Is Shadow In Sonic Frontiers?

The popular anti-hero Shadow would be a cool presence in Sonic Frontiers but did he make the cut as an NPC or cameo?
Shadow Sonic Frontiers
Screenshot via Sonic Boom’s YouTube Channel

According to Dr. Eggman in the Sonic Boom animated series, Shadow is the second most popular character in the canon of the franchise. It would only make sense for the antagonist to appear in Sonic Frontiers but is this actually the case? We’ve finished the game and have the answer for you.

Does Shadow Appear In Sonic Frontiers?

Sonic Frontiers The Best Defense
Screenshot by The Games Cabin

The edgier hedgehog Shadow actually does not make an appearance in Sonic Frontiers. It’s quite a shock as he’s appeared in most mainline Sonic games in the past, but Sonic Frontiers does a great job of working in character development for the hedgehog’s main friends Amy, Knuckles, and lastly Tails. They’re written as more well-rounded characters and are developed further as to what their goals are and what their relationship to Sonic is after all these adventures.

Shadow, however, is not a part of the story at all in Sonic Frontiers, although he would certainly be useful during the events of the game. For example, in the Sonic X anime, both Sonic and Shadow transform into their super versions to save the day from a space colony. They also worked together in Sonic Adventure 2 during the last boss.

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Can I Play As Shadow In Any Other Sonic Game?

Sonic Frontiers Shadow
Screenshot via Sonic The Hedgehog’s YouTube Channel

Yes, you can play as Shadow in other Sonic the Hedgehog games. He was featured in a short DLC episode with Sonic Forces in a level called Episode Shadow. You can also play as the Chaos Control user in Team Sonic Racing and if you want to go way back, Sonic Heroes alongside Rouge the Bat and E-123 Omega. He also has his own game inevitably called Shadow the Hedgehog on the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox. He uses guns and his super speed in the spin-off. It is quite the trip but the game is actually quite expensive in the used game market, ranging from $49.99 to $124.95 on Amazon.