This article contains a list of glitches from Shadow the Hedgehog. Unless otherwise noted, all glitch names are conjectural. Many of them have not been confirmed by Sega.
List of glitches
In any level aboard the ARK, the player can Homing Attack any wall near an automatic door, then wall jump towards the door. The door will open before the player can touch it and Shadow will perform an extra long wall jump.
To perform this glitch, the player should find a spotlight in Digital Circuit that points down into an abyss. In a very difficult to perform instance, if the player jumps into the abyss and the spotlight shines on them while Shadow says "Damn, not here!" he will fly back upwards, although a life will still be lost.
This glitch can only be performed in The Doom stage. When the player has healed 9 out of the 10 researchers for the Hero Mission, they should pick up a Heal Cannon and fill up the Hero gauge (preferably by putting out fires). When it is full, the player must rush over to the area with the researcher, fire the Heal Cannon at the researcher and perform Chaos Control at the same time. The level will be cleared, but the screen will stay white for an unusually long amount of time. Shadow will repeatedly say "Damn!" or "Damn! Not Here!" while also saying "I will protect the people of the ARK!" or similar.
This glitch only works on the GameCube and Playstation 2 versions of the game. Once the player fills up their Blue Gauge, they have to find any Checkpoint near by and then press / and then / immediately after that. If done correctly, the player can use Chaos Control all the way to the end of the level as far as the game can let them go. This can cause the game to freeze.
In the segment of Space Gadget where Shadow must grind on a long-winded rail in order to reach the Chaos Emerald, if he manages to use Chaos Control there at the proper time, Shadow will fly forward as usual. Once he hits one of the boost rings, he will fly backward instead.
Right before the segment mentioned in the Reverse Flight glitch, Shadow will hit a gravity switch. Hold the control stick up and Shadow will not land on the rail, but will fall directly to the platform with the Emerald. If done correctly you can also get the secret key in the air.
In Central City on the Nintendo GameCube version, jumping at the right time when Black Doom says five will cause the game to crash.
This glitch can only be done in Lost Impact and also will not work on the Xbox version, since you need to control Maria as player 2. If Shadow sits in the Gun Lift and gets punched by Maria (or rather she punches the Lift), it will cause an explosion kicking Shadow out of it and making him lose rings. If done repeatedly, it can also cause the Lift to lock on acceleration, making it impossible to shoot Artificial Chaos.
Other turrets in other levels like Circus Park or Final Haunt can be destroyed as player 2, but will not cause the explosion.
In The Doom, if Shadow activates the door switches from the locked side using the Satellite Gun, and then quickly runs in the reverse direction, he may fall through an unloaded portion of the Stage. Due to bottomless pits not loading at that time, Shadow will fall infinitely, thus forcing the player to restart.
This also works in Lava Shelter. If Shadow rides the first set of rails too quickly, he may fall into an unloaded portion of the Stage at the first checkpoint. Interestingly, the checkpoint platform is still loaded, so Shadow can avoid falling if he lands on it.
This glitch has only been known to work on the GameCube versions.
- Air Fleet Dark Mission trick:
In Air Fleet, it is possible to complete the Dark Mission with a time of 0:00. Due to time bonuses, this will result in 50,000 point bonus, resulting in an A rank.
A number of unused lines can be discovered using glitches and exploits.
In Lava Shelter, on rare occasions, if Shadow loses a life but has not activated any checkpoints, the Egg Monitor will appear as Shadow's partner at the beginning of the Stage. Because of this, a normally unused line can be heard from Eggman: "This lava flow will prevent anyone from sneaking into my base!" (note that there is an additional space within the dialogue after "sneaking").
