The Somersault (サマーソルト Samāsoruto?) is a technique in the Sonic the Hedgehog series which was first introduced in Sonic Adventure 2. When performing this move, the user attacking while performing a somersault.


While standing still or moving at high speed, by pressing the action button, the user can perform the Somersault by flipping their body, and then proceed to attack with their legs.

In Sonic Adventure 2, this move can be upgraded with the Flame Ring, becoming the Fire Somersault.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

Sonic destroying a crater with the Somersault in Sonic Adventure 2.

The Somersault's first appearance was in Sonic Adventure 2, where it is only usable by Sonic, Shadow, Amy and Metal Sonic. It is an ideal move for close combat. If timed correctly, the Somersault can be used in combo attacks. It is not as fast as the Spin Dash, however.

Beside offensive maneuvers, the Somersault can also be used to slide underneath hazards, into small openings in walls, climb steep hills, break Wooden Containers and so forth. If Sonic and Shadow receive the Flame Ring Level Up Item, they can perform a stronger version of the Somersault known as the Fire Somersault.

The Somersault move would later appear in the Sonic Adventure 2 remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.

Sonic Advance

In Sonic Advance the Somersault comes in three steps and is only used by Sonic. While moving forward and pressing GameboyB.png, Sonic goes into a grounded Spin Attack, which can damage obstacles. Pressing GameboyB.png a second time during the roll makes Sonic perform a normal somersault, and pressing GameboyB.png a third time makes Sonic perform the Skid Attack. However, if the player presses GameboyA.png while in the somersault, Sonic will do a backflip.


Somersault Kick

Main article: Somersault Kick

Sonic using the somersault move on a Caterkiller.

The Somersault Kick is a move that appeared in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World as one of the moves Sonic can use due to the Parkour system. With this move, Sonic can launch an enemy-stunning wave with a midair Somersault. Basically, the Somersault is one of Sonic's three attack methods in the game, the other being the Focused Homing Attack and the Spin Dash.[1]




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