The Ice Wave takes the form of a wall of ice that moves forward, both as an icon and on the tracks.
In gameplay, the Ice Wave can only be obtained at random from Item Boxes by Chaos and Jingle Belle Amy. As with most other Items, Metal Sonic can also use the Ice Wave if he uses the Steal Item to steal it from the aforementioned users.
Once obtained, the player can utilize the Ice Wave by pressing its icon on the bottom of the HUD. When used, the user sets loose the Ice Wave which will travel down the lane it was deployed on in front of the user until it hits either a rival character, Badnik or obstacle, or it wears off. Rival characters that make contact with the Ice Wave will lose Rings and be frozen. To avoid the Ice Wave, the playable character has to step out of its lane.
The Ice Wave can also be upgraded by leveling the user up to level 6 and 12 respectively. For each upgrade, the player increases the number of Ice Waves deployed on adjacent lanes by a single Ice Wave power-up; at level 6, the player can set loose two Ice Waves next to each other on two adjacent lanes, and at level 12, the player deploys three Ice Waves side-by-side on three adjacent lanes. These Ice Waves are treated separately, so if an Ice Wave on one lane disappears, the others will continue their trajectory.