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||Amy* | Espio* | Knuckles* | Maria* | Omega* | Rouge* | Shadow (Dark Shadow, Hero Shadow, Super Shadow) | Shadow Android** | Sonic* | Tails* | Vector*
||Black Doom (Devil Doom) | Dr. Eggman | Chao (Cheese) | Charmy | Commander | Cream | Gerald | President | Researcher | Secretary
||Westopolis | Digital Circuit | Glyphic Canyon | Lethal Highway | Cryptic Castle | Prison Island | Circus Park | Central City | The Doom | Sky Troops | Mad Matrix | Death Ruins | The ARK | Air Fleet | Iron Jungle | Space Gadget | Lost Impact | GUN Fortress | Black Comet | Lava Shelter | Cosmic Fall | Final Haunt | The Last Way
||Ark Missile Turret | Artificial Chaos (Artificial Chaos P-100, Cell) | Black Assassin | Black Hawk | Black Oak | Black Volt | Black Warrior | Black Wing | Black Worm | Big Foot Type A | Big Foot Type B | Death Leech | Death Worm | Egg Bommer | Egg Pawn | Egg Pierrot | Giant Walker | Giga Trooper | Gold Beetle | Gun Beetle | GUN Soldier | GUN Trooper | Jack Bommer | Killer Plant | Mono Beetle | Rocket Beetle | Sand Worm | Shadow Android | Spark Beetle
||Black Bull | Black Doom | Blue Falcon | Devil Doom | Diablon | Egg Breaker | Egg Dealer | Heavy Dog
|Chaos Blast | Chaos Control | Chaos Spear | Crouch | Dark Spin Dash | Grinding | Grind Step | Homing Attack | Hover | Jump Dash | Light Dash | Mid-Air Attack | Missile Fever | Overturn | Pawn Fever | Pick up | Punch | Ring Fever | Shadow Fever | Slide | Spin Dash | Spin Jump | Strafe | Swift strike | Tail Swipe | Triangle Jump
||Air Saucer | Convertible | GUN Motorcycle | GUN Vehicle | HMMWV | Jump Vehicle
|Gimmicks and obstacles
||Barrier | Black Slab | Case | Cell Cannon | City annihilator bomb | Coaster | Color Panel | Electrified Rail | Fan | Firewall | Gravity Control Switch | Green energy fluid | Gun Lift | Gun ship | GUN turret | Hint Ring | Jump Panel (Prison Island) | Jump Panel (ramp) | Junction switch | Lantern | Laser field | Laser turret | Light-speed circuit | Meteorite | Pole | Pulley | Red fruit | Red Slime | Rocket | Secret Door | Shield switch | Shooting Gallery | Small bomb | Spinning Wheel | Surveillance camera | Toxic marsh | Toxic river | Vine | Warp Hole | Wide spring
||Black Tank | Bomb Unit | Chaos Emerald | Car | Container (Special Weapon Container, Steel Container, Unbreakable Container, Wooden Container) | Core program | Defense Unit | Egg Balloon | Energy Core | Floating Item Box | Goal Ring | Heal Unit | Item Box (1-Up, Barrier, Damage Recover, Heat Barrier, Invincible, Magnetic Barrier, Rings) | President's escape pod | Ring | Secret Key | Temple jewel
||4-Shot RPG | 8-Shot RPG | Bazooka | Big Worm Shooter | Big Barrel | Black Barrel | Black Sword | Bomb Fever | Egg Bazooka | Egg Gun | Egg Spear | Egg Vacuum | Environment Objects | Flash Shot | Gatling Gun | Grenade Launcher | Heal Cannon | Heavy Machine Gun | Heavy Shot | Laser Rifle | Light Shot | Omochao Gun | Pistol | Refractor | RPG | Samurai Blade | Satellite Gun | Semi-Auto Rifle | Shadow Rifle | Splitter | Sub-Machine Gun | Survival Knife | Tank Cannon | Vacuum Pod | Wide Worm Shooter | Worm Shooter
|English voice actors
||Jason Griffith (Shadow, Sonic) | Sean Schemmel (Black Doom) | Mike Pollock (Eggman, Gerald) | Amy Palant (Tails) | Dan Green (Knuckles) | Lisa Ortiz (Amy) | Kathleen Delaney (Rouge) | Rebecca Honig (Cream, Maria) | Carter Cathcart (Vector) | David Wills (Espio) | Amy Birnbaum (Charmy) | Jeff Kramer (Omega) | Andrew Rannells (GUN Soldiers) | Marc Thompson (Commander) | Maddie Blaustein (President) | Bella Hudson (Secretary)
|Japanese voice actors
||Kōji Yusa (Shadow) | Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Sonic) | Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Black Doom) | Chikao Ōtsuka (Eggman, Gerald) | Ryō Hirohashi (Tails) | Nobutoshi Canna (Knuckles) | Taeko Kawata (Amy) | Rumi Ochiai (Rouge) | Sayaka Aoki (Cream) | Yuri Shiratori (Maria) | Kenta Miyake (Vector) | Yūki Masuda (Espio) | Yōko Teppōzuka (Charmy) | Taiten Kusunoki (Omega) | Takashi Yoshida (GUN Soldiers) | Banjō Ginga (Commander) | Yutaka Nakano (President) | Junko Kitanishi (Secretary) | Ryō Hirohashi (Additional Chao)
||"All Hail Shadow" | "Almost Dead" | "E.G.G.M.A.N Doc. Robeatnix Mix" | "I Am... All of Me" | "Never Turn Back" | "The Chosen One" | "Tripod Baby" | "Vengeance is Mine" | "Waking Up" | "Who I Am" (unused)
||Lost and Found: Shadow the Hedgehog Vocal Trax | Shadow the Hedgehog Official Soundtrack | Shadow the Hedgehog Original Soundtrax
||Battle Mode | Black Comet | Central Information Agency | Dark Gauge | Dark Rider | Eclipse Cannon | Egg Monitor | Eggman Fleet | Expert Mode | Fire in the Sky Festival | Guardian Units of Nations | Health Gauge | Hero Gauge | Life | Loop | Mother computer | Prison Island | Prosperity ritual | Rank | Shadow the Hedgehog Flash | Space Colony ARK | Tails' Spaceship | Team Chaotix | White House
* Only playable in the Nintendo GameCube & PlayStation 2 versions
** Only playable in Battle Mode