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Grabber (グラバー Gurabā?) is a recurring enemy in Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, yellow-and-black spider-type Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman. Grabbers can be found hiding on the ceiling, where they will drop down and grab (hence the name of the Badnik) their targets from above.


Grabbers strongly resemble spiders. Their main body has yellow and black stripes that flash red and black as they are about to self-destruct. On their back is a wheel which they use to move on ceilings. They also have a round black head with two black eyes and white mandibles. They possess as well eight long, mechanical limbs, four on each side, on the bottom of their bodies.

In Sonic Generations, Grabbers were redesigned. In addition to appearing larger, they were given black limbs and cyan eyes with black pupils and two smaller eyes above each of them. The wheel on their backs were also removed. In Sonic Lost World, Grabbers returned to their original design, except with cyan irises and additional, smaller eyes.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Grabber sprite

Grabbers first appeared in the Chemical Plant Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In this game, Grabbers are located in the hall sections of the Zone, where one or two of these Badniks hang from ceilings.

In gameplay, Grabbers glide along the ceilings, waiting for the player to come. Once a playable character gets below a Grabber, it drops down and grabs him, causing damage. Upon getting a hold of the player, the Grabber starts flashing for few seconds before self-detonating, destroying both itself and its Animal, and dealing further damage to the player. One way to escape a Grabber's hold is by pressing left and right repeatedly on Controlpadds. Alternatively, if Tails is with Sonic, he can try to destroy the Grabber before it explodes. If not grabbed, the player can destroy a Grabber and release its Animal by performing the Spin Jump.

Sonic Generations

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A Grabber in Sonic Generations.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, Grabbers appeared again in the Chemical Plant. Though they received an updated design, they retained the same attack patterns from the previous game and are located in the hall sections of the Stage.

In Sonic Generations, Grabbers are able to crawl along the ground as well as hanging from the ceiling. Like in the previous game, if the player is grabbed, they can break free before the Grabber self-destructs. Destroying a Grabber will also not release an Animal.

Sonic Lost World

In both version of Sonic Lost World, the Gabbers make a reappearance as enemies. During the game, the Grabbers and the other Badniks got hijacked by the Deadly Six. Otherwise, they retain their attack patterns from previous games.

In the Nintendo 3DS version, Grabbers can be found specifically Windy Hill Zone 2 and Desert Ruins. They appear on linear route sections, where up to three of them will hang on the roof. The player can destroy these Badniks using the Homing Attack.

In the Wii U version, Grabbers appear in Desert Runs and Silent Forest Zone 4. On this version, Grabbers can only be destroyed by luring them down and then hitting them with a Bound Jump, as they cannot be locked-on to by attacks. In Desert Ruins Zone 1, a trail of Rings appear after they are defeated, while in Silent Forest they sometimes give one Ring after being destroyed.

Powers and abilities

Grabber can hang from ceilings using an incredibly strong and durable thread. It catches prey with its legs and then self-destructs, causing damage to its captive.

In other media

Sonic the Comic

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Grabber the Comic

Two Grabbers as they appear in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Grabbers are a part of as being part of Robotnik's Badnik army. Grabber is seen for the first time, when it keeps capturing Emerald Hill Folk, although it only becomes short time trouble for Sonic, who has been rescuing them from Chemical Plant Zone. He defeats the Grabber and releases animal, that had been inside of it for ages.[1]

Later, Tails and Tantrum are caught by two Grabber Badniks before falling to lava in cavern. These two Badniks start arguing about the way how they eat their victims. Because of this, Tails and Tantrum manages to escape from them.[2]

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Robotnik summons Grabber Badniks (which he miscalled as Burrobots) but instead of grabbing Sonic they just run after him. They are defeated when Sonic spins around an ice platform and they fall in the water.[3]



Classic Tails with Grabber figure.

With the announcement of Sonic Generations, Jazwares had made figures of the character from the Sonic series into figures. The characters would include a little figure with the package. A Grabber was included with a Classic Tails figure.


  • It is stated in Sonic the Comic, that Grabber Badniks can eat its victims as this is remained in issue 75 and since then it hasn't mentioned at no other point in the comic. However, it stands to reason that any Badnik with a Mobian trapped inside would require sustenance in order to keep their organic batteries running.
  • Secret Plant in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is similar to the Chemical Plant Zone, even having Spiny Badniks. Grabber however doesn't appear in the zone at all, making Spiny Badniks only enemies in the zone.
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Spider robot that appears in Flying Battery Zone.

  • A spider robot that is similar to Grabber appears at two sections of Flying Battery Zone Act Two in Sonic & Knuckles. Instead of self-destructing, these robots can grap the player, starts carry across large gaps and then releases the player off.
  • In episode "The Price of Freedom" of Sonic Underground, there appears similar spider-robot that used to disguise itself as watch to spy on the fighters.
  • In the episode "Unfair Ball" of Sonic X anime, Doctor Eggman activates one of the E-21 Ballios that grab Sonic's head that will self-destruct similar to the Grabber.
  • A previously unseen jellyfish Badnik appears in the 2013 mobile re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Residing in the waters of the Hidden Palace, it looks entirely different but has similar programming to a Grabber.






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