Prisms (プリズム Purizumu?)[1] are floating crystals and general objects in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. By using Cyan Laser on them, the prisms can lead Sonic the Hedgehog to other sections or alternative paths in the level.


The prisms resemble large, light blue, octahedron-shaped crystals, which are found floating in midair or hovering just above ground in several levels.


When the player has obtained a Cyan Wisp from the Wisp Capsule, the player has the option to target nearby prisms with Sonic by transforming him into the Cyan Laser and aiming toward a prism. If the player aims right and hits the prism, it will directly guide Sonic to another prism in a straight line that will similarly repeat the pattern for another one until the prism string ends. Sonic will then either continue through the prism string until it ends, or until he run out of Hyper-go-on and return to normal.

For each prism Sonic passes through in the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the player will be earn 10,000 Color Bonus points. Touching a prism at all in the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors without using the Cyan Laser, however, will cause the prism to shatter, leaving it unusable for a few seconds before it respawns. In the Wii version and following games, they are intangible without the Cyan Wisp. Prisms are notably smaller in Sonic Lost World.

In other media

IDW Publishing


Prisms in the IDW Publishing comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the prisms make a small cameo appearance. In this media, they are small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. They are mainly used by Whisper the Wolf to redirect her Variable Wispon's Cyan Wisp-powered laser.




  1. When Sonic is transformed into the Cyan Laser, be sure to look for prisms (left) and optical cables (right). Shoot at them and see what happens! - Sonic Colors manual.

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