Shark[fn 1] is a Guardian in Sonic Frontiers, appearing on the second island, Ares Island. It is a very large, shark-like robot that patrols the sands of the Open Zone.
When encountered by Sonic, Shark will leap out of the sand and attempt to crash down on him. When it does this, the player should quickly strike its exposed tail with a Homing Attack to have Sonic grab on to it and ride it across the sand dunes. To shake off Sonic, Shark will "swim" across the desert, making sharp turns and jumps. When instructed, the player should tilt the Left Stick in specific directions when the prompts appear on the screen, otherwise Sonic will lose his grip and fall off.
After riding Shark's tail long enough, it will slow down, and the player will have a chance to strike its back with a Homing Attack to bring it out of the sand and render it vulnerable to combo attacks. Afterwards, it will recover and attempt to burrow back into the sand again, with its body briefly being stuck in the sand for the player to land a few more attacks on it. Repeat attempts at grabbing its tail will become more difficult, as the player will need quicker reactions to stay on Shark's tail. Shark may also begin to fire missiles that will lodge into the sand dunes which the player must avoid, otherwise Sonic will take damage and be thrown off the tail.
After its HP is depleted, Shark will go down. It drops a Portal Gear upon defeat.
- ↑ Stylised as "SHARK" on in-game title cards and hints in English and Japanese.