Knuckles the Echidna The fearless protector of Angel Island, Knuckles the Echidna, is no stranger to fighting. The gruff rodent enters the fray with enhanced senses and deceptive strength gained from a life of treasure hunting and fighting. He may not be as fast as his friend and rival Sonic, but he has speed to spare and gliding and climbing abilities that would turn the blue blur green with envy. Along with his natural physical abilities, Knuckles also possesses numerous artifacts that grant him great power. His treasure-hunting expeditions yielded pieces of the Master Emerald, along with the smaller Chaos Emeralds, the powers of which transform him into Hyper Knuckles. Knuckles has fought robots, contraptions, monsters, spectral beings, and even Sonic himself on numerous occasions, and his guts and attitude has led to him coming out on top. What he lacks in speed, he makes up in strength and technique. It is these skills that will no doubt aid him to victory in the BattleZone Tournament. Powers Gliding - Knuckles has the ability to glide indefinitely from any height. It may not be true flight, but he is surprisingly mobile, and combined with his climbing ability can use it to survive almost any fall. Speed - While not as fast as Sonic, Knuckles is no slouch when it comes to speed. His ability to curl into a ball and Spin Dash can help him traverse great distances in short amounts of time, as well as provide him with protection due to his sharp spines. Super Strength - Knuckles' punches are known to shatter mountains. He may be small, but he packs quite a punch. Hyper Knuckles - Thanks to the power of the Chaos Emeralds, Knuckles can transform into Hyper Knuckles, a form that gives him super speed, invincibility, and increases his strength even more. However, being in this form costs rings, and if he runs out of rings, he can no longer use this power. Abilities Climbing - Years of hunting for treasure and climbing rocky terrain have made Knuckles an expert at climbing objects without slipping, and his spiked hands provide the echidna with excellent grip. Digging - Knuckles has the ability to speedily burrow into the ground. He also has an excellent sense of direction and the ability to see in the darkness, allowing him to hide under the earth. Mid-Air Maneuverability - Even when curled into a ball and jumping, Knuckles can aim his body to hit a target with precision. Assets Rings - Knuckles has a set of gold rings that grant him an extra lease on life. When he takes a hit, his rings scatter but he does not die. He can then collect rings again to continually gain extra hit points. If he is struck when he has no rings, he will die. These rings are also used to power his transformation into Hyper Knuckles. Shields - Knuckles has three shields - Fire, Bubble, and Lightning - that allow him to absorb hits without losing rings, but are single-use only. The fire shield also makes him immune to fire, the bubble shield allows him to breathe underwater, and the lightning shield attracts rings.