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The RhinoBot (リノボット Rinobotto?),[1] later known in Japan as Cyclone (サイクロン Saikuron?),[2] is an enemy that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It is a Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman. As its name suggests, it is based on a rhinoceros.


RhinoBots are seen dashing around at Angel Island Zone, where they are the more fast paced enemies than other badniks in the Zone. Is is seen driving around back and forth on flat terrain with linear pattern. Because of this, RhinoBots don't drop down from hillocks, but rather does a hard U-turn.

When the player arrives near close to the RhinoBot, the badnik will react and start dashing towards into the playable character. The player can simply jump over the badnik, but it will do U-turn and try attack behind the character. 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.


Physical Appearance

RhinoBots are heavily similar to Moto Bugs in terms of design and featuring a single wheel below the body. They have grey armor with orange lines and small ventilation holes. RhinoBot's head has two horns on the orange nose part, mean eyes and metallic ears.


RhinoBot charges at full speed towards Sonic, Tails and Knuckles when they stand in its path. It can equal the player's running speed, but is unable to catch up to a Spin Dash. RhinoBot will not fall off ledges and will turn around if it comes across one.

In other media

Sonic the Comic


RhinoBot in Sonic the Comic #45. Art by Richard Elson.

The RhinoBot made a small appearance in Sonic the Comic where it had a gray color scheme and was capable of speech. During an attack by Badniks on the Emerald Hill Zone, a RhinoBot gave a decent chase to Sonic, who lead him into a pit filled with spikes.[3]

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.




  1. English and Japanese manual of Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  2. File:Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - 01 Rhinobot.png
  3. Sonic the Comic #45, "Day of the Death Egg".
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