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Homing Attack
First seen: Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (1996)
Users: Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Amy Rose, Metal Sonic, Espio the Chameleon, Knuckles the Echidna, Miles "Tails" Prower
Type: Attack

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.

In Sonic Lost World, Sonic is capable of performing a Focused Homing Attack, which is capable of locking-on to multiple enemies; up to six at once. The more enemies Sonic takes out with a single Focused Homing Attack, the more Animals will be rescued than just defeating each enemy individually, with the second enemy destroyed releasing two animals, the third releasing three, and so on. This type of Homing Attack can also work on just one foe; if three layers of reticles appear on a certain enemy, the player can release the Focused Homing Attack to deal even more damage and possibly defeat the foe immediately. No bosses, excluding the first fight with Zazz, will be defeated easily with this method, but it is very effective against them.

How to use

Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island

The Homing Attack first appeared here, but requires the Gold Shield. Simply press A or C when jumping near an enemy.

Sonic Adventure series

Press A during a jump.

Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog

Press X / A / Spacebar during a jump or fall in Speed formation. When in Power formation, the Speed and Fly characters will automatically attack nearby enemies.

Sonic Advance series

Present in Sonic Advance 2 (Sonic-exclusive) and Sonic Advance 3 (If using Sonic, Tails or Knuckles).

  • For Sonic Advance 2. Press A when jumping near an enemy, cannot be used on springs or rails.
  • For Sonic Advance 3. Any characters that can use Homing Attack must be paired with Cream, in case of Sonic and Tails, it works the same way as Advance 2. In Knuckles case, however, press B when jumping near an enemy and while performing the Glide

Sonic Rush

Press R when jumping near an enemy. Cannot be used on springs and rails.

Sonic '06

Press X / A during a jump.

Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic Colours

Press 2 when jumping near an enemy.

Sonic Unleashed

Press X / Square in the Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 versions during a jump. In the Wii / PlayStation 2 versions, press A / X.

Sonic Generations and Sonic 4

Press A / X during a jump when you see a reticle on an enemy.

Note that in Sonic Generations, Classic Sonic can unlock the Homing Attack as a Skill by collecting all of the Red Star Rings in Planet Wisp Act 1. In the 3DS version, the Homing Attack is part of his default moveset and is automatically unlocked after defeating Big Arms.

Sonic Lost World

Press A during a jump when you see a reticle on one or more enemies. For certain targets, wait until more reticles appear on it to perform a Focused Homing Attack.

Sonic Forces

Press B (Switch) / X (PlayStation) / A (Xbox) during a jump when you see a reticle on an enemy.

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Superstars

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

The Homing Attack is Sonic's standard special move in this series. When B 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 B, at the cost of accuracy. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, the Homing Attack can be replaced with two other variants:

  • Custom 1: Stomp. Instead of moving towards a target, Sonic goes straight down, meteor smashing the opponent.
  • Custom 2: Surprise Attack. A faster variant of the Homing Attack, albeit with less power and range.

By swallowing Sonic, Kirby is also able to perform the Homing Attack via his Copy Ability.

Other media

Sonic Prime