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The Batbot (バットボット Battobotto?), also known as Halogen (ハロゲン Harogen?) in Japan, is a recurring enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, bat-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman that follows its targets with its lightbulb.
Batbots are generally based on bats. They have black mechanical wings with neon-light blue and yellow edges, and their heads consist of ears and a pair of eye balls. They also have a red rim around their "neck" and an active lightbulb on their underside.
After their debut, the Batbots have received small design changes in each subsequent appearance. In Sonic Blast, they had yellow eyes with black sclera, and in Sonic the Hedgehog 4, their design is more detailed and their wings strongly resemble magnet tiles.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
In their first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the Batbots are encountered in Carnival Night Zone. In this game, they normally hang motionless in mid-air either by themselves or in groups. When the player gets close however, the Batbots will activate and start following the playable characters everywhere in circular patterns. They will return to their original position if the player moves far enough away however. The player can use the Spin Jump to defeat them easily.
In Sonic Blast, the Batbots appear in Yellow Desert Zone and are referred to as Halogen. In this game, they are much smaller, but their attack pattern remains much like in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Like before, they can easily be defeated with the Spin Jump.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Batbots are featured in Casino Street Zone, where they hang in mid-air until the player gets close to them. While they are much slower than in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, they will follow the player in a straight line instead of in circular patterns. Regardless, the player can defeat them before they start pursuing Sonic with the Homing Attack.
In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, Batbots are featured in Starlight Carnival. In this game, they have the same circular chase pattern as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 when they start following the player. The player can easily defeat them with the Homing Attack.
Sonic Jump Fever
In Sonic Jump Fever, Batbots appear as enemies in Mechanical Zone. Rather than attacking the playable character head on, the Batbots fly around back and forth. Regardless, they are still easily defeated with the Spin Jump.
Powers and abilities
A Batbot waits in one position in mid-air. When it spots the target, it flies around it in circles, although its attack pattern varies as it can also fly in straight lines or just fly back and forth.
In other media
In the Sonic Adventures comic book, Robotnik sent numerous Badniks (including Batbots) on a huge chase after Sonic and Tails when they escaped from his spaceship.
- During the development of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a similar bat-type Badnik called BBat, was supposed to appear in Hidden Palace Zone. This enemy is later featured officially at the previously mentioned Zone in 2013 re-release of the game. Batbot may have been based on the BBat, that originally remained unused in the final game.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction manual pg. 23.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual pg. 38.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog 3 card number 07 from Sonic Tweet.
- ↑ Japanese titled enemies of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 listed on the GHZ.
- ↑ Sonic Blast (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual pg. 20.
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