All Time Stones in Sonic CD.
Seven different coloring stones that are have shape of milled amethyst.
Time Stones (タイム·ストーンズ Taimu Sutōnzu?) are seven gemstones from the Little Planet. They have power over time. The only appearance of Time Stones in a Sonic game was Sonic CD, in which they can be obtained from Special Stages, much like Chaos Emeralds in other games.
The shape of Time Stones varies in two occasions. As it is shown in Special Stages and ending cinematic that gemstones have look of milled amethysts. But in the result screen after Special Stage, they are seen to look similar to Chaos Emeralds. The seven Time Stones are colored green, blue, yellow, red, orange, purple and cyan.
Time Stones are found on Little Planet. They are able to transport the planet through time, and as such it is only visible in the planet's atmosphere for one month out of every year, above the Never Lake. It is implied that the Time Stone cannot leave the Little Planet, or otherwise cannot be used elsewhere.
In Sonic CD, Time Stones can be collected from seven different Special Stages. To enter a Special Stage, the player has to collect more than 50 rings and jump to the giant ring, which can found at the end of a round behind the signpost. In the Special Stage, the player has to destroy all of the UFOs. Collecting all Time Stones in the game unlocks the good ending of the game, meaning the player doesn't have go to the past of every round to destroy all robot-generating machines, which is another method of reaching the good ending.
In the good ending of the game, Sonic collects all Time Stones, finally defeats Eggman in Metallic Madness and frees Little Planet from under Eggman's control as the planet transports with Time Stones in time from above of Never Lake. However in bad ending, Eggman got one of the Time Stones to his hand as he escaped from the Little planet.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Sonic the ComicEdit
Time Stones also appeared in Sonic the Comic in the UK. They were first mentioned in a Sonic's World back-up strip, in which it was revealed that there were six Time Stones rather than seven (at the time, the series also included only six Chaos Emeralds). The strip also mentioned that they were hidden somewhere on the Miracle Planet and that Doctor Robotnik wanted to find them so that he could control time and become unstoppable.
One such Time Stone appeared as part of a bizarre time paradox during the series adaptation of Sonic CD. Whereas the Time Stones that had appeared in the back-up strip appeared to be multi-coloured gemstones (as in Sonic CD), the one in the main story looked like a normal, oval-shaped grey stone, although it glowed when it was being used.
Robotnik had somehow located a Time Stone, and used it to power a machine that cyberformed the entire Miracle Planet in the space of a single month (between the planet's appearances over Mobius). Later, after Sonic had chased Metallix to the Miracle Planet in order to rescue Amy Rose, Sonic received the Time Stone from a duplicate version of himself from the future. He used it to travel back to a time before the planet had been cyberformed (although the Time Stone disappeared when he did so). He retrieved a past version of the Time Stone from Robotnik's machine (destroying the machine in the process), then travelled forward in time again to give the Stone to his past self (who then travelled back in time, as part of a closed loop). After Sonic's past version had left, the machine's effect on the Miracle Planet suddenly disappeared, as did Metallix.
Sonic the Hedgehog (animated series)Edit
In Sonic the Hedgehog animated series, there were two Time Stones. They were found on the Floating Island in a temple, and they could only be accessed by defeating the temple guards and answering the riddle asked by the Keeper of the Time Stones, an enormous, ancient owl.
Sonic and Princess Sally used these two Time Stones to transport themselves back to the day of Robotnik's takeover of Mobotropolis during the two-part episode "Blast to the Past" in an attempt to stop the takeover from ever happening. This ultimately failed as Sonic didn't keep his mind on the exact date, but Sally was able to download the original roboticizer plans from one of Robotnik's terminals and saved her nanny Rosie by telling her to never leave Knothole no matter what (due to the fact that Sally knew that she would be captured while out in the Great Forest and roboticized by Robotnik).
In Sonic Universe, Ark 2, 30 Years Later, Silver the Hedgehog enters and leaves King Sonic's time using a yellow Time Stone. Silver uses the it to perform Chronos Control, a similar ability to Chaos Control that is limited to affecting time.
- Time Stones' similarity to the Chaos Emeralds (which had similar appearance during that time) is striking, in appearance as well as their ability to manipulate time and space. The only major change being that Time Stones are shown to be much larger, as Sonic grabs them after completing Special Stage.
- However there seems to be an inconsistency, as its shown that Robotnik is holding single Time Stone in ending cinematic, which is small enough to hold it in hand.
- The major difference between the Time Stones and Chaos Emeralds is that the Time Stones only seem to be able to warp through time on Little Planet itself.
- Like Chaos Rings later in Knuckles' Chaotix, Time Stones cannot cause transformation to its user.
- Time Stones at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki