The explosive crate[1] is a variant of containers that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). When destroyed, it releases a powerful explosion.


The explosive crate has the same dimensions as the regular wooden container, except they possess a red coloration. When destroying an explosive crate in gameplay, it releases a small explosion that deals damage to surrounding enemies. However, the player is unaffected by the explosion. The explosive crate is very fragile though as it detonates if hit by anything, so it must be handled carefully.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the explosive crate is made of red and black metal with frames and is emblazoned with a white and red flame-symbol. They can be found everywhere in the game, and are arguably the second-most common form of container. When destroyed, they deal one hit worth of damage to all enemies in the near vicinity. Additionally, they are useful for gaining extra points; if the player detonates the crate inside a cluster of enemies and it takes all the enemies out, the player will earn bonus points.

Sonic Unleashed

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The explosive crate in Sonic Unleashed.

In the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, the explosive crates look much like wooden containers, except they have a red burst-like symbol on their surface. They appear only in a few of the game's nighttime Action Stages. In addition to detonating it by attacking, the player can grab it by pressing XboxB/PSObutton and then throw it at enemy which has a reticle over it.


  1. Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 978-0761555100. "When gravity pulls you back down, use a Homing Attack to pop the explosive crate beneath the robot at the end of the bridge and clear the way to cross the next plateau."

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