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Item Rank +1 is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is an Extreme Gear Gear Part that increases the chance of getting better items from Item Boxes.


Item Rank +1 is an installable performance-enhancing component for Extreme Gears. Its actual appearance is unknown, though it is presented as an icon on the head-up display in the top-left corner of the game screen. Its icon is a light green-colored circle with a black Item Box containing a question mark and surrounded by two sparkles inscribed in it.


In the game, Item Rank +1 is permanently installed into certain Extreme Gears. When in use, Item Rank +1 grants the player an increased probability of receiving a more beneficial item whenever they touch an Item Box on the racing courses. The more Item Rank +1s there are in use at the same time, the greater this probability becomes.

In gameplay, Item Rank +1 and its ability will be disabled when starting a new race. To activate Item Rank +1, the player must press one of the following buttons after collecting a certain number of Rings:

PS2 Wii (remote) - sideways Wii (remote) - forward Wii (Nintendo GameCube Controller)
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When activating Item Rank +1, the player's Rings will be reduced accordingly by the number needed to enable it and the Extreme Gear is surrounded by an orange void, indicating the Gear Part's ability is in effect. The following Extreme Gears come equipped with the Item Rank +1:

Name Activation requirements
Beginner First: 20 Rings
Second: 40 Rings and previous Item Rank +1
Third: 70 Rings and previous Item Rank +1

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