The Power Type (パワータイプ,Pawātaipu?), also referred to as the 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 focus on strength and combat.
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. 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
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 with the exception of the Fighting Buddies (Sonic and Knuckles) team (as that is a Speed team).
Power Type teams
Tails and Knuckles
Knuckles and Amy
Knuckles and Cream
Sonic Riders series
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. In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, although Power Type characters (except for Dr. Eggman and SCR-GP) can use any other ability, their exclusive Gears are Boards which had a Gear Part which enabled the ability to smash obstacles to reach special shortcuts. (In the case of the two aforementioned characters, they already have this ability from the start) In Sonic Free Riders, Power Type characters can race with any ability. Regardless, all Power Type characters have excellent durability stats with average, variable rating among the other stats (acceleration, top speed and curving).
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series
In the Mario & Sonic series, the Power Type is one of the four character types, along side the Speed, Skill, 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 and E-123 Omega appear as Power Type rivals.
In Sonic Runners, Power Type characters can perform a mid-air forward dash whilst jumping which can destroy the black-coloured 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. Paring 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, do not spin when damaged, are the only ones to obtain Pink Wisps and Violet Wisps from Item Boxes, and can smash into obstacles without being hindered and break barriers to open up new paths. However, they have the lowest top speed and handling.
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. 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 old (though, technically, he is ageless) and Rouge is 18.
The Power Type is the only type to not have any named teams in Sonic Advance 3.
Blaze is traditionally considered a Speed Type character, but was listed as a Power Type character in Sonic Runners. This makes her the only female character thus far to be a confirmed Power Type.