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    1) INTRODUCTION
    
    2) UPDATES
    
    3) LEGAL STUFF
    
    4) SPECIAL THANKS
    
    5) GENERAL BOSS TIPS
    
    6) SONIC'S BOSSES:
    	4.1 EGG-CERBERUS
    	4.2 SILVER THE HEDGEHOG
    	4.3 IBLIS PHASE 2
    	4.4 EGG-GENESIS
    	4.5 EGG-WYVERN
    
    7) SILVER'S BOSSES:
    	5.1 IBLIS PHASE 1
    	5.2 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
    	5.3 EGG-GENESIS
    	5.4 SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG
    	5.5 IBLIS PHASE 3
    
    8) SHADOW'S BOSSES:
    	6.1 EGG-CERBERUS
    	6.2 IBLIS PHASE 2
    	6.3 MEPHILES PHASE 1
    	6.4 SILVER THE HEDGEHOG
    	6.5 MEPHILES PHASE 2
    
    9) The End of the World (Last Stage)
    	7.1 SOLARIS
    
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     1) INTRODUCTION
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    Hi, my name is Tru Smiles, my Xbox Live Gamer Tag is also Tru 
    Smiles. I've never wrote a guide before, this is my first, so I 
    might make mistakes, but hey, it's all part of learning.
    
    This is a complete boss walkthrough/guide/thing for Sonic the 
    Hedgehog on the Xbox 360.
    
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     2) UPDATES
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    Last updated: 01/07
    
    I've added some of the tips that people have emailed in with. Thanks!
    
    I've added a bit more to Egg-Cerberus, Silver with Sonic, Egg-Wyvern 
    with Sonic, Iblis Phase 2 with Shadow, Mephiles with Shadow and Solaris.
    
    I've also added 'Hits needed to defeat' for all bosses. Some, such as 
    Silver's and Shadow's, say 'About' as a rough guide to how many hits it 
    takes, since it's hard to measure Silver's random tossing and Shadow's 
    approved whacking capabilities.
    
    Also added more to the general tips section.
    
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     3) LEGAL STUFF
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    I don't mind if anyone uses this guide elsewhere, but I would 
    prefer it if you credit me or let me know through my email of 
    trusmiles@goowy.com.
    
    Only website it should be appearing on at the moment anyway is 
    gamefaqs.com obviously and madgamers.net.
    
    If anyone helps me with this guide by pointing out errors, better 
    ways to do things, handy tips, etc, then I'll be glad to make a 
    'thank you' section in the guide :)
    
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     4) SPECIAL THANKS
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    Special thanks to Angnix who emailed me with a load of her own 
    tips and findings which I have edited in at various points, as 
    well as some handy suggestions. Cheers!
    
    Special thanks to Matthew and M4sh4d4r for pointing out the 
    Egg Cerberus tip and M4sh4d4r for giving me other uses for 
    Sonic's gems.
    
    Speical thanks to Stephen pointing things out in Shadow's 
    boss fights.
    
    Thanks again guys!
    
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     5) GENERAL BOSS TIPS
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    Send me your own and I'll be happy to credit you.
    
    1) If a boss area has a lot of rings around, don't collect them 
    all at the start. Save some in case you lose them later on. You 
    can collect the remaining ones before you deal the killer blow.
    
    2) Be aware of when the camera angle is suddenly going to pan 
    around for a certain part of the boss, sometimes the camera is 
    the hardest part of a boss fight.
    
    3) The quicker you do the boss, the more chance of getting a S 
    Rank. However, make sure you collect all the rings on the stage. 
    Some stages might have extra robots to bash, which will help boost 
    up your score.
    
    4) If you're collecting Sonic's gems (Brought from the shop) then 
    the red gem can be quite useful. It slows down the area around you 
    a small amount, whilst Sonic stays at normal speed, and is 
    particularly useful for bosses that charge at you or require you 
    to grab hold quickly. The yellow gem is also very useful as it 
    creates a shield around Sonic that not only collects rings close 
    by, but also absorbs a single hit you take before disappearing, 
    but you can bring it back again suddenly. Thanks to Angnix for 
    reminding me about this one!
    
    5) Don't forget the action gauge for Shadow. His extra abilities 
    can be very useful in a boss fight and give him extra 'umph'.
    
    6) It will take 30000 points to gain a S Rank and time isn't 
    always enough. It takes 27000 for a A Rank and 25000 for a B Rank.
    
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     6) SONIC'S BOSSES
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     6.1) BOSS 1 EGG-CERBERUS
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 4
    
    Welcome to the first boss of the game. He isn't too hard, since he 
    doesn't actually bother to properly attack you.
    
