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Chainspike[1] (クロウ Kurō?, lit. "Crow")[2] is an enemy that appears in Sonic & Knuckles and it locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. It is a Badnik variant created by Dr. Eggman to guard the insides if the Death Egg.



The Chainspike has a round, cyan-colored body four spike spears at its top, bottom and side sections. It also has a glowing eye in the middle of its black cross-line.


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Chainspike releasing one of its spike spears in Death Egg Zone.

Chainspikes are featured in Death Egg Zone where they hover in a stationary position in corridor and ramp sections at first. However, they will rapidly zip to the other side of the section as the player gets close, before pausing briefly and then releasing one of their spike spears. After that, they will repeat their pattern. When a Chainspike is about to performs its pattern, its eye glows three times.

The safest way for the player to defeat a Chainspike is to perform the Insta-shield as Sonic. It is also possible to destroy it by hitting one of its "corners" with a well-timed Spin Jump when this Badnik releases one of its spike spears.



  1. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Genesis) United States instruction manual pg. 19.
  2. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual pg. 32.
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