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For the Zone in Sonic Advance, see Angel Island Zone (Sonic Advance). For the Zone in Sonic Mania Plus, see Angel Island Zone (Sonic Mania). For other uses of the term, see Angel Island (disambiguation).

Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Angel Island Zone

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Quotation1.svg Welcome to the Floating Island. Things will really heat up once Dr. Robotnik sets fire to this area of the island. Beware of the Flying Battery blimp. Quotation2.svg
— Instruction manual

Angel Island Zone (エンジェルアイランド Enjeruairando?, lit. "Angel Island") is the first Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and its lock-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. The Zone is set in a tropical jungle with waterfalls on the Floating Island.


When playing as Sonic, Angel Island Zone begins with a short introduction sequence. Sonic and Tails discover the Floating Island in their biplane, the Tornado. With the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 still in his possession, Sonic leaps off the plane and becomes Super Sonic, skimming across the surface of the sea and onto the island, where he bumps into Knuckles the Echidna and drops the Emeralds. Knuckles steals Sonic's Emeralds before laughing and running off. When playing as Tails or Knuckles, this intro does not play.

Halfway through Act 1, a horde of Flame Crafts appear and set the Zone on fire. This completely changes the background of the level, from its lush peaceful surroundings when Sonic and Tails first set foot on the island, to a flaming inferno. One of the Flame Crafts returns as a mini-boss at the end of Act 1. In Act 2, a huge warship known as the Flying Battery flies overhead and attempts to kill the player by dropping large bombs from the launch tubes on its underside. The player must avoid these bombs and outrun the ship until it flies away. When playing as Knuckles, the Flying Battery is not encountered. As Sonic and/or Tails then pass through a forest, Doctor Robotnik can be seen making his way ahead of them through the trees in the zone's boss vehicle.

After facing Dr. Robotnik in his Flame Craft and opening the Zone's Capsule, Sonic and Tails again encounter Knuckles, who presses a switch that breaks the bridge they were standing on in order to send them falling into the next zone of the game, Hydrocity Zone. When playing as Knuckles, he simply jumps off the bridge to enter Hydrocity Zone.


Act 1

A Flame Craft is the sub-boss of Angel Island Zone. It is a robot that uses flame jets to hover around. It is equipped with a flamethrower and rocket launchers. It takes six hits to be destroyed.

Act 2

The boss for this level is Dr. Robotnik, flying in a modified Egg Mobile also called the Flame Craft. The Flame Craft has two aiming weapons on either side that shoot fireballs across the arena. It takes eight hits to destroy the Flame Craft.

Giant Ring locations

Act 1

  • Instead of going to the right at the first set of vines, the player should go down and to the left. The player must Spin Dash into the wall there to find the Giant Ring. Watch out for the Monkey Dude in the tree before breaking through the rock to the Giant Ring.
  • After the Flame Crafts bombard the island, the player must go down into the gap by the springs and then spin dash into the left wall. They must then take the red Spring, break the top and fall back down, and a Giant Ring will pop up.

Act 2

  • At the start of the Sonic/Tails path, the player should slide into the Ring's room.
  • After the switch that lowers the water in the Sonic/Tails path, the player must go down both flipping platform sets. They should continue until the characters hit the two disappearing platforms. The player must then go into the water and Spin Dash up the right wall while holding right to find the Ring.


The Tropical Jungle and exclusive editions of the statue.

  • High-end figure company First 4 Figures produced a diorama statue based on the Zone. It features Tails flying and lifting Sonic, with Spikes and a RhinoBot in the scenery. It comes in three editions; regular, exclusive and Tropical Jungle. The regular and exclusive versions depicting the Zone on fire.


Name Artist(s) Version Length Music Track
Angel Island Zone (Act 1) Sega Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles 2:21
Sonic & Knuckles Collection "FM Synthesizer" 2:10
"General MIDI" 1:06
Angel Island Zone (Act 2) Sega Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles 2:17
Sonic & Knuckles Collection "FM Synthesizer" 2:08
"General MIDI" 1:03


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