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Crawl 4
Crawl in Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

in other media
Biographical overview

Dr. Robotnik


Guardon, Guardon Crab

Physical description


Color scheme

Red, blue, yellow, orange, grey.


White eyes with black pupils.

Alignment and character traits


Powers and abilities
  • Shieldmanship
  • Concussive force projection

Crawl (ガードン Gādon?, lit. Guardon), also known as Guardon Crab, is a Badnik created by Dr. Robotnik, that is first seen in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Usually found at casino or Bonus Stages, Crawl is heavily armed with bumper shield and pincers.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2


Crawl made first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as being featured at Casino Night Zone and making the only enemies in that particular zone. Crawl is seen crawling slowly (hence the Badnik's name) back and forth on routes. If the player tries to defeat the Badnik in front or above sides, Crawl hides under the shield which bounces the player to backwards, while making no damage to player or Badnik. Crawl can only be destroyed by performing a Spin Attack from behind.

Sonic Spinball

A single Crawl appears in 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, as it is seen behind two Cluckers at pinball table of fourth Bonus Stage "Clucker's Defense". In this bonus stage, the player has to destroy Crawl from table by using three balls at the same time.

It is impossible to hit them in front as the pinball balls can be bounced from Badniks, while giving 1,000 points from one hit. The player has to defeat Crawl from lateral sides multiple times until it lost its shield and with the last hit, it gets destroyed. Oddly this Crawl doesn't have animal inside of it.

Sonic Rivals 2

A different looking Badnik, that looks like Crawl is seen in Sonic Rivals 2, renamed as Guardon Crab. These Badniks are created by Doctor Eggman, but Eggman Nega has taken over the control of Badniks and Guardon Crabs are being featured at Neon Palace and Chaotic Inferno. Though this version has same attack pattern like Crawl, it can be destroyed simply by jumping at it, even from the front. The card of Guardon Crab is able to get by completing second act of Mystic Haunt with an S rank.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Crawl makes reappearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 4, as these Badniks return with slightly different models at Casino Street Zone. Unlike in Casino Night Zone, Crawl is not alone while the zone also has Batbots and Bubbles as well. However the attack pattern of Crawl is almost the same from previous games and having also animal inside of it once again.

Sonic Generations

Crawl make another appearance in Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, as Badniks are seen at Casino Night Zone. Crawl appears to have same attack pattern from previous appearances, but doesn't have animals inside of it at all. Modern act of the zone features Crawl Badniks at lines and looking to the other side, as the player can use boost to go through.

Sonic Lost World

Mad spining skills!

Sonic blocking Crawl's projectile wave by doing Somersault Kick in Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

Crawls appears in both versions of Sonic Lost World. During the game, the Crawls and the other Badniks got hijacked by the Deadly Six. Ín this game, the Crawls appear to retain their original appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, though the Crawls here have grey back armor with a yellow orb on the armor.

In Wii U version of the game, Crawls are guarding Frozen Factory Zone 3, Silent Forest Zone 4 and Lava Mountain Zone 3. The player cannot attack the Crawls from the front, so the player has to try hit them from behind where they have no protection. In Nintendo 3DS version of the game, they are seen in Sky Road Zone 1 and 2. Crawls in the Nintendo 3DS version have the ability to create projectile waves towards the player, which are similar to ones Sonic uses when performing Somersault Kicks. If the player performs the Somersault Kick at right time, he/she can block the Crawl's wave and stun at the same time, leaving them open to a Homing Attack.


Physical Appearance

Crawl 2

Crawl at defensive position in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The origin of Crawl's design is unknown. It has a grey, torso-like body, a red or orange head with mandibles (vaguely resembling the heads of insect-shaped Badniks such as Buzz Bomber or Caterkiller), and yellow crab-like pincers. It also carriers a shield in the form of a bumper with red background, blue center and yellow / white star in it, which it can use to protect itself and knock the player away.

There are several alternations and detailed changes on Crawl's model, that are made in Sonic Rivals 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Generations.


As being mentioned earlier, Crawl Badniks can basically defend themselves by using their shields on left hand, while the player gets bounced back like bobbins at pinball sections. However these Badniks don't simply attack to its target while moving slowly back and forth (it is still possible to hit them by simply running into it). However Crawl does not have protection at back section and which is fatal flaw of these Badniks.

In Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Crawl has given ability to create projectile wave towards its target. Waves that Crawl is able to are similar to ones that Sonic can do with Somersault Kick. Crawl spins around once while his Bumper shield and claw arms are relaxed.

Apperances in other media

Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992

A single Crawl appeared briefly at one panel in the beginning of Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992' story "Sticky Problems", as watching from farther off with Buzz Bomber while Robotnik is boiling the "Special Instant Glue", which he tries to use against Sonic to trying catch and destroy him at the story.

Sonic the Comic

Crawl has made several small appearances in Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, as being part of Robotnik's Badnik army. Crawl was also featured on the cover of issue 11 and a pin-up og issue 94. In the issue 55' story The Great Escape!, Sonic the Hedgehog disguised himself as a Crawl in order to access a Badnik Processing Plant along with the other Freedom Fighters. A single Crawl has seen in action in issue 46' story Enter the Cybernik, who was quickly destroyed by Shortfuse the Cybernik before doing any damage. Destroyed Crawl has also seen by the time it was seen in issue 59' story The Seven Badniks.


Crawl beta
  • There are alternative in-game sprites in the Simon Wai prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that exist inside of the game's coding. Crawl has different position and holds the shield to the lateral direction, while it doesn't do this in final version. It is also noticed that its pincer is a grey color.
    • Crawl's pincers are also seen miscolored grey in mini-game of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball.
  • While Cosmic Casino in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is similar to Casino Night Zone, it doesn't have Crawl Badniks in it, which makes spikes and crushing blocks only threat at the zone.
  • Crawl and Asteron are the only Badniks in Sonic the Hedgehog 4, that are not featured in the game's website.




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