Mushroom Hill Zone (マッシュルームヒル ゾーン Masshurūmuhiru Zōn?), also known as Mushroom Hill or Mushroom Hills, is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a forest located on Angel Island.
Mushroom Hill Zone is a valley on Angel Island that is blessed with greenery. This Zone is mostly a forest area filled with extremely tall and straight trees with brown bark and lush tree crowns. However, it is best known for the huge, multicolored mushrooms that grow there. While some of these local mushrooms are small, most of them are colossal in size, with the largest of them being at the size of buildings. The soil here is also olive green-colored with diagonal lines on it.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
In Sonic & Knuckles, and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Mushroom Hill Zone was amongst the Zones on the Floating Island that were invaded by Dr. Robotnik while he was trying to repair his Death Egg, filling the Zone with traps and Badniks to stop Sonic when he would arrive on the island.
After making the Death Egg fall back to the Floating Island, Sonic and Tails ended up in Mushroom Hill Zone. There, they found Knuckles leaving from a hidden passageway. When the echidna was gone, Sonic and Tails entered the passageway, leading them to Hidden Palace Zone, only to return back to Mushroom Hill Zone after a brief moment. After traversing through the Zone and overcoming several traps and a Hey Ho, the duo found Robotnik in the Egg Scrambler. After his defeat, the doctor escaped to Flying Battery Zone, which was passing by. Fortunately, Sonic and Tails were able to enter the blimp too and continue their adventure.
At some point, Knuckles visited Mushroom Hill Zone after traversing through Launch Base Zone. There, he found an Eggrobo in the Egg Scrambler. After defeating the robot, Knuckles was able to enter Flying Battery Zone when the airship was passing by.
Sonic the Fighters
Mushroom Hill was the third area Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic paid a visit to after ending up in White Space. By speeding through Mushroom Hill, the Sonics were able to fix space, thereby restoring the Zone from its lifeless state. When the Time Eater later got destroyed, Mushroom Hill was seemingly returned to its rightful place.
Other game appearances
Sonic Jam (Game.com)
In Sonic Dash, Mushroom Hill Zone appears as one of the playable tracks in the game.
In other media
Books and comics
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Mushroom Hill Zone (called Mushroom Hills) was originally a Zone on Angel Island. It was first visited by Sonic and Tails, who battled the Hey Ho there.
After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Mushroom Hill Zone became a permanent Zone located on Angel Island. The alien Eclipse the Darkling eventually crashed here after the New Black Comet was destroyed.
Sonic the Comic
In the Sonic the Comic comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, Mushroom Hill Zone appears as a Zone on the Floating Island. The entire population of the Emerald Hill Zone was temporarily relocated to the Mushroom Hill Zone in order to protect them from Dr. Ivo Robotnik's tyranny. There, they made themselves homes out of the Zone's giant mushrooms. After Robotnik's dictatorship over Mobius was toppled, the Emerald Hill Folk would leave Mushroom Hill Zone for their home.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, Mushroom Hill Zone is a location on Angel Island in an alternate dimension set in the recent past. At one point, Knuckles was attacked there by Metal Knuckles. Although he managed to hold the robot off, it managed to escape with a Chaos Emerald after putting the local animals in danger.
- Mushroom Hill Zone is the third most recurring location in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, after Green Hill Zone and Seaside Hill.
- Due to a typographical error, the Japanese manual of Sonic & Knuckles refers to Mushroom Hill Zone as "Mashroom Hill Zone".
- Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 3.
- Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 33.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pgs. 4-6.
- Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pgs. 12-13.