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The Special Springs are slightly larger than normal springs with a thicker blue and yellow base support that has bolts set around. The springboard itself is colored red with a blue center that may have a white five-point star on it.
Special Springs are first seen in Sonic Advance, where these objects are hidden in specific acts on each zones. There are seven Special Springs to locate in the game, which all of them lead to a particular Special Stage. If the player finds the Special Spring, they have to jump on it where they are launched into the Special Stage with a snowboard.
After the player attempts the Special Stage (regardless of outcome), the player respawns in the stage next to the Special Spring they just used, which will not transport the player to the Special Stage a second time after this (although it works like normal yellow spring), unless the player loses a life or restarts from the beginning of the Zone. The player can find Special Springs from the following acts/zones:
Special Springs made another appearance in Sonic Advance 3, where their designs are nearly identical to their Sonic Advance counterparts, although a lock is attached to it. They are found in each of the seven Zone Maps. Like in Sonic Advance, each Special Spring in their particular Zone Map can grant access to a certain Special Stage.
To use the Special Spring, the player must first obtain a Special Key which appears in any Act once they find 10 Chao from the zone's three Acts and Zone Map. After clearing the Act with the key and returning back to the Special Spring, the player can then use the Special Spring by simply jumping on it, transporting the player to the Special Stage. In doing so, one Special Key is consumed.