- For other uses of the term, see Grounder (disambiguation).
The Grounder (ハンドリル Handoriru?, lit. "Handrill") is a recurring enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mole-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman and the successors of the Burrobots in terms of its design.
Being successors of Burrobots, the Grounders are similar in design, but more bulky. They have red and broad bodies with two continuous tracks for legs. On their head they have two grey bolts for eyes, a white antenna on the back, and a large drill bit for a nose. They also have a yellow neckline, a blue button on their bellies, round shoulders with the early Eggman Empire symbol on them, and slightly smaller drill pits for forearms.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Grounders made their first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where they can be found in Aquatic Ruin Zone. In gameplay, they usually move back and forth on the ground or underwater while their drills are spinning. Though not dangerous on their own, Grounders are placed in very strategic places, such as at the top of paths above the player to block the way. They can also be hiding inside walls, only to suddenly emerge from them when the player passes them and hit them with a surprise attack. Regardless, the player can still easily destroy Grounders by with the Spin Attack or Spin Jump.
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
Powers and abilities
Much like the Burrobots, the Grounders mainly attack by breaking through walls and launching surprise attacks. They use their drill bits to drill through the walls and hit their target.
In other media
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Strategy Guide
Purple and green Grounders are seen in the comics of the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog 2 strategy guide, which loosely tell the original Japanese storyline of the game. Here, they are helping Eggman's search Chaos Emeralds, only to be quickly destroyed by Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992
Large variations of the Grounders appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992' story "Big Trouble". In this story, Sonic and Tails encountered a large Grounder as it bursted through a wall. The duo tried to damage it with the Spin Attack, only for it to bounce off of its shell harmlessly. Robotnik then announced to Sonic and Tails in his Eggmobile that this Grounder is the first of a new series of giant badniks whose size and strength would assure his conquest of Mobius where others had failed.
Tails wonders if they have to fall back, but Sonic refuses. With a little lateral thinking, Sonic and Tails climb to the top a column high above the Grounder. They then both leap down and hit the Grounder on the head with the Spin Attack, destroying it and releasing the three Animals that served as this Grounder's organic batteries.
Sonic the Comic
In Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, Grounder was part of Robotnik's badnik army. During his initial reign over Mobius, they were only utilised on one occasion, helping Robotnik break into Sonic's Secret Underground Base (Doctor Ovi Kintobor's old laboratory) along with his Squeeze Tag Machine and several Crawlton and Tunnelbot models. They succeeded in breaking into the Freedom Fighters' base, but were thwarted when Knuckles the Echidna arrived to help. The battle was taken outside where Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog and Johnny Lightfoot finished them off.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, a green Grounder was one of the main antagonists of the show. He is one of the main henchmen of Doctor Ivo Robotnik, created as a part of the Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad whose purpose was to eliminate Sonic the Hedgehog and aid his creator in his various schemes. However, Grounder was incredibly stupid and gullible, and often ended up causing his team and Robotnik more trouble for Robotnik's plans when trying to stop Sonic.
- In the Christian Whitehead-produced 2013 mobile re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a green Grounder appears as a new object in Debug Mode, most likely as a nod to Grounder from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Grounder is one of the few badniks in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that features an early version of the Eggman Empire symbol, which can be seen on its shoulder armor.
- Grounder at the Sonic the Comic Wiki