This article is about the move used to get through tight turns. You may be looking for the game, Sonic Drift.
High-speed traversing of tight corners Charging Boost Gauge
A technique for making sharp turns.
Drift   (, also called the ドリフト Dorifuto ) ? Sonic Drift  (, is a move that appears in the ドリフト  Dorifuto , lit. "Drift") ? . It is a technique in which the user makes sharp turns while moving at high speeds.
Sonic the Hedgehog series
When performing the Drift, the user creates friction to one of their sides while either sliding or
spinning at high speed, causing their direction to shift rapidly in a smooth curve without losing much momentum.
In gameplay, the Drift is useful for the player when they have get through tight turns at high speeds. In addition, it can be combined with the
Boost to amplify its speed and power.
Sonic using the Sonic Drift, from the
Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3 version of . Sonic Unleashed
The move first appeared in
where it is referred to as the Sonic Unleashed Sonic Drift. It is only usable to  Sonic in the gameplay of the daytime Stages. When drifting in this game, Sonic leans down on one arm while pushing his feet sideways in the opposite direction.
By drifting, the player is able to recharge the
Ring Energy Gauge/ Boost Gauge, though the mechanics differ between game versions: On the Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3 version, the Ring Energy Gauge is constantly charged while drifting, but only in small amounts equivalent to the amount of energy required to boost. On the Wii/ PlayStation 2 version on the other hand, drifting charges more of the Boost Gauge at once, but only if it is pulled off correctly for long enough (which is referred to as a "Drift Bonus").
To perform the Sonic Drift in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls:
Wii (Classic Controller)
Wii (GameCube Controller)
+ L Stick ◀/▶
+ Control Stick ◀/▶
y Button + L Stick ◀/▶
+ Control Stick ◀/▶
/ or + L Stick ◀/▶
/ or + L Stick ◀/▶
The Drift, from the
Wii version . Sonic Colors
Wii version of , the move's name was changed to Sonic Colors Drift. In this game, is performed by  Sonic, the Mii, and the Virtual Hedgehog. When drifting in this game, the user leans down on one arm while pushing their feet sideways in the opposite direction, much like in , except that the user shoots rainbow-colored sparks from their feet (similar to the Sonic Unleashed Boost).
Sonic Colors, the Drift is only useable in parts with curved points where the Drift icon is displayed on the screen. While drifting in this game, the move is more "slippery" and difficult to use than in Sonic Unleashed, but the player earns 3.000 points per-second with a maximum of 100.000 points per Act. It can also be used to crash into enemies and objects. In Super Sonic's case, he cannot use Drift in the "Drift sections", but he can use the Super Sonic Boost easily and with more control.
To use the Drift in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls:
Wii Remote with Nunchunk
Wii Remote Sideways
+ Control Stick ◀/▶
+ +Control Pad ◀/▶
b Button + L Stick ◀/▶
+ Control Stick ◀/▶
The Drift, from the console/
PC version of . Sonic Generations
In the console/
PC version of , the move is referred as Sonic Generations Drift, and is only usable to  Modern Sonic. When drifting in this game, Sonic revs into a Spin Attack as he turns, much like when charging the Spin Dash.
Sonic drifting on his
Snowboard, from the console/ PC version of . Sonic Generations
, the Sonic Generations Boost Gauge will be charged constantly in small doses while drifting, much like in . The Drift is also easier to control than in Sonic Unleashed Sonic Unleashed and can be used to attack enemies. Although, when using the Drift as Super Sonic, the aura of the move will not be changed from blue to golden. In addition, Sonic can also use Drift when riding a Snowboard or a Cart.
To use the move in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls:
In other media
comic series published by Sonic the Hedgehog IDW Publishing, the Drift is a move used exclusively by Sonic the Hedgehog. It first appeared in , specifically during a battle Sonic had with a battalion of Sonic the Hedgehog #4 Badniks.
In the Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, it is possible to cross water surfaces without using the Boost if the player simply uses the Drift and constantly alternates Sonic's direction, much like snaking in other games with a drifting mechanic.
The Avatar's "Drift" maneuver, from
. Sonic Forces
In , a Drift-like maneuver is used by the Sonic Forces Avatar. This maneuver is an automatic move used by the Avatar in the Avatar Stages and Tag Stages when they have to get through a sharp turn.
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