The weapons in Shadow the Hedgehog vary from their respectives, as they change as their ammo, color, damage and sometimes can be the same exact gun with a different internal structure.
Each weapon in Shadow the Hedgehog falls under one of seven weapon types; Close Combat, Gun, Cannon, Lock-on, Laser, Vacuum, and Special.
Cannons are heavy duty weapons that fire explosive shells. Unlike some other weapons, Cannons do not automatically lock on to enemies, instead the player has to aim manually with an crosshair that indicates where the shell will explode.
Close Combat weapons are weapons which are used for short-ranged attacks. Despite being melee weapons, Close Combat weapons still have an ammo meter and will become unusable when depleted.
Guns are most common weapons in Shadow the Hedgehog. Guns fire small rounds and typically have a larger ammo capacity than other weapon types. Some Guns are automatic, meaning that they can fire continuously with one button press.
Laser weapons fire laser beams to attack enemies. Laser beams can be bounced off walls and other objects to hurt more enemies in one shot.
Lock-On weapons allow the player to fire missiles that lock-on to enemies. The player must fire hold down // to activate a laser target which will lock on to enemies nearby. Releasing the button will then fire several missiles to attack all targeted enemies.
|Big Worm Shooter||High||6||Long|
|Wide Worm Shooter||18|
Vacuums are a unique weapon type as only one true Vacuum weapon exists in game. Vacuum weapons allow the player to suck up various objects, including enemies, which then can be fired back to deal damage to other enemies.
|Vacuum Pod||20||Can be used to pull walls in certain stages.|
Special weapons are unique weapons in Shadow the Hedgehog. Special weapons are unlocked by completing the final stages in story mode. Most of these weapons can be upgraded by completing the same stage again and fighting the other boss. Special weapons do not have a common attribute, and instead, each Special weapon takes on the attributes of one of the six other weapon types. Special weapons can only be found in special Shadow Containers scattered in each stage.
|Egg Vacuum||20/30 (Upgraded)||Unlocked by completing Lava Shelter in Story Mode. Functions like a Vacuum weapon, can be used to pull walls in certain stages.|
|Heal Cannon||10/20 (Upgraded)||Unlocked by completing Final Haunt in Story Mode. Functions like a Cannon weapon. Heals and sways the loyalty of enemies.|
|Omochao Gun||10/20 (Upgraded)||Unlocked by completing Cosmic Fall in Story Mode. Functions like a Laser weapon.|
|Samurai Blade||4/8 (Upgraded)||Unlocked by completing GUN Fortress in Story Mode. Functions like a Close Combat weapon. When swung it sends out shock waves that deal damage to enemies without consuming ammo.|
|Satellite Gun||4/8 (Upgraded)||Unlocked by completing Black Comet in Story Mode. Functions as a Lock-On weapon. Causes giant laser beams to fire from the sky akin to the ones seen in Westopolis.|
|Shadow Rifle||20||Unlocked by completing The Last Way. Functions as Gun weapon. Defeats most enemies in a single shot. Cannot be upgraded. Automatic.|