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For the POW move in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, see Tail Swipe (Dragodon).

The Tail Swipe[1][2] (シッポ攻撃[3] Shippo kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Attack"), also known as the Tails Attack[4] (シッポ回転攻撃[5] Shippo kaiten kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Rotation Attack") or Tail Attack[6] (シッポ攻撃[7] Shippo kōgeki?), is a move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is one of the signature moves of Miles "Tails" Prower. When using this move, Tails spins around with his two twin tails to attack foes.

Description

Fitting with its name, the Tail Swipe involves Tails performing a 360° spin, where he is lashing out with his twin tails to damage any enemies in front of him. This move is, however, not as safe as the Spin Attack, as the Tail Swipe only focuses on attacking the foes that are in front of Tails and thus, leaves him more vulnerable from attackers from behind and above.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

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Tails using the Tails Attack in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.

The Tail Swipe first appeared in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut where it is called Tails Attack[4] (シッポ回転攻撃[5] Shippo kaiten kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Rotation Attack"). To perform the Tails Attack in gameplay, the player must press DreamcastB/X Button Dreamcast/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/Gamecube X Button while either walking or standing still. The attack can also be upgraded into the Rapid Tails Attack by obtaining the Rhythm Badge.

Sonic Shuffle

In Sonic Shuffle, Tails performs this attack as his standard attack in battles. However, he spins multiple times instead of just once.

Sonic Adventure 2

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Tails can also use the Tail Swipe, but only in the Chao Garden, as it is the only time in the game where he is not sitting in his Cyclone mech. As there are no enemies in the Chao Garden, the only purpose this move has in the game is to attack Chao. To perform the Tails Swipe in gameplay, the player must press DreamcastB/X Button Dreamcast/SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/Gamecube X Button.

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

In Sonic Advance, the Tail Swipe is known as the Tail Attack[6] (シッポ攻撃[7] Shippo kōgeki?). To perform the Tail Attack in gameplay, the player must press GameboyB while on the ground.

Sonic Advance 2

In Sonic Advance 3, the move is known as the Tail Swipe[1] (シッポ攻撃[3] Shippo kōgeki?, lit. "Tail Attack"). In this game, its performance is the same as in Sonic Advance. Also, by performing the Tails Swipe while in Boost Mode, the player will perform the Super Tail Swipe. To perform the Tail Swipe in gameplay, the player must press GameboyB while on the ground.

Sonic Advance 3

In Sonic Advance 3, the move is known as the Tail Swipe again.[2] In this game, Tails can only perform the Tail Swipe in gameplay when he has Sonic the Hedgehog or Cream the Rabbit as his partner. Like in the previous titles, to perform the Tail Swipe in gameplay, the player must press GameboyB.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In the Nintendo GameCube/PlayStation 2 version of Shadow the Hedgehog, Tails can perform the Tail Swipe when playing as him in Air Fleet or Circus Park using the second controller. In this game, the Tail Swipe hits multiple times, and the combined attacks can even take out a GUN Trooper in one hit. This makes the Tail Swipe the strongest ally attack in the game, as neither of the other ally attacks are capable of doing as much damage.

Variants

Super Tail Swipe

The Super Tail Swipe[1] (スーパーシッポ攻撃[3] Sūpāshippo kōgeki?) is basically the Tail Swipe performed at high speeds. It has appeared in Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Advance 3. In order for Tails to perform the Super Tail Swipe, he must perform a normal Tail Swipe while in Boost Mode. The speed created from the Boost Mode will then transform the Tail Swipe into the Super Tail Swipe.

When Tails uses the Super Tail Swipe, his twin tails will form a large, light blue wave as they are swung (this wave does not appear in Sonic Advance 3), which will increase his attack range. Most importantly though, the Super Tail Swipe allows Tails to maintain the speed he is currently running at and remain in Boost Mode, unlike the normal Tail Swipe which makes Tails stop entirely. This allows him to literally charge through his enemies.

Rapid Tails Attack

Main article: Rapid Tails Attack

The Rapid Tails Attack is an advance form of the Tail Swipe move where Tails performs a chain of continuous Tail Swipe. This move can only be used when Tails possesses the Rhythm Badge.

Tornado Attack

Main article: Tornado Attack

The Tornado Attack is a more powerful version of the normal Tail Swipe, where Tails swings his tails with extreme force. Tails can only use this move when having Knuckles as his partner in Sonic Advance 3.

In other media

Archie Comics

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Tails using Tail Swipe on Mecha Sally

The Tail Swipe has several appearances in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics as one of Miles "Tails" Prower's standard attacks.

Because of his young age, Tails did not initially participate in many of the fights during the comics early run. Over time however, Tails began to participate more actively in fights and began using his unique twin tails to his advantage, thus developing his Tail Swipe move.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 23.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 9.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 13.

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