From Sonic Retro
The Tail Swipe, also known as the Tails Attack (シッポ回転攻撃) or the Tail Attack (シッポ攻撃), is one of Miles "Tails" Prower's signature moves. Debuting in Sonic Adventure, it has stayed with Tails for most of his subsequent 3D outings, as well as migrating back into 2D for all three Sonic Advance titles.
For this move, Tails performs a 360° spin by pressing the / while standing still or walking, lashing out with his twin tails to smash any foes in front of him. Rarely as useful (or safe) as a regular spin attack, the move is not particularly well-used apart from in Sonic Adventure, where it can be powered up significantly by acquisition of the Rhythm Badge, an upgrade in Mystic Ruins.
The Rhythm Badge allows the Rapid Tails Attack (連続シッポ回転攻撃) to be used; a continuous Tail Swipe switching Tails' 360° spin for a sustained twirling motion. Indeed, Tails seems at his most acrobatic when using the move, pirouetting on his feet and hands as he sweeps across the ground like a whirling foxy dervish. This upgraded move is excellent for ploughing through whole rooms of E-Series robots and just generally going fast.
In Sonic Shuffle, Tails performs the attack as his standard attack in battles. However, he spins multiple times instead of just once. If he draws an S Card, he can use the Rapid Spin Attack (連続シッポ回転攻撃) to attack, which allows him to attack with two cards.
Although Tails' gameplay generally involves him riding the Cyclone in Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tails is capable of performing the move with the / button when he is out of his mech in the Chao Garden. As there are no enemies in the Chao Garden, the only purpose the move has in the game is to attack Chao.
Sonic Advance series
Throughout the Sonic Advance series since the first game, Tails is capable of performing the Tail Swipe by pressing while grounded. In Sonic Advance 2, Tails is able to pull off a faster Tail Swipe while in Boost Mode, called the Super Tail Swipe (スーパーシッポ攻撃). This move allows Tails to perform a Tail Swipe while keeping his momentum.
Whenever Tails is following Shadow the Hedgehog in Circus Park or Air Fleet, a second controller can be used to take control of him and perform the Tail Swipe. In this game, the Tail Swipe can hit enemies multiple times, and the combined attacks can even take out a GUN Trooper in one hit. This makes it the strongest ally attack in the game, as neither of the other ally attacks are capable of doing as much damage.
- File:SonicAdvance2 GBA US manual.pdf, page 15
- File:SonicAdvance3 GBA US manual.pdf, page 12
- File:SonicAdventure DC US manual.pdf, page 23
- File:SonicAdventure DC JP manual.pdf, page 22
- File:SonicAdvance GBA US manual.pdf, page 13
- File:SonicAdvance GBA JP manual.pdf, page 15
- File:SonicShuffle DC US manual.pdf, page 23
- File:SonicShuffle DC JP manual.pdf, page 27
- File:SonicAdvance2 GBA JP manual.pdf, page 18