    First off, he'll charge at you three times, which is easy enough 
    to avoid. After charging, he'll skid to a standstill, usually with 
    his back facing you. At this point jump on the rail on his back 
    (Doing a homing attack works) and you'll grind up his back and 
    grab the horn on his head.
    
    Now comes the tricky part. Whilst 'riding' him you will need to 
    steer him into the wall. The most effective way to do this is to 
    veer off to the side of the wall and then suddenly turn towards 
    the wall and ram him into it. This may take some practice as the 
    controls aren't exactly that responsive. Angnix emailed me and 
    says that you must be running at a certain speed in order to ram 
    him right.
    
    After two hits into the wall, the Cerberus will launch onto a 
    platform higher up and jump down, doing a shockwave attack when 
    he lands. Basically keep repeating ramming him into the wall, 
    although now you'll need to be quicker. Don't get too close to him 
    though as he'll do a flaming circle attack if you get near.
    
    A few people have emailed in saying that there is a quicker way to 
    do this boss, which may well be a glitch. When riding on top, if 
    you run him into the statue it does twice as much damage, thus 
    making it possible to defeat the boss in two or three hits. Thanks 
    to M4sh4d4r and Matthew for pointing that out.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Make sure you ram him into the wall as quickly 
    as you can when you have a hold of him and make sure you pick up 
    all the rings. Also there are two 5 coin boxes hidden in the jars 
    at the edge of the arena to be picked up. Could be a bit tricky.
    
     6.2) BOSS 2 SILVER THE HEDGEHOG
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 6
    
    Beating Silver is easy if you know what to do, and will also 
    unlock Silver's story to play with.
    
    Silver can be a tricky little git because he'll try to grab you 
    and throw you either in the air or against a wall. If you get 
    caught and are thrown straight in the air, then you're pretty 
    much screwed as he'll just grab you again before you get a chance 
    to move. If he does grab you and you land near him, quickly do a 
    homing attack out of his way.
    
    The best way to beat Silver is to run around the area, collecting 
    rings as you go (There is a ring box on top of some crates as well)
     and when he says "How about this/take this" quickly do a homing 
    attack or a sliding attack, and after hitting him quickly run away 
    or do a homing attack out of the way before he has chance to grab 
    you. Silver will throw items at you, but by running around the 
    stage you'll easily avoid them. A sliding attack is probably safer 
    and won't give Silver the chance to bash you.
    
    Another note; the yellow gem used to give you a protective barrier 
    won't protect if Silver grabs you, although it's still handy for 
    picking up rings as you dash by.
    
    If possible, try to pan the camera around you so you know roughly 
    where about he is so you don't run into him.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Grab all of the rings and keep running around 
    avoiding all his attacks so you don't lose rings. Hear out for 
    when he is about to attack and dive right in their as quickly as 
    you can. Don't forget the ring box on top of the crates.
    
     6.3) BOSS 3 IBLIS PHASE 2
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 4
    
    Say hello to Iblis, you won't see him again in Sonic's story but 
    you will be fighting him a bit during Silver's story. This boss 
    can be a little tricky if you don't know what you're doing, plus 
    the camera will sometimes pan around which could force you into 
    lava should you be in mid jump, so be careful.
    
    First off, he'll throw a load of fireballs your way. Get 
    comfortable with jumping from one platform to another as you'll be 
    doing this a lot to avoid attacks. He'll then shake the 
    ground/ceiling as it were and more platforms will appear for you 
    to jump on. Don't worry about this, it isn't an attack, and the 
    camera angle makes jumping around difficult anyway. After this, 
    Iblis will jump in the air and dive through some of the platforms, 
    destroying them. To avoid this, just jump to a platform far away 
    from the platform you were on and you should be fine.
    
    Earlier, when more platforms fell down is what you need to reach 
    the glowy balls in the distance. Iblis will send more fireballs at 
    you to avoid, but make your way over to a glowy ball that you can 
    reach. Do a homing attack to light it up than move back a few 
    platforms, avoiding anymore fireballs. The lit glowy ball will 
    attract Iblis, but you don't need to light them all, just the one 
    will do.
    
    Now Iblis will crash into the glowy ball you lit, breaking it. 
    Here is your chance to whack him. Jump on over to a platform 
    closest and you'll notice a green eye in his head. Do a homing 
    attack on that and then you'll go flying off into the air.
    
    When you land Iblis will mess around with the platforms, but don't 
    bother moving whilst the camera angle is fixed straight ahead, 
    you'll only end up in the lava. When the camera returns to normal, 
    he'll dive into some of the platforms again to break them, just 
    jump out of the way. More fireballs will head your way, so keep 
    platform hopping.
    
