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 Attack; 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 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.
The Homing Attack first appeared here, but requires the Gold Shield. Simply press or when jumping near an enemy.
The Homing Attack is Sonic's standard special move in this series. When is pressed, Sonic spins in mid-air for a second, and then launches towards the back of the nearest enemy in an arc. The move can be completed faster by pressing , at the cost of accuracy. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, the Homing Attack can be replaced with two other variants:
Sonic 3D Blast,
with the Gold Shield