Quotation1 Don't touch the red fruit! Quotation2
GUN Soldier, Shadow the Hedgehog

Red fruits[1] are obstacles that appear in Shadow the Hedgehog. It is an extraterrestrial flora cultivated only by the Black Arms.


The red fruit is a large red and purple-glowing spiky pod standing on a thin stem. Inside them glows a faint yellow/white light. The red plants are naturally poisonous,[2] making them dangerous to touch.


Red fruits were brought to earth by the Black Arms during their invasion of the planet. In gameplay, red fruit pods dot the landscape of various Stages, such as Westopolis and Prison Island. Touching them directly will damage the playable character, so the player must destroy them with weapons. Destroying red fruits will also fill the Hero Gauge.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Red Fruit Tree
SU 65 Mushroom Hill Zone

A Red Fruit Tree in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the red fruits' early history are much like their game counterparts'. When he got stranded on Angel Island, Eclipse the Darkling grew a number of red fruits for him and the Dark Arms to live off.[3][4]


  1. Sonic Team (15 November 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. GameCube. Sega. Area/Level: Westopolis. "Sonic the Hedgehog: They've grafted these red fruits all over the place. Let's smash them all up!"
  2. Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, p. 18.
  3. Sonic Universe #65, "The Great Chaos Caper Part Three: Chip of the Ol' Emerald!"
  4. Sonic Universe #67, "Total Eclipse Part One: Uninvited Guests"

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