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Increases through good actions. Hero Shadow awakens when gauge is full.

— Description, Shadow the Hedgehog United States instruction manual.[1]

The Hero Gauge[2] (ヒーローゲージのた[3] Hīrōgēji nota?, lit. "Hero gauge") is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is an energy gauge used for the Hero Shadow state.


The Hero Gauge is a gray-framed gauge that appears in the upper right corner on the HUD. Inside it is a blue energy bar and on the left end is a hook.


An empty Hero Gauge (top right) in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In gameplay, the Hero Gauge is filled by committing heroic deeds.[2] These include:

Once the Hero Gauge is filled, the player transforms into Hero Shadow, which grants infinite ammo for weapons, invulnerability and usage of Chaos Control. However, the Hero Gauge will steadily decrease while Hero Shadow is active and using Chaos Control will deplete it completely. Once the Hero Gauge runs out Shadow reverts back to normal.

Due to the nature of certain missions of some stages, destroying Eggman's factions will only occasionally provide energy for the Hero Gauge.

See also


  1. Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.
  3. Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 30.

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