After finding the pieces of the Master Emerald in Meteor Herd, Knuckles encountered Rouge on a ledge above a lava platform. After Rouge teased Knuckles about the Emerald Shards, a battle erupt between them.
The battle takes place in the large tower seen in the center of Meteor Herd. Eventually, the floor in the area will open, sending them into the air where movements and gliding are possible. The fight will continue on the sides of the tower when this happens, until the floor closes again.
Rouge's battle is very complex. Should both combatants hit each other at the same time, they will repel each other without harm. The player thus have to attack Rouge while she is moving. When fighting her on the tower structures, the key is to track Rouge down and attack her. During the battle, Rouge uses her Kick Attack in close combat and her Glide or Drill Drive when Knuckles is beneath her. After Rouge's health has been reduced to half, she will start using her two special attacks: when Knuckles is close she can use her Hip Drop, and when far away she busts out her Black Wave which can hit Knuckles anywhere. Four hits are required to defeat Rouge.
- The fight against Rouge in the Hero story is identical to the fight against Knuckles in the Dark story.
- Along with Knuckles, Rouge is the only character boss not to be fought twice in the story.
- It is possible to win against Rouge before the environment changes.