Snail Blaster (, スネイル・ブラスター Suneiru Burasutā ) ? formerly known as the  Snale Blaster, and  Den-den ( in Japan, デンデン Denden ) ? is a reoccurring enemy in the  that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog series . It is a snail-based Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman which is equipped with blasters inside its shell.
The Snail Blasters are based on the snail insects. It has a silver robotic head with two eyes balls connected to the body via cables, and a heavy red shell with green edge plates above its head. The Snail Blasters' main weapons are two gray projectile cannons inside its shell, which are revealed by opening a hatch on its shell.
, the Snail Blasters' appearance has been given slight alternations. Its shell is now more tire-shaped, its green edge plating is larger and it has cyan eyes.
Sonic Lost World
Powers and abilities
Snail Blasters are able to climb walls by slowly groveling on them. As offense, they are quipped with two laser cannons inside their shells which can fire projectiles. Snail Blasters can also use their red shells to hide inside for protection. In
, Snail Blasters gained the ability to curl into their shells for a wheel-form to move faster along the ground.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 3
, Snail Blasters appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Launch Base Zone where they stick to walls. When the player approaches them, the Snail Blasters will open their shell and fire energy balls out of two hidden cannons (at 45 degrees above and below horizontal). After this, they will close their shell again. They can only be destroyed with a Spin Jump while their shell is open, and is otherwise invulnerable.
Sonic Lost World
Wii U version of , the Snail Blasters are featured in Sonic Lost World Windy Hill, Desert Ruins, Frozen Factory and Sky Road. During the game, all of Dr. Eggman's badniks, the Snale Blasters included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six. Snail Blasters and Buzz Bombers are the first Badniks to turn against the doctor and attack him under the Deadly Six's orders. A few of them get destroyed by Sonic, but the predominance of Badniks and the Deadly Six forced Sonic, Tails, Eggman, Orbot and Cubot to retreat.
In gameplay, Snail Blasters do not climb on walls, but are moving slowly in the lateral direction on the ground, until it reaches a certain point where it stops and shoots two energy projectiles towards Sonic. If the player is close to them though, the Snail Blasters will curl into wheels and roll towards Sonic. Normally, the player can destroy them with a
Flying Kick, multiple Homing Attacks, or a Focused Homing Attack.
, the Snail Blaster is one of the enemies encountered in the Sonic Runners speed type characters' stages. Like in Sonic Lost World, they are slowly groveling in the opposite direction, and appear either separately or in groups.
Like the other enemies in the game, the Snail Blasters come in three types: there are the regular types, a golden type that grants extra 300 points when destroyed, and a dark grey type called
Super Snail Blasters that only Color Powers and power type characters can destroy. All variations contain Animals inside them.
Appearances in other media
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
A Snail Blaster in
. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
Snail Blasters also appear in
, where they ambushed Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles while they were hurrying to Robotropolis to shut down the Robot Generator. Knuckles destroyed them while Sonic and Tails kept going. This version of the Snail Blaster was based on its concept drawings and not its in-game graphics.
In the OVA, Snail Blasters could move up and down walls easily with wheels, while they slowly grovel in games.
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English voice actors
Roger Craig Smith ( | Sonic) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman) Kate Higgins ( | Tails) Travis Willingham ( | Knuckles, Zavok) Cindy Robinson ( | Amy) Kirk Thornton ( | Orbot, Master Zik) Wally Wingert ( | Cubot) Liam O'Brien ( | Zazz) Patrick Seitz ( | Zomom) Stephanie Sheh ( | Zeena) Sam Riegel (
Japanese voice actors
Junichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Mitsuo Iwata ( | Orbot) Wataru Takagi ( | Cubot) Jōji Nakata ( | Zavok) Yutaka Aoyama ( | Zazz) Yumi Tōma ( | Zeena) Mugihito ( | Master Zik) Chafūrin ( | Zomom) Yūki Tai (
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Without Boundaries: Sonic Lost World Original Soundtrack
"*" Exclusively to
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