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    The Sonic the Hedgehog 3 FAQ/Walkthrough
    For SEGA MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS
    By Gold Mage
    Email: tjhunt@gmail.com
    Created on: 6/7/03
    Last update: 20/12/05
    Version: Final
    
    This document is the hard work of me. This document cannot be changed or altered
    in any way, You are welcome to ask my permission if you would like this 
    guide posted on your website. This document is for private use only. If you wish
    to contact me about this guide please check the Contact Me section at the
    bottom of the guide on details for emailing me.
    
    
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     1.    AUTHOR'S NOTE
     2.    VERSION HISTORY
     3.    CHARACTERS
     4.    CONTROLS
     5.    ITEMS
     6.    FAQ/WALKTHROUGH
              - Angel Island Zone     (Act 1,2) -
              - Hydrocity Zone        (Act 1,2) -
              - Marble Garden Zone    (Act 1,2) -
              - Carnival Night Zone   (Act 1,2) -
              - Ice Cap Zone          (Act 1,2) -
              - Launch Base Zone      (Act 1,2) -
              - Bonus Stage                     -
              - Special Stage                   -
     7.    GIANT RING LOCATIONS
     8.    S&K LOCK-ON
     9.    CHEATS
    10.    CREDITS
    11.    CONTACT ME
    
    
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    Welcome to my Sonic 3 FAQ/Walkthrough. This will be my second attempt at a full
    guide for a Sonic game. I had so much fun going through Sonic 2 and writing an
    FAQ on it, I felt the need to play through Sonic 3 again and start an FAQ for
    this as well. I'm planning to do an FAQ for Sonic and Knuckles but that won't
    be for a little while.
    
    This is Sonic the Hedgehog 3. I don't know why, but I fear that I'm becoming an
    `old timer' to games. There are plenty of huge games for the next gen consoles
    but I continue to play these when I'm bored and I get more enjoyment out of
    playing these old games. Yes, I'm must be getting old in my gaming. Ah well.
    There's no stopping Father Time now. ^_^'
    
    This is an enhanced version of Sonic 2. The graphics have been well worked on
    in this game and you can really tell that they put a lot of work into them
    between Sonic 2 and 3. There're also some other great things about this game.
    finally, there are Save Files. Yes you can save your progress in a game and
    come back to later when you feel like it. Isn't great? And I know you're going
    to love this, for those who are fans of Tails you can now control him in the
    1 Player games. He can fly for a period of time, making him a great character
    to use.
    
    There are also some new items that will help you throughout your journey to
    once again stop Robotnik. These items include 3 types of shields, each with
    their own type of attack. The shields come in 3 elements. Electric, Fire and
    Water. Each shield having its own strength and weakness.
    
    Well, I guess this is all I can say for the introduction. I guess it's on to
    the FAQ now. Well, I guess we should get right to it.
    
    -Gold Mage (Thomas Hunt)
    
    
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    Version 0.2 27/6/03
    Started the FAQ/Walkthrough today and I have completed all the sections before
    the walkthrough sections. Tomorrow I will be starting the real work.
    
    Version 0.5 28/6/03
    I complete the walkthrough section up to Carnival Night Zone. I also added the
    ASCII title at the top of the guide.
    
    Version 1.0 19/6/03
    I completed the guide today and I am pretty happy with it, now I'm going to
    write a Sonic and Knuckles guide.
    
    Version 1.1 21/6/03
    I started with the maps of the Special Stages and it is hard.
    
    Version 1.2 25/6/03
    After much work I completed all the maps of the Special Stages and I fixed some
    small things that I found wrong with the guide.
    
    Version 1.3 28/6/03
    I started with the locations of the giant rings for the game.
    
    Version 1.4 6/7/03
    I found as many different rings as a I could and I can't find anymore for the
    levels that I have doe and I have left the others for later, so I'm going to
    update the guide today.
    
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    Sonic the Hedgehog
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    Our main man. The blue dude. Sonic is our true hero for this game. He is a blue
    hedgehog who can run at incredible speeds. He has spoiled the plans of Dr.
    Robotnik before. And in this new adventure, he has to do it al over again. So
    let's go kick some giant butt!
    
    Miles "Tails" Prowler
    ---------------------
    Tails has been Sonic's friend since he can remember. For a young two-tailed fox
    he is very smart. He can fly a plane. Cool. He also is a hero who looks up to
    Sonic wishing he can be a hero like him one day.
    
    Knuckles the Echidna
    --------------------
    A new character. A red echidna with a bad attitude. He is working for Robotnik
    After being brainwashed by him. Can Sonic bring him to the right side?
    
    Dr. Ivo Robotnik
    ----------------
    Formally known as Dr. Kintobor. He was studying the effects of Chaos Emeralds
    and Rings when the experiment went wrong and he fused with a rotten egg, thus
    becoming Robotnik. In Sonic 3 he has tricked Knuckles to work for him.
    
    Animal Friends
    --------------
    Robotnik has captured Sonic's friends and roboticized some of them, turning
    them into the evil Badniks. Some of Sonic's friends however, have been captured
    in large containers and you have to free them at the end of some worlds.
    
    Badniks
    -------
    These are Robotnik's minions who will try to stop Sonic, defeat one of these to
    free an animal friend, which is trapped inside.
    
    
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    A, B and C: These buttons make Sonic and/or Tails jump.
    
    A, B and C X2: Press one of the jump buttons twice and Sonic will do a Spin Cut
                   Attack. If you have a shield you will use its Ability. (see the
                   Items section for more about the shields)
    
    Left and Right: Make Sonic move.
    
