This article is about the Badnik from
Sonic the Hedgehog 3. For the Badnik from Sonic Generations, see Mega Chopper (Sonic Generations).
Dark red, silver
Mega Chopper, later known in Japan as  Kapu-kapu (, カプカプ kapukapu ) ? is an enemy that appears in  . It is a mass-produced, piranha-based Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.
Despite the name, Mega Choppers are actually small red-colored
Badniks with sharp teeth and silver caudal fin.
Mega Choppers can be found swimming around or leaping up from below the floor in
Hydrocity Zone. Unlike most Badniks, it does not damage the player directly; instead, it latches onto the playable characters and drains them of their Rings at a steady rate until they are gone, resulting in death. In addition, as long as the Mega Chopper is attached, the character's speed is reduced and the player will be unable to use the Spin Jump, Spin Attack and Spin Dash; additionally, if Knuckles is on a wall and a Mega Chopper latches onto him, he will not be able to climb the wall or jump off.
To throw off the Mega Chopper, quickly pressing left and right on
. Alternatively, the player can force the playable character into a Spin Attack by entering winding tubes (in Act 1) or the turquoise half-pipe slides (in Act 2). Otherwise, Mega Chopper can be defeated using the Spin Jump or Spin Attack before getting bitten or having Invincibility.
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