Top 10 Hardest Sonic Levels

The Top Ten

1 Eggmanland - Sonic Unleashed

Combining everything you have learned throughout the game, comes in a very hard and long level that would take about an average 30 minutes to beat.
But then again, this was Eggman's dream since Adventure 1. Of course he would go full out on it, He finally built Eggmanland in Sonic Unleashed, and damn did he do it right for the final level.
This needs to stay in the #1 spot.

It's just sad that Sonic games after Black Knight don't offer much challenge anymore. Sonic Colors was too short and simple, Sonic Generations threw challenge out of the game, and Sonic Forces... no challenge at all, not to mention each stage lasts less than 2 minutes. Disappointed. I wish there was another level as hard as Eggmanland, or heck, even harder! Maybe another Eggmanland... - MasterCreepy

The crimson hell I had to go through to get an S rank on this stage was ridiculous. Easily deserves number 1.

This level deserve is title of hardest level in the sonic franchise for me, it combine EVERYTHING you gone through during the game,.

Ha! Rank A! But too hard. Try to jump down onto the platform instead of swinging on the pipes across the lava. - CN121

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2 Scrap Brain Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

Simply impossible, a mix from everything that makes previous zones hard is present here, it is hard in a nonsense way

In all honesty, I'm a child and have beaten a LOT of Zones. How are people failing tons of times?

Sonic can't go fast here, because if he does, he'll die in a trap (or two) within 3 - 10 seconds. And even if you take it slow and cautious, you're going to be hit by lots of things anyway! (The flame traps are so annoying; they look like part of the floor! )

The original "Mechanical Nightmare" type zone, that lives up to it's name!

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3 Cannon's Core - Sonic Adventure 2

It is a very difficult level, particularly Eggman's part (haven't passed it yet).

I've played this level so much that I really don't have a problem beating it now. But it took me about 15 game overs to beat the first time. For a person who try's this level the first time, it's impossible. I know it was for me.

I got SA2B when I was very small, I swore I could beat it before I became ten. I think I did it... But only a month before. That is all due to this 'mega level'. Still though, it was a good way to wrap up a good story and the ending was just awesome... Also did I mention the music? No? Oh, I'll sum it up quickly then... IT'S OVER 9000!

It took me 2 years to beat this level

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4 Metropolis Zone - Sonic 2

This level is pretty difficult. I don't hate it as much as some other people do (wing fortress zone is my most hated and difficult level) but this one is still pretty bad, especially with that cruel twist of having 3 acts instead of 2. The enemies are the worst and there are evil traps EVERYWHERE like those corkscrew things, gears, lava, arrows sticking out of blocks, etc.

Act 3 was by far THE hardest Metropolis act! - TopTenX

Worst level ever, This level has cheap enemy placements and annoying traps this is the only level That I struggled

REALLY cheap enemy placements and I would always get lost and have to start over again. At least the music is decent

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5 Labyrinth Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

That godforsaken boss fight


To be honest, I haven't played enough sonic to vote but this is impossible.

This level is hard? You people kidding me! The water sections aren't that long, and most of them have tons of spots to refill your air bubbles! Sure, the boss is hard, but that's one part of the whole zone. Sure, you can drown, but there is a way to counter it. Take your time, don't rush last each air bubble refill spot until you get to a part with no air bubbles. If you stop at each and every air bubble dispenser, the zone actually becomes easier. The only part I found truly hard were the Badniks. The fish are fine, but the Screw Nose ones and the Spike Ball ones are a pain. The Screw Nose ones sometimes really well hidden, and the Spike Ball Badniks can only be killed via either invincibility frames, waiting for its slow attack to finish, or timing your jumps. Plus they're usually right in front of air bubbles.

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6 The End of the World - Sonic the Hedgehog 2006

The reason it's so hard is due to 06's unfinished controls, physics, bad stage layout, glitches, and the small amount of lives given to you during the long trek to the end. It wanted to be like Canon's Core but in CC you felt accomplished because the game before it is at least fun! Here it just feels like getting to the end of a grocery line where everyone keeps cutting ahead of you for 8 hours!

Why is this not number one it only took me a couple days to beat Cannons core but I never got to beat this stage also bad controls, hard to beat enemies, and lots and lots of glitches.

This level was hard because of those potential things

Escape it's NO USE

7 Casino Park - Sonic Heroes

Casino Night Zone from the Mega Drive version of Sonic 2 is much better than Casino Park. Still, I like this hard stage.

This level is like TORTURE! It takes you forever to reach the goal ring.

