This article is for the Sonic Adventure 2 machine. For Sonic's car in Sonic Drift and Sonic Drift 2, see Cyclone (Sonic Drift). For the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 enemy see RhinoBot. For the space craft in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, see Blue Cyclone.

The Cyclone (サイクロン Saikuron?) is a vehicle that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a transforming vehicle created by Miles "Tails" Prower with three separate modes; plane, walker and car.



In its plane mode, the Cyclone resembles the Tornado 2 in its transformed state, possessing a similar color scheme and overall design. However, unlike the Tornado 2, the Cyclone is instead a monoplane and carries a missile launcher behind the seat and a mini-gun on the front. In its walker mode, the Cyclone loses its rear and wings, but gains two legs, while in cart mode, the Cyclone still lacks its wings, but gains four wheels and its rear splits up to position itself along the sides.

Features and abilities

The Cyclone most noticeably has three alternate modes which it can reconfigure its structure into: a plane mode, a walker mode, and a car mode. In plane mode, it becomes a rocket-powered monoplane, allowing for midair transportation at such speeds that it can outfly an explosion engulfing the entirety of Prison Island. In walker mode, it becomes a bipedal mech with an engine on the bottom that allows it to hover for short periods and is more suited for combat. Then, in car mode, it becomes a four-wheeled vehicle which can drive at high speeds and crash through certain objects, notably other vehicles on the road.

The Cyclone is one of Tails' most powerful creations, capable of overpowering all kinds of GUN robot drones and can overpower Dr. Eggman's Eggwalker. It is armed with various weapons, including the Volkan Cannon minigun, a laser target, a grappling hook, and two kinds of missile launchers which can either shoot homing missiles at locked targets or missile barrages. Its most potent weapon however, is a large multi-colored laser which it can fire from the front.

The Cyclone has a very modular design, making it possible to equip it with various upgrades. The Bazooka and Laser Blaster greatly amplifies the power of its ammunition and the Booster allows it to hover in midair.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tails used the Cyclone's walker mode as his transporting vehicle and offense in gameplay. The Cyclone could use the Lock-On Missile along with a powerful gun known as the Volkan Cannon. It could also be upgraded with several new features, including the Laser Blaster, Booster, and the Bazooka. In gameplay, its speed can be increased by collecting twenty Rings and pressing XboxY.png.

The Cyclone can wear a number of Outfits in the games' multiplayer mode. When worn, they change the Cyclone's appearance to match the Outfit's theme amongst other things. These Outfits include:

  • Tornado Theme: Unlocked in Sonic Adventure 2 by clearing all Tails's missions, and in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle by clearing all Tails' missions with an "A" Rank. The Cyclone's color scheme is changed to that of the original Tornado in Sonic Adventure. Additionally, the text on its side reads "Tornado" instead of the usual "Tornado III". When wearing it in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Cyclone can move faster.
  • Halloween Theme: A VMU downloadable Outfit on the Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2 available from the United States' version of the game's official website starting on October 11, 2001. The Cyclone gets an orange and yellow color scheme and pumpkin icons on it.
  • Christmas Theme: A VMU downloadable Outfit on the Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2 available from the United States' version of the game's official website starting on November 30, 2001. The Cyclone's color scheme is changed to primarily white and red.

Shadow the Hedgehog

The Cyclone attached to the front of a spaceship, from Shadow the Hedgehog.

The Cyclone later makes an appearance in Shadow the Hedgehog in its plane form. In the game, it can be seen during the opening cutscene of Circus Park before crashing into the park. Here, it appears to be powered by a Chaos Emerald. Although it was never seen again, an object resembling the Cyclone can be seen attached to the spaceship used by Sonic and Shadow later in the game.

Sonic Unleashed

In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Sonic Unleashed, the Cyclone is mentioned. In this game, Brenda asks Sonic what the name of the plane piloted by Tails is called in her questionnaire in Shamar. One of the optional answers is "Cyclone" (which is wrong, with the correct answer being the "Tornado").

In other media

IDW Publishing

Main article: Cyclone (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Cyclone is a mech that was created by Tails and stored in his lab in Central City. It was eventually destroyed at the hands of Zombots.


  • Despite being called Cyclone, the mech has the names "P-3a" and "Tornado III" written on it. However, those names may refer to each transformation the mech can take.
  • Though primarily called Cyclone, in its plane form Tails calls it Tornado.[1]
  • The Cyclone is faster than the Eggwalker, but is not as powerful.
  • The Cyclone, in particular the Sonic Adventure 2 version, was alluded to in the Japanese version of Sonic Generations, where Classic Tails asks Modern Tails how the latter was able to add legs to Sonic's Tornado model.





  1. "Tornado... Transformation!" - Tails in the scene before the first Dr. Eggman boss fight in Sonic Adventure 2.

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