Buzz Bombers have several upgraded models based on them. Since the Buzz Bombers' first appearance, they or other similar bee-type Badniks (such as Buzzers) have become one of the most common enemies in the series.
The classic Buzz Bomber resembles a mechanical mud dauber with a black coloring around its spherical thorax. The stinger at the tip of its blue-striped abdomen is a rail detonator cannon, its primary weapon. Two mechanical devices resembling pale wings give it the ability to hover. Also, two engines are installed into the sides of this Badnik's thorax. Finally, the classic Buzz Bomber has a blue head with cartoony eyes, two mandibles and yellow antenna.
In Sonic Generations, the Buzz Bomber models were more mechanically detailed, with four pink wings, cyan eyes, and a bendable bar between their thoraxes and abdomens. In Sonic Lost World and several subsequent games, the Buzz Bombers retained their softer appearance from earlier games.
In Sonic Forces, the Buzz Bombers received a more modernized and militaristic design. These Buzz Bombers retained the typical Buzz Bombers' basic shape. However, their wings had become yellow, their abdomens had lost their stripes, and their thoraxes had become blue. They also had black heads with a single red eye each and small antenna.
In the original 16-bit version, Buzz Bombers fly alone or in a group from the side of the screen. When a Buzz Bomber targets an enemy, it will halt in mid-air, retract its stinger, and fire a rail detonator blast before flying away. The player has to avoid projectiles and use the Spin Jump to defeat them when the timing is right. Upon their defeat, they release an Animal.
In the game's English manual for the Game Gear version, these enemies are simply called "bugs". However, the Japanese version identifies them as "Beetons", which is the name used for Buzz Bombers in Japan. Other sources simply refer to these enemies as "Buzzes", presumeably due to their lack of bombing capabilities.
In gameplay, these enemies hover around and block pathways in The Showdown. They can be destroyed with one hit and, in the 8-bit versions of the game, destroying one of them rewards the player with 80,000 points.
In gameplay, these Badniks mostly act like how they did in their first appearance. Upon their destruction, they will also release an Animal.
In both the console/PC and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Buzz Bombers appear as enemies. In these games, they were given a more mechanical-looking design. They also came in two known colorations: yellow and purple. In both the console/PC version and Nintendo 3DS of the game, the player encounters the Buzz Bombers in Green Hill Act 1 and 2.
In gameplay on the console/PC version, yellow Buzz Bombers hover in place and take shots at Sonic when he gets close. Purple Buzz Bombers on the other hand, which are more uncommon, simply fly towards the player without launching any attack. In gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS version, the player only encounters yellow Buzz Bombers. These Badniks either fly towards the player or hover in place in midair. When they spot Sonic though, they will take aim before firing shots at him.
In the console/PC version of the game, there are also giant purple, indestructible Buzz Bombers in the Knuckles: Horde of EnemiesChallenge Act. These Buzz Bombers cannot hurt Sonic, nor do they attempt to attack him, but they can propel Sonic high into the air if they are struck by an attack from a certain height, which is useful during these Buzz Bombers' Challenge Act. A statue of the purple Buzz Bomber can also be unlocked in the console/PC version's Statue Room.
In the 2012 remake of Sonic Jump, yellow and orange variations of the Buzz Bombers appeared at Green Hill Zone. In gameplay, these Badniks act much like their yellow variations did in Sonic Generations, namely by shooting energy projectiles from their stingers. However, they can easily be destroyed by jumping into them from below.
Sonic Lost World
In both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, only blue Buzz Bombers appeared, although in this game, they were given a more comical design reminiscent of their appearance in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. During the game, the Badniks, Buzz Bombers included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six when they turned against Eggman and used to attack him under the Deadly Six's orders. When that happened, a few of them got destroyed by Sonic. One Buzz Bomber managed to injure Tails though, which made Sonic retreat with Tails.
On the Wii U version of the game, the player encounters the Buzz Bombers in Desert Ruins Zone 1 and 3, Tropical Coast Zone 1 and 3, Silent Forest Zone 4, Sky Road Zone ?, and Lava Mountain Zone 2. On the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, the player encounters them in Windy Hill Tutorial, Windy Hill Zone 1, 2 and 3, Desert Ruins Zone 1 and 3, Frozen Factory Zone 2 and 3, Silent Forest Zone 1, 2 and 3, and Sky Road Zone 1 and 3
In gameplay, the Buzz Bombers either just fly around or float stationary in one place from where they shoot lasers at the player whenever they spot Sonic. Like in earlier games, the Buzz Bombers release Animals when defeated. Sometimes, the Buzz Bombers also appears in chains with Spinners which the player can use to traverse the Zone.
