Background Information
Feature films
Television programs
Video games Sonic Unleashed (First and only appearance)
Park attractions
Inspiration Middle East (Petra, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Quatar)
Other Information
Other names
Location Unnamed desert on Earth
Inhabitants Ehsan, Hizir, Raniya, Iman, Utba, Mufid, Erhan,Labib, Sa'id, Latif, Ara, Dimah, Musaid, Shadi, Sammar,Layla, Safi,Sadiq, Samia,Yasmine,Hot Dog Vendor
Visitors *Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Chip, Amy Rose,Professor Pickle, Professor Pickle's Assistant, Sandra, Brenda, Boss
Final state

Shamar|シャマール|Shamāru}} is one of the many locations and levels in Sonic Unleashed. It is derived from Middle Eastern themes with a desert landscape and is also based on Petra, Jordan with its numerous ruins.



Shamar is based on Middle Eastern themes, such as Petra, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, and Quatar. It has ruins in several areas and has a giant desert landscape in the area.


Sonic comes here after Professor Pickle tells him that he decided to pack up and move his lab to Shamar, as the Gaia Manuscripts have a lot of information on the city. Shamar is also where Sonic fights the Dark Guardian.

Notable LocationsEdit

In the point-and-click HUB world of the Wii/PS2 version, many of the featured parts of Shamar are shown. These spots include:

  • Outside the Palace
  • The Merchants home
  • Palm tree Square
  • Back Alley
  • Pickle Lab
  • Food Market
  • Main Thoroughfare
  • Holy Shrine (as Sonic the Werehog)


Main article: Hallowmoon

A festival celebrated at the time of the game where the people of Shamar switch their daily life to nocturnal. The celebration is to honor the moon and the morning sun.



  • A controversial review of the game said that "the people of Shamar get blown up by suicide bombers every day, so the events of the game will be somewhat normal to them." This is a reference to the fact that Shamar is based on the Middle East which currently has a big problem with terrorist attacks. The review has since been banned and the writer was fined for "writing and publishing offensive content that may harm the judgement of others."Template:Citation needed
  • On the walls of Shamar's Gaia gates, it reads, in Arabic, 'I testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger'. This is most likely due to the fact that Shamar is based on Arabian cities, in which most inhabitants are Muslim.
  • "Shamar" is Hebrew for "guard", and this stage is home to the Dark Guardian.


Concept Art and Development ImagesEdit

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Town StageEdit


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Entrance StageEdit

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