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For the move in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric/Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, see Hover (Sonic Boom). Not to be confused with Green Hover.

Hover[1] (ホバー[2] Hobā?), also known as Hovering[3] (ホバーリング[4] Hobāringu?), is a move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that allows the user to hover above the ground while slowly descending.


When performing the move, the character uses boosters to slow their descent. The move can be used to traverse large gaps and bottomless pits. The move can used multiple times as long the player is in the air, allowing the player to help regulate their descent if needed.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

Hover was first used by E-102 Gamma in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut after obtaining the Jet Booster. When equipped, the player can hover by pressing and holding the jump button while in the air.

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2, and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Hover is used by Tails and Dr. Eggman after the player has collected the Booster and Jet Engine respectively.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Hover is usable by the player when piloting the Jump Vehicle.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the Hover is used by E-123 Omega. In this game, it functions like E-102 Gamma's Hover, although it was performed using boosters built into Omega's back. In addition, the Hover briefly holds the player in the same position before descent in gameplay. Players can exploit this by repeatedly pressing the jump button to freely move around in the air without descending. This move can be used to pass boundaries in the game and explore new places.


Burst Hover

Main article: Burst Hover

The Burst Hover is a move exclusive to Blaze the Cat. The move is performed in the same manner as the Hover; however, the Burst Hover can only be used for about five seconds each time the player is in the air, after which the player will fall helplessly.





  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (PlayStation 3) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (PlayStation 3) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 24.
  3. Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 27.
  4. Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.

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