Sonic Runners series
In Sonic Runners, the Buzz Bombers appear as enemies. In this game, they retained their design from Sonic Lost World. They are also some of the more common foes encountered in the flying type characters' stages. In gameplay, they do not fire projectiles. Instead, some of them fly around back and forth separately or in groups. Other simply hover in place.
Buzz Bombers in Sonic Runners come in three types. Aside from the regular types, there are golden Buzz Bombers which give 300 extra points each when destroyed, and black ones called Super Buzz Bombers which only Color Powers and power type characters can destroy. Also, any type of Buzz Bomber contain Animals inside them.
In gameplay, the Buzz Bombers behave exactly like they did in their debut appearance, namely by flying in from the side of the screen (either in groups or by themselves), during which they will stop in midair and shoot at the playable characters when they get them in their sight before resuming their flight. Upon their destruction, they will release an Animal.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Buzz Bombers from Sonic Forces appear on the race tracks. In gameplay, they act as stationary obstacles for the player to run into, perpetually floating in midair. However, they do not attack the player and can easily be destroyed using the Spin Jump. Upon their destruction, they grant the player five Rings.
In gameplay, the Buzz Bombers exhibit two distinct attack patterns. In some sections, they simply hover in midair, never moving from their spot. When they see the playable character however, they will start taking shots at them. In other sections, the Buzz Bombers will fly forward until they spot the playable character, upon which they will stop in midair to shoot at them, much like in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
During the boss battle with Zavok, yellow and orange versions of the Buzz Bombers appear. These enemies will appear around the boss area, where they will flying into the player. Upon colliding with something or getting hit by Zavok however, they will be destroyed.
Powers and abilities
With the aid of their (small but effective) wings and rockets, the Buzz Bombers are capable of flight. They are also equipped with stingers that can fire a rail detonator blast, which appears as a concentrated orb of laser energy, at their target.
The Buzzer is the first variation of the Buzz Bomber that appeared. They are typically presented as yellow and orange versions of the Buzz Bombers (their only original distinctive features being the jet engines they had for wings). They also possess the same abilities as the Buzz Bombers. They first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
The Poh-Bee is a melee variation of the Buzz Bomber. These flying Badniks, instead of being equipped with rail detonators, have maces attached to their abdomens via chains which they swing around to attack foes. They first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Buzz Bombers are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. Depending on the artist, the Buzz Bomber would be depicted differently in different issues. They were among the first generation of Badniks Robotnik produced and have threatened the people of Mobius since their creation.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Buzz Bombers, here called Buzzbombers, were among the first generation of badniks produced by Dr. Robotnik. Early on, their design resembled that of their counterparts from the Sonic the Hedgehog television series, though they would eventually come to resemble their game counterparts. Over time though, the Buzzbombers were rendered obsolete by more advanced robots and got decommissioned.
Following the events of Worlds Collide, the Buzzbombers' history became nearly identical to that of their game counterparts.
In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, the Buzz Bombers are red and green with no engines, eye eyes, and drills for noses. They would occasionally come after Sonic and Tails, but would prove no match for the hedgehog.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog, the Buzz Bombers, here spelled Buzz-Bombers, possessed a more sinister design, although they retained their wings, rockets, and laser stingers. They only appeared in "Heads or Tails", where Dr. Robotnik deployed them twice; first to coax out Sonic and later to deploy a chemical weapon against the Great Forest. Both times though, they were stopped by Sonic and the Freedom Fighters.
In the Sonic Boom televisions series, the Buzz Bombers, here called Bee Bots, are a mass-produced robot model created by Dr. Eggman. They serve both as Eggman's sentries and foot soldiers which the doctor uses for his frequent attacks on Team Sonic and Seaside Island. While fast and agile, they are not very powerful and are easily destroyed in intense combat.
The toy company TOMY has released Buzz Bomber action figurine during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines and these figurines came in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles label and were also released individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.
The Buzz Bomber's names might have been based on a game for the Intellivision called "Buzz Bombers", which is also the name of a minigame for Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.
In the original 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Buzz Bomber was known as Le Bourdon Bombardier in French,La Avispa Mortifera in Spanish,Vespa Bombardiere in Italian,Vliegende Bommenwerper in Dutch, and Pörriäispommittaja in Finnish.