    When the platform comes back again, you'll be able to reach the 
    glowy eye and repeat bashing in his eye. Repeat the whole process 
    once more and on the last one you won't need to hit the glowy 
    balls as he'll come charging towards you. You'll know when cos 
    Tails will let you know.
    
    For this, just keep jumping from one platform to another to avoid 
    his charge. When he's finished Tails will say he is dazed. Now you 
    can get in there and finish him off. Just get to the platform 
    closest as quickly as you can, cos he won't wait around, and do a 
    homing attack on his green eye. Sorted!
    
    Phew, that took a while huh?
    
    M4sh4d4r and Angnix have emailed in and pointed out that if you use 
    Sonic's purple gem, you can reach the glowy balls easier, as the 
    purple gem allows Sonic to stay in the air by jumping constantly.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: You can't exactly rush through this boss, so 
    try not to worry about that. As soon as the platforms land for you 
    to reach the glowy balls, get over there. Make sure you pick up 
    all the rings and dodge the fireballs to keep a hold of them.
    
     6.4) BOSS 4 EGG-GENESIS
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 4
    
    Run around him at a distance so that you can pick up rings and 
    avoid the rockets that he'll shoot out every so often, sometimes 
    he'll also try to lock on to you and shoot laser beams, but this 
    is easily avoided by running around.
    
    Eventually the machine will come to a stand still and robots will 
    appear just under the machines arms. Use these to get on top of 
    the machine arms by using a homing attack.
    
    Once you get on top of him, reach the top of the circular head and 
    when the arrows on his head start to glow, use your bouncing 
    attack (The X Button) to bash his mechanical brains. After a few 
    bashes you'll go launching into the sky.
    
    Repeat this once more and the harmless robots before will be 
    replaced by ones that shoot, but the tactic is still the same. Use 
    a homing attack to get on top of the Egg-Genesis. However, this 
    time it'll launch rockets at you whilst you are sitting on top. 
    Simply jump back and forth between it's remaining arms and the 
    centre to avoid the rockets, then bounce when the arrows light up.
    
    Do this one more time and he'll come crashing down to earth. 
    Whilst this is happening, or you need to do is just keep running 
    around so you avoid it, picking up any stray rings you can see in 
    time.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: The only real problem is on the second part of 
    the boss when the rockets attack you when you're on top of the 
    machine. If you can dodge them and collect all of the rings 
    without being hit you're on your way.
    
     6.5) BOSS 5 EGG-WYVERN
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 7
    
    The Egg Wyvern isn't too bad one you get the hang on it. The only 
    real problem with this boss is that sometimes the camera can 
    become quite rigid and force you into accidentally falling to your 
    doom.
    
    Firstly, he'll lock on to areas on the platform and shoot lasers, 
    but these are easy to avoid by just standing away from the target. 
    The tricky part comes next; The Wyvern will charge at you and 
    you'll need to grab the horn on his head AKA the Egg Cerberus, 
    which you can grab by using a homing attack. If you have the Red 
    Gem that slows down things around you slightly, it might come in 
    handy for this part. M4sh4d4r also emailed and said pointed out 
    that the white gem could be useful also at this part, as you can 
    hold your homing attack for when Eggman charges at you.
    
    Once you've grabbed him you'll need to steer the Wyvern into one 
    of the many falling weapon crates in the sky. This might be a 
    little tricky and could take a while to get used to.
    
    After that, you'll land back safely on the platform but oh noes! 
    Dr Eggman will take away parts of the platform. Just stay away 
    from the platform that he shoots with the needle-like gun thing.
    
    He'll again try to shoot you with more of those silly little 
    lasers, but before that he'll also shoot you with red coloured 
    bullets. These are only hard to avoid because it's difficult to 
    tell where they are coming from and when. Best thing to do is to 
    keep running around the platform, but not too fast in case you 
    fall off.
    
    Again, he'll charge at you. Grab on and fly Eggman's ship into a 
    crate once more and the canopy will go poof. Now things start to 
    get serious.
    
    Eggman will take away more of the platform and more shots will be 
    fired your way. This time, instead of randomly shooting off lasers,
     he'll lock on to you. This is easily avoided though, despite the 
    fact you're quickly running out of room to move. Just don't PANIC 
    and fall off! Sonic's speed can get him into trouble sometimes.
    
    Now then. Rather than charging at you, Eggman will hover nearby 
    the platform with two machine gun looking robots and try to shoot 
    you. If you remember the Egg-Genesis battle then you'll know what 
    you'll need to do; use a homing attack on the guns to get close to 
    Eggman in the cockpit and whack him one.
    
