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The Heavy Gunner[1] is an enemy that appears in Sonic Mania. It is a mass-produced Badnik model and a variant of the Eggrobo created by Dr. Eggman to serve as strong arm specialists.[1] They are also members of the Hard Boiled Heavy line.[2]


The Heavy Gunner has a similar design to an Eggrobo, but its color scheme is modeled after a police uniform. Their middle torso is blue with a yellow cross-pattern on the front, which is secured with metal clips. They likewise bear a sheriff badge with the letters "HBH" engraved onto them. They also wear police motorcycle helmets which are fitted with a single red siren light and a microphone communicator.

The Heavy Gunner is equipped with a jetpack on their back and also carry a white and green rectangular prism-shaped weapon on their left arm.


In the gameplay of Sonic Mania, the Heavy Gunners serve as bosses in each Zone Act,[2] each one having their own unique set of abilities.[3]


  • According to the YouTube video "How to Make a Badnik, with Dr. Eggman" uploaded by the official Sonic YouTube channel, the Heavy Gunner's weapon comically appears to be inspired by a pencil sharpener.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter. Twitter (27 June 2014). Retrieved on 10 March 2017. “Say hello to Eggman’s strong arms specialist, Hard Boiled Heavy member Heavy Gunner!”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game Informer. Game Informer (10 March 2017). Retrieved on 10 March 2017. “Manon Hume: These new foes are customized versions of the notorious Eggrobos from Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and they serve as the bosses for each act.”
  3. Sonic SXSW Panel 2017! (Sonic Forces & Sonic Mania!). YouTube. Tails' Channel (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  4. How to Make a Badnik, with Dr. Eggman. YouTube (23 March 2017). Retrieved on 24 March 2017.