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Not to be confused with Moving Crate.

These boxes can be pushed! Move up close and push to move them around. You can kick them away by pushing them while Boosting!

Omochao, Sonic Generations (console/PC)

The movable box,[1] also known as the Movable Crate,[2] is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are large cuboid obstacles that the player can push and use in various ways.


Movable boxes are fairly large cuboid figures that the playable characters cannot destroy by any means. In gameplay though, the player can move the movable boxes by pushing (or sometimes pulling) them in one direction, though the player will move at a much slower pace.

Sometimes, the movable boxes serve as obstacles blocking the player's path. Most of the time though, they are a gimmick with an alternate purpose which can help the player progress with the levels, though this depends on the game.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

A floating stone in Marble Zone Act 1, from Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).

In Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) and its numerous ports and remasters, movable boxes are named floating stones.[3] In this game, they resemble green-grayish stone blocks. They can be found in Marble Zone, where they are used to cross lava pools by pushing them into said pools and riding on them as flotation devices. In Marble Zone Act 1, a floating stone is also used to hold down a switch and move up a spike and weight to open a path.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

A movable box in Sandopolis Zone Act 1, from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, movable boxes appear in IceCap Zone Act 1, where they are large blocks of ice that the player can push down slippery slopes while riding on them.

In Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, movable boxes appear in both Acts of Sandopolis Zone, where they are brown and sandy rocks that can be pushed down on rolling orbs in midair which the player can use to ride across gabs on the movable box. In Sandopolis Zone Act 2, there is also a path exclusive for Knuckles where he has to use a movable box to keep a door open and advance.

Sonic Adventure 2

Knuckles pulling a movable box, from the 2012 remaster of Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the movable boxes only appear in some of Knuckles the Echidna's stages. In this game, the movable boxes are sculptured with some ancient language and can only moved up and down railroad-like tracks. To move the crate in gameplay, the player has to press DreamcastB.png/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO.png/Gamecube X Button.png while having selected the Action Window "Catch" and use the control stick to move the crate. To release the crate, press DreamcastB.png/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO.png/Gamecube X Button.png again.

Sonic Rush

In Sonic Rush, Zones such as Mirage Road, Night Carnival, Altitude Limit and Dead Line feature movable crates usually blocking the narrow pathways. The player has to push it out of the way to reach touching switch on the ceiling or reach higher section. Moves such as the Super/Fire Boost help move crates faster.

Sonic Rivals series

Silver pushing a movable box in Sky Park Zone, from Sonic Rivals.

In both Sonic Rivals and Sonic Rivals 2, movable boxes appear in all of the Zones. Their appearances vary between Zones to match their respective theme (for example in Sky Park Zone, the movable boxes appear to resemble Jack-in-the-boxes) but all have the same purposes in gameplay. In Sky Park Zone however, the movable boxes can also be used as Springs if the player jumps on top of them after they are pushed into a Warp Hole, thus launching the player towards an alternate route through the Zone or a Power-Up item.

Sonic Unleashed

Sonic the Werehog pulling a movable box, from the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed.

In the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, the movable boxes are large boxes of stone with a handle on each side. In this game, they appear normally in the nighttime stages, and in rare cases, in the daytime stages too. Their appearance slightly differ between stages to reflect the surroundings. They mainly serve as a way for the player to hold down Switches and reach otherwise unreachable areas. There are also movable boxes without handles in both the daytime and nighttime Stages which can only be pushed without grabbing them.

To move a movable box in this game, the player must Grab onto it, upon where it can be pushed or pulled. The player can increase Sonic's speed while pulling the crate by holding down R2/Xbox-Button-RT.png while moving.

Sonic Colors

In both the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, and the remaster Sonic Colors: Ultimate, the movable boxes make an appearance. In the Wii version and Sonic Colors: Ultimate in particular, the movable boxes are colored silver and have black frames.

In the Wii version and Sonic Colors: Ultimate, the player can not only push the movable boxes but also use the kick boost to knock a movable box a far distance away quickly while destroying any enemies caught in its path. In the Nintendo DS version on the other hand, the player can use the Boost to push the movable boxes faster.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal, the movable boxes work exactly like in their early appearances, meaning they can only be moved by pushing them. They can be used by all the playable characters across all three episodes.

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, movable boxes have different designs for each stage, ranging from an electronic yellow-steel container, to a silver steel container, to a block of stone.

In Act 1 of the Stages, the player can only push the movable boxes normally. Equipping Classic Sonic with the Hercules Muscles Skill lets him push them around faster though. In Act 2 of the Stages however, the player can use Kick boost to quickly push them over greater distances.







  1. Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Sky Sanctuary (loading screen). "Omochao: You can kick movable boxes by Boosting into them."
  2. BradyGames (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors: BradyGames Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. p. 154. ISBN 978-0744012583.
  3. Prima Publishing (1993). "Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis". Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide. Prima Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 1-55958-335-5.
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