    Repeat this once more and you're done. He will take away more of 
    the platform leaving you with one piece. I'm not sure if he takes 
    that away too, should you fail to hit him a second time, since 
    missing Eggman through a homing attack usually means falling to 
    your death anyways. The last attack he'll do is a charge, so just 
    jump towards him as he speeds towards you and you're done.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: This one is easy to S Rank. Just go through 
    the bosses paces, trying to make sure you hit the weapon crates 
    every time and collecting every ring should do it. Angnix emailed 
    in and said that this can be S ranked easily without any rings at 
    all.
    
    Congratulations on beating Sonic's story. You've got Silver 
    unlocked, so you might as well see what he's all about next!
    
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     7) SILVER'S BOSSES
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     7.1) BOSS 1 IBLIS PHASE 1
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: About 11 (The fireballs do slightly more damage)
    
    You'll be seeing Iblis again throughout Silver's story, but this 
    battle will be the easiest by far.
    
    To beat Iblis, all you'll need to do is throw a barrage of objects 
    aimed at his head, so keep running back and forth along the 
    platform to pick up items that get scattered. You can't fall off 
    the platform, so don't feel shy about picking up rings.
    
    First off, Iblis will throw fireballs at you. Just run from one 
    end of the platform to the other to avoid them, depending on which 
    side he's aiming his fireballs at. You can pick these fireballs up 
    to throw back, just remember to aim at his head.
    
    After you've done some damage, he'll then pick up a huge chunk of 
    rock to squash you with. You can easily avoid this however by 
    watching the where the shadow of the rock is and just moving away 
    from the shadow. Every time he does this parts of the rock will be 
    scattered around for you to use as ammunition. He'll keep throwing 
    fireballs as well, so keep throwing these back to Mr Iblis. He'll 
    be ever so grateful.
    
    When he's lost the protection on his face, he'll also breathe fire 
    occasionally. This can be hard to avoid if you get caught in it, 
    but you can avoid most of his attacks by hanging around one side 
    of the platform and then running off to the other side when he 
    starts to launch an attack.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Avoid his attacks, collect all rings and keep 
    throwing rocks as fast as you can, making sure you aim well so you 
    don't waste any.
    
     7.2) BOSS 2 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: About 10
    
    If you thought fighting Silver with Sonic was hard, then you'll be 
    glad to know that this is somewhat easier.
    
    Sonic's main form of attack is his homing attack. If you stand 
    still and too close, he'll home in on your butt before you can 
    say "It's no uuuuuusssseeeee". However, you can mostly avoid him 
    by running around like when you were fighting Silver. The layout 
    for the fight is the same, even with the box of rings on top of 
    the crates, so don't forget to pick them up when you get a chance.
    
    Basically run around the stage, pick up objects around (Crates, 
    barrels etc) and when you're far enough away throw them at Sonic. 
    asiest way to do this for me was to try and pan the camera around 
    you to keep Sonic in your sights and then jump in the air and 
    throw the objects. By throwing them in mid jump you'll be able to 
    aim at him easier, plus you can float off if you still have some 
    juice in your energy bar.
    
    Once you hit him with an object, Sonic will become stunned, with 
    little stars around his head. Use this opportunity to throw more 
    things at him, but don't get too close. You can actually pick him 
    up, but you can't attack him this way. Only way to beat him is to 
    just keep on hurling objects. Angnix emailed in and said that by 
    holding Sonic you can keep him at arms length and stop him from 
    causing trouble whilst running around and picking up objects, 
    which should be useful in picking up rings as well.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Grab as many items as quickly as you can and 
    throw them at Sonic. Doing this quickly should get you an S rank 
    even if you lose a few rings. Don't forget the ring box on top of 
    the crates. I've done this within about 19 seconds just by 
    throwing objects like crazy and a ring bonus of at least 5 is 
    needed to just push your score over to S Rank.
    
     7.3) BOSS 3 EGG-GENESIS
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: About 15
    
    You'll have met the Egg-Genesis before in Sonic's story, but this 
    time you'll whacking what is underneath, not on top.
    
    Like Sonic, run around the stage avoiding rockets, but pick up 
    random crates as you go along, stopping to throw them at the glowy 
    orange part in the middle. You can aim better when closer to it, 
    and some of the crates are far in anyway, however getting too 
    close makes the camera kinda overlap you so you can't effectively 
    see where you are, so be aware of what is happening around.
    
    Robots will randomly appear across the stage, but just ignore 
    them, unless you're going for a S Rank and want to boost your 
    score. Just keep on throwing objects at the glowing middle and 
    it'll be sorted in no time. You can also use these robots as 
    ammo by using your shock bracelet (Hold X in mid air) to shock 
    them. Thanks to Stephen for that tip.
    
