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Hill Top Zone

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Lava boils from volcanoes and earthquakes shake the ground! Spring for the Rings on teeter-totters and blast through underground tunnels and caverns.

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) United States instruction manual[1]

Hill Top Zone (ヒルトップ[2] Hiru Toppu?, lit. "Hill Top") is the fifth Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. As with most other Zones in the game, Hill Top Zone consists of two standard Acts with a boss fight at the end of Act 2.


Hill Top Zone is a mountaneous Zone high above the clouds of West Side Island. The background features a clean light blue sky, various cyan mountains with green peaks, a few orange canyons, and a thick layer of clouds on the buttom. The soil here is made of cyan stones with a geometrical pattern, with a few parts having a checkered pattern; and is covered by lime grass with green lines and some flowers, similar to Emerald Hill Zone. There are also various tall pine trees decorating the Zone.


During his hunt for the Chaos Emeralds, Dr. Robotnik would invade all of West Side Island, including Hill Top Zone, which he kidnapped the local Animals from while filling said Zone with Badniks.

Hill Top Zone soon after became the fifth Zone that Sonic and Tails would travel through to put a stop to Robotnik's operations. On their journey through the Zone, they eventually locate the doctor in the Egg Scorcher Mk II, which they have a battle against. After his vehicle is defeated, Robotnik flees, while Sonic and Tails head to Mystic Cave Zone.


Seesaws and loops are scattered throughout the Zone; while the former springs the playable characters up the mountainsides, the latter invariably sends them plummeting into the volcanic caves. The seesaws function identically to the ones in the Star Light Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog, except a glowing red sphere sits on one end instead of a spiked ball. In Act 2, lava will come from the bottom of the cavern and the player has to reach the top before getting touched by the lava.


Act 1

Act 2


Main article: Egg Scorcher Mk II

The Egg Scorcher Mk II, the boss of Hill Top Zone, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The boss of Hill Top Zone is the Egg Scorcher Mk II, a fire-spewing submersible which sets the grassy platforms on fire. After attempting to scorch the heroes with a flame jet, Robotnik submerges beneath the lava, before resurfacing again on the other side and repeating the process. This boss can be defeated easily by continuously bouncing on the machine as soon as it appears. Using this method, Robotnik can be defeated before he sinks into the lava for the first time.

Other game appearances

Sonic Drift 2

Metal Sonic driving a free run in the Hill Top Zone in Sonic Drift 2.

Hill Top Zone also appears as a racecourse in Sonic Drift 2. This stage (known as "Hill Top 1") is the second track of the Purple GP, after Emerald Hill 1 and before Dark Valley 1. The racers enter the region during the White Grand Prix, where "Hill Top 2" is the fourth track, coming between Ice Cap and Mystic Cave. As with most other races in the 2nd Chaos Grand Prix, the player has to complete three laps of the track to proceed, and the fastest racer gets a Chaos Emerald.

This Zone sports the same blue soil and high-altitude clouds as it did in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, although trips to the fiery underground are unavailable during this visit. It's for the best, as lava would have a bad effect on the tires! However, the road surface is dotted with mounds of earth created by the frequent earthquakes, so be careful. In Hill Top 1, a lone Moto Bug can also be found shifting back-and-forth.

In other media

Sonic the Comic

The Hill Top Zone, from Sonic the Comic #134. Art by Mick McMahon.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Hill Top Zone is one of the many Zones found on Planet Mobius. This Zone was affected by many of Dr. Ivo Robotnik and other villains' diabolical plots, but was protected each time by the Freedom Fighters.


  • The trees in this Zone's background seem similar to those planned for the winter counterpart of Sand Shower Zone, a scrapped Zone. However, they lack the conceptualized snow and are also technically a part of the Emerald Hill Zone art assets.





Name Length Artist Music Track
"StH2 Hill Top Zone ~Mega Drive Version~" 1:51 Masato Nakamura



Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Hill Top Act 1

Act 1


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 14.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 34.

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