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The Item Panels[1] (アイテムパネル[2] Aitemu Paneru?), also known as Power-Up Items, are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are floating emblem-like objects that grant power-ups to the player when touched.


The Item Panels are blue and yellow colored circles with red wings on the sides and a yellow five-pointed star in the center.


Item Panels are found along each of the five race courses available in Sonic R. They are the game's equivalent to Item Boxes, containing items/power-ups for the racers to use. The player can obtain the item contained in the Item Panel by simply making contact with it.

Item Panels never disappear, even after making contact with them. However, they only grant items to a player every few seconds. This serves to discourage players from waiting in a stationary position during a race for an item of their choice.

List of Item Panels

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
Item Panel Five.png
Numbered Item Panel[1] Big 5 Ring (ビッグ5リング Biggu 5 ringu?)[2] Grants five extra Rings.
Item Panel Ten.png
Numbered Item Panel[1] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[2] Grants ten extra Rings.
Item Panel Twenty.png
Numbered Item Panel[1] Big 20 Ring (ビッグ20リング Biggu 20 ringu?)[2] Grants twenty extra Rings.
Item Panel Sneakers.png
Fleet Feet[1] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[2] Increases the playable character's speed temporarily.
Item Panel Shield.png
Water Shield[1] Aqua (アクア Akua?)[2] Creates a blue shield around the user and gives the ability to walk on water. Disappears after crossing the water once.
Item Panel Thunder.png
Lightning Shield[1] Thunder (サンダー Sandā?)[2] Creates a yellow shield around the user and gives the ability to attract nearby Rings. Dissipates when submerged in water.



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic R (Sega Saturn) United States instruction booklet, pg. 13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Sonic R (Sega Saturn) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 19.