    Up: Make Sonic look up, hold it for a few seconds to see what's above you.
    
    Down: Make Sonic crouch, hold it for a few seconds to see what's below you.
    
    Down + A, B or C: Makes Sonic charge a Super Spin. Continue to press A, B or C
                      while holding Down to charge it more. This is used as a boost
                      or as an attack to defeat Badniks.
    
    Start: Pause the game.
    
    
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    Computer Monitors
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    These are found all over the levels, jump on one of these to collect something.
    -Sonic/Tails Face: An extra life
    -A Gold Ring: 10 Rings
    -Stars: Invincibility for a short time
    -A Shoe: Super speed for some time
    -Flame: Fire Shield
    -Lightning: Lightning Shield
    -Bubble: Bubble Shield
    -Robotnik: Loose rings, or loose life if you have no rings.
    
    Computer Monitors: Shields
    --------------------------
    In Sonic 3 you can get 3 different types of shields, each with their own attack
    their own weakness and their own strength. You will loose your shield if you
    run into an enemy. To use the shield's attack, press jump then jump again while
    in the air.
    -Fire Shield: You receive no damage from fire attacks. The Fire Shield's attack
     is the Comet. You will fly forward at a very fast pace. You will loose this
     shield if you go in water.
    -Lightning Shield: You attract rings that are nearby. The Lightning Shield's
     attack is the Spark. You will shoot off 4 sparks in the air. You will loose
     this shield if you go in water.
    -Bubble Shield: Unlimited air underwater. The Bubble Shield's attack is the
     Bubble Bounce. Use it above enemies to bounce down on them quickly.
    
    Rings
    -----
    There are found all over the Zones. Pick these up as you go along. Collecting
    100 will gain you an extra life. Beware though, if you get hit while holding
    rings, you will lose ALL of them. Then when you get hit will no rings at all,
    you die.
    
    Giant Ring
    ----------
    If you find a giant ring jump into it you will enter the Special Stage. Where
    You collect Blue Spheres so you have the right to obtain 1 of 7 Chaos Emeralds.
    
    Star Posts
    ----------
    There are a few of these in most Zones. These are Check Points, if you die, you
    start at the last Star Post you ran through. If you have 50 or more Rings as
    you go through a Star Post, a ring of starts will hover above the Star Post.
    Jump through the ring and you will enter a Bonus Stage where you can play a
    mini-game to get prizes.
    
    
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    A great thing about this game is that you can finally save your progress as you
    play through. It will save automatically at the last level tat you completed,
    so you can turn off you Genesis/Mega Drive and play and continue another time.
    So choose one of the many files and press either up or down on the Direction
    Keys to choose which characters you want to play as, then press Start to play.
    Also when you choose a file on this screen, you can pick a file that has saved
    and then choose a level that you want to play again. So you can do any level
    that you  have complete again.
    
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    ~~ ANGEL ISLAND ZONE (ACT 1, 2) ~~
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    The first level of the game in Sonic 3. At first it seems like a peaceful
    little island, well, you're wrong because the moment that Super Sonic lands on
    Angel Island, Knuckles steals all 7 of his Chaos Emeralds, now you will be back
    to normal Sonic, it looks like you'll have to get the Emeralds back. When you
    start to play the level you will learn all of the basic controls of Sonic and
    how to work him easily. There are quite a few Computer Monitors you can pick up
    and some things that you can destroy using you Super Spin attack.
    
    When you get halfway through the level you will meet up with a Flame-thrower
    Bot. It unleashes a huge fire that changes the way the level looks as you
    continue. I have heard that it is possible to destroy the Flame-thrower Bot
    before it burns the level, but I haven't been able to do it, if you succeed,
    tell me how you did it and I'll post it.
    
    As you continue through the level you will learn how to grab onto swinging
    thing above you and they take you to new places, and you can learn how to
    control Sonic while he is underwater.
    
    Mini-Boss: Flame-thrower Bot - 5 Hits
    -------------------------------------
    It's another one of these again, but this time you have to destroy it. All it
    does is lower to the ground and shoot a flame at you. The flame doesn't reach
    too far so you don't need to be super cautious of it. Then it raises and flies
    over to the other side of the screen and repeats the process. Just hit him
    enough on his head and it will all be over.
    
    Now when you defeat the Flame-thrower Bot it will be time for Act 2. There sn't
    much more things to explain about this level because it was all in the first
    act. There is more water in this one too. When you get to the end there is a
    huge green plane that chases Sonic and tries to drop bombs on him. Just hold
    right on the Directional Pad and you want get hit at all. If Tails is with you,
    it's quite funny to watch him get a bombing. When you reach the forest you will
    see someone chase you and when you reach the waterfalls, it's time for your
    first boss.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Fire Craft - 8 Hits
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    First off in the battle Robotnik will appear on the bridge and float above it
    for a moment. There is a chance that you can hit him here but he then shoots
    the bridge below and destroys it, so you better hope that you land on the
    ground. So if you're not feeling too confident, don't do this. Then if you look
    very close at the waterfall you can see where he is and where he is going to
    pop up. Because he changes his position by going behind the waterfall. Then he
    will shoot slow moving fireballs at you, you can simply jump over these and
    then hit him. If you have the Fire Shield this battle will be simple because
    his attacks cannot hurt you.
    
    After you defeat the boss Knuckles will appear again. You can't reach him up on
    that cliff. He then pushes down a button that breaks the bridge below you and
    you go tumbling down to the next level.
    