    When it has been defeated, it'll crash down into the ground. Just 
    keep on running around to avoid it, picking up any spare rings as 
    you go.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Getting as close as possible allows you to be 
    more accurate and do more damage. Attacking the stray robots that 
    appear can help boost your score as well. Don't forget the rings!
    
     7.4) BOSS 4 SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: About 10
    
    The tactics for beating Shadow are pretty much the same as with 
    Sonic, only Shadow doesn't like to mess around. The layout of the 
    stage may also disorientate you as it can be hard to keep track of 
    exactly where Shadow is when train carriages are in the way. The 
    wooden carriages you can break, although I don't think it helps 
    much.
    
    As well as using a homing attack, Shadow will also try to stun you 
    by shooting out his Chaos Spear. If you re-do this boss in the 
    Trial Mode after gaining all the extra moves and powers with 
    Shadow, then he'll also use these moves on you too.
    
    As with fighting Sonic, run away from him, jumping in and out of 
    carriages helps, but always have a good idea of exactly where 
    about he is, and collect items to throw at him. Again, throwing 
    items when in mid-jump can help aim them better. Shadow can become 
    stunned as well, but don't try to pick him up cos he'll do his 
    spin kick on you.
    
    Just keep sending objects his way.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Just keep throwing objects as quickly as you 
    can without getting caught. There are ring boxes to the sides of 
    the platforms above; Hover on boxes or climb on the trains to get 
    up and get them.
    
     7.5) BOSS 5 IBLIS PHASE 3
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 20 (Inc. landing on his head)
    
    I found this boss to be quite easy, and if you take your sweet 
    time with it you'll find you don't have anywhere left to fight, 
    although I honestly don't think you'll have that problem.
    
    Iblis will slowly make his way towards the platform you are on, 
    and this time you can fall off, so be careful. Sticking with 
    tradition, he'll throw fireballs at you which you'll need to pick 
    up and throw to at him. As quickly as you can, pick up any objects 
    that are left lying around the platform you're on and throw them 
    at him.
    
    Half-way there he'll shoot out a wave of fire laser discs out. You 
    can avoid them by either jumping over them or staying under them, 
    depending on how high they are. It might take you a bit of 
    practice to time it right. He'll shoot two waves full.
    
    Keep on throwing rocks etc at him, but you won't be able to stop 
    him coming over. He'll now destroy the ends of the platform. Just 
    stay in the middle of his hands and you'll be fine. But at this 
    point his head will lower down and you'll be able to float on over 
    there and use your powers to damage him.
    
    Now, feeling a bit peeved, he'll decide to destroy the entire 
    platform by throwing a giant fireball at you. As it approaches, 
    just charge up your power (Hold down the right trigger) and you'll 
    be able to catch it and throw it right back. Ho hah!
    
    After that, he'll send more fire laser discs your way and come 
    back over to destroy more of the platforms end. As he approaches, 
    throw any objects lying around and then stay in the middle of his 
    hands again. When his head is is bowed down again, jump on top and 
    do your thing.
    
    Now it'll only take a few more thrown objects to send him back to 
    Hell.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Pick up and throw as many objects as possible. 
    Pick up spare rings. Just keep throwing objects as quick as you 
    can, having rings left over at the end helps.
    
    Congratulations at beating Silver's story! Why not give Shadow a 
    try now?
    
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     8) SHADOW'S BOSSES
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     8.1) BOSS 1 EGG-CERBERUS
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 4
    
    This boss is pretty much exactly the same as Sonic's version, only 
    with one minor difference. He'll need to be defeated in the same 
    way as well.
    
    First off, he'll charge at you three times, which is easy enough 
    to avoid. After charging, he'll skid to a standstill, usually with 
    his back facing you. At this point jump on the rail on his back 
    (Doing a homing attack works) and you'll grind up his back and 
    grab the horn on his head.
    
    Now comes the tricky part. Whilst 'riding' him you will need to 
    steer him into the wall. The most effective way to do this is to 
    veer off to the side of the wall and then suddenly turn towards 
    the wall and ram him into it. This may take some practice as the 
    controls aren't exactly that responsive.
    
    Now, as well as charging about, Mr Cerberus will also jump into 
    the air and attempt to land on you, which he didn't do when you 
    were fighting Sonic. Just keep running around to avoid this.
    
    Basically keep repeating this pattern. Don't get too close to him 
    though as he'll do a flaming circle attack if you get near.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Make sure you ram him into the wall as quickly 
    as you can when you have a hold of him and make sure you pick up 
    all the rings. Watch out for his flying-crush attack.
    
