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I love that Old World charm!

Sonic the Hedgehog, Team Sonic Racing

Spagonia (スパゴニア Supagonia?) is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a nation state on earth known for its rich cultural heritage which has been described as the art capital of the planet.[1] During the Dark Gaia incident, Sonic and Chip frequently visited Spagonia during their quest to restore the powerless Chaos Emeralds and the broken planet following Dark Gaia's awakening. After those events, the country would be occasionally visited by the hedgehog and his friends.


Spagonia world map Wii

The continent that Spagonia is located on, from the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed.

Spagonia is a country on earth found in a peninsula in the south of a continent, apparently nearby other countries like Apotos. Its national symbol is its clocktower,[2] and its flag has a crest representing the royal family that once ruled the place.[3] Its urban area is nearby some mountains and a lake,[4] and its limits are marked by a giant wall.

Spagonian culture is very rich. Famed for its craftsmanship, one can find pieces with a raised, solid stone relief, which itself takes tremendous skill to carve out.[5] The cuisine makes use of tomatoes.[6] A local dish includes the "Brainiac Dog", a hot dog said to increase one's intellectual capacity when eaten.[7]

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A shot of Spagonia's urban area at sunset, from Team Sonic Racing.

Described as "Old World",[8] the architecture in Spagonia is dominated by buildings like apartments, shops and cathedrals, all of which have orange-tiled roofs. Various of these structures are also noted to be very old and "archaic".[9][10] The paths in the city are cobblestone-laid streets and alleys that run between the structures. Various shops and restaurants appear at the foot of the regular buildings, while bushes and trees are planted along the streets. Additionally, the location contains many recognizable set pieces, such as the Spagonia University, at least one clocktower, and various aqueducts. Also worth noting is that orange appears to be the predominant color in its architecture.[11] In the sky of Spagonia are a series of flying roads supported by constantly working propellers, and with glass panes as the floor.



Spagonia used to be a monarchy, with the crest found on its flag said to represent the royal family that once ruled the country.[3] Spagonian nobility was also known to exist, and the locals' lifestyle at the time has been described as "extravagant".[12]

Sonic Unleashed[]

In the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, Spagonia received an unwelcome visit from the evil scientist Dr. Eggman, who, along with his robots, invaded Spagonia University, where they kidnapped Professor Pickle, ransacked his lab, stole the Gaia Manuscripts. Shortly after, Spagonia's continent was torn away from the earth's mantle when the doctor awoke Dark Gaia, resulting in the planet shattering into pieces.[13]

A few days later, Sonic, Tails and Chip came to Spagonia to find Pickle, hoping his research findings could help uncover information about Eggman's current plans. When they got there, however, the professor's assistant told the trio about his kidnapping. Recognizing Eggman as the culprit, the hedgehog and his friends searched for clues to Pickle's whereabouts and eventually pinpointed him in Mazuri. When the heroes returned to Spagonia with the rescued professor, he explained that the earth's shattering was due to Dark Gaia, who Eggman had awoken. Because this deity was awakened prematurely, however, Pickle assigned Sonic to take the currently powerless Chaos Emeralds to the Gaia Temples which would restore their power and thence put the planet back together. While Sonic and his group traveled the world, the professor remained in Spagonia to decipher the Gaia Manuscripts for the Gaia Temples' locations. From his initial research, he was able to pinpoint the first Gaia Temple in Mazuri.

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Sonic the Werehog in Spagonia at nighttime, from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.

After Sonic and Chip had restored Mazuri's continent, they returned to Spagonia at night, where the hedgehog, now transformed into the Werehog, was hugged by Amy who believed she had found Sonic. When taking a closer look however, she believed the Werehog to be a stranger and quickly apologized quickly ran off. As the pink hedgehog left, her lack of recognition made Sonic depressed, making him believe that he was too scary-looking in this form.

Back in Pickle's lab, the professor revealed to the duo that he had located two more Gaia Temples - one in Holoska and one right in Spagonia. Later, after collecting key fragments from his assigned locations, Sonic and Chip returned to Spagonia's town proper, where Tails gave them an unusual camera. Afterwards, the duo found a group of townspeople possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions holding Amy captive. Chip decided to take a picture of the group with their camera which exorcised the townspeople, freeing them from the minions. After the blue hedgehog defeated the monsters, he quickly left with Chip before the pink hedgehog could get a good look at him. She met Pickle shortly after, who told her everything, and Sonic confronted her with his condition. The professor soon after pinpointed another Gaia Temple in Chun-nan for the heroes.

After restoring Chun-nan's continent, Sonic and Chip returned to Spagonia once again, where Pickle had them investigate the city and to head back to Chun-nan to clear out the Badniks that held the place under siege. After clearing their assignments, the heroes they used their collected key fragments to open the portal to Spagonia's Gaia Temple, where they returned the continent to its proper place. The duo soon after found Pickle, who sent them to Holoska. When they restored that town's continent, the professor had pinpointed the next Gaia Temple in Shamar and revealed that he was joining them on their trip there to make his analysis more efficient.

A while later, as Dark Gaia began casting the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, the inhabitants of Spagonia would watch in horror as the sky above the city turned dark. However, the people began celebrating when the world returned to normal after Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus defeated Perfect Dark Gaia.

Sonic Generations[]

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, as a side-effect of the Time Eater's time-traveling, a version of Spagonia from somewhere in spacetime got transported to White Space where it was drained of color and life.

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Classic Sonic in Spagonia, with the Eggman Flying Battery being seen in the background, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

This incarnation of Spagonia was the eighth area Modern and Classic Sonic paid a visit to after ending up in White Space. Along the way, the heroes had to confront a massive horde of Badniks as well as Dr. Eggman's Eggman Flying Battery. After speeding through the area, the hedgehogs were able to fix space, thereby restoring Spagonia and, by extension, Vector, from their lifeless states. When the Time Eater later got destroyed, the city was seemingly returned to its rightful place in the timeline.

