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Sonic Heroes
Final Fortress

This must be Eggman's headquarters!

Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Heroes

The Final Fortress (ファイナルフォートレス Fainarufōtoresu?) is a giant whale shark-shaped battle flagship that makes its first appearance in Sonic Heroes as the final stage. Final Fortress is located in the heart of the Egg Fleet, and seems to be permanently surrounded by rough weather.


In Sonic Heroes, Final Fortress acts as the final stage of the game. It has many different sections crossed with grinding rails, Tornado Jump poles, cannon fire, and the best of Dr. Eggman's robotic army. Some parts of the stage collapse; others can be detonated. Laser fire occurs periodically throughout the stage as well. In the very core of the flagship lies a giant structure with a mechanical version of Eggman's head on top, hiding the power core of the vessel. The most common robot there is the E-2000.


Team Sonic must take down the battleship by destroying its power core. Team Dark must reach this power core and capture the Doctor. Team Rose goes to find Froggy and Chocola, whom they believe have been kidnapped by Eggman. Team Chaotix goes to find the Keys to free their client and meet him in person. After reaching the core, Neo Metal Sonic, disguised as Eggman, attempts to finish off the heroes in the Egg Emperor.

Rank requirements

The following is a list of requirements to attain a rank for each mission with each team.[1]

Normal Missions

Rank A Rank B Rank C Rank D Rank E Mission 1
Team Sonic 62,000 57,000 47,000 35,000 <35,000 Destroy the flagship's core!
Team Dark 62,000 55,000 50,000 40,000 <40,000 Get to the core where Eggman is!
Team Rose 36,000 33,000 25,000 20,000 <20,000 Hurry and find Eggman!
Team Chaotix 65,000 60,000 50,000 40,000 <40,000 Find the keys to the cell where the client is locked up!

Extra Missions

Rank A Rank B Rank C Rank D Rank E Mission 2
Team Sonic 40,000 37,000 25,000 20,000 <20,000 Get to the Goal Ring within 9 minutes!
Team Dark 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 >15:00 Defeat 100 enemies! (Time in minutes.)
Team Rose 4:30 5:00 6:00 8:00 >8:00 Collect 200 Rings! (Time in minutes.)
Team Chaotix 55,000 50,000 40,000 30,000 <30,000 Find 10 cell keys!

Other game appearances

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Final Fortress also appears as three separate tracks in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing representing the Sonic the Hedgehog series. These tracks include:

  • Turbine Loop- This course has many long wide turns, perfect for drifting on. One section has multiple hills, which can be used to perform tricks.
  • Dark Arsenal- This course features Eggman's enemy factory on the ship, with numerous points on the track having enemy assembly lines in the way.
  • Thunder Deck- One of the hardest courses in the game, the sharp turns and numerous obstacles make for one tough track. It is possible to jump through the beam if the player has enough speed.

Sonic Generations

Final Fortress in Sonic Generations

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Final Fortress returns as the battlefield where Modern Sonic faces the Egg Emperor in the Modern Era.

Team Sonic Racing

In Team Sonic Racing, the Final Fortress appears as the final location in the game and serves as Eggman's main base in the story mode. It has three racetracks, each of which explore different aspects of the location.

During the events of the game, the Final Fortress served as the main base of Dr. Eggman's, who was being accompanied by Orbot, Cubot, Zavok and Metal Sonic. After Dr. Eggman learned that Dodon Pa had constructed the Ultimate Energy Engine, he kidnapped Dodon Pa and brought him to the Final Fortress where he had him work on completing the engine. Sonic and his friends eventually arrived on the Final Fortress and faced Eggman and his henchmen several times in order to save Dodon Pa, not knowing that they were helping Eggman and Dodon Pa complete the engine. After the engine was finally complete, Eggman stole it and used it to power his Death Egg. However, the Death Egg soon went crazy and destroyed the energy core onboard the Final Fortress. While Eggman and his henchmen fled the airship, Sonic and his friends saved Dodon Pa. With the destruction of Final Fortress however, the cars that Dodon Pa donated to Sonic and his friends were destroyed as well. As thanks to the heroes for saving his life however, Dodon Pa promised that he would prepare new cars for them all.


  • In Super Hard Mode, after Team Sonic triggers the first self-destruct button onto the rail section, Sonic comments about the dark clouds in the background while Knuckles asks Tails if he can handle the stormy weather. Tails falsely replies that he is not scared, alluding to the fact that Tails has a fear of lightning.
  • The lasers fired by the Final Fortress match the team formations' primary colors: Blue (Speed Formation), Yellow (Flight Formation), and Red (Power Formation). On the PC version, the indirect effects that are normally used on the console versions were disabled.
  • In Team Sonic's version of Final Fortress, Tails will ask why the ship self-destructed after pressing the button in the English version while in the Japanese version, Tails asked why Eggman would place a self-destruct switch where it was easily accessible.
  • Though surrounded by a massive thunderstorm in this stage, it can be seen in clear weather during the Egg Fleet opening cutscene.


Name Artist(s) Length Music Track
STAGE 14 : FINAL FORTRESS Jun Senoue 2:23



  1. Guess, Gerald (6 January 2004). Sonic Heroes: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 159. ISBN 0761544496.

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