Cactulas are based on cacti as well as the original Nebula from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. A small, orange-like creature with white gloves, it has two cartoonish eyes and resides within a round shell. The shell is colored in green cacti-patterning, with a bronze-colored propeller helping this Badnik fly. It also has a purple cannon on the bottom of its shell.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Cactulas appear exclusively in Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1. However, they are not encountered in Knuckles' edition of the Act in Mania Mode. In gameplay, they merely wait until the player is close enough for them to pop out of their shells and begin flying. Should the player get underneath them, they will drop a projectile on the playable characters. In some cases, Cactulas will even wait on top of cacti, disguised as the top of these plants, until the player comes close so they can launch a surprise attack. A simple Spin Attack or Spin Jump can defeat this Badnik though, releasing an Animal inside.
Powers and abilities
Cactulas are capable of flight and can fire energy projectiles from the cannons on their bottom. Their unique design also allows them to camouflage themselves as cacti parts.
↑While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "Cactula".