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The Speed Type (スピードタイプ) is a character classification first implemented in Sonic Heroes and then used in later games. The theme color for the Speed Type class is blue in honor of the most notable member, Sonic the Hedgehog. Most of the known hedgehog characters are of this type, except for Silver.
In Sonic Heroes, the assigned element for the Speed Type character is wind. They also have the ability to create tornadoes to attack enemies or to spin up poles. Speed Types are best suited for running long distances and grinding on rails. Seaside Hill, Grand Metropolis, and Rail Canyon are some of the stages that Speed Type characters do great in.
In Sonic Advance 3, a team is designated as a Speed Type team if Sonic is present on the team. This type of team becomes capable of activating Boost Mode for greater speed.
Speed Type characters are the only characters that can grind on rails in Sonic Riders. Though, there are special Extreme Gear that allows characters from other types to grind. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, grinding is not dependent on the character but the Gear that is used. Air Boards and Air Skates are the only Gear that are capable of grinding.
In Sonic Free Riders, grinding is dependent on both the equipped part, and the character's boarding stance. In story missions, Speed Type characters will have the grind skill set as the primary part. For instance, Sonic can use the grind skill as long as he is in the regular stance. If he switches to "goofy", he will be unable to use the grind skill and will instead use whatever secondary skill he has equipped.
Speed is also a distinctive class in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and its sequels.
In Sonic Runners, Speed Type characters could perform a Triple Jump. While all levels in the game could be played with any character, Windy Hill was better suited for Speed Types. Some equippable Buddies were also designated with the Speed Type, and would have an enhanced effect when equipped by Speed Type characters.
In Team Sonic Racing, Speed Type characters have the best top speed out of all the characters and can expel a Radial Burst when performing a high-level drift boost, which shunts opponents away and blocks Orange Rocket and Crimson Eagle attacks. They also have exclusive access to the Red Wisp.
Speed Type characters
This is a list of Speed Type characters.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic Runners only)
- Amy Rose (All-Around in MSOG)
- Metal Sonic
- Espio the Chameleon
- Jet the Hawk
- Blaze the Cat (All-Around in MSOG; Power in Runners)
- Mephiles the Dark
- Sticks the Badger
- Yoshi (Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games)
- Daisy (Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games)
- Ulala (Sonic Riders)
- Amigo (Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity)