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The mushroom[1] is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of bouncy fungus. Similar to the Spring, it can be used by the player to bounce on.


The mushrooms are usually very similar to real-life agaric mushrooms, with a wide umbrella-like cap and long stern connecting it to a solid surface. However, these mushrooms are much larger, being wide enough for someone like Sonic to stand on their cap. Their caps are usually orange, but can also come in other colors, like red, green and blue.

In gameplay, the player can jump on top of mushrooms to bounce higher up into the air, much like the Spring gimmick. However, they are rarely aligned for anything else than vertical ascension. Also, a special trick can sometimes be used to further their mechanics.

Game appearances

Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic bouncing on a mushroom, from Sonic & Knuckles.

In Sonic & Knuckles and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, mushrooms exclusively appears in Mushroom Hill Zone, which is fitting due to the large amounts of mushrooms growing there.

Sonic Heroes

In Sonic Heroes, mushrooms made their first 3D appearance, where they look like they did in Sonic & Knuckles, except their stalk is smaller. They only appear in Frog Forest and Lost Jungle. In gameplay, mushrooms can be summoned according to the player's usage of the Stages' Giant Frogs; green frogs make rain that make the mushroom grow in size and become usable to the player, while black frogs make rain that cause them to shrink down.

Sonic Rush Adventure

Sonic using a mushroom, from Sonic Rush Adventure.

In Sonic Rush Adventure, the mushrooms are much larger and with a wider cap, making them akin to platforms. Also, when bouncing on them, they release puffs of spores. In this game, they appear exclusively in Plant Kingdom, Hidden Island 6 and Hidden Island 7

In gameplay, orange mushrooms bounce the player upward and pink mushrooms bounce the player at a roughly 45° or 315° angle. After bouncing off of any mushroom the player is free to perform Trick Actions.

Sonic and the Black Knight

A mushroom, from Sonic and the Black Knight.

In Sonic and the Black Knight, the mushrooms are much smaller and give off faint light. They appeared in both Dragon's Lair and Crystal Cave. In gameplay, by pressing WiiDSA.png at the right time once the playable characters fall back on it, they can bounce even higher, which can lead to special items or alternate paths.

Sonic Generations

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, mushrooms appear in Mushroom Hill Act 1 and 2. In this game, there are three kinds of Mushrooms that can be interacted with and each possessing a treat different from the other. The first kind is the one that allows for bouncing off of it to reach higher areas; the more the player bounces the more the height of the jump increases. In Mushroom Hill Act 2, it is also possible to achieve more height on a mushroom quickly by using the Stomp (after unlocking it). This kind differs in size and color (being orange, yellow, blue or green with colorful spots).

The second kind is small and usually found around the ledges of higher areas. These mushrooms serve as a temporary footstep to make reaching shortcuts above in the stage easier before they crumble (though they sometimes regenerate afterward). In Act 1, they are completely orange-colored, while in Mushroom Hill Act 2, they are fully blue. In the second case, it is possible to destroy them using the Stomp.

The third kind consists of two blue caps in the Mushroom Hill Act 2 version, one orange and the other one red in the Act 1 version, which one of them has a weight over it. When the player jumps over the usable cap, the weight on the other cap will rise up in the air, and when it returns to the cap, it in turn launches Sonic in the air.

In other media

Archie Comics

The mushrooms in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the mushrooms are called Brobdingnagian Fungi, which in layman's terms means "Giant Mushroom". They grow in large droves on Angel Island.





  1. Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: Crystal Cave. "Caliburn: Couldn't you use that mushroom to jump to a higher elevation?"
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