Drop Dash

From Sonic Retro

Demonstration of the Drop Dash in Sonic Mania.

The Drop DashMedia:SM PC DIGITAL MANUAL UK V10 LR.pdf[1] is a technique used by Sonic in Sonic Mania and by Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces, which is best described as a "midair Spin Dash".


By pressing and holding any jump button in midair after jumping, Sonic will charge up the move, and will instantly dash off in a short burst upon landing. However, the move cannot be performed if Sonic takes damage before landing, or if an elemental Shield is active. If the move is executed by Super Sonic, a mini-earthquake is set off and the boost will be greater.

After collecting enough medallions in Sonic Mania's Bonus Stage, this move can be replaced with the Super Peel-Out or the Insta-Shield by selecting the appropriate option from the Secrets menu. These options were originally only available on a "No Save" playthrough; however, as of v1.04 they are also available for use on saved files. The player can also use all three moves at once by inputting a cheat code on the secret level select screen.[2]

The Drop Dash was later ported to the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in their respective Nintendo Switch re-releases, Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog and Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

According to The Taxman in an interview, the Drop Dash was designed with new players in mind.[3]