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Quotation1 Stupid G.U.N. Beetle Sentry Drones! They may be weak, but they are relentless! Quotation2
Dr. Eggman, Shadow the Hedgehog

The Gun Beetle (ガンビートル Ganbītoru?) is a recurring enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced robot model deployed by the military organization Guardian Units of Nations and is a part of Beetle series.

Appearance

Resembling the Mono Beetles, the original Gun Beetles look like grey balls with blue outlines and armor on the front. On top of them, they have a sharp blue cap with a red-striped edge. Below this cap, reaching from just behind the edge of their front armor to far behind their back, they have a horizontal yellow turbine disk with a red and blue-striped frame. On their "face", they also have a single yellow, red and white lens. Unlike the Mono Beetle though, the Gun Beetles come equipped with a thin red gun barrel on their bottom and box-shaped magazines on their lower rear.

In Sonic Generations, the Gun Beetles' design was slightly tweaked. Here, their lenses were made more red and white, their cap was emblazoned with GUN's symbol and the number "01", and their gun became more advanced.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

The Gun Beetle first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. When attacking the player, it shoots one projectile at a time. It awards a hundred points when destroyed. They appear in the following stages:

Character Stage
Normal mode Hard mode
Sonic Crazy Gadget
City Escape
Tails Eternal Engine Prison Lane
Eternal Engine
Shadow White Jungle Radical Highway
White Jungle
Dr. Eggman Lost Colony
Iron Gate
Lost Colony
Rouge Dry Lagoon
Security Hall
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The Gun Beetle shooting at Shadow in Sonic Adventure 2.

Each Gun Beetle has different ways of attacking. Some Gun Beetles do not attack unless the player is close to them (like within the characters' jumping reach), while others will attack with two shorts per second, even if the player is far away (especially in Hard Mode). In rare cases, the Gun Beetles may not even shoot at all. Gun Beetles are not immune to their shots however, so, if a Gun Beetle is hit by another one's shot, it will be destroyed.

When the player is within a Gun Beetle's range, its eye will start glowing red. It will then track the playable character's movements before taking aim and shooting at them.

Shadow the Hedgehog

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the Gun Beetle carries a variety of guns that it can use during battle and which can be picked up by Shadow the Hedgehog when it is destroyed. These weapons include:

Sonic Generations

In Sonic Generations, the Gun Beetle appears in City Escape and fires single projectiles again.

In other media

Sonic X

Main article: Gun Beetle (Sonic X)
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Sonic fighting Gun Beetles in Sonic X.

In the anime series Sonic X, the Gun Beetles debuted during the Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation saga. In this media, they were constructed after the Perfect Chaos incident to combat Dr. Eggman's forces.

Trivia

  • In Shadow the Hedgehog, in a number of stages (such as Circus Park), its full name is a "G.U.N. beetle drone sentry".

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