When performing the Wire Attack, the Avatar fires a grappling hook from their wrist-mounted grappling gun at a single target. If used on an enemy, the Avatar can then pull themselves towards their target and land a momentum-fueled strike on it. Alternatively, the Avatar can use the Wire Attack to hook onto inanimate targets and swing around with the aid of their grappling hook's wire.
In gameplay, the Wire Attack can be used for attacking and platforming. When used on enemies, the player attacks and damages enemies like when using the Homing Attack. Like the Homing Attack, the Wire Attack can also be used to charge toward certain gimmicks, like Springs and Wide Springs. When used for platforming on the other hand, the Wire Attack allows the player to hook onto Wire Targets, thereby enabling the Avatar to swing around said gimmick and be flung to another place in the stage. If the Avatar is in control during the Tag Team stages, then Sonic the Hedgehog will also gain access to the Wire Attack.
To perform the Wire Attack in gameplay, the player must first become airborne while near a possible homing target. Then, when a green reticle appears above the target, press // to execute the Wire Attack.