- For the Badnik in Sonic 4, see Sandworm (Sonic 4)
Sandworm concept art from Sonic Generations
Blue, yellow, orange, gray
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Sandworm is likely another iteration of Caterkiller (except in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2), which was featured in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Sandworm even uses the same sprites as Caterkiller. The only differences between these two badniks is their color scheme. The main colors of Sandworm are blue, yellow, orange and gray. Since Sonic Colors, Sandworm's spikes are missing from its body.
Sandworm is only ever found burrowing around in quicksand pools in both acts of the zone. When burrowing, the displaced sand can be seen above them, creating a sort of ripple effect that shows roughly where they are. After a few seconds, they will stop and jump out in an arcing trajectory to another point in the sand. Like previous generations of Caterkiller, the only weak point is its head, as the rest of it is covered in spikes that will harm the player if touched.
The player should be particularly wary about falling off when riding blocks atop rollers over quicksand pools, because there is usually a pair of Sandworms in the sand below. They can be defeated whilst they are in the air, but it is difficult to do so, especially when two of them jump out at the same time, and are probably best left alone.
Sonic & KnucklesEdit
Sandworm first appears in Sonic & Knuckles, sneaking under the quicksand in Sandopolis Zone. It attacks by jumping in and out of the zone's quicksand pools. Its physical appearance is similar to Caterkiller. The player can defeat Sandworm by hitting its head with a Spin Jump.
Sandworm returns in the Wii version of Sonic Colors, but with a different behavior. Unlike in Sonic & Knuckles, they do not jump around; instead, they emerge from holes in the ground and fire energy balls at the player. Sandworms only appear in the Asteroid Coaster, as well as certain levels in Game Land.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Sonic the ComicEdit
Sandworm appears in Sonic the Comic issue 47's story Mystery of the Sandopolis Zone, a loose adaption of Sonic & Knuckles. At one point in the story, Sandworm surprises Sonic and tries to ambush him, but he manages to defeat it.
Sonic the Comic's issue 126 story Desert Fox features a different model of Sandworm which is larger, green and equipped with laser blasters on both sides of its head. In the story, Sandworm attacks Tails and Willie Waddle at Scorchio Zone. Willie, a comedian, tells the Sandworm a joke, distracting it and allowing Tails to defeat it.