For other uses of the term, see Dash (disambiguation).

The Dash[1][2] is a move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that allows the user to move faster by running.


When performing Dash, the user assumes a running position and starts moving forward at high speed. When doing this, the user is able to move much faster than they normally would.

In gameplay, the Dash allows the player to move around with the playable character at much greater speed than by walking or running around normally. Additionally, the Dash enables the player to make much farther jumps by jumping during the Dash.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

Sonic the Werehog using the Dash in Sonic Unleashed.

The Dash first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. In this game, it is a move that only Sonic the Werehog is able to perform in the nighttime levels. When using the Dash in this game, Sonic falls down on both his hands and feet and starts to run along the ground like a quadrupedal animal.

In gameplay, using the Dash has the added benefit of allowing Sonic to pull off some of his Special Attacks. To perform the Dash in gameplay, the player has to execute the following actions:

Wii (remote) Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) PS2 360 PS3
Push the Control Stick in same direction twice Push the L Stick in same direction twice Push the Control Stick in same direction twice Push the left analog stick in same direction twice Hold down Xbox-Button-RT.png while moving Hold down Playstation-Button-R2.png while moving

Sonic Lost World

Sonic using the Dash in Sonic Lost World.

In both versions of Sonic Lost World, the Dash is primarily used by Sonic the Hedgehog. In the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, it is also used by the Virtual Hedgehog. When using the Dash in this game, the user runs normally. However, a figure eight-like blur appears around their feet while they move.

To perform the Dash in gameplay, the player has to hold down WiiU-Button-ZR.png/RBUTTONDSSNNdisco.png while moving.


  1. Sonic Unleashed (PlayStation 3) European instruction booklet, p. 13.
  2. Sonic Lost World (Nintendo 3DS) United States instruction booklet, p. 4.

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