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When using the Indigo Asteroid, the user turns into an orb-shaped body with striped indigo skin and a matching planetary ring encircling their middle. In Sonic's case, his version of the Indigo Asteroid has his eyes on the front, which are yellow and do not have pupils, and his ears on top, which do not have ear canals.
Sonic Lost World
The Indigo Asteroid made its first appearance in the Wii U version, PCversion and Nintendo 3DSversion of Sonic Lost World. On the Wii U/PC version of the game, the Indigo Asteroid is first used in Windy Hill Zone 1, and on the Nintendo 3DS version, the Indigo Asteroid is first used in Desert Ruins Zone 1. In the Wii U/PC version, the transformation is used exclusively in 2D and the Indigo Asteroid's planetary ring is angled vertically, while in the 3DS version, it is controlled exclusively in 3D and its planetary ring is parallel to the ground, viewed from a top-down perspective.
In gameplay on both versions of the game, using the Indigo Asteroid turns the playable character into a planetoid that can destroy any enemies and smaller parts of the environment that the playable character touches. The remnants of these destroyed objects are then added to the Indigo Asteroid's Asteroid Ring. This increases its size and enlarges the area of the Indigo Asteroid's effect, enabling the player to break down objects and enemies that are further away and jump higher. However, certain obstacles, usually of greater size and weight, requires that the Asteroid Ring has reached a big enough size before it can affect them. By default, the Indigo Asteroid glides along the ground, where it can be controlled by the player. The player can then hold the jump button to tighten the Asteroid Ring before releasing it to make the Asteroid Ring expands again and the Indigo Asteroid shoot up into the air with an enhanced jump. Additionally, when jumping as the Indigo Asteroid, the player can perform an additional action to slow their descend, thus allowing the Indigo Asteroid to float through midair. Also, on the Wii U/PC version of the game, the player can access purple orb-like voids as the Indigo Asteroid. After passing through this void, the player enters a hidden area where they can collect Rings and Red Star Rings through levitation. Often, the player must have collected lot of debris in order to reach all the items in these hidden areas. Once inside these hidden areas, the Indigo Asteroid can only leave them by falling into a local bottomless pit. While these pits will not cost the player a try, they will force the playable character back to the main Zone, where the Indigo Asteroid's transformation will end upon its return.
To use the Indigo Asteroid in gameplay on both versions of Sonic Lost World, the player must possess an Indigo Wisp. If the player is in an area not suited for the Indigo Asteroid however, the Indigo Wisp will go dormant (which is illustrated by its on-screen icon sleeping), thus preventing the player from becoming the Indigo Asteroid. Transforming into the Indigo Asteroid will cause the games' respective Wisp Gauge to start depleting, and once it runs out, the playable character will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Indigo Wisps. Noticeably, when inside the Indigo Asteroid-exclusive hidden areas in the Wii U/PC version, the Wisp Gauge will be frozen in place until the player leaves or collects the area's items.
When using the Indigo Asteroid in gameplay on the Wii U/PC version, the player has the following controls:
PC (Xbox 360 controller)
PC (Xbox One controller)
Activate Indigo Asteroid
Tap the Indigo Wisp icon in the top right corner of the GamePad screen.
Tilt GamePad / Left Stick
Hold / during jump
On the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the player can transform into the Indigo Asteroid by tapping the icon of the Indigo Wisp on the touchscreen. The player can then jump by pressing /, move around with the movement controls, and float by pressing/holding / during a jump. The player can also press the R button to move faster. Pressing will cause the Indigo Asteroid to descend faster.
In Sonic Runners, the Indigo Asteroid is an Equippable Item which the player can use during runs. In this game, using the Indigo Asteroid turns the user into a planetoid that slowly moves down the road while drawing in nearby Crystals, Rings and Animals. Any enemies or obstacles caught in the Indigo Asteroid's path are also destroyed. In addition, the Indigo Asteroid is able to float in midair.
In order to use the Indigo Asteroid, the player has two options: they can either equip the Indigo Asteroid before a run and then activate it manually while running by pressing the Indigo Wisp icon on the screen, or they can obtain the Indigo Asteroid from an Item Box in the stage, which will then immediately activate. Once transformed into the Indigo Asteroid, the player's Wisp Gauge starts to deplete, and once it runs out, the playable character will revert back to normal. To extend its duration, the player has to collect more Indigo Asteroid Item Boxes. The player can also make the Indigo Asteroid float by tapping the screen.
Powers and abilities
As the Indigo Asteroid, the user essentially becomes a miniature planet with a strong gravitational field. The user is as such capable of creating a powerful gravitational pull around themselves, strong enough to tear all kinds of objects to pieces and pull them into the Asteroid Ring. Additionally, the gathered matter can be used to empower the gravitational pull. The Indigo Asteroid also grants the user the ability to levitate through midair.
The Indigo Asteroid's main weakness is that it can only be used for a few seconds and requires more Hyper-go-on from Indigo Wisps to be maintained.
The Indigo Asteroid's powers are very similar to the Violet Void in the Nintendo DSversion of Sonic Colors, in that it pulls in objects and grows in strength with each piece collected. The difference is that the Violet Void destroys everything it consumes, while the Indigo Asteroid breaks the scenery down and picks it up.
Originally in the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World, the Indigo Asteroid could only be controlled with the gyroscope controls. However, a patch was later released which let players control it with the analog stick too.