This article is for shield introduced in Sonic Adventure. For the shield introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, see Thunder Shield. For the Gear Part featured in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity see Ring Eater.

The Magnetic Shield[1] (磁力バリア[2] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier"), also known as Magnetic Barrier[3] (磁力バリア[4] Jiryoku baria?) and Ring Magnet[5] (磁力バリア[6] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier"), is an Item Box power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When the player obtains this power-up, the playable character receives a force-field that can negate one instance of damage and pull in Rings.

The Magnetic Shield is one of the many shield variants in the Sonic series. It is similar to the Thunder Shield which also attracts Rings, but lacks many of its others traits.

Description

Knuckles with a Magnetic Shield in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.

Item Boxes containing Magnetic Shield usually either contain or display an icon depicting what looks like a white and blue plasma globe. When the player obtains the Magnetic Shield, a protective bubble will appear around the playable character. This bubble will prevent the playable character from losing Rings, or even a life if they hold no Rings, when they get hit by an enemy attack, touches an enemy, or runs into a damage-inducing hazard. When taking a damage-dealing blow with the Magnetic Shield equipped, the Magnetic Shield disappears and the player is usually knocked slightly backwards without taking damage while gaining temporary invulnerability for a few seconds. However, the Magnetic Shield cannot protect the playable character from losing a try when falling into a bottomless pit, being crushed, drowning, or in case they get a Time Over.

Like the Thunder Shield, the Magnetic Shield can pull in Rings that are close to the playable character, like a magnetic force. However, unlike the Thunder Shield, the Magnetic Shield does not disappear upon contact with water, does not deflect minor projectiles and does not grant Sonic and Classic Sonic a Double Jump.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

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This power-up made its first appearance in Sonic Adventure , and its remake Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, where it is referred to as the Magnetic Shield[1] (磁力バリア[2] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier"). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character becomes surrounded by a transparent bubble with white and blue plasma effects.

Sonic Adventure 2

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A Magnetic Shield Item Box in Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2, and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, this power-up is referred to as the Magnetic Shield[7] (磁力バリア[8] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier"). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character becomes surrounded by a transparent bubble with white and blue plasma effects.

In story mode, there are certain times where the Light Speed Dash is necessary to proceed. Having the Magnetic Shield equipped at these times can prevent the player from progressing with the stage.

Besides obtaining the Magnetic Shield from Item Boxes, the player will also automatically obtain a Magnetic Shield (if the player has no shields or a Shield if either shield type is already equipped) when they pass through a point marker while holding 90 Rings or more.

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

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In Sonic Advance, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnetic Barrier[3] (磁力バリア[4] Jiryoku baria?). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white plasma effects.

Sonic Advance 2

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In Sonic Advance 2, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Ring Magnet[5] (磁力バリア[6] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier"). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white plasma effects, like in Sonic Advance.

Sonic Advance 3

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In Sonic Advance 2, the Magnetic Shield is called the Ring Magnet[9] (磁力バリア[10] Jiryoku baria?, lit. "Magnetic Barrier") onde more. Like in Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2, when obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white plasma effects.

Shadow the Hedgehog

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In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnet Barrier[11] (マグネツバリア[12] Magunetsubaria?). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a transparent bubble with white and blue plasma effects.

Unlike in Sonic Adventure 2, where the Magnetic Shield can prevent players from progressing in stages where the Light Speed Dash is needed to be performed, Shadow the Hedgehog stage leave behind silhouettes of gathered Rings that allow the Light Speed Dash to be used on them whenever it is required to proceed in a stage.

Sonic Rush series

Sonic Rush

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In Sonic Rush, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnetic Barrier[13] (磁力バリア[14] Jiryoku baria?). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white electric and plasma effects.

Sonic Rush Adventure

In Sonic Rush, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnetic Barrier[15] (磁力バリア[16] Jiryoku baria?). When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white electric and plasma effects, like in Sonic Rush.

Sonic Riders

Sonic Riders

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In Sonic Riders, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnetic Barrier[17] (磁力バリア[18] Jiryoku baria?). In this game, the Magnetic Shield can randomly be obtained from one of the Item Boxes along the racing courses. When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a transparent bubble with white and blue plasma effects. Unlike in previous titles, however, the Magnetic Shield only lasts for a short time after being obtained.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

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In Sonic Riders, the Magnetic Shield is referred to as the Magnetic Barrier.[19] In this game, the Magnetic Shield can randomly be obtained from one of the Item Boxes along the racing courses. When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a transparent bubble with white and blue electrical effects. Also, like in Sonic Riders, the Magnetic Shield only lasts for a short time after being obtained.

Sonic Riders: Zero Riders also feature the Magnetic Barrier Gear Part, which grants the playable character a permanent Magnetic Barrier for the entire race.

Sonic Colors

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In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Magnetic Shield makes a reappearance. When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character get surrounded by a blue bubble with white electric and plasma effects, like in the Sonic Rush series.

Sonic Generations

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In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, this power-up is referred to as the Magnetic Shield[20] once more. When obtaining the Magnetic Shield in gameplay, the playable character gets surrounded by a blue bubble with blue particles appearing around it and being drawn towards it. The Magnetic Shield only appears in Emerald Coast Act 1. However, it can also be obtained as an extra Skill after playing Versus Mode online.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 30.
  7. Sonic Adventure 2 (Dreamcast) United States instruction manual, pg. 19.
  8. Sonic Adventure 2 (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 26.
  9. Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  10. Sonic Advance 3 (Wii U Virtual Console) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 41.
  11. Shadow the Hedgehog (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 21.
  12. Shadow the Hedgehog (Nintendo GameCube) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 32.
  13. Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  14. Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 27.
  15. Sonic Rush Adventure (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  16. (in Japanese) ソニックラッシュアドベンチャー最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. December 2007. p. 14. ISBN 4091063969.
  17. Sonic Riders (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  18. Sonic Riders (Nintendo GameCube) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 23.
  19. Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (Wii) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 17.
  20. Sonic Generations (Nintendo 3DS) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 8.
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