Charging the move is different than charging Spin Dash, as the D-Pad/Control Stick must be held and the Special Move button must be rapidly pressed. Unlike the Spin Dash, Sonic does not bounce on initiation of this move, which is done by releasing down. However, he still retains the ability to change directions or jump. If the Special Move Button is released, but down is being held, Sonic will stop spinning in place instead of unleashing the move, allowing for feint attacks.
|Sonic's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Homing Attack|
|Side Special||Spin Dash|
|Up Special||Spring Jump|
|Down Special||Spin Charge|
|Final Smash||Super Sonic|
Aerial Spin Charge
An aerial Spin Charge alters the properties of the move in a few notable ways. While it increases 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 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 his 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 a jumping Spin Charge (plus an aerial move) if the opponent is grounded and is at a low enough percent, with a 50%+ damage potential. Similar to the Spin Dash, it is also possible to perform a "Spinshot" out of an aerial Spin Charge. Finally, 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. 3DS/Wii U, Spin Charge can be customized into Auto-Spin Charge or Gravitational Charge.
Auto-Spin Charge can be powered up by holding the button instead of repeatedly pressing it. However, it is harder to control.
Gravitational Charge will pull in opponents in front of it while pushing away opponents behind it. It will take more button presses to power up, however.
|Sonic's Custom Special Moves|
|Custom 1||Custom 2|
|Standard Special||Stomp||Surprise Attack|
|Side Special||Hammer Spin Dash||Burning Spin Dash|
|Up Special||Double Spring||Springing Headbutt|
|Down Special||Auto-Spin Charge||Gravitational Charge|