- Not to be confused with the Hovercraft (Extreme Gear).
The Hover Craft allows the player to travel across shifting sands and water like it was solid ground. It is equipped with machine guns which the player can use to attack enemies and obstacles, and can fire a hundred shots before it automatically reloads. In gameplay, the Hover Craft possesses a Vehicle Gauge above the Action Gauge that shows its durability (damage) as a health gauge and remaining ammunition. Its health gauge depletes every time the Hover Craft takes damage, and if it empties, the Hover Craft explodes and Shadow falls out of it. It can also be tipped and knocked over, the latter which will cause Shadow to fall out of the Hover Craft.
The Hover Craft can only be found in Kingdom Valley, Wave Ocean and Dusty Desert. To get onboard/leave the Hover Craft, the player has to press /. Onboard, the player can accelerate by pressing /, Hover Jump (high-altitude jumps) by pressing / twice, brake/reverse by pressing /, steer with the left stick, and use the machine gun with the R1 button/Right trigger.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (PlayStation 3) instruction booklet, page 15.
- Black, Fletcher (14 November 2006). "How to Play • Shadow the Hedgehog". Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 15. ISBN 978-0761555100. "The Hover Craft is a land vehicle: it’s useful for crossing shifting sands and water rather than solid surfaces like city streets. The Hover Craft can withstand considerable damage, but it is vulnerable to tipping. If knocked over, Shadow falls out of the craft into the water or sand and loses a life."