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Dr. Eggman, Shadow the Hedgehog

Circus Park is a one of the third Stages in Shadow the Hedgehog. It is reached by completing either the Hero mission of Glyphic Canyon or the Hero mission of Lethal Highway.



Shadow arrives at Circus Park searching for the fourth Chaos Emerald. As he approaches the carnival, he spots Tails flying overhead in the Emerald-powered Cyclone. For an unknown reason, Tails crashes his plane (the fox is most likely shot down in the crossfire between Eggman's defenses and an attacking force of G.U.N. troops, bailing out and leaving the Cyclone to spiral away into the distance), and it is later revealed that he came to retrieve the rings that Dr. Eggman had stolen. Undaunted by his violent arrival, Tails suggests to Shadow that they should team up and recover all the rings Eggman has collected in the park. Further in the level, Shadow runs into the Egg Monitor, who conversely asks Shadow for his help in defeating the "G.U.N. geeks." The player can choose to help Tails recover the rings, eliminate the G.U.N. robots, or simply find the white Chaos Emerald.



The following weapons can be found in Circus Park:

Secret Key locations

  1. Following the second Save Point, there will be two paths. Jump toward the hole in the center and use the Homing Attack to bounce off of the spring.
  2. Right before the third Save Point, turn around and the Key will be in a Eggman's box.
  3. Grind the ropes with the four shooting gallery boards and then drop to the bottom with the two Gun Beetles. The Key is in the back.
  4. Use the rocket after grinding down the long string of ropes. Once on the other side, drop down to the bottom level, turn around and jump to the Key.
  5. Exit the circus tent and ride the roller coaster. Hold the analog stick left while riding to grab the Key.

Behind the Secret Door is the Shooting Gallery, which helps with the Hero mission of collecting four hundred Rings.


Story Mode

Dark mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Dark Mission - Dr. Eggman.png Eliminate the GUN robots! Defeat all 20 of the G.U.N. enemies in Circus Park.

Many of the Gun Beetles and GUN Troopers are off the main path, so exploration is key. The player should have defeated the following amounts of enemies by each Save Point:

  • Save Point #2: 4
  • Save Point #3: 10
  • Save Point #4: 13
  • Save Point #5: 15
  • Save Point #6: 20
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 30,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 28,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 20,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 10,000

Normal mission

Guide Mission Objective
PrisonIslandNeutral.png Find the Chaos Emerald! Reach the Goal Ring containing the Chaos Emerald.
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 23,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 20,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 15,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 10,000

Hero mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Hero Mission - Tails.png Collect 400 Rings! Gather 400 Rings.

Although there are not initially 400 Rings in the level, there are special ways to earn bonus Rings. These include:

  • Shooting Gallery: To begin, shoot one of the large disks that looks like a clock. Balloons will then rise around Shadow, which he must shoot to earn rings. There is also a green bonus gauge which fills as balloons are hit; filling it completely earns Shadow an extra 50 rings. Shooting purple balloons, however, causes the gauge to decrease and Shadow to lose rings.
  • "Noses" that looks like Eggman: This becomes very helpful, when approaching one of these "noses," launch Shadow into it for 50 Rings.
  • Flaming Hoops: Jumping through a fire hoop earns Shadow 5 Rings.
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 26,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 22,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 16,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 10,000

Expert Mode

Besides the increase in enemies, Circus Park's Expert Mode adds more of the tiny moving platforms. It is important that the player is very careful when jumping to them. Take this Stage slow, and remember It is not about time but completion. The most difficult part is after the rope grinding section. The player must jump over to the small moving platforms, and do some hoop tricks after that. The Rings in mid-air serve as a guide to where to jump to, but it is better if they are just skipped using Chaos Control.

For easy lives, use the Save Point to warp to earlier parts of the Stage and launch Shadow into the "noses" that resemble Eggman. If the Ring count goes beyond 999, the counter rolls over to 0 and the player is instantly awarded 10 extra lives. This tactic works because Expert Mode does not contain the Hero Mission that ends the stage when the player has reached 400 Rings.


  • Circus Park is the name of a world in the game Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, which was also developed by Sonic Team.
  • The beginning cutscene of this Stage contains the now infamous line, "Where's that damn fourth Chaos Emerald?"


Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"Circus Park" Mariko Nanba 3:08
"(Bonus Track) Circus Park: Original ver." Mariko Nanba 3:03



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kaizen Media Group (22 November 2005). "Stage Rankings". Shadow the Hedgehog: Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 93. ISBN 978-0761551959.

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