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The Pursuit Attack[1] (追撃/ツイゲキアタアック Tsuigeki Atakku?), also referred to as the Aim Attack, is a mechanic that appears in Sonic Battle. It is a category of skill-based moves that the playable characters use to either launch a follow-up attack while blowing an opponent away or a counterattack when chasing after an opponent.

Description

Essentially, the Pursuit Attack are techniques that enable the playable character to hit opponents with damage-inducing attacks when chasing after them with a diagonal-take-off to the air.

While all Pursuit Attacks are the same in function, each one has its own strengths and weaknesses that are determined by two attributes: speed and power. Some even have different mechanics; Sonic's works well for early Wall Counter-targets and is better against airborne opponents, while Knuckles' is more useful in the late sections of the chases against a grounded opponent. In some cases, two opponents can even hit each other at the same time with their Pursuit Attack if timed correctly.

In gameplay, chasing after an opponent can be done by either pushing Controlpadds.png in the target's direction during a Heavy Attack just as the said target is blown away, or by bouncing back at the attacker with a Wall Counter by pushing Controlpadds.png in the said attacker's direction when the character is about to hit a wall. During the chase or Wall Counter, the user can launch the Pursuit Attack by pressing GameboyB.png. If used at the right moment when intercepting the opposition during the chase, the attackers may bang the victim into the ground for damage. The victims will then bounce back from the ground once before being rendered immobile for a short moment via a getup animation. Pressing GameboyB.png too soon or too late into the chase will either cause the move to fail, reduce the damage dealt via inflicting a basic aerial hit or instead trigger an Air Attack. It will as well miss if the victim is outside the attacker's attack range, and it is possible for both opposing sides to trade Pursuit Attacks with one another.

List of Pursuit Attacks

Name Number Icon Skill Points to enable
Aim Attack 202 Aim Attack.png N/A
Air Knuckle 160 SonicBattle Sprite Card160.gif 15
Chao Dunk 139 Chao Dunk.PNG 15
Chaos Impact (skill) 181 SonicBattle Sprite Card181.gif 15
Girl Dunk 118 Girl Dunk v2.png 15
Homing Cutter 097 Homing Cutter.png 15
Meteor Punch 055 SonicBattle Sprite Card055.gif 15
Shadow Eagle 076 SonicBattle Sprite Card076.gif 15
Sonic Eagle 013 SonicBattle Sprite Card013.gif 15
Tails Dunk 034 SonicBattle Sprite Card034.gif 16
Ult. Aim Attack 223 Ult Aim Attack.png 30

Trivia

  • The Japanese name of the mechanic like several terms based on kanji, is written in katakana (via the "tsuigeki" portion).

References

  1. Sonic Battle (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.

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