- For the version of this location before the Super Genesis Wave, see Special Zone (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
The Special Zone is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a Zone which was formerly the location of the Chaos Emeralds, and once acted as a place of banishment for King Acorn and Walter Naugus when Dr. Eggman took over Mobotropolis.
The Special Zone is evidently a mystical dimension that is difficult to escape, as even Walter Naugus proved unable to break free from it with his magic.
The physical appearance of the zone supposedly differs to some degree. After his visits to the zone, Sonic described its environment of consisting of "crystal mazes that spun around" and a sky "that keeps changing into all these different shapes."
When King Nigel Acorn's royal adviser, Dr. Eggman, betrayed him and took over Mobotropolis, the dictator banished the overthrown King into the Special Zone along with the Royal Wizard, Walter Naugus, using the Star Posts. During Sonic's adventure on South Island, he would enter the Special Zone several times to find the Chaos Emeralds. Sonic later managed to rescue King Acorn (Walter Naugus in disguise) from the Zone on his sixth visit and the latter gave him the Chaos Emerald he found there. The Freedom Fighters later managed to rescue the real King Acorn from the Zone after taking back Mobotropolis.
- The Special Zone is one of the few Zones from before Worlds Collide known to have survived the effects of the Super Genesis Wave.