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Silver Sonic is a robotic doppelganger of Sonic that possesses an rather low-tech looking appearance. Rather than matching Sonic's size, it is about the same size as Tails. It has metallic grey armor with a yellow color scheme on its center body and mouth plate. Attached with a light blue visor with a red lens and light blue metal sneakers with rocket motors, Silver Sonic's primary weapons include extendable claw arms on both sides of its body.
In the gameplay of Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus, Silver Sonic appears as a supplementary boss-Badnik that aids Metal Sonic during the main boss fight in Stardust Speedway Zone Act 2. During the first phase of this fight, Metal Sonic will jack himself into a large machine resembling Eggman which will dispense a Silver Sonic. Unlike its mainstream counterpart, this Silver Sonic can be destroyed with one hit and will release a captured Animal upon defeat. If the Silver Sonic is defeated however, Metal Sonic will simply dispense another to take its place.
During battle, the Silver Sonic can utilize three different attacks: it will either attack the playable character with a Spin Dash, perform a melee attack with its claws by swiping it at the playable characters, or dash forward using its jet boots until it hits the screen's edge. When revving up or performing the Spin Dash though, the player can bounce into Silver Sonic with a Spin Attack, Spin Jump, or Spin Dash, causing it to ricochet off the walls and damage Metal Sonic if they come into contact.
In the v1.04 patch for Sonic Mania released along with Sonic Mania Plus, Silver Sonic, when destroyed, will release four energy orbs in an "X" shape pattern that can also be used to damage Metal Sonic.
Powers and abilities
Silver Sonic can roll and spin just like the real Sonic with inclusion of being able to perform the Spin Dash. These attacks are strong enough to cancel out the same techniques utilized by Sonic. The rockets on its body also allow it to fly and dash at high speed. Silver Sonic can also attack with retractable claws.