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Hyper Sonic is a transformation that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is the Hyper State of Sonic the Hedgehog, achieved by harnessing the power of the seven Super Emeralds.


Hyper Sonic looks very similar to Super Sonic, sharing the same body proportions and raised quills. However, Hyper Sonic flashes in red, blue, green, yellow, white and violet; and has large flashing sparks floating around him. When moving, he leaves several after-images.


In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Hyper Sonic is an enhanced version of Super Sonic that can be obtained by collecting the seven Super Emeralds as Sonic. The player can then activate Sonic's Hyper State by collecting fifty Rings and then pressing the jump button twice in succession. While Sonic is transformed, the player's Ring count drops by one Ring every second. When the Ring count hits zero or the Act ends, the transformation runs out.

In gameplay, like Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic is invincible, and retains most of Sonic and Super Sonic's abilities. However, Hyper Sonic is even faster than either of those two and can make higher jumps. In addition, he can breathe underwater, thus removing the necessity of using air bubbles. However, Hyper Sonic can still die if he gets crushed, falls down a bottomless pit, or after a Time Over.

When the player reaches The Doomsday Zone as Sonic after having collected the seven Super Emeralds, Sonic will automatically turn into Hyper Sonic for the final battle against the Final Weapon. When beginning this Zone, Hyper Sonic starts out with fifty Rings. More Rings can be obtained throughout the boss battle to compensate for the player's decreasing Ring count. Should Sonic de-transform here however, the player will lose a life. Also worth noting is that even though Hyper Sonic is invulnerable to all attacks and obstacles in this Zone, their impacts can still send him reeling backwards for a few seconds from stunning him. In The Doomsday Zone though, Hyper Sonic gains additional abilities: he can fly around the screen and shoot forward with a small burst of speed whenever the jump button is pressed. Also, after clearing The Doomsday Zone as Hyper Sonic, he will appear during the ending credits.

Powers and abilities

As Hyper Sonic, Sonic possesses abilities that far surpass his normal ones. Hyper Sonic is an insanely powerful transformation, apparently even more powerful than Super Sonic. His incredible strength allows him to plow through walls the normal Sonic would not be able to destroy without a Spin Dash. His speed has been increased too, surpassing that of Super Sonic, who can reach speeds approaching the speed of light (about 671,000,000 mph).[1][2] Unlike in his natural state, Hyper Sonic can also breathe underwater, and perform a devastating attack that destroys almost anything in his way and, depending on its usage, allows him to gain more speed or height.[3]


As it appears that Hyper Sonic runs by consuming Ring Energy, he will reverse back to his normal state if he runs out of Rings.


  • Hyper Sonic's name comes from the term hypersonic, which is a speed above supersonic (which is defined as any speed Mach 5 or greater than it).
  • Much like his Super State, when Sonic is in his Hyper State, certain objects glow in the same colors he is in due to using shared palettes, such as various Flickies and monitors, as well as his icon in the bottom left of the HUD.
  • Like Tails and Knuckles, if the player turns into Hyper Sonic with S in Debug Mode when the level ends and quickly turn back into a box, the name "Sonic" in "Sonic Got Through Act 1/2" turns into Hyper Sonic's colors.
  • Hyper Sonic can be used in Sonic & Knuckles, though only by breaking a S monitor in Debug Mode, itself being only usable in the game by performing a glitch in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. However, he still works as normal.
  • In the files of Sonic Mania concerning Special Stages, the word "Hyper" can be found. This could mean Hyper versions of characters were planned but were scrapped during development.


  1. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PlayStation 3) United States instruction booklet, pg. 4.
  2. Bandai Namco, Sora Ltd. (21 November 2014). Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wii U. Nintendo. Area/Level: Trophy Hoard. "Super Sonic Trophy: The Chaos Emeralds are said to hold enough power to control the whole world. It's that power that turns Sonic into Super Sonic. He turns a glorious golden color and can fly at nearly the speed of light. In his Final Smash, this high-speed flight damages anyone who gets in its way and can even launch them!"
  3. Teitelbaum, Michael (November 1995). Sonic & Knuckles. Troll Communications LLC. ISBN 978-0816737819.