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The Stomp[1] (ストンピング Sutonpingu?, lit. "Stomping"), also referred to as Stomping[2][3][4][5] (ストンピング[6] Sutonpingu?) is a move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that involves the user performing a powerful stomp into the ground to destroy obstructions.

Description

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An illustration of the Stomp in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed.

When performing Stomp, the user goes into midair (either by jumping or running off a ledge), for then to slam directly downwards with one of their feet first, creating an aura field around them as they descend. Upon landing on the ground, the user releases a destructive shock-wave which causes damage to objects close to the user. The color of one's aura and the Stomp's shockwave depends on the user: Sonic's is blue, Shadow's is orange, the Avatar's is white, etc.

In gameplay, this move is useful for destroying enemies and obstacles such as Wooden Containers and weak bridges beneath the user, as well as pressing down on Switches (both normal and oversized). It is also a useful tool if the player needs to reach the ground quickly.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

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The shockwaves from Stomp in Sonic Unleashed (Wii/PlayStation 2)

The Stomp first appeared in Sonic Unleashed as a part of Sonic the Hedgehog's moveset, which can only be used in the daytime levels. On both versions of the game, the move is referred to as Stomping[2][3][4][5] (ストンピング[6] Sutonpingu?). For Sonic to perform the Stomp in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of the game, he has to possess the Stomping Shoes, whereas the Wii/PlayStation 2 version makes the move available immediately from the beginning.

The Stomp is especially effect against Mole Cannons, who can hide underground from most of Sonic's attacks. However, Egg Fighter: Shields can block the Stomp once and those equipped with Springs can even deflect it entirely. On the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, the Stomp is also essential when using giant Switches which must be stomped on repeatedly in order to be activated and clearing obstacles.

To perform the Stomp in gameplay, the player must press the following buttons during a jump:

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PSSquareButton WiiB/Wii-Button-Z y Button SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO PSObutton XboxB

Sonic Colors

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Sonic using Stomp in the Wii version of Sonic Colors.

In the Wii and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the move is referred to as the Stomp for the first time.[7][8] On both versions of the game, the Stomp is one of Sonic's standard moves. On the Wii version, the move is also used by Super Sonic, the Virtual Hedgehogs and the Mii.

In Sonic Colors, the Stomp creates bigger shockwaves than in Sonic Unleashed, and the move is often used to plow through stacks of Wooden and Steel Containers. Also, should the player use the Stomp while underwater, the move can be cancelled by simply Double Jumping. Also, in the Sonic Simulator, the Stomp is useful for taking out shielded Egg Pawns with just one hit.

To perform the Stomp in gameplay, the player must press one of the following buttons while airborne:

Wii Remote + Nunchunk Wii Remote Sideways Wii Classic Style GameCube Controller Nintendo DS
Wii-Button-Z WiiB x Button Gamecube X Button Hold Down on Controlpadds + WiiDSA/DSB

Sonic Generations

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Sonic using the Stomp in the tutorial of Crisis City.

In Sonic Unleashed, the move is referred to as the Stomp once more.[1] On both versions of the game, the Stomp is only usable to Modern Sonic. On the console/PC version of the game, Modern Super Sonic can use the move too. For Sonic to perform the Stomp in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, he has to possess the Stomping Shoes, which he gains after defeating Biolizard. In the console/PC versions of the game on the other hand, Modern Sonic can use the move immediately from the beginning.

On the console/PC version of the game, the shockwaves the Stomp produces are virtually non-existent. However, if Modern Sonic is equipped with the Power Stomp Skill, the range of the shockwaves from the Stomp are increased, thus allowing Modern Sonic to damage enemies within a radius.

In the console/PC version, while the move is best used for dealing with obstacles such as Containers, there are other gimmicks to use the move on, such as a weak bridge near the end of Green Hill Act 2 in order to access an alternate route, or on the magma footholds in Crisis City Act 2 to temporarily lower them and proceed through the Act. On the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the move is required in order to clear through the stacks of Containers that block certain routes in the remaining stages, Water Palace and Tropical Resort, but it can also be used on Springs and Spring Poles for a higher bounce.

In gameplay on the console/PC version of the game, the player has to press XboxB/PSObutton while Modern Sonic is airborne to perform the Stomp. Noticeably, the Stomp cancels Modern Sonic's momentum, so even if the player still holds XboxB/PSObutton, Sonic will not perform a Slide which he did previously in Sonic Unleashed. In gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS version on the other hand, the player has to press down on Controlpadds/Circle Pad while Modern Sonic is airborne to perform the Stomp.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Stomp serves as one of Sonic's custom moves for the Homing Attack. When performing it, Sonic will curl up into a ball similar to a Bound Jump, but he will not home in on opponents and instead drop straight down. If used on an airborne opponent, the move will meteor smash them, potentially KOing them if they are off the stage.

Sonic Forces

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The Avatar using the Stomp in the Guardian Rock.

In Sonic Forces, the move is referred to as the Stomp once more.[9] In this game, the Stomp is a standard move used by Sonic, Super Sonic and the Avatar. Shadow is also able to perform it in the "Episode Shadow" DLC. Here, although the Stomp's shockwave is wider than it was in Sonic Generations, it adds nothing to the move's impact area. Therefore, the player should Stomp directly at the enemy in order to deal damage.

To perform the Stomp in gameplay, the player must press A button/PSObutton/B button while in midair.

Trivia

  • In Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS, Tails created the Stomping Shoes. He also mentions that the reason Sonic can stomp with them is because they are lighter than his normal shoes.
  • In Sonic Colors, the Blue Cube Color Power allows Sonic to launch himself to the ground similar to the Stomp. When he lands on the ground, nearby enemies will be destroyed.
  • In Sonic Colors, Sonic uses a different animation for the Stomp (where a blue light engulfs Sonic) than in Sonic Unleashed.
  • Super Sonic's Stomp color is blue in Sonic Colors, but in Sonic Generations his Stomp color is gold.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Generations (PlayStation 3) European instruction booklet, p. 8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Unleashed (PlayStation 3) European instruction booklet, p. 12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360) United States instruction booklet, p. 5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Unleashed (Wii) United States instruction booklet, p. 10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Unleashed (PlayStation 2) United States instruction booklet, p. 10.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 17.
  7. Sonic Colors (Wii) European instruction booklet, p. 13.
  8. Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS) European instruction booklet, p. 9.
  9. Sonic Forces instruction manual.

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