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    ~~ HYDROCITY ZONE (ACT 1, 2) ~~
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    As Sonic is falling down the waterfall, hold left on the Directional Keys and
    Sonic should land on a ledge where there is a Computer Monitor that gives you
    10 Rings. Not bad for the beginning of the zone eh? Now there are 2 ways you
    can go from here. There is a easy way, where there is no water, or a harder way
    where there is nothing but water. To go the easy way, grab onto Tails and
    control him to fly over to the right. There is where a hand will pop out of the
    ledge and send Sonic zooming down the way he needs to go. The slightly harder
    way in to just jump into the water.
    
    In the water there are quite a few interesting Badniks that are ready to get a
    hold of Sonic and stop him. There are ones that have spikes and then contract
    them, so attack them with their spikes contracted. And there are Badniks that
    shoot you, drill you and bite you! So do your best to defeat them and get them
    out of the way.
    
    When you are underwater, it's obvious that you are going to run low on air at
    some time. When this happens, a timer will appear on the screen and it will
    count down from five. Then when it gets to zero, Sonic will drown and you will
    have to start from the beginning of the level or the last Star Post you pasted.
    So when you see a little bunch of bubbles on the ground, wait next to them and
    wait for a big bubble to come out. Then jump at it and Sonic will swallow it,
    now your lungs will be filled with air again.
    
    When you are on land there are hands that pop out the ground and grab sonic and
    put him on a gear. Then they let go, giving Sonic a massive speed boost. Just
    hold the direction that Sonic is going and soon enough, you will keep that
    speed for a while. When Sonic is given this boost he runs so fast that he can
    also run on top of the water. Very cool indeed.
    
    When you reach the end of this act, it's time for a Mini-Boss.
    
    Mini-Boss: Blender Bot: 5 Hits
    ------------------------------
    This is annoying battle. At the beginning of the battle, use your Super Spin
    quickly and fly up the right side of the room. Then the Blender Bot will land
    on that pillar in the water. What he will do now is spin the water around like
    a blender. Hit him five times when you get the chance and this will all be
    over.
    
    Now that when Act 2 begins, Sonic will be underwater, so you need to act fast,
    but don't run! Build up and Super Spin and break through. Now the wall will
    begin to chase Sonic. If you are too slow at this pat, you will be crushed and
    killed, so you need to keep your speed up. There is one part you don't run at
    though. There is a yellow spring that will send you back if you run into it, so
    slow down and get past it. When the wall stops, it's time you catch you breath
    for a moment, then continue.
    
    There are floating spinning pillars that you need to use in this act. They are
    simple enough to use, just jump on top of them and let them take you where you
    need to go.
    
    When you reach the end of the act, once again Knuckles grinning mug appears and
    he takes you to the next area where you will have to battle against the next
    boss of the game.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Hydro Pumper - 8 Hits
    --------------------------------------
    The second of Robotnik's crazy machines. This is easier than it looks. On the
    back of his craft is a rack that holds a few grenades. When Robotnik drops one
    into the water they will explode after a few seconds, this is how you hurt
    Robotnik. When the grenade explodes it will make a gush of water shoot up, jump
    into it and you can hit Robotnik by reaching his height. Don't stand next to
    the grenade as it explodes, because it will hurt you. Robotnik also has a
    second attack which he lowers to the level of the water and use the propeller
    to make a water tornado. Just hold down a direction to get a way and jump out
    the water to keep away from the attack.
    
    When you defeat Robotnik, he will fly away crying to his mama and then release
    your animal friends before you get "taken" to the next level.
    
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    ~~ MARBLE GARDEN ZONE (Act 1, 2) ~~
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    As you start this level you will fall down a mountainside and collect many
    rings as you fall. Then you will end up in a tunnel.
    
    This is what I like to call this level "World of the Lost Fads". Why? Because
    this zone is filled with Yo-yos and Spinning Tops. The spinning tops are
    sometimes on the top of a little platform and when you jump on it you gain
    control of the spinning top. To work it all you have to do hold down either
    right or left, the longer you hold it, the higher you go.
    
    When you see and yo-yo in the ground. You have to use the Super Spin on it to
    make it work, they usually lift or lower platforms. As you get to the end of
    the level it is once again time for a mini-boss to fight.
    
    Mini-Boss: Drill Bot - 5 Hits
    -----------------------------
    Just attack him in the middle of his body and away from his drills. Then when
    he floats up and drills into the ceiling just get out of the way of the falling
    spikes. Then watch out on where the Drill Bot falls when he has stopped
    drilling above you. Then when you beat him it's time for act 2.
    
    Now you will get to see Robotnik's new creation. Doesn't look friendly does it?
    So continue on through the level.
    
    Nothing else has change since the first act. There is one part though when you
    meet up with Robotnik again and he starts to drill again. Now you will have to
    be quick like when you were in Hydrocity because the ground will start to rise
    and if you aren't quick enough, you will dies.
    
    When he appears for the third time, attack him a few times to make the battle
    ahead quicker. Then he will destroy the ground below and it will be time for a
    battle in the sky.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Drill Flyer - 8 Hits
    -------------------------------------
    Tails will take over for the controls. Now you have to battle in the sky. So
    Sonic will hold on to Tails as you control him around the screen. Press A, B or
    C to jump off and attack. Don't worry if you fall off screen, Tails will fly
    down and pick you up. Now on to the battle. As you can see on the ship that
    Robotnik is flying on, the drills can change direction. So you will need to
    know which way to hit him. Also when Robotnik is on the screen he will fly
    forward and then you will see him in the background. He can fly in three
    different directions while you see him in the background and they go like this.
    
