Appearances in other media
(originally magenta, white)
White gloves with pointed knuckles Red and yellow shoes with green cuffs and gray buckle
Flight Enhanced super strength Enhanced super speed Enhanced acrobatic skills and reflexes Virtual invulnerability Enhanced jump Enhanced gliding Enhanced climbing
Super Knuckles ( スーパーナックルズ Sūpā Nakkuruzu ) ? is a transformation that appears in the  . It is the Sonic the Hedgehog series Super State of Knuckles the Echidna, achieved by harnessing the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds.
When transformed into Super Knuckles,
Knuckles' physical traits remain unchanged. Instead, he gains a pulsating golden energy shield around himself.
Sega Mega Drive games, Super Knuckles' fur pulsed in a bright magenta color and he possessed a magenta colored aura. However, he lacked any form of a shield.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Super Knuckles, from
. Sonic & Knuckles
Super Knuckles first appeared in
and the Sonic & Knuckles lock-on game, . The transformation can only be obtained by collecting the seven Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Chaos Emeralds as Knuckles. The player can then activate Knuckles' Super State by collecting fifty Rings and then press the jump button twice in succession. While Knuckles is transformed, the player's Ring count drops by one Ring every second. When the Ring count hits zero or when the Act Boss is defeated, the transformation runs out.
In gameplay, Super Knuckles is
invincible and can move, glide, and climb faster. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, should the player enter the Giant Ring in Mushroom Hill Zone, the player will have their Chaos Emeralds turned into Super Emeralds in Hidden Palace Zone, thus preventing Knuckles from becoming Super Knuckles anymore. By collecting Super Emeralds though, the player is able to transform Knuckles into Hyper Knuckles.
Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2
locking-on and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 , the player is able to get normally Super Knuckles in Sonic & Knuckles by collecting the seven Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Chaos Emeralds. In gameplay, Super Knuckles' abilities are identical to that in . Like before, the player's Ring count drops by one for every second Super Knuckles is active. When it reaches zero, Knuckles reverts back to normal.
Sonic & Knuckles
, Super Knuckles appeared as the Sonic Heroes Power Type member of Team Sonic. When [note 1] Metal Overlord took off, Sonic transformed into Super Sonic and shared his chaos energy with Knuckles and Tails, allowing them to achieve their own Super States and go after Metal Overlord together. With the power of teamwork, Team Sonic defeated Metal Overlord.
In gameplay, Super Knuckles cannot take damage and he has automatically obtained three red
Power Cores. Unique to Super Knuckles, his Volcanic Dunk attack has been changed, enabling him to throw fireballs in front of him over a long range to attack targets for indefinite periods of time. During the boss battle, the player's Ring count drops by one every second, and when it runs out, Knuckles and his team revert back to normal which will cost the player a life.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
, Super Knuckles was referenced in the Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Chaos Emeralds' entry in the codex, where it is stated Knuckles is among many of the people how have used the Emeralds to attain a Super State.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2013)
2013 remaster of the original , Super Knuckles can be unlocked as a bonus feature in gameplay for Sonic the Hedgehog Knuckles. On the Level Select menu, the player must change the Max Emeralds setting from 6 to 7 to allow all seven Chaos Emeralds to be collected. Once finished, the player can use Super Knuckles in any of the Zones after collecting fifty Rings as Knuckles. His appearance is almost identical to his original one from .
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Super Knuckles' abilities are the same as in
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Like before, the player's Ring count drops by one for every second Super Knuckles is active. When it reaches zero, Knuckles reverts back to normal.
Powers and abilities
Due to being infused with the seven
Chaos Emeralds' power, Super Knuckles accordingly commands ultimate power and has access to unlimited energy.  As Super Knuckles, Knuckles' innate abilities far surpasses his normal ones. His trademark strength has been enhanced to the point where he can smash a ship from the  Eggman Fleet with a single strike and throw punches so powerful that he creates fireballs which explode upon impact. Knuckles also becomes fast enough to keep up with even Super Sonic who can move at approximately the speed of light.  His reflexes are also improved, allowing him to keep up with his increased movements. Like the traditional Super State, Knuckles gains new abilities in this form as well, including high-speed run-flight and virtual invulnerability to harm.
Super Knuckles can only stay transformed for a short time without sustainment from
Ring Energy, as a Super State consumes tremendous amounts of energy.
In other media
Books and comics
Hyper Knuckles, from
. Sonic the Hedgehog #141
comic series and its spin-offs published by Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics, Knuckles' Super State was dubbed Hyper Knuckles. This was because he was set up to battle Super Sonic, and the writers wanted to avoid the monotony of two supers against each other. [
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This form would be referred to as "Super Knuckles" as well later on. Knuckles' first known transformation was when he went head-to-head with
Super Sonic in a battle for the Chaos Emeralds. Knuckles would later turn into Hyper Knuckles again to battle Master Mogul and Hunter.
Knuckles using Emerald Power, from . Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
↑ The in-game files of the PC version of
Sonic Heroes for Tails and Knuckles during the final battle are named in such a way ("sk" and "st", respectively, compared Super Sonic's files named "ss"). Cream also refers to all members of the team as using super transformation: " Everyone! Watch your Ring count! You won't be able to use super transformation if you lose all your Rings."
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Gimmicks and obstacles
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Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack
Continue | Debug Mode | Egg Mobile | Life | Lock-on technology | Loop | Madonna | Secret Bonus | | Sonic the Hedgehog (1991 U.S Gold) | Sonic the Hedgehog (promotional comic) Sonic the Hedgehog Band ( Max, Mach, Sharps, Vector) | | Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic South Island | Time Attack* | Time Over | Totem pole | Tunnel | Water
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Climb** | Crouch | Drop Dash** | Glide** | Insta-Shield** | Propeller Flying | Spin jump | Super Dash Attack | Super Spin Attack | Swim**
Gimmicks and obstacles
Arrow column | Bomb | Breakaway column | Booster | Bumper | Bumper wall | Cannon | Conveyor Belt | Crusher | Drop Target | Elevator | Fan | Flipper | Giant spear | Goal Plate | Gondola | High-speed warp tube | Iron ball | Jump Panel | Mega Mack | Metal nut | Prison Egg | Seesaw | Sinking pool | Slot machine | Spikes | Spring | Spring Catapult | Star Post | Switch
Air bubble | Chaos Emerald | Monitor ( Eggman, Flame Shield**, Invincible, Lightning Shield**, One-Up, Power Sneakers, Random, S**, Shield, Super Rings, Teleporter, Water Shield**) | Ring | Star Circle
Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack
Continue | Corkscrew | Death Egg | Death Egg Robot | Debug Mode | Eggman's Mobile | Life | Lock-on technology | Loop | Perfect Bonus | | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD Space rocket | Time Attack | Tornado | Totem pole | Tunnel | Water | West Side Island
* Appears only in prototype versions
** Appears only in re-releases