|Sky Sanctuary Zone|
|Sixth level, Sonic & Knuckles|
|Number of Acts: 2 (The first for Sonic, the second for Knuckles)|
|Level theme: ancient ruins|
|Secondary level theme: sky|
|Boss: Mecha Sonic (Sky Sanctuary Zone Boss)|
|Maximum rings, Act 1: 179 + 80|
|Maximum rings, Act 2: 3 + 0|
Sky Sanctuary Zone is the sixth level of Sonic & Knuckles (the twelfth of Sonic 3 & Knuckles). It is the second-to-last zone for Sonic and Tails, containing three bosses, and the last for Knuckles, who has two to fight against.
Sonic and Tails' level (technically Act 1) has a very complex design that goes upwards and contains several Eggrobos, big spinning platforms and clouds on which you can bounce. Sonic and Tails enter from a teleporter found deep in the Hidden Palace. On their way up the Sanctuary, they have to face Mecha Sonic, who's riding Eggman's Eggmobile and using the Doctor's old tricks to stop them. They eventually face the Mecha Sonic istelf at the end of the level, and after defeating the robotic hedgehog (though not destroying him) the Sky Sanctuary will begin to fall apart. They have no choice but escape as fast as possible from there, and they finally jump into the Death Egg.
As for Knuckles' level (technically Act 2), it seems to be the only platform left after the destruction of the flying temple; it's short, straight and it has no enemies or gimmicks. Knuckles enters from a different teleporter, also from the Hidden Palace, and as soon as he gets to the Sanctuary he is grabbed by the Eggmobile (this time driven by the lone Eggrobo faced throughout the echidna's story) and taken to the boss, Mecha Sonic, who was not completely destroyed in Tails/Sonic's story.
Sky Sanctuary is apparently destroyed at the end of Knuckles' playthrough, with the explosion of Mecha Sonic consuming the floating ruins entirely.
Being Knuckles' final level, Sky Sanctuary hides his real final Bosses, which come in two parts:
|“||Take the battle to the clouds when Sonic fights Robotnik's Badniks on the floating ruins of an ancient time!||„|
|“||From here on out, it's the holy territory that is forbidden to all but Knuckles. Hidden Palace is where the Master Emerald is stored, and Sky Palace is the sacred precinct in the sky above Angel Island where no one is allowed to enter. I'm digressing, but scaling of the Eggrobos emerging from the center is managed internally by the software.||„|
A reimagined Sky Sanctuary appears in Sonic Generations, representing Sonic 3 & Knuckles in the Classic Era of the game. Bouncy clouds, Eggrobos, teleporting beams and temples above the skies return with breathtaking views and gimmicks from other past stages, such as the floating spinning-tops from Marble Garden Zone.
Angel Island's overhead sanctuaries are the setting for one of the racing circuits in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, known as Sanctuary Falls. The course features both an aerial segment based on passing between temple columns and a land segment set in the sanctuary's interior.
Sky Sanctuary is the setting for the final 11 stages in the game's story, ranging from 37 (Sweet Home) to 48 (The Last Refuge);
Sky Sanctuary appears in this game as one of 3 stage themes, with the same aesthetics of previous versions. During the Christmas event, Sky Sanctuary acquires a night-time style similar to that seen in Sonic Generations.
|Sonic & Knuckles|