     8.2) BOSS 2 IBLIS PHASE 2
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 4
    
    This boss battle is exactly the same as Sonic's, so don't mind me 
    if I just copy and paste that here. Well, I haven't noticed any 
    differences in Shadow's battle against Iblis anyway, let me know 
    if you do and I'll credit you. Angnix emailed in and says that the 
    only difference noticed is that after the second and third hits, 
    the platforms come down so that you often have to jump over more 
    lava to reach the lights.
    
    This boss can be a little tricky if you don't know what you're 
    doing, plus the camera will sometimes pan around which could force 
    you into lava should you be in mid jump, so be careful.
    
    First off, he'll throw a load of fireballs your way. Get 
    comfortable with jumping from one platform to another as you'll be 
    doing this a lot to avoid attacks. He'll then shake the 
    ground/ceiling as it were and more platforms will appear for you 
    to jump on. Don't worry about this, it isn't an attack, and the 
    camera angle makes jumping around difficult anyway. After this, 
    Iblis will jump in the air and dive through some of the platforms, 
    destroying them. To avoid this, just jump to a platform far away 
    from the platform you were on and you should be fine.
    
    Earlier, when more platforms fell down is what you need to reach 
    the glowy balls in the distance. Iblis will send more fireballs at 
    you to avoid, but make your way over to a glowy ball that you can 
    reach. Do a homing attack to light it up than move back a few 
    platforms, avoiding anymore fireballs. The lit glowy ball will 
    attract Iblis, but you don't need to light them all, just the one 
    will do. Angnix emailed in to say that you can also light the glowy 
    balls with Shadow's Chaos Spear attack as well.
    
    Now Iblis will crash into the glowy ball you lit, breaking it. 
    Here is your chance to whack him. Jump on over to a platform 
    closest and you'll notice a green eye in his head. Do a homing 
    attack on that and then you'll go flying off into the air.
    
    When you land Iblis will mess around with the platforms, but don't 
    bother moving whilst the camera angle is fixed straight ahead, 
    you'll only end up in the lava. When the camera returns to normal, 
    he'll dive into some of the platforms again to break them, just 
    jump out of the way. More fireballs will head your way, so keep 
    platform hopping.
    
    When the platform comes back again, you'll be able to reach the 
    glowy eye and repeat bashing in his eye. Repeat the whole process 
    once more and on the last one you won't need to hit the glowy 
    balls as he'll come charging towards you. You'll know when cos 
    Tails will let you know.
    
    For this, just keep jumping from one platform to another to avoid 
    his charge. When he's finished Tails will say he is dazed. Now you 
    can get in there and finish him off. Just get to the platform 
    closest as quickly as you can, cos he won't wait around, and do a 
    homing attack on his green eye. Sorted!
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: You can't exactly rush through this boss, so 
    try not to worry about that. As soon as the platforms land for you 
    to reach the glowy balls, get over there. Make sure you pick up 
    all the rings and dodge the fireballs to keep a hold of them.
    
     8.3) BOSS 3 MEPHILES PHASE 1
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 3 constant bashing with Shadow, 21 shot with Omega
    
    This is one of my favourite bosses in the game and comes in two 
    parts.
    
    The first part is with Shadow, obviously. Lots of Mephiles clones 
    will appear all around you. What you need to do is attack them all 
    one by one to fill up your action gauge and using your Chaos Boost.
    Just use a homing attack and go from one to the next. Sometimes 
    they'll all try to dive on you, when that happens just keep 
    bashing away at the A button and you should be fine. Stephen 
    emailed me to point out that this happens when Mephiles raises his 
    hand and spins around.
    
    Once your gauge is filled up, activate it by pressing the right 
    trigger. Then you'll be able to see the real Mephiles. Now is 
    your chance to do a homing attack and keep bashing away at that A 
    button.
    
    Sometimes he'll throw shadowy-energy balls at you, which will 
    disappear once you hit him and are pretty simple to avoid. Just 
    keep using homing attacks at him and he'll soon be over for the 
    time being. If you're not quite quick enough, your action gauge 
    will run out and you'll need to go through the process of building 
    it up again.
    
    Now for part two!
    
    Now you'll play as Omega. There is no action guage filling 
    tomfoolery here. There will be plenty of Mephiles clones flying 
    around trying to dive bomb you and get in your way. The camera 
    will always fix on Mephiles, so you'll be able to tell which is 
    him. Simply run around the stage shooting him (Hold down the X 
    button to charge up and shoot) which'll also shoot any of his 
    clones in the way.
    
    Mephiles will shoot out those Shadowy-energy balls in two 
    different ways; Either shooting them straight towards you, which 
    you can avoid by running around him, shooting him during the 
    pauses and the homing shadowy ball of doom that'll chase you 
    around and will only go away if you hit Mephiles. Just keep on 
    running around and shooting and it shouldn't take too long.
    
