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Rock Throwing Combatants (投石戦闘員 Touseki Sentouin?), also known simply as Stone Combatants, are enemies in Tails Adventure. They are small anthropomorphic avian foot soldiers of the Battle Kukku Empire. While the standard troopers just throws rocks at enemies, many Rock Throwing Combatants also pilot different types of weapons and vehicles.
Rock Throwing Combatants are humanoid birds about the same size as Miles "Tails" Prower. They have large and sharp orange beaks and feet and a white plumage. Their large head is covered by dark blue helmets shaped like a shark fin and black goggles, and they wear red jackets.
Rock Throwing Combatants are common enemies in Tails Adventure, though the regular foot soldiers are only found in Polly Mountain 1. These types are usually standing on rough terrains or cliffs, while tossing small rocks towards the player. They can be easily taken down by throwing Regular Bombs at them. Defeating one can sometimes cause a Ring to be dropped for the player to collect.
Powers and abilities
Rock Throwing Combatants are able to pilot different types of vehicles or weapons. They are also strong enough to throw relatively large rocks a fair distance
Combat walker types
Rock Throwing Combatants in small blue walkers with cannons can be found in Poloy Forest and Caron Forest. They move slowly around the place and will eventually fire single orange cannonball in front of them. Tails can destroy them by simply tossing Regular Bomb. Like other enemies, some of them may drop a single Ring.
Combat hover pod types
Rock Throwing Combatants in small hover pods with flamethrowers can be found in Poloy Forest and Caron Forest. They hover slowly around the area and eventually slow down to burst flames towards their target. They can destroyed by simply tossing Regular Bomb, and some of them may drop Rings.
Combat mini-sub types
Rock Throwing Combatants in mini-submarines are only found in Lake Rocky. They usually dash back and forth underwater, though if Tails (in his Sea Fox) comes across them, they will fire single projectiles at him. They can be taken down by firing Anti-air Missiles, Proton Torpedoes or dropping Mines. Like other enemies in the game, some of these enemies may drop a Ring.
Cannon launcher types
Cannon launcher types can be only found during the air strike segment in Battle Fortress. These variants of Rock Throwing Combatants pilot turrets, firing small projectiles straight forward. Tails can defeat them by firing Anti-air Missiles below or above them.
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Rock Throwing Combatants along with Bomb Throwing Combatants appear as the main foot soldiers in the Battle Bird Armada, lead by Grand Battle Kukku XV. Their basic design and color scheme are relatively similar to their game counterpart, though they are armed with combat weapons as well and pilot both walkers and hover pods.