Torches are large statues of different sizes and appearances which hold flames on top of them. They can be found scattered across the Stages they appear in. In gameplay, the player is capable of igniting and extinguishing Torches, which will normally trigger a reaction in the environment that is often essential for the player to progress the game, similar to a switch. Touching a burning Torch will damage the player.
In Sonic Heroes, Torches carries flames in two colors: blue and red. In this game, Torches resemble either standing pedestals resembling a skeleton arm, floating round stands or are just on the ground. Torches are found exclusively in Hang Castle and Mystic Mansion, where they, according to Dr. Eggman, prevent those entering Mystic Mansion from leaving by conventional means as long as they are burning.
The player can light a Torch using an offensive Power Formation move and extinguish them with Tornado Jump or the Jump Dash (if the player has collected three Power Cores for the latter). For Team Dark and the Super Hard Mode versions of Mystic Mansion and Hang Castle, the player sometimes has to light Torches to open a door blocking the path. In Team Chaotix's version of Mystic Mansion, the player's objective in the normal mission is to extinguish all sixty red Torches and in the extra mission, the player's objective is to extinguish all forty-six blue Torches. The order of torches after accessing every Checkpoint and room are as following:
|Location||Red Torches||Blue Torches|
|The web room with the giant
|The room accessed with the
Orb switch after the web room
|The penultimate room||56/60||40/46|
|The final room||60/60||46/46|
Shadow the Hedgehog
In Shadow the Hedgehog, Torches look like thick, hexagon-shaped tubs with four claws inside them. They are only found in Cryptic Castle where Eggman used them to activate his castle's defenses against the Black Arms.
In the Dark Mission of Cryptic Castle, the player's objective is to light five Torches. To light, the player has to hit them with the Environmental Objects resembling black poles with blue fire.
- Kaizen Media Group (1 June 2004). "Team Chaotix". Sonic Heroes: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 126. ISBN 978-0761544494. "In the hall before the pit, extinguish the four red torches and a blue torch. Triangle Jump across the pit and, to put out the blue torch, jump over it with Espio and use Leaf Swirl. You will land on the spot that the flame came out of."
- Sonic Team (30 December 2003). Sonic Heroes. Xbox. Sega. Area/level: Mystic Mansion (Team Chaotix normal mission) "Eggman: Here's your next mission. You won't be able to escape from the mysterious castle as long as the red torches are burning. Extinguish all of the red torches."