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Press and hold the Spin Jump button during a jump to perform a Spin Dash immediatly upon landing. Steep hills can be cleared quickly and easily.

— English instruction manual, Sonic Mania[1]

The Drop Dash[1] (ドロップダッシュ[2] Doroppu Dasshu?) is a move that appears the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that, when used, makes the user launch a midair Spin Dash.

Concept and creation

According to Christian Whitehead, the Drop Dash was designed with new players in mind.[3] When testing out the game, he noticed a lot of new players, when reaching steep or tall slopes they could not get through, would resort to using the Spin Dash, thus causing them to come to a complete stop to charge it up. Thus, the Drop Dash was created so that players can maintain their momentum and keep the flow going without having to constantly stop to charge up a traditional Spin Dash.


When performing the Drop Dash, the user will begin to rapidly spin their body as they drop down to the ground, upon where they will be perform a quick Spin Dash[1] and roll forward.[4]

In gameplay, the Drop Dash is charged in midair when initiated. Doing so will cause the user to launch straight into a Spin Dash once they touch the ground.[3] This allows them to gain an instant and offensive speed boost just after a drop or jump from midair. However, the move cannot be performed if the user takes damage before landing, or if they are wielding a Shield-derived power-up.

Game appearances

Sonic Mania


In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Drop Dash is used by Sonic and Super Sonic. To perform the Drop Dash in gameplay, the player has to execute the following actions:

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Spin Jump > Square/Cross/Circle Spin Jump > Switch y.png/Switch a.png/Switch b.png Spin Jump > X button.png/A button.png/B button.png Spin Jump > [A]/[Q]/[S]

By collecting enough medalions in the Bonus Stages, this move can be replaced with the Super Peel-Out or the Insta-Shield by accessing the Options Menu in the Save Select. These options were originally only available on a "No Save" playthrough; however, as of Version 1.04/RC 1.05.0713, they are also available for use on saved files. Also, the player can enter a hidden Sound Test code that allows them to use all three moves.

Sonic Forces

Classic Sonic perfoming the Drop Dash, from Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the Drop Dash is a move that is utilized by Classic Sonic and Classic Super Sonic. When using it in this game, Classic Sonic gets enveloped in a faint blue aura, much like the one present around his modern counterpart during a jump. To perform the Drop Dash in gameplay, the player has to press and hold Switch b.png/Cross/A button.png while in mid-air.

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic using the Drop Dash, from Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog.

In Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog, the Drop Dash is used by Sonic. It can be performed in gameplay by enabling it in the Options menu.

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

In Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Drop Dash is used by Sonic. Like in Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog, it can be performed in gameplay by enabling it in the Options menu.

Sonic Origins

In Sonic Origins, the Drop Dash is featured as an additional move for Sonic in Anniversary Mode.

Sonic Frontiers

In Sonic Frontiers, the Drop Dash is set to make an appearance as part of Sonic's moveset.[5]


  • In a prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic is able to use a move similar to the Drop Dash, which is performed by holding up on Controlpadds.png during a jump.[6]
  • In Sonic Mania, the sprites for the dust cloud created when releasing the Drop Dash are oddly labeled under the "Explosions.gif" file.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Mania English instruction manual, "Unique Character Actions".
  2. Sonic Mania Japanese instruction manual, "キャラクターアクション".
  3. 3.0 3.1 TWN: Comic-Con Round-Up; Sonic Mania Interview with Christian Whitehead. YouTube. Teek Vids (31 July 2016). Retrieved on 31 July 2016.
  4. Sonic Mania - 25th Anniversary Debut. YouTube. Sega (22 July 2016). Retrieved on 23 July 2016.
  5. Sonic Frontiers: Answering Your Questions About Cyber Space and More. YouTube. IGN (30 June 2022). Retrieved on 30 June 2022.
  6. McFerran, Damien (18 November 2019). A Sonic Mania-Style 'Drop Dash' Almost Made It Into Sonic 3. Nintendolife. Archived from the original on 19 November 2019.

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