    Flies up - He will attack from above
    Flies down - He will attack from below
    Flies left - He will attack from behind.
    
    After 8 hits it will all be over and then you will see that it becomes night
    and Tails gets tires. Then he will drop Sonic off in the next zone.
    
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    ~~ CARNIVAL NIGHT ZONE (Act 1, 2) ~~
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    This is the alternate version of the Casino Night Zone, which is in Sonic 2.
    There are slot machines and loads of other small things when it comes to this
    level. Now all you have to do is complete it, which is fairly simple. You don't
    need to be taught anything about this level really, when you get to the end of
    the act it's time for the next mini-boss.
    
    Mini-Boss: Spinning Top Bot - 5 Hits
    ------------------------------------
    This is an easy fight if you know what to do. Now you are on a falling load of
    blocks, these blocks are breakable. This is the goal of the Spinning Top Bot, it
    will launch its spinner and it will rebound off walls, but if it hits the floor,
    and it will, it will destroy one of the blocks. When all the blocks are gone or
    if Sonic falls through, you die. So this is how you beat him. When he shoots off
    his spinner, hit him and not the spinner. This will open him up and when the
    spinner hits him it will damage him. Repeat this process until you defeat him
    and get ready for Act 2.
    
    Now as you start this level is more of an underground level unlike Act 1 which
    was on ground. So expect the worse. There are only a few things that have
    changed in this act, but I will explain those in a second.
    
    As you continue you will once again meet up with Knuckles and he presses a
    button that makes the water rise. Now you have to do this underwater. There is a
    Bubble Shield right before this area on a high ledge. Remember that if you have
    the Bubble Shield, you don't need to breathe underwater, so try your best to not
    get hurt and lose the Bubble Shield.
    
    Eventually the water will fall and you can press on without worrying about air.
    Then as you continue you will come to an area that you can't get out of, the
    only thing in there is a spinning platform. When I was just a little kid, when I
    first got this game, I couldn't pass this part of the game. I didn't know how to
    do it, and I was stuck for about 3 months. I didn't play the game for that 3
    months, but I gave up, then I realised that it was SIMPLE. Okay, now I will tell
    you how to do this part. Stand on the spinning platform and start to hold down,
    then when it comes up, hold up. Repeat this process and the platform will get
    higher and higher. Wait until it's very high up, then jump off and run
    underneath. Or wait until it's very low and jump off. Then continue through the
    zone until you reach the boss area again.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Shocker Ball Machine - 8 Hits
    ----------------------------------------------
    At first, Robotnik will drop the Shocker Ball, now keep away from it and soon
    enough, Robotnik will pick it up. This is when you hit him, stay away from the
    electricity and you will do fine. After the simple 8 hits it will all be over,
    so it's time for the next level.
    
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    ~~ ICE CAP ZONE (Act 1, 2) ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Only 2 more zones to go and you will beat the game. Okay as this starts you will
    be on a snowboard, Sonic will choose his own path and collect rings, all you can
    do is jump. When you reach the bottom Sonic will be covered in snow, just make
    your way out of it and then smash through the wall to start the level for real.
    
    There are lots of things in this level that have been covered in ice. So you
    have to jump on them twice so you can break the ice and then hit the thing
    underneath. As you will notice, this level has a few of those Robotnik Computer
    Monitors. DON'T TOUCH THESE COMPUTER MONITORS. If you do you get the same effect
    as if you get hit with a badnik. You loose rings or you die.
    
    There is one part of this level that doesn't end. All you do is slide down
    slopes for eternity. So sliding isn't going to do anything, to stop this you
    need to wait until Sonic is sliding in from the right, then jump left and land
    on the snow covered platform and it will break a wall so you can continue.
    
    Now you will meet up with some platforms that moves when you run into them. So
    stand on the ground behind them and do s Super Spin and you can push it up and
    then jump off to the next platform. Soon enough you will reach the mini-boss
    again, here we go...
    
    Mini-Boss: Ice Shield Bot - 5 Hits
    ----------------------------------
    This bot will have ice blocks floating around it. You have to avoid the ice
    blocks and attack the bot when you have the chance. There isn't anything else I
    can say about this dude, so continue on to act 2.
    
    Now it's time for a more fast paced level, it seems that after all that time in
    the cave, you can finally get out for some fresh air. The ice in this level
    looks great eh? Anyways, There isn't much else I can say about this level but
    that there are trampoline-type things that spring you up, that's the only real
    difference in this level, okay, time for the boss again.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Ice Cannon Machine - 8 Hits
    --------------------------------------------
    Basically you just have to keep away from his attack and try not to get frozen,
    then when you think is a good time, hit him. Do this 8 times and it will be time
    for the final level!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ LAUNCH BASE ZONE (Act 1, 2) ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    This is a hard level to complete. Can you see the big gray semi-circled shaped
    thing in the far background? That is Robotnik's weapon the Death Egg. As you can
    see it clearly is a rip-off of the Death Star in Star Wars, but who cares?
    Anyway, to the level. As you can see there is a lot going on in this zone, as
    the badniks are putting the final touches on the Death Egg, expect to run into a
    few. At the start there are security lights. If you run through them, the alarm
    will go off and a bird-like badnik will attack you. So keep away from these for
    unnecessary fighting.
    
