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Ascending Flight[1] (上昇飛行[2] Jōshō hikō?) is a Fly Formation maneuver that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When using this move, the Fly type member carries their teammates through the air. Sometime, if a teammate is lost or has been shot off using Thunder Shoot, then only the Fly Type member may be present. If so, they will be hovering high above the ground as if there is a single teammate below them.

Description

When performing Ascending Flight, the Fly Type team member starts flying into the air (Tails uses his twin tails, Rouge and Charmy both use their wings, and Cream uses her ears). At the same time, the Speed Type member grabs onto the Fly Type member's feet and the Power Type member grabs onto the Speed Type member's feet. As a result, the Fly Type member flies through the air while the remainder of their team rides with them.

In Sonic Heroes, Ascending Flight allows the player to move through the air in any direction, reach otherwise unreachable elevated places, target far-away objects in mid-air, and traverse over large gaps and bottomless pits. However, the player can only reach a certain height with Ascending Flight before they stop ascending. Also, the duration of the move is determined by the Flight Gauge which depletes only when the player moves. When it empties, the playable characters will automatically drop down from where they would be in flight at this point.

To perform Ascending Flight in gameplay, the selected team must be in Fly Formation. The player then has to jump into the air and hold down A Button GameCube v2.png/Cross/XboxA.png to fly. The player can control the characters' movement with the left control stick.

In other media

Books and comics

IDW Publishing

The Chaotix flying above the traffic, from Sonic the Hedgehog #48.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Ascending Flight has made an appearance on multiple occasions. During the battle for Angel Island, Charmy Bee flew the Chaotix down to assist in the fight alongside Tails carrying Amy.[3] While not in the typical, holding hands way, Rouge also flew Tangle down to the battle in a similar fashion to Ascending Flight. Much later, when stuck in a massive traffic jam, Vector promised to buy Charmy an ice cream if he flew them to their destination. Obviously, Charmy agreed and the Chaotix took off above the highway, much to the displeasure of other drivers stuck in the traffic.[4]

References

  1. Sonic Heroes (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 9.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #48, "Hit the Pavement"

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