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|title = Insta-Shield
|image = [[File:Sonic wspin attack.gif]]
|caption = [[Sonic the Hedgehog|Sonic]] performing the Insta-Shield in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''.
|1st_app = ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''
|other_apps =
*''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]''
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles]]''
*''[[Sonic Advance]]''
*''[[Sonic Advance 2]]''
*''[[Sonic Advance 3]]''
*''[[Sonic Generations]]''
*[[Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' (1991)]] {{C|[[Sonic the Hedgehog (2013)|2013 remake]]}}
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]'' {{C|[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013)|2013 remake]]}}
*''[[Sonic Mania]]''
|source = [[Twin Spin Attack (skill)|Twin Spin Attack]]
|user =
*[[Sonic the Hedgehog]]
*[[Miles "Tails" Prower]]
|utilization =
|description = A mid-air rapid spiral technique for protection and offense.
The '''Insta-Shield''', {{Nihongo|known as the '''W Spin Attack''' or '''W Kaiten Attack'''|W回転アタック|Daburu Kaiten Atakku}} in Japan, also called the '''Wind Attack''' and '''Twin-Spin Attack''', is a move used by [[Sonic the Hedgehog]] and [[Miles "Tails" Prower]] that first appeared in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''. When using it, the playable character creates a rapid 360° spiral flashing around them for both offense and defense.
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''===
[[File:It's like slashing sandwitch with blade.png|thumb|left|200px|Sonic performing Insta-Shield in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''.]]
The Insta-Shield is first seen as one of the new types of techniques for [[Sonic the Hedgehog|Sonic]] in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'', and is featured in the same way in the add-on continuation ''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]'' and the lock-on ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles]]''. Sonic is able to create an Insta-Shield while Spin Jumping by pressing {{A Button (Sega Genesis)}}, {{B Button (Sega Genesis)}} or {{C Button (Sega Genesis)}} 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 Pointer]]s or [[Orbinaut (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)|Orbinauts]] without touching them at all, however the player has to do this very close to the enemies or projectiles.
Tails and [[Knuckles the Echidna|Knuckles]] can't use the Insta-Shield due to having their [[Propeller Flying|own]] [[Glide|abilities]]. The Insta-Shield cannot be used while Sonic is equipped with a shield in both games, while having [[Invincibility]], or while [[Super Sonic]]. Instead, he will perform an action depending on the type of shield possessed:
*A [[Flame Shield]] will allow Sonic to perform the [[Jump Dash#Fireball Spin Dash|Fireball Spin Dash]].
*An Electricity Shield (also called a [[Lightning Shield]]) will allow Sonic to double jump.
*A [[Water Shield]] will allow Sonic to slam downwards and bounce. Sonic can use this to increase his jump height slightly.
*While in his [[Hyper Sonic|hyper form]], Sonic will perform the [[Hyper Flash]].
===''Sonic Advance'' series===
[[File:Sonic InstaShield SAdv2.PNG|thumb|200px|left|Sonic performing his Insta-Shield.]]
The Insta-Shield returns in all three ''[[Sonic Advance]]'' games (though it is called '''Spin Attack'''<ref>''[[Sonic Advance]]'' (Gameboy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 8.</ref> in ''[[Sonic Advance]]'', '''Double Spin Attack'''<ref>''[[Sonic Advance 2]]'' (Gameboy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 9.</ref> in ''[[Sonic Advance 2]]'' and '''Wind Attack'''<ref name="Sonic Advance 3 manual">''[[Sonic Advance 3]]'' (Gameboy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 9.</ref> in ''[[Sonic Advance 3]]'') and is performed in the same manner as it is in ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles''. In first two games, only Sonic is able to perform the Insta-Shield by pressing {{A Button (GBA)}} during a Spin Jump. He is also able to do it in ''[[Sonic Advance 2]]'', but if the player is close to a normal [[Badnik]], Sonic performs a [[Homing Attack]] instead but will be able to perform Insta-Shield afterwards.