    There are lifts in this are that take you to the next area so, make sure you use
    these and there are UFO looking thing that spins you to the next area, so use
    these things as well. When you go into the last one of these you will meet up
    with Knuckles again and he throws a bomb into the building with you. Continue on
    for the mini-boss.
    
    Mini-Boss: Spiker Bot - 5 Hits
    ------------------------------
    This is a pretty easy battle, just keep hitting the part of bot that has no
    spikes and this battle will be over quickly.
    
    Now it's time for act 2. There is nothing else different in this act than the
    first act. The only real difference is the laser walls. There are laser walls
    that block the way and you can't get past them. All you have to do is find the
    little red box near them (it's usually on the wall) and hit it, this will either
    shut down the lasers so you can get past, or it will change its direction. Soon
    enough you will get to the 3 bosses that await you. Yes, I said 3 bosses.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Shooter - 7 Hits
    ---------------------------------
    If you have tails with you get him to fly over with Sonic and just keep hitting
    him in the head, or if you are by yourself. Wait for the balls to go past then
    wait on the ledge until the right time to hit him. Then when the battle is over
    Sonic will steal Robotnik's Egg-o-Matic and fly over the water to the next area.
    Then you will meet up with knuckles again and he will fall through the ground.
    Now it's time for the next boss.
    
    Boss: Robotnik's Laser Tower - 8 Hits
    -------------------------------------
    Hit the area of the machine that doesn't have the little ball circling it, and
    soon enough one section of it will blast away. Then repeat this process and soon
    enough the machine will be destroyed and it will be time for the final boss.
    
    Final Boss: Robotnik's Mega Machine - 8 Hits
    --------------------------------------------
    This is a hard battle. This is huge bot that has 2 arms. Robotnik goes in a
    pattern in this battle, so you will know when he is going to attack, lets go
    over it. First he will come down the sides, this is where you can hit him from
    behind. If you hit him on the top, you will get hit be the spikes. If he grabs
    you in his hands he will slam you on the ground. If he starts pacing at the top
    of the screen, keep moving until he stops, then get away from him. If he starts
    pacing at the bottom, jump over the spikes and when he stops, make sure you are
    behind him. You can hit him from behind or on his face. Then hit him 8 times and
    that's it. You completed Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Congratulations.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ BONUS STAGE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    When you have 50 rings or more and you run through a Star Post, there is a ring
    of stars that appears on the top of the post. Now when this happens, jump into
    the tars and you will be transported to the Bonus Stage, where you can get some
    pretty cool stuff, this is how it works.
    
    You are in a tube. There are bumpers on each side of the walls. Use these to get
    to the top. Each time you use a bumper, it will disappear. At the top there is a
    gumball machine. So jump through the turner and a gumball will drop. There are
    lots of different gumballs, here is a list of them.
    
    Red Gumball   - Fire Shield
    Blue Gumball  - Bubble Shield
    Sage Gumball  - Electric Shield
    1-Up Gumball  - An Extra Life
    Rep Gumball   - Puts back all the bumpers
    Grey Gumball  - Gives you 10 rings
    Bubble        - Nothing
    Black Gumball - Use it to bounce
    
    Remember that when you use a bumper it disappears. But if you get rid of the
    bumpers holding up the gumball machine, it will lower. At the very bottom of the
    stage is a floor filled with red springs. Use them to get right back up, but
    when you use them they disappear too. When they are gone and you fall to the
    bottom, you will exit the Bonus Stage.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ SPECIAL STAGE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    As you have played through the game you may have noticed that there are giant
    rings that are twice the size of Sonic. If you find one of these and jump into
    it, you will be taken to the Special Stage where you can get points and maybe
    even a Chaos Emerald. The whole point of these stages is to get the Chaos
    Emeralds, first, lets explain those.
    
    The Chaos Emeralds are mystical gems that have a great power in them. There are
    a lot in the world of Mobius but there are seven in this game. When you have all
    seven you can transform into Super Sonic. The guy you saw in the starting clip
    of the game. Super Sonic can jump twice as high and far and can run twice as
    fast. He is invincible against spikes and badniks, but he can still drown and be
    crushed.
    
    So how do you become Super Sonic? You have to complete the Special Stages. So
    when you go into a Special Stage you have to collect all the Blue Spheres. So
    that seems simple enough, well it's not. While you are playing you have to avoid
    the Red Spheres as well, don't touch them. Just touch the Blue Spheres. There
    are also White Sphere with a red star on them. Try to avoid these as well. They
    send you backwards the way you m, so if you touch these, try to turn around
    quickly.
    
    As you play through the level you will notice that some Blue Spheres are in a
    group like the diagram below.
    
    + + + +      -   -       -----
    + + + +     | | | |     | + + |
    + + + +     | | | |     | + + |
    + + + +     |  -  |     | <---
                ^           ^
    You could collect all of those by going in the direction of the second diagram.
    So you go up one lane and down the next. Or you could go the way of the third
    diagram. Why? Because if you go around the Blue Spheres like this, they will all
    turn into Rings, and you can pick these up and earn more points.
    
    Now below are the maps of the special stages just for you. Use these to map out
    the route you wish to take when you play the level. Please use them, it took
    forever to make the maps for them. A great way to do this is to print the maps
    off them use a highlighter to mark out your path.
    
    In some of these levels you will see that there are gaps in the sides of the
    levels. When you go "outside" the map, just go to the opposite side of the exit
    you left to find where you continued.
    
