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Shadow opens a rift in time and space, meant to banish a foe. If the target remains, he may become distracted.

— Description, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood[1]

Chaos Rift (カオスリフト Kaosurifuto?) is a POW move and a chaos power used by Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. When performing this move, Shadow opens a rift in time and space and launches it at a foe. This attack has a chance of instantly defeating an opponent. If the foe remains, the foe may become distracted.


When performing Chaos Rift, Shadow slowly walks up to the front of his target. Once facing his target, Shadow envelopes himself in a purple, circular aura, by performing a outward movement with his body. Shortly after that, Shadow channels his aura into his hands and forms a rift in time and space, which takes the shape of an orb almost twice the size of himself and is colored black and purple with small white stars inside. Once formed, Shadow flings the rift at his target in an attempt to banish the opponent to outside time and space.

In gameplay, when successfully performing the Chaos Rift, this technique has a chance of instantly reducing the target's Health Points to zero, effectively knocking the opponent out. If the Chaos Rift fails to knock out the opponent, it also has an additional chance of inflicting distracted on the target. The higher level the Chaos Rift technique is, the greater the possibility that it can knock out an opponent or leave the opponent distracted.

Real-Time Interaction

When performing Chaos Rift in gameplay, the player has to complete a series of real-time events by performing certain actions on the Touch Screen, in order to execute Chaos Rift optimally:

  1. The player has to tap an inner circle that appears eight times, before the outer circle overlap the inner circle.
  2. The player has to stay inside the outer circle that appears when it overlaps the inner circle and follow it vertically across the screen, from left to right.

Missing or not touching these circles correctly will result in Shadow failing to successfully perform the Chaos Rift.


Level PP Cost Damage Effect
I 8 No damage KO (40% chance), Distracted I (50% chance)
II 8 No damage KO (50% chance), Distracted I (80% chance)
III 8 No damage KO (60% chance), Distracted I (100% chance)



  1. Official in-game description.

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