Shellcracker in Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
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Shellcracker (カニパンチ Punch Crab?) is a crab-type Badnik created by Doctor Robotnik. It makes its first appearance at the Metropolis Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Shellcracker looks similar to Crabmeat, although the two enemies have very different attack patterns.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2Edit
Shellcrakers make its first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Shellcrackers exist at the Metropolis Zone, which has three acts unlike others that had two. In the game, they can found at walking slowly back and forth, while also blocking the narrow path to the High-speed elevator, near the edge of the lava lake or bottomless pit. The player is able to destroy these badniks by jumping on them above or behind. The hitting box is mostly tricky with these badniks, as the player has to be very precise about to hit.
Sonic Pocket AdventureEdit
Shellcrackers make another appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure at the last full zone, Gigantic Angel Zone. As the zone resembles of Metropolis Zone, it had same badniks (including Shellcracker) and they behave the same way as in Metropolis Zone on similar places.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4Edit
Shellcracker makes its appearance at Mad Gear Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Despite having upgraded design, Shellcrackers behave like they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Shellcracker's claw attack is also now easier to predict, as it raises its left claw before thrusting its right one.
Sonic 4 Website InfoEdit
- Hailing originally from Metropolis Zone, Shellcracker has returned to make Sonic lose as many rings as possible, if not finish him off entirely. Watch out as this Badnik's main weapon is a quick-moving claw that packs a serious punch!
Shellcracker as a badnik is based on red fiddler crab, due to having one larger claw. Shellcracker has red and white main body, which has two yellow eyes. Shellcracker has two pairs of legs, enabling to move slowly sideways. Shellcracker also has two different, red claws. The left claw is tremendous and having three spikes above it while right one is just small. Also the left claw is connected to main body with four orbs.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 design has some few changes, as the Shellcracker has blue feet joints and its claws are yellow at the lower side and grey inside.
As Shellcracker's right claw is large, extendable and spiky, it thrusts this claw at Sonic or Tails when they come into its range. This Badnik is quite deadly; it can easily injure the player when they least expect it, and its placements in Sonic 2 are rather unavoidable. The best way to defeat this Badnik is to jump above it and Spin Attack into its unprotected side which has smaller claw and lacks the defense.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Sonic the ComicEdit
Shellcracker hasn't made any appearances during the original run of Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, but it has been featured in Sonic the Summer Special's Sonic's World, as it is listed along with other badniks.
Shellcrackers make small appearance only at one panel in Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic's Issue 229, where they try to stop Sonic the Hedgehog to get deeper through Metropolis Zone. In this Genesis arc, Shellcrackers got their appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Shellcracker can sometimes for odd reason disappear from certain places where they should be in Metropolis Zone. This can also happen to the Slicer.