Tails using Tail Swipe
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Attacks with tail by whipping it around
The Tail Swipe (シッポ攻撃 Shippo kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Attack"), also known as the Tails Swipe, Tails Attack (シッポ回転攻撃 Shippo kaiten kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Rotation Attack") or Tail Attack, is one of the signature moves of Miles "Tails" Prower. It first appeared in Sonic Adventure. It is an attack Tails performs with his trademark twin tails.
Fitting with its name, the Tail Swipe involves Tails performing a 360° spin, where he is lashing out with his twin tails to damage any enemies in front of him. This move is however not as safe as the Spin Attack, as the Tail Swipe only focuses on attacking the foes that are in front of Tails and thus leaves him more vulnerable from attackers from behind and above.
The Tail Swipe first appeared in Sonic Adventure and its remake, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut where it is called Tails Attack. To perform the Tails Attack in gameplay, the player must press the B/X Button while either walking or standing still. The attack can also be upgraded to the Rapid Tails Attack by obtaining the Rhythm Badge.
In Sonic Shuffle, the Tails Attack is Tails' standard Battle attack. When performing it, however, Tails strikes multiple times in a row instead of just once.
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tails can also use the Tail Swipe, but only in the Chao Garden. To perform the Tails Swipe in gameplay, the player must press the B/X Button.
The Tail Swipe following reappearance was in Sonic Advance where it was named Tail Attack. To perform the Tail Attack in gameplay, the player must press while on the ground.
Sonic Advance 2
The attack's next appearance was in Sonic Advance 3 where it is renamed Tail Swipe. Its performance and controls in this game are the same as in Sonic Advance. Also, by performing the Tails Swipe while in Boost Mode, the player will perform the Super Tail Swipe.
Sonic Advance 3
The Tail Swipe reappeared once again in Sonic Advance 3. In this game, Tails can only perform the Tail Swipe in gameplay when he has Sonic the Hedgehog or Cream the Rabbit as his partner. Like in the previous titles, to perform the Tail Swipe in gameplay, the player must press .
Super Tail Swipe
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Tails using the Super Tail Swipe
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Charge straight through enemies with a Tail Swipe and continue running
The Super Tail Swipe (スーパーシッポ攻撃 Sūpāshippo kōgeki?) is basically the Tail Swipe performed at high speeds. It has appeared in Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Advance 3. In order for Tails to perform the Super Tail Swipe, he must perform a normal Tail Swipe while in Boost Mode, which can be reached by running at high speeds for a certain amount of time or by using Dash Panels (in Sonic Advance 3, Tails must be partnered with Sonic the Hedgehog in order to enter Boost Mode). The speed created from the Boost Mode will then transform the Tail Swipe into the Super Tail Swipe.
When Tails uses the Super Tail Swipe, his twin tails will form a large, light blue wave as they are swung (this wave does not appear in Sonic Advance 3), which will increase his attack range. Most importantly though, the Super Tail Swipe allows Tails to maintain the speed he is currently running at and remain in Boost Mode, unlike the normal Tail Swipe which makes Tails stop entirely. This allows him to literally charge through his enemies.
Rapid Tails Attack
The Tornado Attack is a far more powerful version of the normal Tail Swipe, where Tails swings his tails with extreme force. Tails can only use this move when having Knuckles as his partner in Sonic Advance 3.
Appearances in Other Media
Archie ComicsThe Tail Swipe has several appearances in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics as one of Miles "Tails" Prower's standard attacks.
Because of his young age, Tails did not initially participate in many of the fights during the comics early run. Over time however, Tails began to participate more actively in fights and began using his unique twin tails to his advantage, thus developing his Tail Swipe move.
- This move is remarkably similar to what Mario can do when he obtains a Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit, or Cape Feather power-up in the Super Mario Bros. series. When using these power-ups, Mario quickly spins around multiple times to attack foes by hitting them with his Cape or suit's Tail.