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The Target Switch, also known as simply the target, is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is essentially a floating switch that, when used, grants an item or triggers a reaction.
The Target Switch is a large metallic disc that floats in midair. Its faces has red outer rims, its middle rim is gray and in the center it has a blue circle with yellow edges and a yellow star in the middle.
In Sonic Heroes, the player can strike the Target Switch to trigger various effects. In all cases, the Target Switch will grant the player an Item Box item variable in the game when hit which can be a Rings power-up worth five Rings, 1-Up or even a Team Blast Ring. The item that is received depends on where the player hits the Target Switch; at its bullseye (inside the blue circle with the yellow star), the Target Switch grants a 1-Up, while hitting any other area of the Target Switch gives either of the remaining items at random. In addition, the player will also earn bonus points based on the item earned; 1000 for a 1-Up, 400 for other power-ups. However, there are also cases where hitting the Target Switch will activate various gimmicks such as Poles and fans, open Cases and even unlock paths, making it similar in function to the regular switches.
To use a Target Switch in gameplay, the player has to hit it from afar with Thunder Shoot. If they get too close to it, the Target Switch will start to spin, making it impossible to hit it. Once successfully hit, the Target Switch will spin, change its alpha blending and shortly after disappear. A rare variant of the Target Switches also appear in Team Chaotix's version of the Egg Fleet stage. These variants lie on the ground, disappear immediately when hit and the player has to use the Jump Fireball on them to trigger them.