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Not to be confused with Cosmic Wall.

Looks like the whole ARK is falling apart around me.

Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog

Cosmic Fall is one of the sixth Stages in Shadow the Hedgehog. It can be reached by completing the Hero mission of Iron Jungle or the Normal mission of either Space Gadget or Lost Impact.


Cosmic Fall takes place aboard the Space Colony ARK, which is collapsing due to the powers of the Black Arms.


The Commander aiming a pistol at Shadow, from Shadow the Hedgehog.

Shadow Chaos Controls himself into an area based-around the Eclipse Cannon of the ARK, expressing frustration with the confusion of his memories. This however, puts him straight into a confrontation with the G.U.N. Commander, who reveals the reason for his antipathy against him as he witnessed the Ultimate Lifeform's creation by Gerald and Black Doom fifty years ago, along with his relationship with Maria. Shadow dodges a bullet from the Commander's gun, while the Commander himself questions if Shadow really did lose his memories. Shadow on the other hand promises to submit to justice if it turns out he really was responsible for the death of the ARK's population, walking away and leaving the Commander to question his own beliefs.

Shortly after starting the level, Shadow then notices the ARK's passageways collapsing all around him. After traversing through the debris, he eventually encounters Doom's Eye, who asks Shadow to retrieve a Chaos Emerald located in the ARK's power plant. As they enter the first interior area, Vector the Crocodile makes a surprise entrance, desperately searching for the ARK's computer room. The objective Shadow chooses ultimately depends on what actions the player takes in the final room of the power plant. Fall from the doorway to the floor and you'll be forced to complete the dark mission. However, you can also Triangle Jump across breakable panels or Light Dash to an elevated platform on the other side, from which you can traverse one more section of crumbling debris before finding the computer room and completing Cosmic Fall's heroic mission.

  • Hero: Black Doom manifests himself and a battle ensues, with Vector helping to fight on Shadow's side.
  • Dark: Dr. Eggman pops up with his Egg Dealer, determined to stop Shadow from tarnishing his grandfather's legacy.


Cosmic Fall is known for its immediate difficulty. There is no main floor or ground, unlike most other levels, and many platforms are simply floating as they fall due to the low gravity.


The following weapons can be found in Cosmic Fall:

Secret Key locations

  1. While riding the transport into the ARK the first time, hold left to grab the first Secret Key.
  2. After the third Save Point, stand on the corner of the platform. After a piece falls, the key will float right into Shadow.
  3. Jump across the rotating platforms after the fourth Save Point and stay on the top portion until reaching the final one, which holds the Key.
  4. After the sixth Save Point, use the Jump Vehicle to reach the top platform area. Once at the top, turn around and the Key will be floating over a spinning platform.
  5. Using a series of Dash Panels, Shadow will fall a long way down. The key is on top of the pillar on the right, just before the rocket.

The Secret Door houses a switch that, once activated, will open a nearby door with a 1-Up and creates Ring trails that can be used to Light Dash through the rest of the Stage.


Story Mode

Dark mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Dark Mission - Doom's Eye.png Find the Chaos Emerald! Reach the Goal Ring.

The Chaos Emerald will be at the first Goal Ring that is come across.

Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 24,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 21,000
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 - Vector.png Find the computer room! Track down the computer room.

Triangle Jump across the emergency panels upon seeing the first Goal Ring, as the actual goal of this mission is a rocket.

Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 15,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 12,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 8,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 4,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 4,000

Expert Mode

What makes this Cosmic Falls' Expert Mode especially hard is the lack of enemies. Before, the player could use the Black Hawks to get from platform to platform, but now the Jump Dash must be used in their places. Luckily, there is no longer a time limit in this version of the Stage.

A trick to skip an entire section starts in the inside corridor after the second Save Point. In the room with the Artificial Chaos, jump down to grab a pulley and when the the upper platform is reached, grab the blue energy core. Use it right away then ride the transport outside. As soon as Shadow lets go, use Chaos Control again in order to skip an entire section.

After the sixth Save Point, there is no longer a Jump Vehicle. Instead, the player will now need to use the pulley. Once at the top of the pulley, wait for the platform to float by then jump on to it. This is not much harder, but there is now less room for error. The next section is especially tough, as the player must jump on a series of moving platforms.



Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"Cosmic Fall" Keiichi Sugiyama 2:45



  1. 1.0 1.1 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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