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Show off your stalag-might by summoning a wall of rocky spikes ahead of you!

— Description, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

The Rocky Road is an Item Box power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a Trap Item used primarily to obstruct opposing rivals' path.


The Rocky Road's icon takes the appearance of a pair of boulders with moss on them. In gameplay, this power-up becomes a set of rocky pillars that spawn from the surface below them.


In gameplay, the Rocky Road can only be obtained at random from Item Boxes by Treasure Hunter Knuckles. As with most other Items, Metal Sonic can also use the Rocky Road if he uses the Steal Item to steal it from the aforementioned user.

Once obtained, the player can utilize the Rocky Road by pressing its icon on the bottom of the HUD. When used, the Rocky Road will sprout its rock pillars some distance ahead of the user's current location on all the lanes that the user is not currently on. Notably, up to three of these pillars will be so tall that they cannot be jumped over. The other pillars on the other hand will be low enough to be jumped over. If a character collides with any of the pillars, including the user themselves, they will take damage, causing them to lose Rings and slow down momentarily. To avoid the Rocky Road, the playable character must jump over the lowest pillars produced by this power-up or run in-between them.

The Rocky Road can also be upgraded by leveling the user up to level 4, 10 and 16 respectively. For each upgrade, the player will increase the damage dealt with the Rocky Road.


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