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The Explosion Trap[1] is an obstacle that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a spot on the ground where flames and/or lava burst out.


The Explosion Traps are craters and/or holes found in the ground of the Stages. In gameplay, they spew out tall pillars of fire and/or magma in intervals which will damage the player upon physical contact.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

An Explosive Trap, from Sonic Adventure.

In Sonic Adventure, and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the Explosion Traps appear exclusively in all of Red Mountain's sections. In the games, they appear as piles of unstable rocks on the ground and lava that has hot air stemming from them. Once the player gets near them, they will continuously spit out large igneous rocks that will harm the playable character upon contact in the air.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

An Explosion Trap, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Explosive Traps appear exclusively in Flame Core. In this game, they appear as darken and wide craters on both the ground and vertical rock surfaces. When they are about to erupt, their craters glow orange.

Sonic and the Black Knight

Explosion Traps, from Sonic and the Black Knight.

In Sonic and the Black Knight, Explosion Traps appear exclusively in Molten Mine. In this game, they spew out pillars of lava rather than fire.

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, Explosive Traps appear in both Acts of Crisis City. In this game, their crater is much smaller and the height of the their flame pillars switches between high and short in intervals. However, their flames can be rendered harmless with the Flame Shield or Super Sonic.


  1. BradyGames (1 November 2011). Sonic Generations Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. ISBN 978-0744013429. "Be careful not to jump onto ledges where an Explosion Trap is about to burst the magma."

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