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Far-off targets get peppered with fire, but when danger draws near, these sneaky units flee underground. Even when hidden away underfoot, a solid stomp will take them out. — Description, Sonic Unleashed
Mole Cannon is an enemy that appears in Sonic Unleashed. They are a model of Badniks created by Dr. Eggman. They are gun turret-like robots that shoots projectiles at enemies before retreating into the ground.
The Mole Cannons mostly resemble gun turrets, built into the ground. They have flat conical frustum-shaped buff heads with oblique edges, along with two orange eyes and a line of yellow lights, resembling a mouth, along the front edge. Below their heads they have a conical frustum-shape black "neck" with two yellow lights on the sides and is connected to a tan cylinder which goes into a hole. Inside the lower part of their neck, the Mole Cannons have a single-barreled buff gun that they can fold out in horizontal position.
The Mole Cannon units are noted to be very sneaky.
Power and abilities
The Mole Cannons possess a single-barreled retractable gun, allowing them to shoot highly powerful fireballs over a wide range. They are also able to retract themselves into their underground section to avoid attacks.
In battle, when the Mole Cannons spot Sonic, they will pop out of the ground and shoot a few projectiles at him, before retreating back underground. Additionally, When the player gets close, they will duck underground, where they are virtually invulnerable, until the player goes away. They are unable to move from their position, however.
On the PlayStation 2/Wii version, the player can destroy the Mole Cannons using normal attacks, provided they are moving fast enough to hit them before they can retreat underground. On the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version, however, the Mole Cannons will always retreat underground before the player can reach them. The only way to destroy the Mole Cannons on this version is by either launching other enemies into them with a Homing Attack or using Stomp on top of them.