Not to be confused with the Parkour move from Sonic Lost World, Wall Climb (parkour).

Climb (壁登り Kabenobori?), also known as Wall Climb (カベ登り Kabe nobori?), Climbing and Climb Walls, is a common technique used in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is primarily used by Knuckles the Echidna. When used, it allows the user to climb and scale vertical walls.


Typically, to perform a Climb, the user must first Glide or jump towards a scalable wall. Once the user touches it, he/she will place their fists into the wall, making a stable bond and will begin to scale it.

Game appearances

Sonic & Knuckles

The technique was introduced in Sonic & Knuckles. This technique allowed Knuckles to reach areas which were inaccessible to Sonic. It could be easily used in conjunction with the Glide technique, and at the time, Knuckles was the only user of Climb. When the player gets to a wall, he/she can move by pressing up or down with the D-pad and by pressing the jump button, the player normally jumps off the wall. Once the player has climbed to the top, he/she is able to move normally. During the game, there are some walls where Knuckles is unable to climb on for unknown reasons.

Knuckles is able to climb faster on walls when transformed to Super Knuckles. Knuckles is also able to climb on walls in the lock-ons Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Knuckles' Chaotix

Climbing returned in Knuckles' Chaotix as an ability usable by both Knuckles and Vector. Although Knuckles' version of the climb functions the exact same way as it does in Sonic & Knuckles, the player must hold the jump button down whilst climbing when playing as Vector.

Sonic Blast

In Sonic Blast, Knuckles is able to climb on walls in a way similar to his previous appearances. The player is able to move Knuckles normally up or down and then jump off the wall to another. With climbing, the player is able to activate certain blue buttons on walls, which only Knuckles is able to access by climbing.

Sonic Adventure

In Sonic Adventure, Knuckles could once again perform Climb, making its first appearance in a 3D, free-roaming environment. At this stage, Knuckles was still the only character able to use Climb.

Sonic Shuffle

In Sonic Shuffle, the Climb technique is used by Knuckles once more. In this game, it is Knuckles Special Movement Ability which allows him to scale special Knuckles Spaces.

Sonic Adventure 2

Later, in Sonic Adventure 2, the technique was learned by Rouge the Bat, who could use it in treasure hunting stages in the same method as Knuckles. Tikal and Chaos could also use the same Climb technique in the multiplayer modes. While climbing, the user could use Dig to find objects inside walls.

Sonic Advance series

In the Sonic Advance series, Knuckles was once again the only character able to use Climb. It was used in the same way as in Sonic & Knuckles.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Knuckles and Rouge could again perform Climb. Climb was used in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) in a very similar way as in the Sonic Adventure series, although much more smoothly. Also, neither Rouge nor Knuckles could use Dig while climbing.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

In Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Knuckles and Shade could both perform Climb outside of battle. The Climb ability was marked by a ladder symbol and was needed to reach high and otherwise inaccessible areas.

Sonic and the Black Knight

In Sonic and the Black Knight, where it is called Wall Climb, Sonic, Lancelot, Gawain and Percival can all perform this move, albeit only during the Missions in Adventure Mode. In this game, the users use their swords to scale walls, except Sir Percival who instead run up the walls.

When performing Wall Climb in gameplay, the player must press WiiDSA.png to move up (for Percival the player has to hold down WiiDSA.png). To move to the left or right, the player must press WiiDSA.png while tilting the control stick to the side he/she wants to head in. Pressing Wii-Button-Z.png will make the playable character come to a stop. While in a neutral state when using Wall Climb, the playable character will automatically use Wall Slide.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Climb is referred to as Wall Climb,[1] and is one of Knuckles' maneuvers. Like in earlier games, Knuckles just needs to glide into a wall to start climbing. While climbing, Knuckles is able to move up and down using Controlpadds.png. To stop climbing altogether, the player must use the Spin Jump.

In other media

Sonic X

Knuckles using the Climb in Sonic X.

The Climb makes several appearances in the Sonic X anime series and its comic series, though it is not given a name.

In this media, Climb is used exclusively by Knuckles the Echidna due to the signature spikes he has on his knuckles. He is quite skilled at using Climb, being able to scale walls as fast as Sonic can run up them. In the comics, the X Robot is also able to use Climb due to mimicking Knuckles' spikes.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Climb (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Climb is a move used most commonly by Knuckles. It first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog #3 when Knuckles had to scale the walls of a fortified village.


  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the Climb move glitches on walls after Gliding toward them, making the player unable to jump off of the walls. However, if the player Spin Jumps directly toward a wall, this glitch can be avoided. Moreover, if the player holds onto XboxA.png/PSXButton.png for a long time while they are climbing on a side of an enclosed area, Knuckles/Rouge will do a long-range Spin Jump backwardly toward the other side of the said area.




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