Special Stage (Sonic Rush Adventure)

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Special Stage
Special level, Sonic Rush Adventure
Number of Acts: 7
Played as: Sonic
Opponent: Johnny the Pirate

The Special Stages in Sonic Rush Adventure are stretches of ocean in which Sonic, piloting the Wave Cyclone, must race Johnny to a Chaos Emerald. Controls are the same for normal Wave Cyclone excursions.


Unlike in Sonic Rush, the player cannot access the Special Stages in Sonic Rush Adventure from the game's levels (excluding Special Stage 1, which is a prerequisite for entering Coral Cave). Instead, they are triggered at certain points on the game's ocean map (indicated by an icon of Johnny's head once found) which must be traveled to using any watercraft. Once such a point is reached, Tails will ask if the player wants to challenge Johnny to a race. Answer affirmatively to enter the Special Stage.

The Island Map. Any point labeled "JOHNNY" is where a Special Stage may be accessible.


Without boosting, Johnny is usually about as fast as the Wave Cyclone. If you can get close behind him, Johnny leaves behind glowing rings which you can weave through for small boosts of speed. Use them to keep pace with Johnny without depleting your Boost Gauge. Johnny will also occasionally launch damaging missiles when you trail him, so watch out for those as well.

Gathering rings and completing tricks off of ramps will refill your Boost Gauge (rings will also gradually repair damage to the Wave Cyclone), so acquire them if you can without losing speed or running into obstacles. Also aim for the occasional Dash Panel. Enemies and mines in regular Wave Cyclone excursions are present in the Special Stages as well, and damage your ship and sap your speed. Try to steer around them instead of boosting through them, as boosting will deplete the valuable Boost Gauge. Avoid rocky crags at all costs, as they will immediately stop you.

In some Special Stages, a sudden abundance of rings and lack of obstacles will indicate the approaching end of the Special Stage. It is here that you want to boost ahead as much as possible and pass Johnny, if you haven't done so already.


Sonic Rush Adventure's Special Stages are likely one of the few in the series that do not take place in some sort of fantastical alternative space, as they are not accessed through any visible means of warping (through, for example, Giant Rings in Sonic the Hedgehog or Checkpoints in Sonic the Hedgehog 2). Although it cannot be confirmed, judging from Tails' description ("Sonic! I just saw Johnny. What should we do? Should we challenge Johnny in the Wave Cyclone?") the Special Stages in Sonic Rush Adventure take place in stretches of ocean that exist in the larger game world.


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