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Change forms with a Cyan Wisp for the super-fast Laser form!


Miles "Tails" Prower, Sonic Colors (Wii)

The Cyan Laser (シアン・レーザー Shian rēzā?), also known as the Laser form, is a transformation that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is the Color Power gained by absorbing a Cyan Wisp and its Hyper-go-on, which turns the user into a destructive laser.

Appearance

When using the Cyan Laser, the user transforms into a cyan laser beam that releases small, transparent, cyan cubes in their slipstream. In Sonic's case, Sonic's entire body turns into a large version of his own head with nearly no facial features, except for his eyes, which do not have pupils and are yellow.

Game appearances

Sonic Colors

The Cyan Laser made its first appearance in both the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, and later the remaster Sonic Colors: Ultimate. In the Wii version of the game, the Cyan Laser can first be used in Tropical Resort Act 3. In the Nintendo DS version on the other hand, the Cyan Laser is the fourth Color Power introduced (not including the White Wisps) and is unlocked in Aquarium Park. In gameplay on both versions of the game, using the Cyan Laser allows the playable character to fire themselves as laser projectiles after taking aim. Any enemies or obstacles caught in the Cyan Laser's path are destroyed and when hitting things such as walls, the ceiling, the ground etc., the player will bounce off them in a perfect geometrical fashion. In addition, the Cyan Laser lets the player utilize prisms and/or optical cables.

The Cyan Laser about to be fired through prisms, from the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

To use the Cyan Laser in gameplay on both versions of Sonic Colors, the player must possess a Cyan Wisp. Once transformed into the Cyan Laser, the games' respective Wisp Gauge starts to deplete, and once it runs out, the playable character will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Cyan Wisps or reflect off a prism. Also, once the Cyan Laser is launched, the player cannot control the playable character's movements or change their direction, so aim is a considerable factor. Furthermore, the Cyan Laser will always move in a straight line when fired or after bouncing off surfaces, and can only be aimed in the directions the playable character is facing.

The Cyan Laser about to be fired, from the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors.

In the Wii version of the game, if the player is in an area not suited for the Cyan Laser, the Cyan Wisp will go dormant (which is illustrated by its on-screen icon sleeping), thus preventing the player from becoming the Cyan Laser. Also, when activating the Cyan Laser in the Wii version, the playable character will start spinning in midair while surrounded by cyan cubes. While this happens, the player has to aim the playable character in the direction they want to head in, though after a while, the Cyan Laser will automatically fire itself in the direction the player was aiming it in at that moment. When aiming, a dashed line will appear which shows the initial path the playable character will travel when fired. How the Cyan Laser is aimed depends on the local area's perspective: in 3D areas, the Cyan Laser can only be aimed horizontally, and in 2.5D areas, it can only be aimed vertically.

When using the Cyan Laser in gameplay on the Wii version and in Sonic Colors: Ultimate, the player has the following controls:

Wii Xbox One PS4 Switch PC
Wii Remote
(sideways)
Wii Remote
& Nunchunk
Classic
Controller
GameCube
Controller
Activate Cyan Laser Shake Wii Remote ButtonIcon-WCC-R.png Gamecube Z Button.png Xbox-Button-RB.png R1 Switch r.png
Aim Cyan Laser Controlpadds.png Control Stick L Stick Control Stick Left Stick Left Analog Stick Left Stick

In the 2 Player mode in Eggman's Sonic Simulator, two players are able to combine the Cyan Laser transformation with other Color Powers, by activating the Cyan Laser and the other Color Power at the same time when they are within a certain distance, to create a new Color Power:

  • Cyan Laser + Cyan Laser: Two Cyan Lasers that shoot in a specified direction, spiraling around each other.
  • Cyan Laser + Yellow Drill: A Yellow Drill that can turn into a Cyan Laser before the Color Power ends.
  • Cyan Laser + Orange Rocket: An Orange Rocket that can turn into a Cyan Laser before the Color Power ends.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Cyan Laser can be used in any area. When activating the Cyan Laser (which can be done by pressing Snnwiidsxbuttondisco.png), Sonic will transform into the Cyan Laser while hovering in a stationary position. While this happens, the player has to aim Sonic in the direction they want to head in, though after a while, the Cyan Laser will automatically fire itself in the direction the player was aiming it in at that moment. When aiming, the Cyan Laser's launch angle will be displayed by a short cyan line that can be adjusted within a vertically-aligned 90 degree angle. The player can adjust the Cyan Laser's launch angle with Controlpadds.png and then launch the Cyan Laser by pressing WiiDSA.png/DSB.png/Snnwiidsxbuttondisco.png/Snnwiidsybuttondisco.png.