    Now wasn't that fun?
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: You can make part one with Shadow quicker by 
    attacking the random Mephiles clones around to keep your action 
    gauge filled up so you won't need to waste time filling it up 
    again, but you'll need to be quick in bashing Mephiles just in 
    case.
    
    On part two with Omega, simply run around dodging his 
    clones/energy balls and keep shooting away. Don't forget rings!
    
     8.4) BOSS 4 SILVER THE HEDGEHOG
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 6
    
    This is just like fighting Silver when you're playing as Sonic, 
    although it'll feel more annoying. Partly because the level layout 
    can be disorientating.
    
    What you need to do is similar to Sonic's battle; run around the 
    stage, keeping Silver in your sights if possible, and when he 
    says "How about this/take this" rush in there and give him a good 
    whack. Unlike Sonic though, it's hard to quickly use a homing 
    attack to get out of the way, since bashing the A button keeps 
    you in the air, available for psychic bondage at Silver's 
    convenience. However if you time it just right, waiting a second 
    or so, you can quickly use a homing attack to get out of his way 
    without ending up being stuck. You can try to land on the ground 
    and run away whilst he's stunned, but I find he's too quick for me.
    
    A few people have also pointed out that Shadow's spinning attack is 
    far more effective at whacking Silver, as Shadow's kick doesn't stop 
    him from moving forward.
    
    So keep running around the stage, jumping in between carriages. 
    Silver will smash up some of the carriages with the items he 
    throws, but it'll only make your job easier.
    
    If however you get caught and Silver throws you straight up in 
    the air, then you're screwed, basically, as most of the time he'll 
    catch you on the way done and send you to the morgue. If you land 
    next to him, quickly run away, don't jump. Sometimes he'll throw 
    you half away across the stage into a wall, which is better in 
    terms of survival rate. Just grab a ring and keep on moving.
    
    If that boss fight annoyed the heck out of you, then you'll 
    probably enjoy the next cut scene.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Get all the rings on top of the platform and 
    the boxes in the air before landing down. Avoid all his attacks so 
    you don't lose rings. Hear out for when he is about to attack and 
    dive right in their as quickly as you can and then back out as 
    well. Wait a second before using your homing attack so you don't 
    get stuck in the air doing your Chaos Attack.
    
     8.5) BOSS 5 MEPHILES PHASE 2
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: 5 constant bashing (Takes 5 monsters to build up 
    your action gauge)
    
    Okay, THIS is my favourite boss battle so far. Mephiles is just 
    cool and has the whole evil laugh thing going for him. Don't worry,
     you won't have to fight as Omega or Rouge. They just decided to 
    tag along for the fun of it.
    
    Now, same as Mephiles Phase 1, you'll need to build up your action 
    gauge, but it'll be a bit quicker this time. Mephiles himself will 
    fly around for a bit, but you won't be able to attack him at this 
    stage. Instead he'll say "Drown in darkness" and some big scary 
    looking shadowy meanies will appear from the ground. They don't 
    move, but they do shoot laser beams and smack the ground around 
    them if you're too close. Angnix emailed and pointed out that they 
    do sink into the ground and pop up elsewhere if you take too long 
    whacking 'em. I have so much fun with this boss I never even 
    notice haha.
    
    Basically build up your gauge by whacking these guys. Do a homing 
    attack on their head and keep bashing away at the A button. It 
    won't take long to build up your bar, so hit the right trigger 
    when ready.
    
    Now you'll be faced with multiple Mephiles clones as well as the 
    guy himself. The camera will focus on him as before, so it 
    shouldn't be too hard to find him. He'll throw shadowy energy 
    balls at you, so just run around him and give him a good whack. 
    Keep running around the stage so that you'll avoid the Mephiles 
    clones trying to dive bomb you.
    
    After this he'll form a upwards spiral of clones, with him 
    unreachable at the top as he powers up another shadowy energy 
    ball. To reach him just do a homing attack from one clone to the 
    next, working your way up till you can reach him.
    
    Chances are that you won't have killed him by the time your action 
    gauge runs out. You'll need to kill more of the big meanies to 
    build up your bar, but they'll be even more about now. Just watch 
    out for their lasers. Rinse and repeat and Mephiles should be done 
    with soon enough.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: Attack the random Mephiles clones around to 
    keep your action gauge filled up so you won't need to waste time 
    filling it up again, but you'll need to be quick in bashing 
    Mephiles just in case. Get as many rings as you can.
    
    Congratulations at beating Shadow's story! If you've finished the 
    other two you will have unlocked the last stage. Have fun!
    
