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This page lists all of the shields in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Name Description Game appearances Image
Shield The colors vary from green to blue to gray. This shield appears in several games and will only protect the character against one hit. There is no special ability added when the shield is equipped.
Shield
Insta-shield A white shield that flashes for a split-second. Used by Sonic in Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3, and Sonic Mania and by Tails in Sonic Advance 3 (with Knuckles as a partner). Hitting the jump button while in the middle of a Spin Jump will make a temporary shield appear that will protect the player from any hazard, while also extending the Spin Attack radius. In Sonic Generations, this is available as a Skill for Classic Sonic.
Sonic wspin attack
Flame Shield A sphere of fire. In Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Mania, this shield gives the playable character fire immunity and deflect energy shots from some enemies. Sonic can activate a mid-air dash when pressing the jump button in the middle of a Spin Jump. The shield will also disappear when the character falls into water. In Sonic Generations, this is available in some missions and as a Skill for Classic Sonic.
Fire Shield Thumb
Water Shield A bubble that surrounds the character. In Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Mania, this shield allows the playable character to breathe underwater and deflect energy shots from some enemies. Sonic has the unique ability of bouncing by pressing the jump button in the middle of a Spin Jump. In Sonic Generations, this is available in some missions and as a Skill for Classic Sonic.
Bubble Shield Thumb
Lightning Shield An electric barrier. In Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Mania, this shield attracts rings and gives electric immunity to the playable character, and deflect energy shots from some enemies. It also gives Sonic a double-jump. If the player enters the water with the Lightning Shield, the water will flash for a split second and the shield will disappear. In Sonic Generations, this is available in some missions and as a Skill for Classic Sonic.
Electric Shield Thumb
Blue Shield A blue shield. This shield is used in Sonic 3D Blast and makes Sonic immune to electric hazards.
BlueShieldS3DBlast
Red Shield A red shield. This shield is used in Sonic 3D Blast and makes Sonic immune to fire hazards.
RedShieldS3DBlast
Gold Shield A gold shield. This shield is used in Sonic 3D Blast and allows Sonic to perform the Blast Attack, a simpler Homing Attack.
Gold Shield
Heat Barrier A burning red shield. This shield has only appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog. It allows the user to inflict damage on enemies and objects by approaching them with the shield. Visually, it appears as an alternate coloration of the Lightning Shield: a red-glowing barrier emitting particles.
Heat Barrier
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