[[File:Tails InstaShield SAdv3.PNG|thumb|200px|Tail's Insta-Shield in ''Sonic Advance 3''.]]
In ''[[Sonic Advance 3]]'', Sonic can only perform the Insta-Shield while having [[Knuckles the Echidna|Knuckles]] as his partner by pressing {{B Button (GBA)}} while jumping. Tails can also perform a variation of this move called the '''Tail Spin Attack'''<ref>''[[Sonic Advance 3]]'' (Gameboy Advance) United States Instruction Booklet, pg. 11.</ref> in the same game while he is partnered with Knuckles.
===''Sonic Generations''===
In the console/[[PC]] version of ''[[Sonic Generations]]'', the Insta-Shield is one of [[Skill]]s only available for Classic Sonic under the name '''Twin Spin Attack'''. The skill is unlocked by collecting all the [[Red Star Ring]]s in [[Sky Sanctuary (Sonic Generations)|Sky Sanctuary]] Act 1 and costs 30 points to equip. The Twin Spin Attack functions similarly to how it did the in previous games, but the slash effect is more transparent than white. It is performed by pressing the {{Cross Button (PS)}}/{{A Button (Xbox)}} while jumping.
===''Sonic the Hedgehog'' (1991)===
In the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (2013)|2013 re-release]] of the original ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield if the player enables [[Debug Mode]]. Once in an act, if the player places two [[Item Box|Monitors]] with the three elemental shields and destroys them both, the player will be able to perform the Insta-Shield (as long as he is not equipped with any Shields). If the player destroys two of the aforementioned Monitors again, Sonic can no longer perform the Insta-Shield until he smashes two of those Monitors again. The Insta-Shield retains the same appearance from ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles''.
===''Sonic the Hedgehog 2''===
In the [[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013)|2013 re-release]] of ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]'', much like 2013 re-release of the original ''Sonic the Hedgehog'', Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield only via Debug Mode. In this game however, only one of the Monitor with the three elemental shields is required to be smashed to alternate whether Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield or not.
=== ''Sonic Mania'' ===
In ''[[Sonic Mania]]'', the Insta-Shield can be unlocked as an option for Sonic after collecting the requisite number of Medallions. The Insta-Shield can only be toggled during a No-Save game, and replaces the [[Drop Dash]] as Sonic's unique action. It is functionally identical to its appearance in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'', ''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]'', and ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles]]''.
==In other media==
===''Sonic the Comic''===
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[[File:Insta-Shield the Comic.png|thumb|140px|right|[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Comic)|Sonic]] using the [[Insta-Shield (Sonic the Comic)|Insta-Shield]] in [[Sonic the Comic Issue 33|''Sonic the Comic'' #33]]. Art by [[Richard Elson]].]]
[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Comic)|Sonic]] used the Insta-Shield (unnamed in this continuity) twice in the ''[[Sonic the Comic]]'' series. Sonic has explained that he creates it by vibrating the air molecules around him at super speed.<ref>[[Sonic the Comic Issue 36|''Sonic the Comic'' #36]], "Power of the Chaos Emeralds, Part 2"</ref>
===Archie Comics===
In [[Archie Comics|Archie]]'s [[Sonic the Hedgehog (comic series)|''Sonic the Hedgehog'']] comic series published by [[Archie Comics]], [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] has performed Insta-Shield only once. After crashing down on the [[Angel Island (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Floating Island]], one of [[Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Robotnik]]'s [[Assaulting Batter Blimp]]s starts attacking Sonic and [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Tails]] with a flamethrower and bombs. Sonic unknowingly manages to perform the Insta-Shield in time while dodging flames.<ref>[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 13|Archie Sonic the Hedgehog #13]], "This Island Hedgehog"</ref>
Classic Sonic - Twin Spin Attack.png|Twin Spin Attack's icon in ''[[Sonic Generations]]''.
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