    Key: + = Blue Spheres
         O = Red Spheres
         B = White Sphere/Bumper Sphere
         R = Rings
    
    Green Chaos Emerald
    -------------------
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo  ++++                ++++  oo
    oo  ++++  ++   BB   ++  ++++  oo
    oo  ++++  ++   BB   ++  ++++  oo
    oo  ++++                ++++  oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo        oooooooooooo        oo
    oo        oooooooooooo        oo
    oo  B+BB  oooooooooooo  BB+B  oo
    oo  B++B  oooooooooooo  B++B  oo
    oo  BB+B  oooooooooooo  B+BB  oo
    oo  B++B  oooooooooooo  B++B  oo
    oo  B+BB  oooooooooooo  BB+B  oo
    oo  B++B  oooooooooooo  B++B  oo
    oo  BB+B  oooooooooooo  B+BB  oo
    oo  BB+B  oooooooooooo  B+BB  oo
    oo        oooooooooooo        oo
    oo        oooooooooooo        oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo                            oo
    oo  ++++       BB       ++++  oo
    oo  ++++  ++   BB   ++  ++++  oo
    oo  ++++  ++   BB   ++  ++++  oo
    oo  ++++                ++++  oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oo             BB             oo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    
    Orange Chaos Emerald
    --------------------
    oooo   ooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oooo   oooooooooooooooo
    oooo   oooooooooooooooo
    oooo   ooooBBBBBBBBBooo  +++++
    oooB       ++++ ++++     +BBB+
    oooB       ++++ ++++     +BBB+
    oooB       ++++ ++++     +BBB+
    ooooBBBooooBBBBBBBBBooo  +++++
    ooooooooooooooooooooooo
    ooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooo   ooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooo   ooo
    ooooooooooo           oooB   Boo
    ooooooooooo           oooB   Boo
    oooooBBBBoo           oooB   BBB
         ++++     +++++   oooB
         ++++     +++++   oooB
         ++++     +++++   oooB
    oooooBBBBoo           oooB   BBB
    ooooooooooo           oooB   Boo
    ooooooooooo           oooB   Boo
    ooooooooooooooo   oooooooB+++Boo
    ooooooooooooooB+++BooooooB+++Boo
    o         ooooB+++BooooooB+++Boo
    o         ooooB+++BooooooB+++Boo
    o  +++++  oooBB+++BBooBBBB   Boo
    o  +++++              ++++   Boo
    o  ++B++              ++++   Boo
    o  +++++              ++++   Boo
    o  +++++  ooooBBBBBoooBBBBBBBBoo
    o         oooooooooooooooooooooo
    o         oooooooooooooooooooooo
    
    Purple Chaos Emerald
    --------------------
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooB+Boooo
    o      oo      BB      oo      o
    o      oo      ++ ++++ oo      o
    o  ++  oo  BB  BB ++++ oo  BB  o
    o  ++  oo  BB  oo ++++ oo  BB  o
    o      oo      oo ++++ oo      o
    o      oo      oo      oo      o
    oB+BoooooB+BoooooB+BooooooooB+Bo
    oB+BoooooB+BoooooB+BooooooooB+Bo
    o      oo      oo      oo      o
    o ++++ oo      oo      oo ++++ o
    o ++++ oo  BB  oo  BB  oo ++++ o
    o ++++ BB  BB  oo  BB  BB ++++ o
    o ++++ ++      oo      ++      o
    o      BB      oo      BB      o
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    o      BB      oo      BB      o
    o ++++ ++      oo      ++      o
    o ++++ BB  BB  oo  BB  BB  ++  o
    o ++++ oo  BB  BB  BB  oo  ++  o
    o ++++ oo      ++      oo      o
    o      oo      BB      oo      o
    oB+BooooooooooooooooooooooooB+Bo
    oB+BooooooooooooooooooooooooB+Bo
    o      oo      BB      oo      o
    o      oo      ++ ++++ oo  B   o
    o  BB  oo  BB  BB ++++ oo    B o
    o  BB  BB  BB  oo ++++ oo B    o
    o      ++      oo ++++ oo   B  o
    o      BB      oo      oo      o
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooB+Boooo
    
    Blue Chaos Emerald
    ------------------
    BBBBBBBBBBBBBooBBBooBBBBBBBBBBBB
    Boooooooooooooo + oooooooooooooB
    Boooooooooooooo   oooooooooooooB
    Boo                          ooB
    Boo           B+BB           ooB
    Boo  BBBBBB   B+++   BBBBBB  ooB
    Boo  B+++++   BBBB   +++++B  ooB
    Boo  B+++BB          BB+++B  ooB
    Boo  B+++B            B+++B  ooB
    Boo  BBB+B  o  BB  o  BBB+B  ooB
    Boo    B+B  o  BB  o    B+B  ooB
    Boo         o      o         ooB
    Boo       ooo ++++ ooo       ooB
    Boo           ++++           ooB
    Boo   B+B   ++++++++   B+B   ooB
    Boo   B+B BB+++BB+++BB B+B   ooB
    Boo   B+B BB+++BB+++BB B+B   ooB
    Boo   B+B   ++++++++   B+B   ooB
    Boo           ++++           ooB
    Boo       ooo ++++ ooo       ooB
    Boo         o      o         ooB
    Boo  B+B    o  BB  o  B+B    ooB
    Boo  B+BBB  o  BB  o  B+BBB  ooB
    Boo  B+++B            B+++B  ooB
    Boo  B+++BB          BB+++B  ooB
    Boo  B+++++   BBBB   +++++B  ooB
    Boo  BBBBBB   +++B   BBBBBB  ooB
    Boo           BB+B           ooB
    Boo                          ooB
    Boooooooooooooo + oooooooooooooB
    BooooooooooooooBBBoooooooooooooB
    BBBBBBBBBBBBBoo + ooBBBBBBBBBBBB
    
