Sonic Rush Boss FAQ v2.01
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Sonic Rush Boss FAQ

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  / / / /  SONIC RUSH - BOSS FAQ                                       [   ] \
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BY:      ShiinaBat (AKA Kristy Gilmer)
E-MAIL:  faqs.shiina@gmail.com
VERSION: 2.01
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  / / / /  VERSION HISTORY                                             [VER] \
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2.01    21/10/2010    - Updated the FAQ layout to conform with my other FAQs.
                        Added Neoseeker and Super Cheats to the list of
                        permitted hosts. Also changed all mention of "Super
                        Blaze" to "Burning Blaze".
2.0     01/12/2008    - Completely rewrote the FAQ to make it smaller, more
                        concise and easier to understand. Removed any
                        unnecessary or redundant sections. Shortened the
                        "Version History" list by removing anything that wasn't
                        noteworthy. Also tested and added all of the tips that
                        I have received from readers over the years.
1.11    16/02/2006    - Added a missing attack to Huge Crisis.
1.10    17/12/2005    - Completed the "Extra Zone: Exception" section.
1.02    02/12/2005    - Began writing the "Extra Zone: Exception" section.
1.01    01/12/2005    - Added 1Up.com to the list of permitted hosts.
1.0     29/11/2005    - FAQ completed up to the "Unknown" boss.
0.1     24/11/2005    - FAQ started.
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  / / / /  TABLE OF CONTENTS                                           [TOC] \
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   Version History ................................................... [VER]
   Table of Contents ................................................. [TOC]
   Controls .......................................................... [CON]
   Boss Strategies ................................................... [A00]
      Leaf Storm ..................................................... [A01]
      Water Palace ................................................... [A02]
      Mirage Road .................................................... [A03]
      Night Carnival ................................................. [A04]
      Huge Crisis .................................................... [A05]
      Altitude Limit ................................................. [A06]
      Dead Line ...................................................... [A07]
      Unknown ........................................................ [A08]
   Extra Zone: Exception ............................................. [B00]
      Controls ....................................................... [B01]
      Battle Overview ................................................ [B02]
      Sonic's Section ................................................ [B03]
      Blaze's Section ................................................ [B04]
   Credits ........................................................... [THX]
   Contact Information ............................................... [CIN]
   Copyright Information ............................................. [LGL]
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  / / / /  CONTROLS                                                    [CON] \
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  | ACTION          | BUTTON/MOVEMENT                                       |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Move            | LEFT/RIGHT on the D-Pad.                              |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Crouch          | DOWN on the D-Pad.                                    |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Jump            | A button.                                             |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Spin/Burst Dash | Crouch + A button.                                    |
  |                 | While crouching, radpidly tap the A button. Release   |
  |                 | all buttons to dash in the direction you're facing.   |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Roll            | Tap DOWN on the D-Pad while moving.                   |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Aerial Dodge    | Sonic only. Jump + R button.                          |
  |                 | Allows Sonic to quickly dash forward while in the air |
  |                 | for a limited distance.                               |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Hover           | Blaze only. Jump + R button.                          |
  |                 | Allows Blaze to hover in the air momentarily.         |
  |                 | Pressing LEFT or RIGHT on the D-Pad while hovering    |
  |                 | will allow Blaze to move in that direction.           |
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  / / / /  BOSS STRATEGIES                                             [A00] \
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   // LEAF STORM                                                       [A01] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. The boss will yell "Take this!" while pulling his head back. He will then
   begin to follow you, side to side, across the arena. Eventually he will stop
   and slam his face into the floor in an attempt to squish you. This can be
   dodged in three ways:

      A) Run back and forth until he finally slams his head into the ground.
         Switch directions suddenly if you're having difficulties shaking him.
         Be careful that you don't accidentally run under him while he's
         slamming his head!

      B) Stand still. Wait until his head starts coming back down and then
         quickly run out of the way.

      C) Start charging a Spin/Burst Dash and release it as soon as his head
         begins to come back down.

   Methods A and B are the best to use as they will make it easier to land hits
   on the boss, especially when his health is low. Method C is perfect for
   emergencies.

