The Spin Charge is very similar to the Spin Dash, but Sonic does not hop on initiation of the attack. Charging the move is different from charging the Spin Dash. The player must hold down and press the special move button repeatedly for it to charge. Like the Spin Dash, charging it up gives it more speed and power. If the player taps the special move button but does not continue, Sonic will stop spinning instead of unleashing the move, allowing for feint attacks.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Spin Charge features colored trails to indicate charge strength: it goes from blue, to cyan, to yellow.
- Auto-Spin Charge: "A Spin Charge that can be powered up simply by holding the button."
- Gravitational Charge: "Foes in front are pulled in while foes behind are pushed. Takes more button presses to power up."