Spin Charge
Spin Charge
Using the Spin Charge in Ultimate.
User Sonic
Universe Sonic the Hedgehog
For Sonic's side special move, see Spin Dash.

Spin Charge (スピンチャージ, Spin Charge) is Sonic's down special move.


Spin Charge is a spinning attack similar to Spin Dash in both appearance and function, but has the potential to move notably faster. Charging the move is different from charging Spin Dash, as one has to hold down on the d-pad/control stick and rapidly press the special move button. Unlike the Spin Dash, Sonic does not bounce on initiation of this move (done by releasing down). If the player releases the special button, but continues to hold down, Sonic will stop spinning in place instead of unleashing the move, allowing for feint attacks.

An aerial Spin Charge alters the properties of the move in a few notable ways. While it will increase Sonic's air speed, it will also keep him at a diagonally downwards trajectory until the move hits the ground or is jumped out of, making it inferior to Spin Dash as a recovery move. The main purpose of an aerial Spin Charge is that the move possesses two separate hits so long as the player maintains forward momentum by holding forward on the control stick, providing as much as 20% damage. The first hit has excellent vertical knockback, should the player wish to surprise their opponent in the air for a KO, and if the move's two hits are immediately followed by landing on the ground, Sonic can acquire as much as two extra hits in the rolling and jumping spin attacks (plus an aerial move) if the opponent is grounded and is at a low enough percent, with a 50%+ damage potential. Similarly to the Spin Dash, it is also possible to perform a "spinshot" out of an aerial Spin Charge. The move can be shield-canceled on landing if the player holds shield before touching the ground; this will stop Sonic from rolling and can often trick the opponent into reacting in the wrong fashion.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Spin Charge now changes the color of the trail to indicate charge strength, going from blue (not yet full), to cyan (halfway), to yellow (maximum full charge).

Spin Shot   Edit

The Spin Shot is an advanced technique unique to Sonic in Brawl, SSB4 and Ultimate. It consists of double jumping out of either a Spin Charge or Spin Dash while maintaining Sonic's ground speed. The Spin Charge version of the Spin Shot can only be performed in the air. The Spin Shot can be used primarily as a recovery option. It also functions as a combo starter, or as a mixup option if the opponent is waiting to punish Sonic's Spring Jump.

It is important to note that the Spin Charge version of the Spin Shot is much more difficult due to its nearly frame-perfect timing, making the Spin Dash version more consistently effective.

Instructional quotesEdit

  case foldout   Dash forward. Repeatedly press   to charge.
  Move List   Dashes forward rapidly. Can be powered up by repeatedly pressing the special-move button.


Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Spin Charge 2. Auto-Spin Charge 3. Gravitational Charge
  "A forward dash that can be powered up by rapidly pressing the special-move button."

  "Like Spin Dash, but there's no hop at the start. Rapidly press the button to power up the move."

"A Spin Charge that can be powered up simply by holding the button." "Foes in front are pulled in while foes behind are pushed. Takes more button presses to power up."
  1. Spin Charge: Default.
  2. Auto-Spin Charge: Removes the need of repeatedly pressing the B button for it to charge.
  3. Gravitational Charge: Pulls opponents in front of Sonic towards him, then pushes them behind and away from him.


Sonic charging a Spin Dash in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The Spin Charge is based on the Spin Dash that originated in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This version of the Spin Dash has been used in most of the Sonic games that have been in a 2D format, with a few exceptions such as Sonic the Hedgehog CD, which used a Spin Dash that would charge by itself. Its controls, behavior and execution are almost exactly the same in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as they were in said game, save for the fact that it can change the direction of its roll much easier. In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, it was actually called the Super Spin Dash. The Spin Dash also appears in 3D Sonic games, such as Sonic Adventure, though the mechanics are more similar to the Spin Dash in Smash, such as not being able to charge it by repeatedly pressing the B button.


Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name
  Japanese スピンチャージ, Spin Charge
  English Spin Charge
  French Amorce tourbillon
  German Wirbelladung
  Spanish Carga torbellino
  Italian Carica avvitante
  Chinese (Simplified) 旋转蓄力
  Chinese (Traditional) 旋轉蓄力
  Korean 스핀 차지, Spin Charge
  Dutch Wervelaanval
  Russian Вертозаряд