The fight with Lyric takes place in a wide arena that has force-fields blocking all sides, thereby making it impossible to get outside the arena. To defeat Lyric in this boss battle, the player's objective is to reacquire the Chaos Crystals from four distant platforms (by smashing the receptors there) and then deliver the final blow to Lyric. The fight itself is divided into five phases.
During the first phase, Lyric will periodically fly above the arena and summon Destruction Troops into the arena to attack and distract the player. Occasionally, he will also attempt to charge into the arena's platform, creating two red shockwaves upon impact. However, this shockwave can be dodged by jumping over it. When slamming into the arena however, Lyric will be stuck to the ground for a few moments, thus giving the player a chance to attack him. However, Lyric can counterattack by hitting sideways with his tail, thus creating shockwaves, and falling laser bombs. Alternatively, he will be swinging his fists in front of him. After having dealt enough damage to Lyric to make him collapse, grab him by his tail with the Enerbeam. This will open a passage for Tails, who must cross a gap using Tails Vents and Bounce Pads while avoiding lasers to reach the receptor containing the Radiant Crystal and Tidal Crystal. Destroy the receptor to recover the Crystals and proceed to the second phase of the fight.
During the second phase, Lyric will use the same attack patterns as before, but with the addition of a new attack where he grabs a pillar telekinetically and throws it into the arena, causing it to explode and produce a green shockwave that gradually spreads across the arena. However, it can be avoided by either saying out of its radius or by jumping over it. Apart from that, the player must use the same tactics as before to make Lyric collapse again. After then using the Enerbeam on his tail again, it will open a passage for Knuckles, who has to use the laser-impeded Climbable Ceilings to get to the next Crystal receptor. Destroy it to recover the Twilight Crystal and Shock Crystal and proceed to the third phase of the fight. In this phase, Lyric gains the ability to fire laser bolts while he hovers above the arena. These laser bolts will home in on the playable characters. When performing this move, he charges up his laser before firing several bolts for a few seconds. However, they can be avoided by staying on the move away from them. After making Lyric collapse in this phase, use the Enerbeam on his tail again to open a passage for Amy, who must run across Balance Beams and between lasers to reach the third Crystal receptor. Destroy it to recover the Sun Crystal and Verdant Crystal and proceed to the fourth phase of this fight. During this phase, Lyric gain another powerful attack: while flying, he will twist around in a circle for a while, before then firing a beam made of powerful lasers at the playable character. This attack can be avoided by moving away from its impact spot until it ceases. After bringing Lyric down again and using the Enerbeam on him, a path will be unlocked for Sonic, who must skip across Air Targets into Tube and then climb a Spin Ramp to reach the final receptor. Destroy it to recover the Sky Crystal and the red Chaos Crystal and proceed to the final phase of the fight.
During this phase, Lyric will be permanently grounded, but will still perform his attacks. Hit him and avoid his ttacks until he collapses and the battle will end.