Volcano Valley Zone

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Volcano Valley Zone
  • Mega Drive
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Volcano Valley Zone
Fifth Zone, Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
Number of Acts: 3
Location: Flicky Island
Level theme: lava/volcano
Boss: Volcano Valley Zone boss
Maximum rings, Act 1: 82 (MD), 80 (SAT) + 44 + 58
Maximum rings, Act 2: 135 + 95
Maximum rings, Act 3: 9
Flickies, Act 1: 1 + 1 + 1 1 + 1 + 1 1 + 1 + 1 2 + 2 + 2
Flickies, Act 2: 1 + 1 1 + 1 1 + 1 2 + 2
Non-English names:
Diamond Dust Zone | Gene Gadget Zone

Volcano Valley Zone is the fifth Zone of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Saturn, coming after Diamond Dust and before Gene Gadget. As with other stages in this game, Volcano Valley consists of two standard Acts followed by a third Act containing only the boss fight. In Acts 1 and 2, Sonic must free captured Flickies from inside Badniks, depositing five of the birds into a Goal Ring to progress between sections of the level (usually three per Act).


The pause screen for this Zone in the Saturn version.

If Diamond Dust = cold, then Volcano Valley = hot. Geographically located on the volcano of Flicky Island, molten lava pulses through the Zone like scorching blood, and the flamethrower cannons don't help lower the temperature much. Semi-solidified magma, still glowing a dull crimson, coats the craggy bluffs on the interior of this volcano, with giant quartz crystals and petrified remnants of trees jutting crudely out the blistering rocks. The heat is so intense that a heat haze is visible in the Saturn version of the level, and Dr. Eggman's made the place even less hospitable by throwing in spiked orbs and robotic terrors to boot.

The player should keep their eyes peeled for the square slabs of beige-brown rock that litter the floor that they can destroy by jumping on them. Hidden beneath a formation of these the player can almost invariably find secret passageways down solidified lava tubes, leading to power-up TVs like the very, very, very useful Fire Shield. Some of the steep rock faces in this Zone have elevators that Sonic can operate by standing on top of them and performing a Spin Dash in order to reach high places.

This is the last Zone in the game to feature Tails and Knuckles, thus it's the last Zone where the player can get Chaos Emeralds. It is also the last Zone to feature Sonic Medals.


Quite a change from the cool slopes of Diamond Dust! Leap the lava beds and go with the flow! Use the Sonic Spin Dash to activate the elevators, and keep an eye out for Fire shields to save Sonic from suffering a hot foot!

Sonic 3D US manualMedia:Sonic3D Sat US manual.pdf[3]


Volcano Valley includes four different varieties of Badniks, none of which are named in official media, but are named in development tools:

Firefly — A mosquito-like robot. Releases a blue Flicky.
Bat — A bat robot. Releases a purple Flicky.
Scorpy — A scorpion robot. Releases a red Flicky.
Bug — A ladybird-like robot on wheels. Releases a green Flicky.


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