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The Scarab (スカラベ?)[note 1] is a recurring enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are mass-produced scarab beetle-based Badniks created by Dr. Eggman.

Appearance

Scarabs are based on Scarabaeidaes (also called scarab beetles), although they bear little resemblance to them. They have an ellipsoid-shaped light green body with a red plating across their forehead and back, and a pair of black-eyed black-rimmed eyes on the front. They also have no limbs, except for a pair of long insect legs on their rear for moving them around.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Badniks and Black Fridays

A Scarab carrying an Item Box.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Scarabs are found in Metallic Madness. In gameplay, they simply move back and forth, and have no offensive attacks. Instead, if the player tries attacking a Scarab from the rear, it will crab the playable character (without causing damage), force them into the Spin Attack and launch them in the opposite direction. Occasionally, they may also carry Item Boxes. To defeat a Scarab, the player must attack it from above with the Spin Jump.

In the Bad Future or sometimes the present timeframe of Metallic Madness, Scarabs have not decayed, but move much slower. Like every Badnik in the game, they are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania, the Scarabs appear as enemies in Metallic Madness Zone. In gameplay, they act like how they acted before in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, except this time they move around spikes instead of Monitors, making them more dangerous to attack.

Trivia

Notes

  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, 1996 PC release of Sonic the Hedgehog CD refers to this Badnik as "scarab".


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