Red Star Rings (レッドスターリング Reddo Sutā Ringu), more commonly referred to as Red Rings and originally Special Rings, are collectible Ring-like items found in a number of games, starting with Sonic Colours. There are often at least five to collect in a stage, and they are often used to unlock special bonuses.
Red Star Rings make their debut in Sonic Colours under the name of Special Rings. In both versions, five of them are hidden in every Act in the game with the exception of boss Acts and Terminal Velocity. Some of these rings are located in easy locations while some will need the use of a Color Power and some are in hard-to-reach locations. Collecting one will earn the player a 30,000-point bonus.
Collecting them in the Wii version will unlock new stages in Game Land, and eventually allow the player to collect the Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic, while collecting all of them in the DS version will unlock Infinite Boost.
Red Star Rings make a second appearance as collectable items in the console/PC versions of Sonic Generations, with five to collect in each Act. Each one collected will unlock music or an image in the Collection Room, while collecting all five in an Act will unlock a new skill. If the player talks to one of Sonic's rescued friends in the White Space when they have the icon of the Red Star Ring above them, they will give them a hint as to where their respective Act's Red Star Rings are.
In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, there is one Red Star Ring to collect in each Act. The only purpose they have in this game is to unlock an achievement/trophy for collecting them all, and nothing else.
In the 2012 remake of Sonic Jump, there are three Red Star Rings to collect in each act.
In Sonic Dash, Red Star Rings appear early along the first run of each day, but they can also still be obtained by completing certain objectives and can be used to unlock new characters or to buy retries for whenever the player fails.
In Sonic Lost World, five Red Star Rings can be found in each Zone in every world except for Hidden World and the DLC levels. Some of the rings require the use of parkour or Color Powers to reach, while some will require the player to chase a bell around and ring it several times. In the Wii U/PC version, collecting all the Red Rings in a world will earn the player a Chaos Emerald that will unlock Super Sonic when all 7 are collected, while in the 3DS version the Red Rings will unlock bonus Zones.
Also in the Wii U/PC version, the player can earn a radar by completing Omochao's missions, which makes it easier to locate Red Star Rings.
Red Star Rings were given a different purpose in Sonic Runners as the game's premium currency. They could be earned in very small batches during runs or boss fights, but would mostly be received through daily bonuses, completing episodes or microtransactions. The player could spend Red Star Rings on playing the Premium Roulette to earn Buddies or extra characters, or exchange them for Rings. During a stage, the player could continue a run through after losing once by paying five Red Star Rings.
Occasionally, the game had campaigns, sometimes in acknowledgement of certain events, that offered the player additional Red Star Rings if they logged in on Sonic Runners within a certain time period or completed certain tasks.
In Sonic Forces, Red Star Rings are set to appear once again as collectibles that can be found in levels. In this game they serve to unlock more clothing, wispons, among others to customize the Avatar.
|Items in the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Series|
|Collectibles||Ring | Red Star Ring | Emblem | Chaos Drives | Material|
|Power-ups||Shield (Water, Lightning, Fire, Gold) | Invincibility | Power Sneakers | Power Core | Light Cores|
|Level Objects||Monitor | Spring | Spikes | Checkpoint | Time Warp Plate | Signpost | Goal Ring | Giant Ring | Capsule | Button | Bumper | Speed Booster | Chao Container|
|Powerful Items||Chaos Emeralds | Super Emeralds | Master Emerald | Time Stones | Chaos Rings | Precioustone | Sol Emeralds | Jeweled Scepter | World Rings | Excalibur | Phantom Ruby|
|Weapons||Piko Piko Hammer | Chaos Energy Cannon | Caliburn|
|Devices||Remote Robot | Combi Confiner | Mother Computer | Arks of the Cosmos | Miles Electric|
|Other||Chili Dog | Scepter of Darkness | Nega's Camera | Cacophonic Conch|