I really don't know what is so wrong with this level I don't think its that hard

8 Death Egg/Doomsday Zone - Sonic and Knuckles

I HATE Doomsday with a passion

Very hard, luckily if you get a game over you can restart with 3 lives in sonic 3 and knuckles but not sonic and knuckles.



9 Metallic Madness - Sonic CD

Sure, you can rush right through Act 1, have some trouble with Act 2 and its one-way-door traps, and then you'll get the Bad Future, and inevitably, the Bad Ending. You know what that means? You have to get the Good Future, which means you have to find the Badnik Transporters (Good Luck), to get the Good Ending. Which, you know, takes time and effort. And you don't have enough of the latter, due to the size of these Acts...

This zone was hard on its own, but try beating it WITH good futures! It's even harder!

The only thing that is hard in act 3 is jumping through the door

Only Metallic Madness 1 And 2 Is Hard But The Final Boss Is Easy

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10 Lost Impact - Shadow the Hedgehog

Thought The Doom was hard? This level is 10 TIMES WORSE! The level is way more confusing and ridiculously big, and you have to kill ALL of the enemies to beat the Hero mission. I HATE THIS LEVEL.

The Contenders

11 Launch Base Zone - Sonic 3

I was only 6 years old when I played this. I remember being specifically frustrated by this level, so naturally when a 6 year old gets frustrated by something, she whines to her mother, "moom I can't beat this level! ". My mom couldn't beat it either! She did eventually and we continued, but I will never forget this level. I thought it was called Launch Pad for a while for some reason, but finding this jotted my memory. Wow. The underwater parts were impossible.

Whoever made the 3 bosses in a row (2 without tails and most likely 1 ring if you were playing without S&K), you are a monster. - mattstat716

12 Marble Zone - Sonic 3

Marble or Marble GARDEN?

Well, it is from Sonic 1, but I'll give it to you. After all, beating this level was a big breakthrough for me, even though there were more difficult levels ahead.

Second level syndrome- Marble zone and Chemical Plant zone in sonic 2

13 Iron Fortress - Sonic Forces

The side scrolling section had me die about 10,000 times!

Classic Sonic’s horrible controls just makes this level so difficult it took me 20 tries and a daily bonus to get an S rank. The side scrolling section is just the worst pair that up with Classic Sonic’s spindash making you drop like a pile of bricks when you use it and you got a very difficult level.

14 Final Chase - Sonic Adventure 2

I hate this level. Extremely tight grind switching that doesn't work with Sonic's air control, so many bottomless pits to kill Sonic, and to top it all off, when you have to homing attack onto a grail for extra speed, it's so easy to miss and fall into a bottomless pit!

This level is bull. With its randomly placed rails and speeders with a camera that cannot keep up with sonic this level is bound to kill you with you even doing anything wrong.

I had trouble getting to the final boss of the dark story

This is way harder than crazy gadget because it is just more trippy throughout. I plan on coming back to it.

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15 The Cauldron - Sonic and the Black Knight

I died a lot on this level because of the lava rings when trying to jump

The stupid lava rings... - Silverbronwyn

16 Dragons Lair - Sonic and the Black Knight

Like shrouded forest but more challenging missions

17 Carnival Night Act 2 - Sonic 3

When sonic 3 first came out, had no idea how to bring the block down at the end of the stage (internet wasn't around at that time to offer hints).

I can't even do it! - CN121

Oh this level...

18 Scrambled Egg Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

There IS an Scrambled Egg Zone in Sonic 2. It's the 8-bit version it's talking about.

Umm...there is no Scrambled Egg Zone in Sonic 2.

19 Crazy Gadget - Sonic Adventure 2

This level took me 3 years to beat just because of that dreaded puzzle at the end

It took me one day to beat City Escape to Crazy Gadget so yeah it's a bit easy

20 Death Egg Zone - Sonic 2

It is way way more difficult. Also Wing Fortress Zone: This level is IMPOSSIBLE! I have to restart it million times, and I haven't finished it

I understand how this is on this list. But why? I consider it a boss zone. Like Final Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. There's no real level to this zone. Just two infuriating bosses with no rings.

This is the middle finger to the people who relied on Tails. And oh yeah. There's no rings or power ups

21 Shrouded Forest - Sonic and the Black Knight

First mission in this level is not that hard but there are other ones I haven't done yet

22 Eternal Engine - Sonic Adventure 2

It is known for how long and boring it is

Like I said 1 day City Escape - Eggman Boss Fight (after Crazy Gadget)

23 Lost World - Sonic Adventure

Man, what a crazy A mission. I remember barely making 4:30 in time (had to use a giant shortcut to get to the end). The snake in the water room tested my patience, and the wall-walking room was the highlight of the whole place.

