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Quotation1 The Egg Gunner makes up the backbone of Dr. Eggman’s mech army. This versatile robot has a propulsion system that allows it to hover in the air and quickly change position, tracking enemy targets with the machine guns fastened to each arm. Quotation2
Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide[1]
Egg Gunner
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An Egg Gunner
Appearances
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Game
appearances
Biographical overview
Creator

Dr. Eggman

Physical description
Species

Robot

Color scheme

White, black

Eyes

Light blue

Alignment and character traits
Alignment

Evil

Affiliation

Eggman Empire

Skills, abilities and powers
Skills
  • Machine Gun
  • Missiles
  • Flight

The Egg Gunner is an enemy that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). They are a model of mechs created by Dr. Eggman and made up the backbone of Eggman's mech army during the doctor's operations to control Solaris.[1] Much like the Egg Pawns, they are versatile and come with an assortment of equipment.[1] This model also come three other variants, which include the Egg Lancer, Egg Stinger, and Egg Launcher.

Description

Appearance

Breaking away from Eggman's tradition of modeling his ground troopers after himself, the Egg Gunners are humanoid and highly futuristic robots over two meters tall. They have an almost triangular and slim torso with a pronounced chest area, a pair of legs with knees that bend backwards, and three-toed hook-like feet. They also have a pair of arms, with a small machine gun for the left hand and a missile launcher for the right hand. On their backs they have a propulsion system shaped as two joined disks, and their heads are shaped like disks too with a glowing light blue line on the front for eyes.

The Egg Gunners are predominantly black with white formfitting-plating covering their legs, front torso and white round plates on their shoulders. Their heads are white with a black stripe and the midsections of their arms and pelvis are white too. Additionally, they have a light on the left side of their chest.

Powers and Abilities

The Egg Gunners are versatile and come equipped with useful skills.[1] They possess a propulsion system on their backs and jet modules on their legs which allow them to hover and fly through midair at speeds matching or even surpassing Sonic's running speed.[1] For their left hand they have a Vulcan Cannon machine gun that lets them fire fast, albeit weak, rounds of shots,[2] and for their right hand they have a missile launcher that launch more powerful, but slower missiles. However, they lack sufficient armor and are therefore quite fragile.[1]

Game Appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

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A trio of Egg Gunners in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

The Egg Gunners made their first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). They are one of the game's most common enemy, appearing in nearly every Action Stage, excluding Crisis City, Flame Core and End of the World (early screenshots and demos of the game also showed Egg Gunners in Crisis City). Usually, they can be found on the ground, but they will sometimes also use their hover ability to chase after the player when grinding or in Super-Speed Stages.

In gameplay, Egg Gunners will quickly change position and track the playable characters where they will attack them with either their machine guns or missiles.[1] If hit by an Egg Gunner's round, the player will only lose one Ring per hit, making it easy to escape or launch a counterattack, but being hit by the same rounds from multiple Egg Gunners can deplete the Rings quickly.[1] Getting hit by their missiles will cause the player to lose all their Rings, though these missiles can be grabbed by Silver's Psychokinesis. Nevertheless, they only take one attack to be destroyed.

Sega Superstars Tennis

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The gunners (top) vs Sonic and Aiai (bottom)

The Egg Gunners reappeared again in Sega Superstars Tennis. They have a minor role in the game, and they play very few times. They are seen alongside Metal Sonic in the game. Instead of guns and missiles, they are armed with electric spiked balls that relieve their opponents of ten rings when the balls strike.

Trivia

  • The strategy guide for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic th Hedgehog: Official Game Guide, states that the Egg Gunners have two machine guns for arms. This is incorrect, as they have one machine gun and the other arm is a missile launcher.[1]
  • The Egg Gunner family bears a striking resemblance to the E-100 series, albeit more streamlined and realistic. The Egg Gunner in particular most resembles E-102 Gamma, due to the single mounted gun on the right hand. They also have a closer visual relation with Gun Hunters.

Gallery

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Egg Gunner.




References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "The Egg Gunner makes up the backbone of Dr. Eggman’s mech army. This versatile robot has a propulsion system that allows it to hover in the air and quickly change position, tracking enemy targets with the machine guns fastened to each arm. If you’re hit by an Egg Gunners rounds, you lose only one Ring—this allows for easy escape or a chance for counterattack. But if you’re surrounded by multiple mechs, those Rings can really disappear quickly. Fortunately, the Egg Gunner lacks sufficient armor to withstand more than a single attack." - Sonic the Hedgehog: Official Game Guide, pg. 325
  2. Sonic Team, Blindlight (24 November 2006). Sonic the Hedgehog. Xbox 360/PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: Wave Ocean. "Sonic: The Vulcan Cannon shots don't hurt individually, but they'll cut down my Rings bit by bit."


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