    Grey Chaos Emerald
    ------------------
     oooooBBBooooo   ooooooooooooo
     ooooooooooooo   oooooBBBooooo
     ooooooooooooo   B    +++    o
     ooooooooooooo   B    +++    o
     ooooooooooooo   B    +++    o
     ooooooooooooo   oooooBBBooooo
     ooooooooooooo   ooooooooooooo
     oooooooooooooBBBooooooooooooo
     ooooooooooooo   ooooooooooooo
    Booooooooooooo   oooooooooooooBB
         ooooooooo   ooooooooo
         oooooooooBBBooooooooo
    +++  ooooo           ooooo  +++
    +++  ooooo           ooooo  +++
    +++  ooooo    B B    ooooo  +++
         ooooo   +B B+   ooooo
         ooooo  BBB BBB  ooooo
    BB   ooooo     B     ooooo   BB
    BB   ooooo  BBB BBB  ooooo   BB
         ooooo   +B B+   ooooo
    +++  ooooo    B B    ooooo  +++
    +++  ooooo           ooooo  +++
    +++  ooooo           ooooo  +++
         oooooooooBBBooooooooo
         ooooooooo   ooooooooo
    Booooooooooooo   oooooooooooooBB
     ooooooooooooo   ooooooooooooo
     oooooooooooooBBBooooooooooooo
     oooooBBBooooo   ooooooooooooo
     o    +++    B   ooooooooooooo
     o    +++    B   ooooooooooooo
     o    +++    B   ooooooooooooo
    
    Red Chaos Emerald
    -----------------
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
           oooooooo        oooooooo
    BB  BB oooooooo BB  BB oooooooo
    B++++B oooooooo B++++B oooooooo
     ++++  ++    ++  ++++  ++    ++
     ++++  ++    ++  ++++  ++    ++
    B++++B oooooooo B++++B oooooooo
    BB  BB oooooooo BB  BB oooooooo
           oooooooo        oooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
           oooooooo        oooooooo
    BB  BB oooooooo BB  BB oooooooo
    B++++B oooooooo B++++B oooooooo
     ++++  ++    ++  ++++  ++    ++
     ++++  ++    ++  ++++  ++    ++
    B++++B oooooooo B++++B oooooooo
    BB  BB oooooooo BB  BB oooooooo
           oooooooo        oooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo++oooooooooooooo++oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    oo  oooooooooooooo  oooooooooooo
    
    Light Blue Chaos Emerald
    ------------------------
    ooooooooo     BBBB     ooooooooo
    ooooooooo   ++o  o++   ooooooooo
    ooooooooo   ++o  o++   ooooooooo
    ooooooooo   ooo  ooo   ooooooooo
    ooooooooo   BBBooBBB   ooooooooo
    ooooooooBBB+BoBRRBoB+BBBoooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BoBRRBoB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BoBRRBoB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BoBBBBoB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BooooooB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BooooooB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB+BooooooB+Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB          Boooooooooo
    ooooooooooB   oBBo   Boooooooooo
    o             oBBo             o
    B                              B
    +  oooooooo          oooooooo  +
    +  oBBBBBBBooo    oooBBBBBBBo  +
    BoooBBBBBB ++o    o++ BBBBBBoooB
    BBBBBBBBB  ++o    o++  BBBBBBBBB
    BBBBBBBB     Bo  oB     BBBBBBBB
    BoooB    o  BBo  oBB  o    BoooB
    +  oB      BBBo  oBBB      Bo  +
    +  oB     Boooo  ooooB     Bo  +
    B  +ooo   Bo        oB   ooo+  B
    o  +++o   Bo        oB   o+++  o
    o  +++oBBBBo  oooo  oBBBBo+++  o
    o  ++++ooooo  oooo  ooooo++++  o
    o             oooo             o
    o             oooo             o
    ooooooooo     oooo     ooooooooo
    ooooooooo     BBBB     ooooooooo
    
    
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                    \    | _______________________________ |    /
                     \   |/ |                           | \|   /
                     /    \ |                           | /    \
                    /______/                             \______\
    
    There are a lot of the giant Rings in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, if ANYONE finds any
    rings that have not been placed in this guide, please send me an email with the
    location of the ring with all the details on the zone and act you found it in.
    It would be much appreciated and you will get full credit for the finding of the
    giant ring.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ ANGEL ISLAND ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    The first ring is near the beginning. As you start continue past the rhino bot
    and then jump down the cliff past him. Then turn left and you should see some
    grey rocks. Use the super spin on these rocks and you should break through them
    to find your giant ring.
    
    Now for the second ring. After the island is attack by the Flame-thrower Bot
    continue on and you should find there are 2 paths. One path has 4 yellow springs
    in it, don't go this way. Just jump straight down and then turn left and use the
    super spin to find the next ring.
    
    Act 2
    -----
    As you start this world you will go down a tube and you will automatically go
    into the room with the ring, so this wasn't hard to find was it?
    