24 Final Fortress

For Team Sonic and Team Dark, the camera view is so bad that it is hard to see where you are going. When you start playing the stage, you launch through the ring and there is a rail somewhere. When you miss the rail, you're toast and it seriously takes you a ton of tries to reach the rail. There are also lasers on the rail you have to avoid as you go deeper into the stage.

This level is only due to the dreadful camera angle and slippery controls

I beat it as team sonic but took 13 minutes

This level is really great but hard

25 Windy Hill - Sonic Lost World

How the heck is this hard

Lol how is this level hard?

26 Wacky Workbench (Sonic CD)


27 Collision Chaos - Bad Future - Sonic CD

The boss sucks. It’s really repetitive.

28 Terminal Velocity - Sonic Colors

How is this hard... - MasterCreepy

Looks pretty easy right until the enemies arrive

29 Bullet Station - Sonic Heroes

It's so glitchy you go through the rails at times and fall to your death. If it wasn't for the glitches, would probably be on the easiest list

I got 3 Game Overs playing the first time with team sonic!

30 Dr. Eggman's Secret Base - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 : Episode 1
31 Green Hill Zone Act 1 - Sonic Generations 3ds
32 Lava Mountain Zone 2 - Sonic Lost World
33 Security Hall - Sonic Adventure 2

Mad Space is Harder

34 Flame Core - Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

With silver it is hard getting to the core even with it in sights

This level is so annoying, falling off walls and landing in lava, and a hard boss to go with it!

35 Sky Canyon Zone - Sonic Advance 2

This level should be number 1.

36 Mad Space - Sonic Adventure 2

The cryptic notes, the gravity, the scale of the level.

This level can die.

Super hard but managed to beat it

37 Green Hills Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Game Gear

Act 3 is practically unplayable

Just play the act 3. - Hellohi

38 Night Palace - Sonic and the Secret Rings

I find this level tricky but not that tricky since I did beat on my first try

39 The Doom - Shadow the Hedgehog

This level is too maze like and WAY too big and boring elevators that you have to wait for. the hero mission is when you have to chuck healing capsules on dead reasearchers but the camera has a seizure and you will probably miss a lot. The dark mission sucks more since you have to kill SIXTY gun troops! In the giant maze like area! Oh and one of the gun mechs is glitches and you have to use a checkpoint warp to actually FIND THAT GUN MECH. even the normal mission is Tedious.

This level is a never ending maze. You are never sure where to go. I was stuck on that fit a few days

A year ago I played this stage and it took me 23 MINUTES to complete it (I did dark mission)

40 Route 280 Mission 4 - Sonic Adventure 2

Beating act 1 of this kart racing level is fine, but when you go to act 4 and you have to clear without hitting any walls, be prepared

Hard but Mad Space is much harder

41 Blue Marine Zone - Sonic Blast

Currents brining you to the start of the level and cannot be seen? Pipes leading to instadrowning? The exit blocked off by a seemingly impassable wall? Act 3 has no bubbles and all the time fighting the boss is spent underwater meaning you have to beat it in 30 seconds? Madness!

This is the most confusing zone in the Sonic series.

42 Dusty Desert - Sonic the Hedgehog 2006
43 Camelot Castle - Sonic and the Black Knight
44 Grand Metropolics / Power Plant - Sonic Heroes
45 Radical Highway - Sonic Generations 3DS

Classic is easy. Modern is a damn pain in the ass! Tried a million times could. Not. Get. It!

46 Planet Wisp - Sonic Generations

I had S ranked all other levels, but this... never...

47 Neon Palace Zone - Sonic Rivals 2

As a kid who used to play this on my PSP, the boss fight was super hard. - MillieTrina_Prower

48 Aquatic Ruin Zone - Sonic 2
49 Kingdom Valley - Sonic 06

The level had hard parts
1. in the first level sometimes when aming for the rainbow hole You sometimes just go in reverse
2.falling down when trying to get onto eagle
4.Light dash near the end much time to wait fr the end on the wind trail
6. Mach speed but good music and layout

50 Metallic Madness Zone - Sonic Mania

Metallic madness is harder in act 2 is easiest

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Top Remixes

1. Eggmanland - Sonic Unleashed
2. Casino Park - Sonic Heroes
3. Lost Impact - Shadow the Hedgehog
1. Scrap Brain Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog
2. Cannon's Core - Sonic Adventure 2
3. Metallic Madness - Sonic CD


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