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Increases through evil actions. Dark Shadow awakens when gauge is full.

— Description, Shadow the Hedgehog United States instruction manual.[1]

The Dark Gauge[2] (ダークゲージのた[3] Dākugēji nota?, lit. "Dark gauge") is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is an energy gauge used for the Dark Shadow state.


The Dark Gauge is a gray-framed gauge that appears in the upper left corner on the HUD. Inside it is a red energy bar and on the right end is a hook.


An empty Dark Gauge (top left) in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In gameplay, the Dark Gauge is filled by committing dark deeds.[2] These include:

Once the Dark Gauge is filled, the player transforms into Dark Shadow, which grants infinite ammo for weapons, invulnerability and usage of the Chaos Blast. However, the Dark Gauge will steadily decrease while Dark Shadow is active and using Chaos Blast takes large chunks off it. Once the Dark Gauge runs out, Shadow reverts back to normal.

Due to the nature of certain missions of some stages, destroying Eggman's factions will occasionally provide energy for the Dark Gauge.

See also


  1. Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.
  3. Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.

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