2. ** THIS ATTACK IS A 1-HIT KO! **
   The boss will scream "Get ready to be schooled!" while dramatically shaking
   and pulling back his head. Eventually he will slam his face into the floor
   in an attempt to crush you. To dodge, simply stand still and wait until you
   can no longer see his head, then run out of the way. He will not make any
   attempt to follow you unless you run away while his head is still visible.

3. The boss will move to the side of the arena, lean down and place his head
   onto the ground. The camera will turn and the head will begin to spin, then
   roll at you. As his health gets lower the head will roll at you 2 or 3 times
   in a row before he picks it back up.

   To dodge, run at the head and hold UP on the D-Pad as you jump over it. Make
   sure that you jump a little before you reach the head, otherwise it'll catch
   you and send you flying off the edge.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: Simply wait for him to use one of his head-smashing attacks, then
            dodge it and quickly jump on top of his head.

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   // WATER PALACE                                                     [A02] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. The boss will chase you around the arena. Eventually he will rise up, yell
   "Take this!", and then attempt to belly flop on top of you. To dodge, simply
   run away until you hear him yell "Take this!" then immediately turn around
   and Spin/Burst Dash underneath him.

2. The boss will swim to the center of the arena. Eventually he will pull his
   head back and then smash it into the floor. Dodging is simple, merely keep
   running away and he won't be able to keep up. It should be noted that you
   can safely stop running when you see him open his mouth. This will come in
   handy for scoring hits.

3. The water will drain from the arena, leaving the boss beached and unable to
   move. His mouth will open and his head will start to move towards you. To
   dodge, turn AWAY from his head and start charging a Spin/Burst Dash. Watch
   his head very carefully, it will stop moving for a second right before he
   attacks you. Release the dash as soon as you see his head stop moving. Also,
   be careful not to dash into his propeller, it will hurt you!


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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: Wait for the boss to use his head-slamming attack, then dodge it
            and quickly jump on top of his head. You can also hit the boss when
            he drains the water from the arena. Simply dodge his snapping
            attack, then jump on his head while it is retracting.

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   // MIRAGE ROAD                                                      [A03] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]


1. The boss will stop and let go of the ball, shoving it towards you. To dodge,
   simply jump over it.

2. The boss will fly into the middle of the arena and throw explosives at you.
   To dodge, just keep running around the arena until he lands again.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Back

HOW TO HIT: Run away from the boss until he stops and shoves the spiked ball at
            you. Continue to run away until the spikes disappear, then turn
            around and hit the ball with a jump. This will send it rolling back
            at the boss. If his health is low, he will jump over the ball. Just
            wait for the spikes to disappear then jump into the ball again.

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   // NIGHT CARNIVAL                                                   [A04] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. Three bursts of electricity will shoot down from the ball opposite of
   Eggman/Nega. This move is extremely unpredictable so I have been unable to
   come up with a definite method for dodging this. The best advice I can give
   to you is to either attempt to outrun it or to Spin/Burst Dash away. Stop
   running immediately if he shoots a bolt directly behind you, otherwise you
   may run into the next one!

2. Sometimes the electric ball that the boss totes around will lower to ground
   level and begin to chase you about. You can dodge this in two ways:

      A) Simply run away from the ball.

      B) Hit the deck! Just keep crouching until the ball returns to its normal
         height. (Thank you to Scott for this tip!)

3. The boss will stop revolving and yell "Get ready to be schooled!". He'll
   then tilt and slam the ball into the floor. The impact of the ball will
   create two blue shockwaves which will travel around the arena and vanish
   when they reach the opposite side. To dodge, simply stand still and jump
   over any shockwave that comes near.

4. When you hit the electric ball, Eggman/Nega's pod will lower and drop a
   small toy car onto the floor. This toy car is hardly a threat as all it can
   do is attempt to run into you. To dodge, simply jump over or onto it. Be
   careful, however, as jumping on the car will launch you into the air,
   possibly into the electrically shielded ball.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Eggman/Nega's Pod

HOW TO HIT: Wait until the spiked ball opposite of Eggman/Nega lowers its
            electric shield. Once it does, hit it with a jump. This will lower
            Eggman/Nega's pod, so you can quickly run over and jump into him.

            You can also hit Eggman/Nega using the little toy car to launch
            yourself into the pod. When he's spinning quickly, simply jump onto
            the car and hold Left on the D-pad. He should come around in time
            for you to score a hit.

