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Let's leave the flying enemies to Tails. He'll bring them down using Thunder Shoot.

Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Heroes

Thunder Shoot[1] (サンダーシュート[2] Sandā Shūto?) is a Fly Formation move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is used by Miles "Tails" Prower on Team Sonic, Rouge the Bat on Team Dark, Cream the Rabbit on Team Rose, and Charmy Bee on Team Chaotix. When using this technique, the team's Fly type member launches their teammates like cannonballs towards enemies.


When performing Thunder Shoot, the Fly Type member on the team punts one of the team members currently holding onto them forward, like kicking a ball. In the process, the launched team member is conferred in a crackling shield of electricity. Once the launched team member hits an enemy, the enemy becomes temporarily stunned and also take damage if the Thunder Shoot is powerful enough, while the launched teammate returns to their position in the team formation. Some armored enemies are immune to damage from this move, however.

By collecting yellow Power Cores during gameplay, the player can increase the power, effect, and radius of the Thunder Shoot. The levels of power are as follows:

  • Level 0: Thunder Shoot will only stun enemies and the target will recover from the stun after a short time. It can only hit one target. Shot team member will receive damage when the attack connects.
  • Level 1: Thunder Shoot will damage the target by one hit point and stun the target for a slightly longer time. It can possibly hit two targets during one shot.
  • Level 2: Thunder Shoot has a slight chance of destroying the target. If not destroyed, the stun effect will last a long time. It can hit multiple targets.
  • Level 3: Thunder Shoot inflicts heavy damage on the target and inflicts stun. It can hit all targets within shooting range and draws in nearby Rings.

To perform Thunder Shoot in gameplay, the selected team must be in Fly Formation and have at least one other team member present or the move will fail. The player then has to press SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/Square/XboxX to launch the teammates at enemies. When launched away, the teammate will home on to any nearby target. When used on airborne enemies, the move will cause them to drop to the ground. For as long as the player has other team members present, the player can continue to use Thunder Shoot in succession.

Aside from attacking enemies, the player can also use Thunder Shoot to trigger Target Switches in the air, shoot airborne Cages down from the air, or fill the Team Blast Gauge (although it fills a very partial amount).




  1. Sonic Heroes (Nintendo GameCube) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. Sonic Heroes (PlayStation 2) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 9.