Knuckles using Thunder Arrow on Rouge the Bat.
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A lightning bolt that damages and disorientates the opponent.
When performing the Thunder Arrow, Knuckles thrusts his right fist forward and shouts "Take this". He then forms several thin, but straight lighting bolts above his opponents to attack them with. In gameplay, In gameplay, Thunder Arrow targets the opponent wherever they might be and causes damage when it hits.
Thunder Arrow can only be performed by the player by playing as Knuckles in the games' two-player mode. Additionally, Thunder Arrow will in this mode disorientate the opponent for a short while by disturbing the opposing player's controls. To use it, the player must press // on the ground after collecting 40 Rings. To use it again, the player has to collect another 40 Rings. In two-player mode, Thunder Arrow is nearly impossible to avoid, unless the other player either uses Dig or Glide.
Thunder Arrow is also performed by Knuckles during the boss battle against him in the Dark story. Here, Knuckles will begin using it after his health has been reduced to half, though the attack is easier to avoid here.
Apperances in other media
The Thunder Arrow move has also appeared several times in the Archie Comics. In this media, the Thunder Arrow is a bolt of Chaos energy, similar in appearance to the Chaos Spear, but the user summons them in bursts of energy instead of throwing them as spears. It is commonly used by characters that have a strong connection to the Chaos Force, such as Knuckles the Echidna, Enerjak and Edmund, and acts as a Chaos-powered, arrow shaped lighting bolt that electrocutes its victims.