Quotation1 Leave the flying to me! Quotation2
— Classic Tails at the start of the act.

Tails: Toxic Skies is the first Challenge Act of Chemical Plant Act 1 in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations. It is unlocked after clearing every Stage in the classic era and is playable only as Classic Sonic.


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Sonic and Tails during the Challenge Act.

In this Challenge Act, Classic Sonic runs through a highly modified version of Chemical Plant Act 1. There are large sets of spikes and bottomless pits which can only be passed with the help of Tails' flying ability.

During the Act, the player can summon Classic Tails by pressing PSTriangleButton/XboxY. Tails then appears directly above Sonic, who must jump to grab on to Tails' hands. In order to fly left or right, the player must move the Left Control Stick left or right. The player must repeatedly tap PSXButton/XboxA to fly up, or refrain from pressing it to slowly descend. Once Sonic's feet touch the ground (or if the player presses XboxB/PSObutton), he lets go of the fox's hands and Tails disappears in a puff of smoke.


The player begins the Act in a later section of the stage, and is soon greeted by rows of spikes that are too long to jump over and long expanses of sky that he cannot cross alone. In these instances, which are marked by a circular blue sign with a yellow exclamation point, the player must press summon Classic Tails, whom the player can use to travel across these expanses.

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The last section of the Challenge Act.

Halfway through the level, there is a vast gap that Sonic and Tails must cross to reach the goal. Sonic must fly across with Tails, avoiding balls of spikes and lasers in the way. There are also green rings that give Tails a short boost should he pass through them. Once Sonic passes the Goal Post, the Act will be completed.


  • In this Challenge Act, Classic Tails can collect Rings and use Propeller Flying indefinitely.
  • This is the second and final Challenge Act that Tails appears in.
  • This Challenge Act is the only place in Sonic Generations where the Mechanical Rings appear.
  • When talking to Classic Tails after finishing this Challenge Act, Tails will say "It was really fun to go on an adventure with you! We should do it again sometime!".


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