can knuckles use the master emerald : From the very beginning, Emeralds have played an important role in Sonic games, regardless of whether they are Chaos or Master. As far back as the Genesis games, collecting them has allowed Sonic to transform into a super hero. The question was recently posed to Knuckles as to why he has never tried to harness the power of the emeralds, something he has done previously, but his response implied that it is something he would never even consider doing.
During the latest episode of TailsTube, Knuckles commented on his reluctance to wield the power of the Master Emerald. Earlier this year, Tails launched his own YouTube channel, in which he revealed that he eats Chao. During last week’s episode, Tails asked Knuckles whether he had ever been tempted to use the Master Emerald’s powers to his own advantage.
It is not my responsibility to use the power of the Emerald. It is my responsibility to protect it,” Knuckles replies. In the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie, in which Knuckles was introduced to a whole new generation of Sonic fans, it is implied that the echidna have been sworn to protect the Master Emerald. As with Sonic, Knuckles has used emeralds to turn super in the past.
As soon as Knuckles appeared in Sonic games, he became super. In Sonic & Knuckles, players could play as Knuckles. Thus, when all seven Chaos Emeralds were collected, Knuckles was able to harness their power and turn super, just like Sonic in previous games. There is a pink/magenta glow rather than a yellow/white glow on the echidna.
With the inclusion of Knuckles in Sonic and Sonic 2, the echidna has also been able to become super in these games. The Sonic and Sega All-Star Racing games contain an instance where Knuckles uses the Master Emerald rather than the Choas Emerald, for those planning on pointing out that loophole. The fact that he insists on protecting emeralds rather than using them implies that this may be his role in Sonic Frontiers, and that he may not turn super in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 or in the Knuckles spin-off series which is being produced by Paramount Plus.