Sonic Generations

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, only Modern Sonic can use the Cyan Laser. In this game, the Cyan Laser can only be used in Tropical Resort Act 2 as the Cyan Wisps can only be found there. In gameplay, using the Cyan Laser allows Sonic to fire himself as a laser projectile after taking aim. Any enemies or obstacles caught in the Cyan Laser's path are destroyed and when hitting things such as walls, the ceiling, the ground etc., the player will bounce off them in a perfect geometrical fashion. In addition, the Cyan Laser lets the player utilize prisms.

The Cyan Laser about to be fired, from the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations.

To use the Cyan Laser in gameplay, the player must possess a Cyan Wisp. Once transformed into the Cyan Laser, the player's Wisp Gauge starts to deplete, and once it runs out, Sonic will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Cyan Wisps. Also, once the Cyan Laser is launched, the player cannot control Sonic's movements or change his direction, so aim is a considerable factor. Furthermore, the Cyan Laser will always move in a straight line when fired or after bouncing off surfaces, and can only be aimed in the directions the playable character is facing.

When activating the Cyan Laser (which can be done by pressing Snnwiidsxbuttondisco.png), Sonic will transform into the Cyan Laser while hovering in a stationary position. While this happens, the player has to aim Sonic in the direction they want to head in. When aiming, the Cyan Laser's launch angle will be displayed by a short cyan line that can be adjusted within a vertically-aligned 90 degree angle. The player can adjust the Cyan Laser's launch angle with the control pad and then launch the Cyan Laser by pressing Snnwiidsxbuttondisco.png.

Sonic Lost World

The Cyan Laser about to be fired, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Wii U version, PC version and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Cyan Laser makes an appearance. On the Wii U/PC version of the game, the Cyan Laser is first used in Windy Hill Zone 1, and on the Nintendo 3DS version, the Cyan Laser is first used in Sky Road Zone 1. Like in previous titles, using the Cyan Laser in gameplay on both versions of the game allows the playable character to fire themselves as laser projectiles after taking aim. Any enemies or obstacles caught in the Cyan Laser's path are destroyed and when hitting things such as walls, the ceiling, the ground etc., the player will bounce off them in a perfect geometrical fashion. In addition, the Cyan Laser lets the player utilize prisms.

The Cyan Laser about to be fired, from the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.

To use the Cyan Laser in gameplay on both versions of Sonic Lost World, the player must possess a Cyan Wisp. If the player is in an area not suited for the Cyan Laser however, the Cyan Wisp will go dormant (which is illustrated by its on-screen icon sleeping), thus preventing the player from becoming the Cyan Laser. Namely, on the Wii U/PC version, the Cyan Laser can only be used in the 3D sections, and on the 3DS version, it can only be used in the 2.5D sections. Once transformed into the Cyan Laser, the player's Wisp Gauge starts to deplete, and once it runs out, the playable character will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Cyan Wisps. Also, once the Cyan Laser is launched, the player cannot control the playable character's movements or change their direction, so aim is a considerable factor. Furthermore, the Cyan Laser will always move in a straight line when fired or after bouncing off surfaces, and can only be aimed in the directions the playable character is facing. In addition, while waiting for the Cyan Laser to be fired on both versions, the playable character will spin in midair while surrounded by a cyan laser aura. Also, when aiming the Cyan Laser on both versions of the game, a cyan line will appear which shows the initial path the playable character will travel when fired.

When using the Cyan Laser in gameplay on the Wii U/PC version, the player has the following controls:

Wii U PC
Keyboard Xbox 360
controller
Xbox One
controller
Activate Cyan Laser Tap the Cyan Wisp icon in the top right corner of the GamePad screen.
Aim Cyan Laser Slide finger across the GamePad screen / Left Stick
Fire Cyan Laser Touch character on the GamePad screen > swipe / WiiDSA.png

To activate the Cyan Laser in gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS, the player must touch the icon of the Cyan Wisp on the touchscreen. While the playable character is stationary, the player can then aim the Cyan Laser using the direction controls. For then to launch the Cyan Laser, the player must press WiiDSA.png/DSB.png. The player can also cancel out the Cyan Laser before firing by touching the icon on the 3DS' lower screen. When doing so, the Cyan Laser will return to the icon.

Sonic Runners

In Sonic Runners, the Cyan Laser is an Equipable Item which the player can use during runs. In this game, using the Cyan Laser turns the user into a cyan projectile that will move straight forward through midair at high speed while drawing in nearby Crystals, Rings and Animals. Any enemies or obstacles caught in the Cyan Laser's path are also destroyed. Occasionally though, the Cyan Laser will hit prism-like objects that will either raise or lower the Cyan Laser's trajectory so that it keeps an average distance from the ground.

