When in the hands of Sonic the Hedgehog, he can draw upon their power to temporarily make himself more powerful. This lets him enter "Super Spin Mode" where he performs a powerful Spin Attack which increases his speed and turns him into a nearly unstoppable projectile. Using more Rings at once boosts his power even further. The Rings are genetically encoded to respond only to Sonic's physiognomy which is why no other being is affected by their energy. Regardless, they can still be used as potent power sources for machinery and have their energy conducted through wiring.
As stated by Tails, Rings are produced with the aid of the Chaos Emeralds. While this procedure is not shown, Sonic and his allies usually have a number of Rings ready for deployment, as the Rings are apparently used up after Sonic's usage. Tails' different aircrafts are also stored with Rings which he can eject to Sonic during the heat of battle.
- It is implied by Sonic that Rings may originate from another world entirely.
- In the comics, another type of Rings appeared in the virtual reality world reminiscent of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game that Sonic and his friends were trapped in. As demonstrated by Sonic, these Rings do not provide a power boost to him. Instead, they protected the wielder from harm via any attack or environmental obstacle, serving an identical purpose to the Rings from the video games.
- The usage of the power rings, and Sonic entering a Spin Attack from it, mostly, and coincidentally, acts similar to how the Power Rings were used in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series.
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