The RhinoBot (リノボット Rinobotto?),[1][2] later known in Japan as the Cyclone (サイクロン Saikuron?),[3][4] is an enemy that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It is a mass-produced rhino-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


As their name suggests, the RhinoBots are based on a rhinoceros. RhinoBots are similar to Moto Bugs in terms of design, with a single wheel below their body. Their body is covered in gray armor with orange lines and small ventilation holes. RhinoBots' head reminisces of a rhinoceros, with two horns on their orange nose area, mean black eyes and metallic triangular ears.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its add-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, RhinoBots appear in Angel Island Zone where they drive around back and forth on flat terrain with linear pattern. Because of this, RhinoBots do not drop down from hillocks, but rather does a hard U-turn. RhinoBots will also not fall off ledges and will turn around if they come across one.

When spotting the player, the RhinoBots will try dashing into the playable character. While they can rival the playable characters' running speed, they cannot keep up with a Spin Dash. The player can simply jump over the RhinoBots, but they will then do a U-turn and attempt attacking the character from behind. The player can simply Spin Jump, Spin Attack into RhinoBot or even load the Spin Dash to defeat it and free Animal inside of it.

Sonic Mania Plus

In Sonic Mania Plus, RhinoBots reappear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly how they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. They only appear in Angel Island Zone. It terms of attack patterns, they behave just like in their debut by driving around back and forth on flat terrain with linear pattern and charging at the player when they spot them. They are similarly easily destroyed by any attack. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

RhinoBots are extremely fast Badniks, matching speed with the likes of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. Their two horns also enables them to skewer their foes by charging into them.

In other media

Sonic the Comic


A RhinoBot, from Sonic the Comic #45. Art by Richard Elson.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the RhinoBots had a gray color scheme and were capable of speech. In a simulation of a Badik attack on the Emerald Hill Zone, a RhinoBot gave a decent chase to Sonic before getting destroyed.

Sonic Adventures

In French Sonic Adventures comic book, Robotnik sends numerous Badniks into huge chase after Sonic and Tails when they got escaped from his spaceship. When Sonic and Tails fall into the river, Robotnik then drops RhinoBots on parachutes to chase them on edges of the river until Sonic and Tails fall down to the waterfall.

Sonic Mania Adventures


A trio of RhinoBots.

In Sonic Mania Adventures, Knuckles fought three RhinoBots when they threatened the Master Emerald.[5]







  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction manual pg. 22.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual pg. 37.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 card number 01 from Sonic Tweet.
  4. Japanese titled enemies of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 listed on the GHZ.
  5. Hesse, Tyson (31 May 2018). "& Knuckles". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 3. YouTube.

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