Hanging Bells are large, stereotypical bells resembling church bells. They are easily a couple of meters tall and have a golden coloration. They always hang from a support inside large buildings. In gameplay, the player can hit the bells with the playable characters to make them ring, which will trigger an effect beneficial to the player. What effect occurs depends on the game.
The Bells first appeared in Sonic Adventure, and later in its enhanced port Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut. In this game, they are slightly more oblong than in other games, and only appear in Speed Highway. When hit, they drop a limited number of Rings for the player to pick up.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), three Hanging Bells are found inside three towers around Soleanna Castle Town, though they do not trigger any effect on their own when rung. In this game, they can be targeted with the Homing Attack.
In Sonic's Episode, when Sonic has to enter Aquatic Base, the player has to ring the three Hanging Bells in Soleanna Castle Town to lower the gate blocking the entrance to Aquatic Base's Mirror of Soleanna. However, the bells will stop ringing after a while, and if the player does not have them all three ringing at the same time, the gate will not unlock.
- The Hanging Bell in Sonic Adventure is floating on its own and is not being held up by anything.
- The Autodemo of the same game has a silver hanging bell instead of golden.