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     9) The End of the World (Last Stage)
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     9.1) BOSS 1 SOLARIS
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    HITS TO DEFEAT: On Phase 1, 8 with Silver, 8 with Shadow and 6 
    with Sonic. On Phase 2 about 10 hits depending on who you use.
    
    Congratulations on reaching the final boss of the game and surviving 
    the End of the World! This boss is actually easy considering, 
    although it's also pretty good fun since you'll be playing as the 
    three super hogs.
    
    Solaris comes in two separate parts that are divided by a loading 
    screen, but you can't save during the loading screen. Now you'll be 
    playing as Sonic, Shadow and Silver's super version, there won't be 
    any running, jumping or ring collecting nonsense. Instead, you'll 
    be flying around. Use the X button to attack as normal whereas the 
    A button gives you a boost in whatever direction you are moving. 
    The right trigger is just as important for Sonic and Shadow in this 
    fight as you'll need to charge up the action gauge quite regularly.
    
    Also of the most importance is the Y button. This allows you to 
    switch between the characters (Going from Sonic. to Shadow, to 
    Silver and Sonic again in that order) which is important not only 
    for attacking, but also for your ring consumption. Your ring level 
    will go slowly go down and once it hits zero you die. Solaris' 
    attacks can take up to 10 rings off your count, so once you reach 
    10 rings on your count, it is a good idea to switch to another 
    character. The characters themselves will also warn you if your 
    ring count is too low. Your ring count will go back up for the 
    characters not in use, usually to a total of about 48 rings, 
    although if you cycle through quickly you won't have given them 
    enough time to build your ring count up.
    
    First off is Solaris part one. Say hello, you'll be whacking him a 
    fair bit.
    
    You need to attack the middle part of Solaris (The big red ball-
    like centre) but his two arms are protecting. Firstly, what you 
    need to do is throw objects at him using Silver. Solaris will throw 
    random pieces of rock around so hold down the right trigger to grab 
    a hold of these and then use the X to throw them back at him, as 
    you'll be used to. However, you need to keep the right trigger held 
    down whilst you throw (Which you don't need to do normally) 
    otherwise you won't throw 'em. Solaris will also shoot off laser 
    beams. The best way to avoid this is to just keep moving around him 
    in a circular motion (Hammering the A button to boost helps) and 
    keep on catching and throwing items. Eventually his hit bar will go 
    down enough and his arm guard will shatter.
    
    Now it's time to switch over to Shadow, and don't worry, he'll let 
    you know if you're not sure when to. For his part, you'll be 
    throwing lots of Chaos Spears at Solaris. The best way to do this, 
    rather than bashing your X button, is to charge up your action guard 
    by holding the right trigger. When it's charged up, just press X 
    and multiple Chaos Spears will head towards Solaris. Again, just 
    fly around him in a circular motion using Chaos Spears until his 
    other arm guard has broke.
    
    Now it's Sonic's turn, and he'll also let you know. By pressing the 
    X button, Sonic will charge towards Solaris. His charge on it's own 
    is quite slow, but using the right trigger to charge up your action 
    gauge and then pressing X when full will do a super dash. Keep 
    flying around Solaris charging up your gauge and then ramming into 
    Solaris.
    
    That bit was easy, eh? Now for part two.
    
    Now Solaris is going crazy, shooting off laser beams in all 
    directions, which is probably the only time you'll get hit and need 
    to switch characters out of survival.
    
    This time you'll need to keep switching back and forth between all 
    three characters to use their specialised abilities. You'll be able 
    to do two or three damaging attacks on Solaris before a blue shield 
    appears blocking your attack. When this happens, switch to another 
    character and keep on attacking till the blue shield comes up and 
    you need to switch again, et cetera. As mentioned, the only real 
    problem here comes from the random lasers, so keep an eye out on 
    your ring count. Once it gets to about 10 rings, quickly switch to 
    someone else.
    
    Thanks to Angnix for pointing this out: Solaris' blue shield 
    appears and blocks attacks only when he isn't attacking himself, 
    thus you only really need to switch characters when you're low on 
    rings. She also discovered that she can't seem to attack unless she 
    attacks with Shadow first, and then she can switch between characters. 
    Anyone else experience this?
    
    Keep charging up your action gauge for Sonic and Shadow for 
    powerful attacks and keep throwing rocks with Silver and you'll 
    soon have him beat down.
    
    GETTING A 'S' RANK: There are no rings to collect or enemies to hit 
    and build up your score, so just do the boss as quickly as you can 
    to get that S Rank. You DO actually get a ring bonus for the rings 
    you have left over, so when you're about to do the finishing blow, 
    switch to someone with the most rings to take advantage of that.
    
    Congratulations on completing the game! Enjoy the well earned ending!