Special tricks in Tony Hawk's games are unique tricks that involve pressing of two directional buttons to be performed. Special tricks are awarded with a higher amount of points, but as a downside, are usually longer to perform or affect skater balance more than usual tricks. Special trick names are golden in current combo string. Specific sound is played after special trick was triggered.

Initially Special tricks were signature tricks, unique to the specific skater (i.e. Tony Hawk's The 900 or Rodney Mullen's Darkslide). As the series evolved, new fictional tricks were appearing, becoming more insane with each iteration. Since THPS4 special tricks could involve additional objects like Steve Caballero's Faction Guitar Slide.

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