tails (スーパーテイルス Sūpā Teirusu?) is a transformation that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. It is the Super State of Miles "Tails" Prower, achieved by harnessing the power of either the seven Super Emeralds or Chaos Emeralds.

Appearance

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

In the Sega Mega Drive-based games, Super Tails lacked a shield surrounding him, but his orange fur pulsated in a golden color.

Powers and abilities

As Super Tails, Tails' innate abilities far surpasses his normal ones. Not only is his strength multiplied many times over, but his speed has been greatly enhanced as well, allowing him 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, Tails has gained new abilities, including high-speed run-flight without having to use his twin-tails and virtual invulnerability to harm.

All of Super Tails' standard techniques has been greatly enhanced following his transformation; his Thunder Shoot technique for example has been given much greater range and power, enough to shoot down even Metal Overlord's spines. Super Tails can also manipulate chaos energy to a certain degree, enabling him to pass his chaos energy onto Flickies to let them achieve a Super State of their own.

Weakness

Super Tails can only stay transformed for a short time, as a Super State consumes tremendous amounts of energy and requires Rings to be sustained. If Tails 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 Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Super Tails first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. The transformation can only be obtained by collecting the seven Super Emeralds as Tails. The player can then activate Tails' Super State by collecting fifty Rings and then press the jump button twice. While Tails 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 Tails is invincible, can move faster, fly further, and jump higher. While transformed, Super Tails also summons four super transformed Flickies which follow him around. These Flickies will home into any nearby target, boss, or enemy, and deal one hit worth of damage. When Super Tails' form wears off, his Flickies fly away.

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, Super Tails appeared as the Fly Type member of Team Super Sonic.[note 1] When Metal Overlord took off, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and shared his chaos energy with Tails and Knuckles, 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 Tails cannot take damage, though he can be blocked from moving for a while when attacked, and he has automatically obtained three yellow Power Cores. His Thunder Shoot has also been upgraded, giving it a far greater range. During the boss battle, the player's Ring count drops by one every second, and when it runs out, Tails and his team revert back to normal which will cost the player a life.

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

In the 2013 re-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Tails can be unlocked as a bonus feature in the gameplay for Tails. 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 Tails in any of the Zones with Tails after collecting fifty Rings. His appearance is the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Super Tails' abilities are the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, except that he does not possess his super transformed Flickies. Like before, the player's Ring count drops by one for every second Super Tails is active. When it reaches zero, Tails reverts back to normal.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

In the 2013 re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Tails is only accessible via Debug Mode by placing the S Monitor and then breaking it. His appearance and abilities are identical to that in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

Unofficial ways to transform

Even before Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, there are ways to initiate the transformation in previous games, which are never meant to do in games. This can be achieved using cheat codes or the game's Debug Mode. These transformations do not feature Super Tails' Flickies.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

A simplistic form of Super Tails can be achieved in the console versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with use of the debug mode. Whilst Sonic is in his Super State, placing a monitor and breaking it will cause Tails to be surrounded by Invincibility stars, have increased speed (on par, if not faster, than Sonic) and invincibility. This happens due to the fact that the default monitor in Sonic the Hedgehog 2—the 2-player Vs. Mode "Teleporter" monitor—not only switches players' positions, but players' statuses as well. (Shield, Speed-Up, Invincibility, etc.) Another peculiarity with "Super" Tails is that even if Sonic loses all his Rings or Tails has to catch up to Sonic for some reason, Tails continues to be invincible and super fast.

This can also be done without the debug mode. First, the player must collect all of the Chaos Emeralds in 1-Player Mode. After doing this, the player will have to find a way to lose their lives or complete the game, and enter the 'Options' menu. After that, if the player highlights 'VS Mode items' and presses the START button, then they will enter the 2P level select with all of the collected Emeralds. If Sonic collects fifty Rings and jumps, he will transform into Super Sonic, but with his sprite jumbled (the game's attempt to match regular Sonic's sprite size since he cannot transform in 2P normally). If Super Sonic smashes a teleport box whilst in transformation, the Super State will transfer to Tails. Sonic still appears Super though, and due to the game's engine he will not be able to get invincibility or gain his Super State abilities again until he loses all of his rings. The reason Super Sonic is attainable in the VS mode is because the number of Chaos Emeralds collected is carried when accessing through the Options menu.

It should be noted that while Sonic will appear to still be in his Super State and will still lose rings, he will not have speed or invincibility and therefore will lose rings when damaged. Oddly enough, he does retain his high-jumping ability.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Super Tails in the ending of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Transformation is accessible by using Debug Mode.

Tails can also enter the transformation in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 via Debug Mode. If Tails smashes the special monitor with S on it, he gains invincibility, the ability to crush non-Knuckles Spin Dash-only breakaway objects by walking through them. He also gets a sparkle affect when going beyond his top speed, but gains no glow, no palette changes, and no enhancements.

His sprite will also be jumbled in the game's attempt to match Super Sonic's sprite size (since Tails cannot go super normally) unless you press the Debug Mode button after hitting the S-Monitor, but before he transforms. If Tails clears Launch Base Zone after hitting an S-Monitor at any time during the game, his ending sprite gains Sonic's palette, giving him a golden glow. His Ring counter never drains and clearing an Act will not make him lose his invincibility or stop the Super Sonic music from playing, but going into a Special Zone or Bonus Stage will. Entering a new zone also removes the invincibility and restores the music if a musical silence is called, but he still has the ability to destroy breakaway objects by walking into them.

Trivia

  • This is so far the only super transformation Tails has displayed in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog 2's VS Mode, if "Super" Tails clears an Act and Sonic happens to be using his Super palette, the normally blue background of the signpost will be affected by the palette and will glow yellow. This also applies to Sonic 3 since, whilst Tails remains unaffected by the palette change, items that normally are will be.
  • The legitimately obtained Super Tails in Sonic 3 & Knuckles cannot destroy non-Knuckles barriers automatically, not even in the Sonic 3 - Limited Edition prototypes where this form would be considered his "Hyper" form.
  • A representative from Sega has reportedly said that Tails was unable to transform with the Chaos Emeralds and needed the greater power of the Super Emeralds due to his younger age in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.[citation needed]
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Tails originally was planned to transform into Super Tails with just the Chaos Emeralds. In some prototypes of a cancelled version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles called the 0517 prototype, Tails could do this, and Tails could even transform into Hyper Tails with the Super Emeralds. The only difference between the early Super Tails and Hyper Tails is that Flickies did not follow the original Super Tails. Before the game was finally released, it was decided to drop Super Tails since Tails could not use the Emeralds in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and renamed Hyper Tails to Super Tails.
  • Super Tails is one of the few added features in the 2013 mobile re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog that was not carried over to Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Gallery

Screenshots

Sprites

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.

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

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Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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