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Demonstration of the Drop Dash in Sonic Mania.

The Drop Dash is a technique used by Sonic in Sonic Mania and by Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces. By pressing and holding any jump button in midair after jumping, Sonic will charge up the move, and will instantly dash off in a short burst upon landing. However, the move cannot be performed if the player takes damage before landing. If the move is executed by Super Sonic, a mini-earthquake is set off and the boost will be greater.

By collecting enough medals in Sonic Mania's Bonus Stage, this move can be replaced with the Super Peel-Out or the Insta-Shield by accessing the Secrets menu when starting a "No Save" game.

According to The Taxman in an interview, the Drop Dash was designed with new players in mind.