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The Power Type symbol, from Sonic Heroes.

The Power Type (パワータイプ[1] Pawātaipu?), also formatted Power-Type, is a character type in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and is represented by the color red. It was introduced along with the Speed Type and Fly Type in Sonic Heroes. As its name implies, Power Type characters specialize in strength and physical combat.

Game appearances

Sonic Heroes

The Power Type was introduced in Sonic Heroes. Power Type characters are the main fighting force in the team, effective in their powerful attacks to defeat most enemies, including those that their teammates cannot damage otherwise. Power Type characters can also use their attacks to break through doors and push large objects, as well as aerial descent moves such as the Triangle Dive which can be used in combination of fans to reach otherwise inaccessible heights.

In Battle mode and boss battles against other teams, Power Types have an advantage over Speed Types, but are weak against Fly Types.

Sonic Advance 3

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The Power Type returns in Sonic Advance 3. Power Type teams use stronger attacks and can break through special barriers to reach certain areas. The Power Type can be gained by any creating any team involving Knuckles except the Fighting Buddies (Sonic and Knuckles) team, as that is a Speed team.

Power Type teams

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, Power Type characters can smash through certain obstacles and barricades, usually allowing them to reach special shortcuts and earn Air in the process.

Mario & Sonic series

In the Mario & Sonic series, the Power Type is one of the four character types, along side the Speed, Skill/Technique, and All-Around Types. Power characters are best suited for events like the hammer throw as well as other strength-based events. Although unplayable, Dry Bowser appears as a Power Type rival.

Sonic Runners series

In Sonic Runners and Sonic Runners Adventure, Power Type characters can perform a mid-air forward dash whilst jumping which can destroy the black-colored super Badniks. While all levels in the game can be played with any character, Lava Mountain is better suited for Power Types. Buddies, companions that the player can equip to characters, also have different ability types. Pairing Power Type characters with Power Type Buddies will enhance the effects of said Buddy.

Team Sonic Racing

In Team Sonic Racing, the Power-Type made its return alongside the Speed-Type and the debuting Technique-Type. In this game, Power-Type characters have good boost and defense, can shunt other racers, and do not spin when damaged. They are also the only ones who can obtain Pink Wisps and Violet Wisps from Item Boxes, and smash into obstacles without being hindered and break barriers to open up new paths, earning bonus Rings for doing so. However, they have the lowest top speed and handling.

List of Power Type characters

Non-Sonic Power Type characters

Power Type Buddies


  • The Power Type has the most members out of all character types.
  • Knuckles is the only Power Type character in Sonic Heroes to not be notably larger than the other members of their team.
  • Vector is the only Power character to be the leader of his team.
  • Power Type characters are usually the oldest of their teams (i.e. Knuckles, Vector, Big). Omega is the only Power character to not be the oldest of their team due to being the last of E-100 series (robots are not normally given an age regardless) as Shadow was made around 50 years ago and Rouge is 18.
  • The Power Type is the only type to not have any named teams in Sonic Advance 3.
  • Blaze is the only female Sonic character thus far to be a confirmed Power Type.


  1. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 6.
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