    When you reach a huge waterfall where there are platforms that come in and out
    of the water. If you are in this area, jump straight down to the bottom and go
    into the U-bend down here. Then use the super spin and spin up each side of the
    U-bend and hold right into the wall and you will soon land in the tunnel where
    you will find you next giant ring.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ HYDROCITY ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    Way into the level there is part where you are you reach a high-up slope that
    propels you into a loop-the-loop and a short tunnel that takes you up a very
    tall wall. On this platform you will find a collapsible bridgey thing. Stand on
    the very first thing of this and hold left into the wall, you should land in the
    tunnel if you did it okay.
    
    Act 2
    -----
    There is a waterslide in this level that takes you into one of those hand
    boosts. Then it sends you up the wall and you can land on a block. Then wait for
    the block to get close and then jump into the left wall and you hopefully land
    in the tunnel.
    
    At one part of this level you will been spinning extremely fast down a curling
    waterslide, then you will shoot out of the water between 2 close walls. Land on
    one of the spinning columns here and then wait for it to rise and you should see
    the tunnel where you have to jump in.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ MARBLE GARDEN ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    I haven't found any here yet, but I will look.
    
    Act 2
    -----
    Only Tails can get this ring. Near the begging of the level you will run into a
    sign that has an arrow pointing up and another pointing right. Fly up past the
    yo-yo and land on the ledge. Then fly up to find another yo-yo and let it pull
    you up then go straight and go past the loop that will take you down left and
    right. When you are on the left side jump off and fly to the tunnel if you need
    to.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ CARNIVAL NIGHT ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    At the end of the level when you go past the last star post, go right and you
    find you ring in the wall.
    
    Act 2
    -----
    I haven't recorded any here yet
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ ICECAP ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    I haven't recorded any here yet
    
    Act 2
    -----
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~ LAUNCH BASE ZONE ~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Act 1
    -----
    I haven't recorded any here yet
    
    Act 2
    -----
    I haven't recorded any here yet
    
    
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                    \    | _______________________________ |    /
                     \   |/ |                           | \|   /
                     /    \ |                           | /    \
                    /______/                             \______\
    
    Did you know that you could play as Knuckles in this game? Yeah, you probably
    did. Well, lets go over it. The game "Sonic and Knuckles" is the 4th of this
    story. If you have the cartridge you know that on the top of the cart that there
    is a reader. You know when you pen the little flap on the Genesis/Mega Drive and
    look where you put the cart. The little thing in there is what reads the info on
    the cart. Well, there is one of those of the top of the Sonic and Knuckles cart.
    So you can put any Genesis/Mega Drive game on it. But what does that do to Sonic
    the Hedgehog 3, well, it does the following.
    
    Sonic the Hedgehog 3 + Sonic and Knuckles
    -----------------------------------------
    This will make a game called Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles. This is the
    greatest game ever made. You can play as Knuckles in this when you choose a save
    file. While you first play, you will go through the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog
    3 and then when you complete them you will have to do the worlds of Sonic and
    Knuckles. Making this a huge game to play. There is also and added story made
    just for this game, involving the Super Emeralds. You collect all 7 Chaos
    Emeralds to become Super Sonic/Knuckles then when you collect the 7 Super
    Emeralds you can become Hyper Sonic/Knuckles! Very cool.
    
    
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                    _____|           9. CHEATS             |_____
                    \    | _______________________________ |    /
                     \   |/ |                           | \|   /
                     /    \ |                           | /    \
                    /______/                             \______\
    
    Level Select
    ------------
    Quickly press Up(2), Down(2), Up(4), after the Sega logo fades and Sonic starts
    to appear, and before the screen flashes white. A chime will confirm correct
    code entry. Highlight the sound test option on the title screen and press Start.
    Pause game play and press A to restart, B for slow motion, and C for frame
    advance.
    
    Bonus Stage
    -----------
    Enable the "Level select" code. Enter the sound test screen and play song 01 and
    0F. Highlight level 2, hold A and press Start.
    
    All Chaos Emeralds
    ------------------
    Enable the "Level select" code. Highlight the "Special Stage" level and press C
    + Start. Collect the emerald, press A + Start, and repeat the procedure to
    collect all the emeralds.
    
    Night Game
    ----------
    Enable the "Level select" code. Highlight a level and press C + Start.
    
    View Animations
    ---------------
    Enable the "Level select" code, then press B + C.
    
    
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                    _____|          10. CREDITS            |_____
                    \    | _______________________________ |    /
                     \   |/ |                           | \|   /
                     /    \ |                           | /    \
                    /______/                             \______\
    
    Sega - For the great Sonic games of my time.
    
    CJayC - For the site; GameFAQs.com
    
    Myself - For writing this guide
    
    You - For reading this guide
    
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                    _____|          11. CONTACT ME         |_____
                    \    | _______________________________ |    /
                     \   |/ |                           | \|   /
                     /    \ |                           | /    \
                    /______/                             \______\
    
    If you have a question or you would like to correct a mistake you have found in
    my FAQ/Walkthrough. Please feel free to email me at the address below. If you
    have found a mistake, I will add your name to the Credits because you helped me
    out.
    
    Gold Mage's Email: tjhunt@gmail.com
    
    +DO send intelligent or legitimate questions.
    +DO send comments about the guide, maybe on improving, ECT.
    +DO send mistakes or errors you have found in the FAQ. I will fix the problem
     and add you to the credits because you helped me out.
    +DO send me an email asking nicely for a copy of my FAQ on your website. You
     must include the address first. I will not give you permission if the site
     isn't made yet.
    
    -DON'T send ads or junk to me.
    -DON'T ask stupid questions that have clearly been stated in the FAQ.
    
    
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