            When Eggman/Nega's health is down to 2 or less he'll begin to
            revolve extremely fast, so be careful! Also, NEVER jump at the
            spiked ball if you see it flashing red, this means that it is about
            to raise its electric shield!

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   // HUGE CRISIS                                                      [A05] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. The boss will yell "Take this!" while pulling his head back. He will then
   begin to follow you, side to side, across the arena. Eventually he will stop
   and slam his face into the floor in an attempt to squish you. Be aware that
   sometimes he will rapidly slam his head down three times instead of just
   once, so make sure he's done before you attack him!

   This attack can be dodged in three ways:

      A) Run back and forth until he finally slams his head into the ground.
         Switch directions suddenly if you're having difficulties shaking him.
         Be careful that you don't accidentally run under him while he's
         slamming his head.

      B) Stand still. Wait until his head starts coming back down and then
         quickly run out of the way.

      C) Start charging a Spin/Burst Dash and release it as soon as his head
         begins to come back down.

   Methods A and B are the best to use as they will make it easier to land hits
   on the boss, especially when his health is low. Method C is perfect for
   emergencies.

2. ** THIS ATTACK IS A 1-HIT KO! **
   The boss will scream "Get ready to be schooled!" while dramatically shaking
   and pulling back his head. Eventually he will slam his face into the floor
   in an attempt to crush you. To dodge, use one of the following methods:

      A) Run back and forth until he finally slams his head into the ground.
         Switch directions suddenly if you're having difficulties shaking him.
         Be careful that you don't accidentally run under him while he's
         slamming his head.

      B) Stand still. Wait until his head starts coming back down and then
         quickly run out of the way.

      C) Start charging a Spin/Burst Dash and release it as soon as his head
         begins to come back down.

   Methods A and B are the best to use as they will make it easier to land hits
   on the boss, especially when his health is low. Method C is perfect for
   emergencies. (Thank you to eviled25 for notifying me of this attack.)

3. Sometimes the boss will spin around, then duck under the platform and
   reappear in the background. Here he will set his head down and begin to
   launch missiles at you. To dodge, simply stand around and run away whenever
   a missile is coming towards you.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: Simply wait for him to use one of his head-smashing attacks, then
            dodge it and quickly jump on top of his head.

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   // ALTITUDE LIMIT                                                   [A06] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. The boss will follow you side to side while shooting his machine guns. This
   attack can be very difficult to dodge, so don't get discouraged if he
   happens to peg you often.

   Since the boss is an airplane, he must tilt in order to change directions.
   Carefully watch him as he tilts and strafes. In order to dodge, you'll need
   to wait until he's tilted as far as he'll go and then quickly run through
   the gunfire. Keep this up until the gunfire ceases.

2. The boss will swoop forward, perch on the platform and then slam his beak
   into the ground. To dodge, simply stand still and jump to the side just
   before he lands. If you don't jump, then you'll be stunned and left wide
   open for his attack!

3. ** THIS ATTACK HAS A CHANCE TO 1-HIT KO! **
   The boss will spin around, then fly upwards and out of view. He'll then land
   in one of the corners. Avoid hanging out in the corner, as he'll instantly
   kill you if he lands on you.

   The boss will then jump straight up, yell "Take this!" and attempt to land
   on you. To dodge, either run under or away from him, depending on how much
   space you have. Be careful if you run away from him as he'll also peck the
   ground when he lands. Also, he will not instantly kill you if he lands on
   you during this phase of the attack.

4. ** THIS ATTACK HAS A CHANCE TO 1-HIT KO! **
   The boss will spin around, then fly upwards and out of view. He'll then land
   in one of the corners. Again, try to stay out of the corners as he'll
   instantly kill you if he lands on you.

   The boss will point his propellers forwards and generate an incredibly
   strong wind. To avoid being blown off, hold Up on the D-pad and
   simultaneously mash A button and B button.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: You'll only be able to damage the boss while he's using one of the
            following attacks:

               A) The boss will swoop forward, perch on the platform and then
                  peck the ground. Simply wait and jump out of the way just
                  before he lands, then jump onto his head.

