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The Insta-Shield[1] (W回転アタック[2] Daburu Kaiten Atakku?, lit. "Double Spin Attack"), also called the Spin Attack,[3] Double Spin Attack[4] and Wind Attack[5] is a move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When using it, the playable character creates a rapid 360° spiral flashing around them for both offense and defense.

Description

When performing Insta-Shield, the user generates enough energy to create a temporary shield for a split-second that can slash enemies and items within their range without the player having to touch them. It can also be useful for defeating more defensive enemies and even avoiding projectiles. The Insta-Shield is usually performed by tapping one of the jump buttons while the playable character is in mid-air after already performing a Spin Jump.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Sonic wspin attack.gif

The Insta-Shield is first seen as one of the new types of techniques for Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and is featured in the same way in Sonic & Knuckles and the lock-on game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Sonic is able to create an Insta-Shield while Spin Jumping by pressing A Button (Sega Genesis).svg/B Button (Sega Genesis).svg/C Button (Sega Genesis).svg again in mid-air, creating a temporary shield around him. It is useful when the player has to avoid and destroy small projectiles and defeat heavily armed enemies including Star Pointers or Orbinauts without touching them at all. However, the player has to do this very close to the enemies or projectiles. It also can defend the player for a split second.

Tails and Knuckles cannot use the Insta-Shield due to having their own abilities. The Insta-Shield cannot be used while Sonic is equipped with a shield in both games, while having Invincibility, or while as Super Sonic. Instead, he will perform an action depending on the type of shield possessed:

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

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Sonic performing the Spin Attack, from Sonic Advance.

In Sonic Advance, the technique is known as the Spin Attack.[3] In this game, it can only be used by Sonic. To perform the Spin Attack in gameplay, the player has to press GameboyA.png during a jump.

Sonic Advance 2

Sonic performing the Insta-Shield, from Sonic Advance 2.

In Sonic Advance 2, the technique is referred to as the Double Spin Attack.[4] In this game, it can only be used by Sonic. To perform the Double Spin Attack in gameplay, the player has to press GameboyA.png during a Jump. However, if the player is close to a normal Badnik, Sonic performs a Homing Attack instead. Still, he will be able to perform the Double Spin Attack afterwards.

Sonic Advance 3

Tails' version of the Wind Attack, the Tail Spin Attack, from Sonic Advance 3.

In Sonic Advance 3, the technique is known as the Wind Attack.[5] In this game, it is primarily used by Sonic.

In gameplay, Sonic can only perform the Wind Attack while having Knuckles as his partner. To perform the Wind Attack as Sonic, the player must press GameboyB.png during a Spin Jump. Tails can also perform a variation of this move called the Tail Spin Attack[6] in the same manner while he is partnered with Knuckles.

Sonic Generations

Main article: Twin Spin Attack

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Insta-Shield can be performed by Classic Sonic when he has the "Twin Spin Attack" Skill equipped. In gameplay, the Insta-Shield functions similarly to how it did the in previous games, but with the slash effect being more transparent than white. It is performed by pressing PSXButton.png/XboxA.png while jumping.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2013)

In the 2013 remaster of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield if the player enables Debug Mode. Once in an act, if the player places two Monitors with the three elemental shields in each and then destroys them, the player will be able to perform the Insta-Shield (as long as they are not equipped with any Shields). If the player destroys two of the aforementioned Monitors again, Sonic can no longer perform the Insta-Shield until the process is repeated yet again. The Insta-Shield retains the same appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013)

In the 2013 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, much like 2013 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield only via Debug Mode. In this game however, only one Monitor with the three elemental shields is required to be smashed to toggle whether Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield or not.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania and its expansion, Sonic Mania Plus, the Insta-Shield is one of Sonic's alternate moves, which can be unlocked after collecting six Medallions. It can be chosen by toggling the Sonic Ability option to "3&K" at the Game Options menu in Mania Mode, effectively replacing the Drop Dash in gameplay. However, it is possible to perform both moves alongside with the Super Peel Out in No Save mode with Debug Mode enabled. The Insta-Shield is functionally nearly identical to its appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. In the launch version of Sonic Mania, the move did not extend Sonic's attack range, but this was corrected in the Version 1.04 update of the game.

To perform the Insta-Shield in gameplay, the player must execute the following actions:

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PSSquareButton.png/PSXButton.png/PSObutton.png x2 Switch y.png/Switch a.png/Switch b.png x2 X button.png/A button.png/B button.png x2 [A]/[Q]/[S] x2

In other media

Books and comics

Sonic the Comic

Sonic using the Insta-Shield, from Sonic the Comic #33. Art by Richard Elson.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, Sonic used the Insta-Shield, which goes unnamed in this continuity, twice. Sonic has explained that he creates it by vibrating the air molecules around him at super speed.[7]

Archie Comics

Sonic surprised by the Insta-Shield, from Sonic the Hedgehog #13.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sonic the Hedgehog has performed Insta-Shield only once. After crashing down on the Floating Island, one of Robotnik's Assaulting Batter Blimps started attacking Sonic and Tails with a flamethrower and bombs. Sonic unknowingly managed to perform the Insta-Shield in time while dodging the flames.[8]

Gallery

Sprites

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Screenshots

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See also

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 9.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 9.
  6. Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 11.
  7. Sonic the Comic #36, "Power of the Chaos Emeralds, Part 2"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "This Island Hedgehog"
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