The best skills in Sonic Frontiers

Sonic has dabbled in many genres over the course of his career. He’s obviously best known for his high-speed 2D and 3D platforming, but has also starred in runners, sports games, fighters, and even pinball games. sound borders is another 3D adventure, but with a greater emphasis on RPG mechanics than ever before. Not only will you improve Sonic’s stats, including his speed, but you’ll also unlock new abilities through a skill tree.

The skill tree itself in sound borders is not too complex. You have one starting point and two main branches, but the number of skill points each skill costs increases exponentially. This makes selecting which skill to get first much more important, as you probably won’t get the next one for a while if you don’t like it. Rather than picking a dud, here are the best skills to unlock in sound borders.

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Cyloop

Cyloop is the first skill on the list, and thankfully it’s a good skill. It only costs one skill point, and you have to get it anyway, but it’s a brand new move that you’ll be using often. Here is the description:

“Run while leaving a trace. After creating an enclosure with the light trail and then releasing the button, various effects may occur. Essentially, you just need to hold down the button to draw a circle around your target, then release it to affect them in different ways depending on what you’re interacting with, like revealing hidden objects.

Supersonic Detonation

Sonic attacking excavator with long range attack.
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This move is much better than the game of the same name, which, to be fair, doesn’t say much. Here’s how it’s described:

“A high-velocity kick that releases shockwaves to hit the enemy.” That’s pretty much the description you need. You perform this move by holding down the left trigger while doing a combo or in the air to trigger the move. It deals good ranged damage and stuns most enemies, making it a very safe way to attack. It will cost you five skill points to unlock.

wild rush

Sonic grind a rail away from the arcing laser.
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Wild Rush is a perfect attack for Sonic. It’s fast, aggressive and flashy. The description reads as follows:

“A high-speed zigzag attack.” That’s right, as Sonic will circle around his target, unleashing a flurry of attacks. It’s also easy to pull off, only requiring you to hold one of the bumpers while hitting the attack. It costs 10 skill points to unlock.

Aerial trick

Sonic grinding a rail.
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The description of Air Trick will leave you confused, disappointed or both, but in reality it is a very useful skill. It’s not a combat skill, however, and instead allows Sonic to perform tricks in the air (get it?) that award skill coins. The more skill coins you get, the more skills you can unlock. Useless description says:

“Air Tricks can be performed when sparks surround Sonic while he is in the air. Perform Air Tricks to earn Skill Coins. Get this one as soon as possible for just five Skill Points.

Automatic Combo

Sonic in his battle stance in the latest Sonic Frontiers trailer.
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Auto combos are generally considered unskilled or lazy and take the fun out of games, but sound borders‘ combat isn’t exactly its strongest component. In fact, the more skills you unlock, the more confusing the different combinations become. Auto Combo takes all the frustration out of executing the right input, even at the cost of some damage, and simply offers Sonic combos that suit the current situation. Here is the description:

“Combat skills that have been unlocked will be automatically activated when performing combos. However, the damage dealt will be reduced. After unlocking a skill, you can enable/disable the auto combo from the options. Unlock this option for 20 points of skill.

fast cyloop

Sonic dodges an enemy attack in Sonic Frontiers.

This skill is almost like an auto combo dedicated to the Cyloop move. With it, you can perform the move with the push of a single button rather than having to manually circle your target, making it easy to incorporate into your combos. The description reads as follows:

“Hurry [the] Y button during a combo. Cyloop quickly around the enemy when the Cyloop meter has maxed out and turns blue. The meter fills with each attack that hits an enemy and can be used continuously while still blue. Grab this one for another 20 skill points.

Slash

Sonic runs on the side of a Titan in Sonic Frontiers.

Finally, Spin Slash is basically a better Wild Rush. This is a heavy damage single target attack that looks and feels great to unleash. The simple description is:

“Surround an enemy with a multi-hit spin attack.” It sounds simple and boring, but wait until you see it yourself. Buy it for 40 skill points at the end of the game.

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