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Press the 2 Button while moving back to Back Step.

— Description, Sonic and the Secret Rings[1]

The Back Step,[1] also known as the back flip,[2] is a technique that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When performing this move, the user does a backflip.


When performing the Back Step, the user performs a simple back flip. In gameplay, this lets the player move backwards faster in the stages than simply walking backwards. This technique is effective in picking up any items that may have been missed recently. It is also effective in better orienting oneself in order to battle enemies.

Game appearances

Sonic Storybook Series

Sonic and the Secret Rings

The Back Step first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings. In this game, it is a Wind-attributed Ground Action Skill for Sonic which is unlocked when reaching Level and costs 2 Skill Points to be equipped. To perform the Back Step in gameplay, the player needs to tilt the controller backwards and press Snnwii2buttondisco.png. The player can also increase the move's attack power by equipping the Fire Step Skill.

Sonic and the Black Knight

In Sonic and the Black Knight, the Back Step is referred to as the back flip.[2] Here, it is a standard move that is available to all playable characters in Adventure Mode. To perform this move in gameplay, the player needs to hold the Control Stick backwards and press WiiDSA.png.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Team (20 February 2007). Sonic and the Secret Rings. Wii. Sega. "Back Step description: Press the 2 Button while moving back to Back Step."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic and the Black Knight (Wii) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 6.

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