A Gold Move is a special dance move that gives a huge amount of points if done correctly. When it is obtained the player will get a "YEAH". There is no "OK" or "GOOD" rating on a Gold Move, except in the Just Dance Kids series.
As described in the Just Dance 4 Wii U Electronic manual: "Some moves are more than just moves: they are Gold Moves. You will recognise them by the golden pictogram and special effects around the dancer. Doing these correctly will earn you a lot of points"
Gold Moves were first introduced in Just Dance 2, replacing Shake Moves in Just Dance, and has appeared in every game to date, even in spinoffs such as Just Dance Kids and the Japan-exclusive Just Dance Wii games. Unlike Shake Moves, Gold Moves appear in every song. On average, Gold Moves offer 200-300 points.
In every game, Gold Moves change sound effects and the pictogram design (except in Just Dance Kids where the sound effects are not changed). The pictograms for the moves are displayed as completely golden in Solo routines; however, in Duets and Dance Crews, the pictograms have their respective color, but they are shining golden. The Gold Moves in some songs are outlined in red, and keep their normal pictogram color (only for Duets, Trios, and Dance Crews), which is the case for Dark Horse, Danse (Pop Version), Macarena, Maria (Sweat), Could You Be Loved, Candy, Speedy Gonzales, and Hey Mama. In other songs, they can be outlined in pink (Don't Worry Be Happy) or even in black and golden (In the Summertime).
Gold Moves in Duets and Dance Crews are often obtained by all the players simultaneously but not always. They can also be obtained separately or in a "wave" (for example: Player 1 gets their Gold Move first and directly after Player 2 gets theirs). Starting from Just Dance Wii, if a Gold Move is performed correctly, the Wii-Mote and PlayStation Move will vibrate. The Wii-Mote and PlayStation Move will also make a sound if correctly received, barring Just Dance 4. In Just Dance 4 Dance Crews, when Gold Moves are performed in a row, the sound pitch gets higher. In Just Dance Now, Just Dance Controller and 舞力全开：活力派, the phone will make a sound if the player does a Gold Move correctly.
In the Just Dance Kids games, the Gold Move pictograms have the same color as the normal pictograms but they have a rainbow or gold glow surrounding them.
Michael Jackson: The Experience and ABBA: You Can Dance
In Michael Jackson: The Experience and ABBA: You Can Dance, the circles that contain the Gold Move pictograms are golden, and the Just Dance 2 Gold Move effect sound is used. However, the score interface says "GOLDMOVE" instead of "YEAH". In the former game, the Gold Move effect surrounds the coach’s glove. In the latter game, it appears at the top of the screen.
- So far, the songs tied with the greatest number of Gold Moves in the franchise are Proud Mary and Ninja Re Bang Bang, with 9 each.
- Some songs from Just Dance reappeared in later games with Gold Moves added to the routine, replacing Shake Moves.
- In Miss Understood’s Mashup, there is a hidden Gold Move in the Extreme Version of Wild Wild West’s part. It appears without effects and pictograms.
- When Barbra Streisand appears with the first Gold Move in Just Dance 2014 Mashups, its Gold Move pictogram is absent, but the move is still treated and counted as a Gold Move.
- For songs that are shorter and/or have a small amount of counted moves, the Gold Moves with be worth many more points than usual. For example, Tetris’s Gold Move is worth about 770 points.
- In Just Dance 2, 3 and Wii, the golden shade of the solo Gold Move pictograms depends on the colour of the normal ones: for example, Toxic has lilac pictograms and its Gold Move one is in a lighter shade of yellow; on the opposite, Let’s Go To The Mall has dark purple pictograms and its Gold Moves ones are in a very dark shade.
- Even failed Gold Moves can give you some points.
- In Just Dance Kids, there are no special effects during a Gold Move. Instead, its pictograms are surrounded by a rainbow aura.
- In all games intended for younger audiences, it is still possible to score an "OK" or "GOOD" on a Gold Move.
- In Just Dance 2017, the effect is similar to the updated Just Dance Now effect and the "YEAH" is larger than in Just Dance 2016. However, this new effect appears only on 8th generation consoles.
- On 7th-Generation consoles, the Gold Move effect from Just Dance 2015 is still retained since all assets from that said game are used.
- In older games, Gold Moves were usually unique. Starting around Just Dance 2015, most Gold Moves occur at the start of the song’s chorus or drop, which often results in the same move being performed several times throughout the rest of the song as a regular move. Other songs sometimes place Gold Moves at the end of the chorus or as the routine’s final move.
- In Just Dance 2018, each routine has two, three or four Gold Moves.
- The routines from the main series where a Gold Move appears the earliest are S.O.S, Chicken Payback, Bad Romance’s Mashup and Circus’s Mashup. In all of them, Gold Move 1 corresponds to the second pictogram.
- If spin-offs are taken into account, however, the record goes to Five Little Monkeys, where Gold Move 1 is also the first counted move of the routine.
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