               B) When the boss is jumping around on the platform he'll peck
                  the ground everytime he lands. Simply wait for him to jump,
                  then run to the side with his head, then turn around and jump
                  into his head while he's pecking.

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   // DEAD LINE                                                        [A07] )
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 // SONIC'S ATTACKS                                                    [   ]

1. Spin Dash. Sonic will curl into a ball with a cloud of dust shooting up
   behind him, then he quickly rolls across the screen. To dodge, simply jump
   over him.

2. Sonic will hover in the air for a moment, then suddenly fly towards you.
   Simply jump over him when he gets close.

3. Sonic will jump, then begin to spin rapidly in the air forming a vortex.
   This thing will suck you in pretty quick if you don't make a run for it! Run
   as quickly as you can to the corner farthest away from Sonic, and don't stop
   running until the vortex subsides. Sonic can use this attack multiple times
   in a row, so just keep dodging until he stops. Keep an eye on him however,
   sometimes he'll come flying at you instead of forming more vortexes, so make
   sure you're ready to jump!

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 // BLAZE'S ATTACKS                                                    [   ]

1. Burst Dash. Blaze will stop and hover slightly with flames shooting up from
   her heels, then she will quickly dash across the screen. To dodge, simply
   jump over her.

2. Blaze will jump into the air and hover for a moment with flames behind her.
   She will then burst fowards in a diagonal line to the ground. Simply jump
   over her when she gets close.

3. Blaze will jump up and hover, her arms outstretched. A ring of fire will
   begin to form at your feet which will eventually rise up into a huge column
   of fire. To avoid this, merely stand still and move over a couple of steps
   whenever a ring forms beneath you. Keep an eye on Blaze however, as
   sometimes she will come flying at you instead of summoning more columns, so
   make sure you're ready to jump!

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Entire Body

HOW TO HIT: Jump into Sonic/Blaze to damage them. However, it's not quite so
            simple. Attempting to hit them while they're jumping or using an
            attack will cause you to merely bounce off. You'll just have to
            follow them around and attempt to sneak in a hit whenever they
            stand still for a second. After they finish dashing or when they
            land also tend to be good opportunities for scoring hits.

            A small cutscene will trigger when Sonic/Blaze's health reaches 1.
            Get ready, because once that cutscene ends you'll need to
            simultaneously mash A button and B button like there's no tomorrow.
            Keep mashing until someone is shoved off the platform. This part
            can take a really long time, and if you're the one who goes flying
            then you'll have to start the entire battle all over again. Good
            luck!

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   // UNKNOWN                                                          [A08] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

  1. The boss will reach up with both arms and then alternate slamming them
     into the ground, as if he's throwing a temper tantrum. Whenever his hand
     strikes the floor 2 shockwaves will appear, one on either side. These
     will move outwards from his hand.

     To dodge, run around until he slams a hand down, then jump back towards
     his hand to avoid the shockwave. Be careful however, as his health gets
     lower he'll begin to slam his hands down rapidly, thus creating a
     literal SEA of shockwaves.

  2. **THIS ATTACK IS A 1-HIT KO!**
     The boss will raise both arms behind his head while leaning backwards
     and, after a moment, SLAM them down onto the platform. After impact,
     he'll stick his elbows out onto the platform, so be sure to avoid them.
     This attack also creates shockwaves, just as the attack before did. You
     can easily tell he is about to use this attack as he will shout "Get
     ready to be schooled!"

     Once he winds back, run into a corner, then turn around and start
     charging a Spin/Burst Dash. Wait for a moment, then release the dash. If
     you've timed it properly, he won't be able to catch up and end up just
     hitting the floor harmlessly behind you. After that, just jump over the
     shockwave.

  3. The boss will cross his arms, then open his mouth. A red laser will
     appear and sweep across the field multiple times while leaving a trail
     of explosions in its wake. The laser itself can't hurt you, so don't
     worry about jumping through it. The explosions, on the other hand, are
     quite painful. The best way to dodge this attack is while running. Take a
     nice, long running start at the explosions, then jump over them and get
     ready to immediately jump over the next set. Be sure to grab any fallen
     rings as soon as possible.

  4. Typically, the boss does not use this attack until his health is down to
     approximately 3. He will clap his hands, then hold them outstretched. A
     small, unusual looking pod will then launch from his back and hover just
     above your head. Two bolts of electricity then form and trap you inside.

