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First Orbinaut models Unidasu and Uni Uni
from Sonic the Hedgehog.
First appearance

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

Group Overview and Statistics

Badnik line

Time of

Prior to Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)








and/or bases

Various Eggman's bases.


Dr. Robotnik


Sonic the Hedgehog
and his allies.

Orbinaut refers to a series[citation needed] of sea urchin-based Badniks that are created by Dr. Ivo Robotnik and are recurring enemies in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The first Orbinaut models appeared in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and have since also appeared outside of the video games.


Orbinauts are said to be based off sea urchins (uni in Japanese). Orbinauts are different colors of metal orbs which are able to hover in the air. This Badnik's signature weapons are four spiked balls that ringed around of them. Some Orbinauts throw at its prey which is its only method of attack for some of these Badniks. This is also a major weakness; as once all four spiked balls have been thrown, the hovering Orbinaut itself is completely defenseless.

However some Orbinauts do not throw its spike balls away, but keep moving forward and keep ringing its spike balls at same time as keeping its defense on. It is usually impossible to defeat these types of Orbinauts without getting hit, so it is good to avoid them and simply keep moving. Few Orbinauts utilize its spike balls with different methods to stop the player.



Main article: Unidasu
Image Name Description
Orbinaut Unidasu (ウニダス?)[1][2] A blue variety of Orbinaut that sends the four spiked balls around it forward when an enemy is spotted. It first appears in the Labyrinth Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog. It is arguably the most recognizable rendition of Orbinaut, as it was retooled with a modernized design for Sonic Adventure.

Uni Uni

Main article: Uni Uni
Image Name Description
S4 Orbinaut Sprite Uni Uni (ウニウニ?)[1][2] A green variety of Orbinaut that keeps the four spiked balls around it for defense. Unlike the previous model, it can only be defeated while Sonic is invincible or his jump is timed very carefully (or during the brief invulerability period once Sonic loses Rings or his Shield). It first appears in the Star Light Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog.


Image Name Description
Orbinaut[3] A metallic gray variety that only appears in the Launch Base Zone. It keeps the four spiked balls around it for defense, and only move when the player also moves. It can only be defeated while the player is invincible or with a well-timed Insta-Shield move by Sonic (or, again, while the player character is flashing after being hit).


Main article: Gohla
Image Name Description
Sol-1- Gohla A red variety of Orbinaut that has four fireballs (one in Sonic Blast) around it instead of spiked balls. It first appears in the Hill Top Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It became the most recurring offshoot of the Orbinaut series, with remodeled versions debuting in Sonic Adventure.

Star Pointer

Main article: Star Pointer
Image Name Description
Star-Pointer Star Pointer Appears in the IceCap Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and has four spiked ice balls around it. It sends the spiked balls forward to attack. Unlike projectiles from Orbinaut, the ice balls will be destroyed with no ill effects to the controlled character if they have any shield or contact with Knuckles' knuckles.


Main article: Flamer
Image Name Description
Flamer Sonic 4 Flamer The Flamer is the latest variation of this Badnik from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. Flamers are yellow and have spinning flamethrowers. Flamers can be found in Oil Desert Zone and can temporarily ignite fire on the oily landscape.

Related Badniks


  1. 1.0 1.1 Japanese manual of Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic World in Sonic Jam
  3. English manual of Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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