The Cyan Laser in action, from Sonic Runners.

In order to use the Cyan Laser, the player has two options: they can either equip the Cyan Laser before a run and then activate it manually while running by pressing the Cyan Wisp icon on the screen, or they can obtain the Cyan Laser from an Item Box in the stage, which will then immediately activate. Once transformed into the Cyan Laser, the player's Wisp Gauge starts to deplete, and once it runs out, the playable character will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Cyan Laser Item Boxes. Also, once the Cyan Laser is launched, the player cannot control the playable character's movements or change their direction.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

Main article: Cyan Laser (power-up)

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Cyan Laser is an Item Box power-up exclusive to Whisper. In this game, the Cyan Laser is an offensive power-up that can be used to attack opponents. This power-up can also be improved by leveling up the playable character.

Team Sonic Racing

The Cyan Laser, from Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, the Cyan Laser makes an appearance as a product of the Cyan Wisp Item Box power-ups that can be obtained on the race tracks. In this game, rather than transforming the playable character when using the Cyan Laser, the game manifests the Cyan Laser's power for the playable character to use.

To use the Cyan Laser in gameplay, the player has to press Cross/A button.png/Switch b.png while in possession of a Cyan Wisp. This will make the playable character fire a manifestation of the Cyan Laser from the front of their vehicle in the form of a cyan energy beam with a reach of several meters and in the direction that the playable character is facing. This laser lasts for several seconds. The player can direct the Cyan Laser at opposing racers in front of them and if they keep it long enough on one of the opponents, they will take damage and spin out of control for a while.

Powers and abilities

As the Cyan Laser, the user gains the same properties as that of a real laser, allowing them to move as a living beam of energy with enough force to penetrate even the toughest of robot armor. When hitting any surfaces as the Cyan Laser, the user can also bounce off them as if they were reflective surface. That said, the user can be redirected by prisms and travel through cables as energy. The Cyan Wisp is even capable of generating an electric field when reverting back or damaging certain bosses.

While the Cyan Laser's maximum speed remains unknown, it is still a noteworthy fast form. Sonic himself has calculated that the Cyan Laser can "almost" match his own running speed,[1] who can run at hypersonic speeds. it has even been stated that the Cyan Laser can reach speeds equal to the speed of light.[2]

Weaknesses

The Cyan Laser's only known weakness is that it can only be used for a few seconds and requires more Hyper-go-on from Cyan Wisps to be maintained.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Cyan Laser (Archie)

Sonic as the Cyan Laser, from Sonic the Hedgehog #219.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Cyan Laser is a state that Sonic in the In Another Time, In Another Place universe can attain with a Cyan Wisp's power.

Jingles

Game Name Artist(s) Length Music track
Sonic Colors "Color Power - Cyan Laser" Tomoya Ohtani 0:17
Sonic Generations "Tropical Resort - Color Power / Cyan Laser" Tomoya Ohtani 0:17
Sonic Lost World/Sonic Runners/Sonic Colors: Ultimate "Color Power - Cyan Laser" Tomoya Ohtani 0:18

Trivia

  • The Cyan Laser is the first Color Power Sonic uses in the Wii version of Sonic Colors (not including the Color Power granted by the White Wisps).
  • The Cyan Laser can be used to deal extra damage against Rotatatron and Frigate Orcan (Wii version only), and Admiral Jelly (DS Version Only).
  • The Cyan Laser is the only Color Power that the Nega-Wisp Armor uses in both versions of Sonic Colors.
  • The jingle for when Sonic uses the Cyan Laser in all three of the games it has appeared on (Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World) remains the same jingle since its first appearance.
  • Originally, the Cyan Laser could only be controlled with the touchscreen in Sonic Lost World. However, a patch was later released which let the player control it with the analog stick and buttons as well.

References

  1. Dimps, Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Nintendo DS. Sega. Cutscene: The Cyan Wisp. "Tails: That's the Cyan Wisp. He's super fast, and he glows. I think he-- Huh? Sonic? He must have run off after that Wisp. Waugh! / Sonic: When I caught up, he flew inside me. Little guy's almost as fast as I am! / [...] / Tails: I guess that's the power of Cyan Laser."
  2. Sega (27 August 2021). ソニック & ウィスプ 前編 (Japanese). かべがみカバーストーリー. Sonic Channel. Archived from the original on 27 August 2021. Retrieved on 25 October 2021.

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