     One of the bolts will then begin to move towards the other. To survive,
     you'll need to stay in the middle of the bolts as they sweep across the
     arena. If you get hit, immediately grab a few of your fallen rings and
     then run back into the center of the bolts while you're still blinking.
     The pod WILL follow you, so if you do not reposition yourself inside of
     it, then it WILL hit you again.

     Sometimes he will launch multiple pods. Don't panic, you are able to
     walk through the bolts as long as they're transparent. As long as you
     stay away from the solid bolts, you'll be fine.

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 // STRATEGY                                                           [   ]

WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: First, we must "encourage" the boss to move over to the right side
            of the platform. This can be done in three ways:

               A) While he's using his "tantrum" attack. Either jump into his
                  hand right as it strikes the platform, or wait for him to
                  finish attacking as he will leave his hand on the platform
                  momentarily, allowing for an easy hit.

               B) After missing with his 1-hit KO attack, the boss will rest
                  his hands on the platform. Hit them and he will move to the
                  right.

               C) Successfully dodge all of the explosions when he uses his
                  laser attack.

            Once he moves to the right, he'll begin to ram his fist into the
            side of the platform, creating even more shockwaves. At first, they
            will all be extremely slow and roughly the same distance apart.
            Merely wait for them to come to you and then jump over them.
            However, when his health reaches approximately 5, the shockwave
            pattern will start to become very fast and uneven. For instance,
            one shockwave will suddenly be very slow, but the next one will be
            extremely fast. To dodge, wait until the faster shockwave appears
            and then jump over them both at the same time.

            When he's finished creating shockwaves, he'll briefly leave his
            hand near the edge of the platform. Quickly run over and hit his
            hand, then jump onto his arm and begin running up it. Eventually
            his arm will begin to vibrate and a "push down" symbol will appear
            in the bottom right corner of the screen. He's going to try and
            shake you off, so stop and hold Down on the D-pad until the symbol
            disappears, otherwise you'll be thrown back onto the platform!

            Bombs will begin to roll down his arm once his health reaches 5.
            These are easily dodged, simply jump on and over them. The bombs
            will stop spawning when he's about to shake his arm, so try and get
            over the last one as fast as possible. If you can't, then you're
            left with two options:

               A) Find somewhere to hide. Just beneath the spiked ball on his
                  shoulder tends to be a good spot.

               B) Hold Down on the D-pad and hope he shakes his arm before it
                  reaches you, as this will cause all remaining bombs to
                  explode.

            Keep in mind that he will only shake his arm 3 times, with the
            third shake always knocking you off. So, even if you're knocked off
            on the first shake, you should still be able to hit him if you're
            quick.

            Once you've reached the top of his arm, simply jump onto his head
            to damage him. When you successfully hit him, the boss will scream
            "OW!" and throw you back onto the platform. Repeat this until his
            health reaches 1, at which point a cutscene will trigger.

            The boss will fly towards the background and then ram into the
            platform a few times. He can't harm you, so simply stand around and
            wait until he stops. Once he does, just keep jumping at his head
            until you land the killing blow.
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  / / / /  EXTRA ZONE: EXCEPTION                                       [B00] \
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To unlock the Extra Zone, simply complete the following checklist in any order.

   __ Complete Sonic's story
   __ Complete Blaze's story
   __ Collect all 7 Chaos Emeralds

Once the checklist is complete, head to the Character Select screen and scroll
until you find Sonic and Blaze standing together over the word "EXTRA". Select
this to enter the Extra Zone.

WARNING: The Extra Zone is extremely lengthy, epecially on your first
         playthrough. You've got long cutscenes, a boss battle that is at least
         5 minutes long and the credits to contend with. If you're short on
         time you may want to wait and try this zone later.