Team Sonic Racing[]

Team Sonic Racing Sonic and Shadow in Spagonia

Sonic and Shadow racing in the skies of Spagonia, from Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, Spagonia would be one of the areas where Dodon Pa's Grand Prix took place. During the event, Teams Sonic, Rose, Dark, and Vector would race in various of the city's areas a number of times.

Other game appearances[]

Sonic Unleashed (mobile)[]

In the mobile version of Sonic Unleashed, Spagonia is the third Zone that appears. Dr. Eggman escaped to the city following his defeat in Apotos. There, he fought against Sonic the Werehog in a modified Egg Mobile. However, the doctor was defeated, forcing him to escape to the Middle East with Sonic hot on his heels.

Sonic Racing[]

In Sonic Racing, a Spagonia-based region called Orange Roofs is where three separate stages are set.

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog[]

In the visual novel, The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog, within the Library cart of the train, upon clicking the globe Tails and the player will have a brief conversation on Spagonia, wherein tails mentions Professor Pickle and the university. Also, at the end of the game, the Conductor's wife mentions to her husband, she bought tickets to take a vacation to Spagonia.

Points of interest[]

In other media[]

Books and comics[]

Archie Comics[]

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Spagonia, from Sonic the Hedgehog #285.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Spagonia was originally a human/overlander settlement in Eurish and a city-state of the United Federation.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Spagonia became virtually identical to its game counterpart.

IDW Publishing[]

Speed Sighting[]

Sonic and Blaze rushing through Spagonia, from Sonic the Hedgehog #63.

Sonic and Blaze rush through the sewers of Spagonia, with Blaze not having expected this area to be the "scenic route" Sonic had mentioned. Sonic believes she would have wanted to see more interesting locales after all of the peaceful ones they had been to, to which Blaze agrees despite having heard of Spagonia's beauty as a city. They reach the sewer exit and jump outside, leaping and running across the rooftops. Sonic asks Blaze if she is willing to scale the town's clock tower, promising a good view, and she agrees despite her acrophobia. While standing on the clock's arms, Blaze admires the surrounding architecture, being reminded of her world by it. Sonic offers to get them some food from one of the city's restaurants, only to notice her distracted by something, which turns out to be neither the view nor the heights they are standing at. In the second story Speed Sighting.


  • Spagonia likely got its name from the Italian city of Siena, which is famous for its medieval architecture and giant "Torre del Mangia" bell tower.
  • In Sonic Unleashed (mobile), it is hinted that Spagonia is in Europe.[15] Whether this is true or not is unknown.
    • In internal files of Sonic Unleashed, Spagonia is called "European City", though it is possible that this name is no longer in use.
    • In Team Sonic Racing, it is suggested that Spagonia is set in the Sonic equivalent of the Old World,[8] which in the real world encompasses Europe, Asia and Africa, or that it at least mimics the style of the countries there.


  1. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: World Map.
  2. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Souvenirs. "Photo Frame (Spagonia) - This is a picture frame from Spagonia. The photo shows a clocktower, the nation's symbol, while the frame just oozes regal luxury."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Souvenirs. "Miniature Flag (Spagonia) - Ah, it's the Spagonian flag. Look here at the crest: I believe it belongs to the royal family that once ruled the region."
  4. Sumo Digital (21 May 2019). Team Sonic Racing. PlayStation 4. Sega. Area/level: Market Street. "Big: I can see a lake. Let's go fishing."
  5. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Souvenirs. "Spagonian Cameo - Spagonia is famed for its craftsmanship, and this piece certainly proves why. It takes tremendous skill to carve a raised relief out of solid stone. Ooh my, it's so lovely... So very... precious.. Hmm? Ah, yes, what was I saying?"
  6. {{Cite game |dev1 = Sonic Team |date = December 9, 2008 |game = Sonic Unleashed |system = Xbox 360 |pub = Sega |area = Edible items. "Tomato - The magic fruit that puts the zest in Spagonian cuisine."
  7. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Edible items. "Brainiac Dog - Sold only at Don Fachio's Spagonia location. Eat it and it will make you smarter! Or not."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sumo Digital (21 May 2019). Team Sonic Racing. PlayStation 4. Sega. Area/level: Market Street. "Sonic: I love that Old World charm!"
  9. Sumo Digital (21 May 2019). Team Sonic Racing. PlayStation 4. Sega. Area/level: Market Street. "Omochao: There are lots of old buildings here."
  10. Sumo Digital (21 May 2019). Team Sonic Racing. PlayStation 4. Sega. Area/level: Market Street. "Shadow: Hmm. Archaic."
  11. Sumo Digital (21 May 2019). Team Sonic Racing. PlayStation 4. Sega. Area/level: Market Street. "Omega: Query: Did they only have orange paint?"
  12. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Area/level: Souvenirs. "Maschera - Nobles used to don these masks and cavort the night away. Ha, would you look at the ornamentation? Can't you just picture the extravagant lives people lived back then?"
  13. Sonic Team (December 9, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Xbox 360. Sega. Cutscene: Kidnapped. "Tails: Whaaat? Professor Pickle's been kidnapped?! / Professor Pickle's Assistant: It was a little bit before the tremors hit. This old man showed up... With a [...] whole PACK of robots. They carried poor Professor Pickle off, lab data and all!"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Dimps, Sonic Team (November 18, 2008). Sonic Unleashed. Wii. Sega. Area/level: Spagonia Village.
  15. Gameloft (8 June 2009). Sonic Unleashed. Mobile devices. Gameloft. Area/level: Spagonia. "Sonic pursues Eggman from Greece to other parts of Europe."

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