Homing Attack

From Sonic Retro

Sonic performing a series of Homing Attacks to take out Bubbles in Splash Hill Zone.

The Homing Attack is a special move principally used by Sonic the Hedgehog that allows the character to swerve during a spin jump, automatically zeroing in and striking a nearby enemy. It was first featured in Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island, where the instruction manual called it the Sonic Blast AttackMedia:Sonic3D Sat EU manual.pdf[1]; not an intrinsic ability of Sonic at this point, it required the Gold Shield power-up to use.

The technique became a standard move in Sonic Adventure and has been included in all 3D and several 2D Sonic games since. In Sonic Heroes, it was part of the repertoire of all Speed type characters, so other users include Amy Rose, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Espio the Chameleon. Usually activated by pressing A in mid-jump; if no enemies are within range, use this move to have Sonic perform a jump dash (in Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic would instead go straight down). In this way it often replaces Sonic's earlier double-tap jumping move, the Insta-Shield.

How to use

Sonic 3D Blast

First appeared here, but taking the gold shield and simply pressing A you can destroy the enemy.

Homing Attack in Sonic 3D.

Sonic Adventure Series

Press A during the jump.

Homing Attack in SA.

Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog

Pressing X / A / Spacebar during the jump or fall.

Homing Attack in Sonic Heroes.

Sonic Rush

Press R during the jump in enemy. Can not be used in springs and rails

Sonic '06'

Press X / A for the jump or for a time in the air.

Homing Attack in Sonic '06.

Sonic and the Secret Rings/Sonic Colors

Press 2 when you have an enemy close.

Homing Attack in Sonic and the Secret Rings. Homing Attack in Sonic Colors.

Sonic Unleashed

Press X / Square in leaping.

Homing Attack in Sonic Unleashed.

Sonic Generations/Sonic 4

Press A / X during the jump in the air.

Homing Attack in Sonic Generations.

Other game appearanes

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Sonic is the main attack in the game and can be used endlessly.

Homing Attack in SSBB


  1. File:Sonic3D Sat EU manual.pdf, page 32