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   // CONTROLS                                                         [B01] )
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  | ACTION          | BUTTON/MOVEMENT                                       |
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  | Move            | UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT on the D-Pad. Pressing LEFT will   |
  |                 | allow you to slow down and fly backwards. Pressing    |
  |                 | RIGHT will allow you to speed up and fly forwards.    |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Dash            | B button + Any direction on the D-Pad.                |
  |                 | Used mainly for breaking meteors, dodging attacks,    |
  |                 | and damaging Eggman with Sonic.                       |
  +-----------------+-------------------------------------------------------+
  | Fireball        | Blaze only. Press A Button to charge up.              |
  |                 | Once the Fireball is fully charged, Blaze will        |
  |                 | automatically shoot the fireball across the screen.   |
  |                 | You are able to move while charging, but your speed   |
  |                 | will be drastically reduced. Also, getting hit while  |
  |                 | using this will cancel it.                            |
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   // BATTLE OVERVIEW                                                  [B02] )
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During this battle, you will be alternating between Super Sonic and Burning
Blaze, who fight on the top and touch screens respectively. In order to switch
between them you'll need to hit the boss a specific number of times, as
detailed below.

Here is a quick run-through of the entire battle:

  ,-----------+-----------+---------------+--------------------------------.
  | SECTION # | CHARACTER | HITS REQUIRED | NOTES                           |
  +-----------+-----------+---------------+---------------------------------+
  |     1     |   Sonic   |       3       | Start in meteor field.*         |
  +-----------+-----------+---------------+---------------------------------+
  |     2     |   Blaze   |       3       | Start in meteor field.*         |
  +-----------+-----------+---------------+---------------------------------+
  |     3     |   Sonic   |       2       |                                 |
  +-----------+-----------+---------------+---------------------------------+
  |     4     |   Blaze   |       2       | Music speeds up.                |
  +-----------+-----------+---------------+---------------------------------+
  |     5     |   Sonic   |       4       | Final section.                  |
   `----------+-----------+---------------+--------------------------------`

    *NOTE: The red meteors contain rings. This is an easy way to stock up
           on rings early!

The absolute, MOST important thing to know about this battle is that your rings
are actually a timer. You will start with 50 rings and you will lose them at a
rate of 1 ring per second. Once you reach 0 rings, you die. Therefore, keeping
your supply up is paramount.

On that note, you'll spin backwards for a moment whenever you're hit. During
this time you cannot collect any rings, so it is very important that you avoid
as many attacks as possible.

Also, please keep in mind that Sonic and Blaze share rings. This means if you
finish one of Sonic's sections with, say, 10 rings then Blaze will start her
section with only 10 rings and vice versa.

However, it should also be noted that Sonic and Blaze do not share lives. So
for example, you've collected 7 lives for Sonic and only 2 lives for Blaze
during the course of their respective story modes. This means that, when you go
to the Extra Zone, Super Sonic will have 7 retries while poor Blaze will only
have 2 retries. If you're low on lives for either characters then you may want
to go back and stock up.

Finally, the battle will autosave whenever you reach one of Sonic's sections.
Luckily this means you won't have to do the entire battle over again if you
die. However, the same cannot be said about Game Overs, which will require you
to redo the entire battle from the beginning.

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   // SONIC'S SECTION                                                  [B03] )
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 // ATTACKS                                                            [   ]

1. Eggman can only use this move while you're inside the meteor field.

   On top of dodging meteors and attempting to collect rings, you'll also have
   to avoid a screen-long laser beam. Luckily, the laser itself is very simple;
   it always shoots in a straight, horizontal line, is immobile, and always
   fires directly at you. Dodging is simple, just wait until you hear a "bwee"
   sound and then dash either up or down.

2. The boss will raise his right (farthest) arm and shoot 2 blue, cross-like
   objects at you. These little pests will circle about you in a clockwise
   direction and will only stop when they are about to shoot lasers from each
   of their "arms". Eventually they'll begin to blink red and then explode
   shortly after. I haven't been able to devise a definite way to dodge these,
   however you won't lose any rings if they hurt you, so it's not a huge issue.
   Just try and hit Eggman with them as quickly as possible.

3. The boss will raise his left (closest) arm and fire 3 green orbs at you. At
   first the orbs will appear to fly across the screen horizontally, however
   as soon as they are directly above or below you, they will suddenly turn and
   fly straight at you. To dodge, just keep moving and dash away if one comes
   near. Dashing into one will deflect it.

4. The boss will lean back slightly, then slash at you with his left (closest)
   arm. A moment later, a laser will extend from his right (fartest) arm and he
   will slash at you again.

