When performing the spin attack, the user curls tightly into a concussive ball and rolls forward at high speed. At the same time, the user is usually surrounded in an aura that leaves a colored trail in the user's wake. In this state, the user becoming a powerful projectile, capable of breaking through rock, metal walls and multiple Badniks. The attack is also nearly unavoidable; in Sonic's case, until he failed to use it on Lyric the Last Ancient, no one had ever been able to dodge the spin attack. If the user's legs are injured though, the spin attack cannot be executed properly.
The Spin Dash is a frequently used variant of the spin attack. It allows the user to instantly launch themselves forward into a high-speed spin attack from a stationary position.
- Sticks the Badger has stated that the spin attack is used exclusively by Sonic (not counting Shadow). Yet, in Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, every member of Team Sonic is shown performing a rolling maneuver reminiscent of the spin attack.
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