   The first slash is pretty difficult to see coming, however if you do spot it
   then you should immediately dash to the bottom left corner. The second slash
   is much more predictable, just stay in the corner and you should be fine.
  (Thank you to Link Eiyu for this tip!)

5. ** THIS ATTACK WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOSE RINGS! **
   Eggman will fly into the background and shoot an insane number of missles
   towards to foreground. To dodge, wait for the missiles to get close then
   continuously dash away from them. Avoid the explosions like the plague.

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WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: Damaging Eggman pretty much amounts to a game of Pong; you wait for
            him to shoot a projectile at you, then you bounce it back at him by
            hitting it with a dash. Simple, no?

            Not entirely, no. First off, you have to hit him in the head, so
            aiming can be an issue. Then you've got the fact that you're on a
            pretty short timer, so speed is important. Add that all together
            and you've got the potential for an extremely annoying battle.

            That said, you can hit him with the following two attacks:

               A) The blue cross-like projectile. These circle around you in a
                  predictable clockwise path, making them easier to peg Eggman
                  with. To hit him, simply line yourself up with his head, wait
                  for the "cross" to circle in front of you, and then dash into
                  it. Make sure you wait for them to stop blinking!

               B) The green orbs. Wait until he raises his left (closest) arm,
                  then fly up close to the gun (but not too close!) and dash
                  into the orbs as he fires them. Being close to the gun will
                  eliminate the need to aim, making it much easier to hit him.

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1. Eggman Nega can only use this move while you're inside the meteor field.

   On top of dodging meteors and attempting to collect rings, you'll also have
   to avoid a screen-long laser beam. Luckily this attack is identical to
   Eggman's, so dodging is exactly the same, however, I find that Nega tends to
   fire much faster than Eggman. Simply wait for the "bwee" sound, then dash
   either up or down to avoid it.

2. The boss' head will stop blinking, he'll then draw his arm back and slash at
   you with his left (closest) claw, then his right one. As he's attacking,
   he'll slowly move across the screen. To dodge, simply hide in one of the
   corners until he stops.

3. ** THIS ATTACK WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOSE RINGS! **
   The boss will emit a "beep beep!" sound, then hold out his arms. Shortly
   after, his arms will rocket towards you and grab you, he'll then reel you in
   and slap you senseless. To dodge, wait until you hear the audio cue, then
   start dashing up and down like crazy.

4. ** THIS ATTACK WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOSE RINGS! **
   The boss will make a deep "duuue" sound, then fly across the screen and into
   the background. He'll wind up, then slash and create a massive black hole in
   the center of the screen. To cancel this attack, simply hit Nega with a
   fireball before he finishes crossing the screen. Otherwise, immediately dash
   into the top or bottom edge of the screen, whichever is closer, and DO NOT
   stop spamming dash until the attack subsides. Stay out of the black hole at
   all costs!

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WEAK POINT: Head

HOW TO HIT: Simply charge up a fireball and launch it into his head while it's
            flashing. The only real complications to expect are his attacks
            interrupting you and the boss moving around. If you're having
            issues hitting him, then just wait for him to use his grab attack,
            dodge, then punish him with a fireball while he's retracting his
            hands.
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I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all of the following:

GameFAQs            - For hosting my FAQ and providing me with the foundation
                      for my legal section below.
Ashley (my sister)  - For proofreading every single version of this FAQ, as
                      well as testing many of my descriptions.
Link Eiyu           - For reading a few of the earlier versions of this FAQ and
                      for suggesting a better way to dodge Attack 4 of the
                      Exception boss (Sonic's section).
Nobody Zero         - For proofreading and suggesting ways to reword Attacks
                      1 and 3 of the Altitude Limit boss.
Tranquil Chaos      - For proofreading and suggesting a better way to word
                      Method "C" at the beginning of Unknown's "How to Hit"
                      section.
Mantine84           - For proofreading, while simultaneously saving me from a
                      vicious, fire-breathing dragon.
eviled25            - For notifying me that I was missing an attack from the
                      Huge Crisis boss. (Attack 2)
Scott               - For informing me of another way to dodge Attack 2 of the
                      Night Carnival boss.
Nicolas Ta          - For informing me that it is "Burning Blaze", not "Super
                      Blaze".

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