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The Taraban (タラバン?)[1] is an enemy that appears in the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Tarabans are crab-based Badnik models created by Dr. Eggman.



Based on real-life crabs, Tarabans resemble closely Crabmeats. Their bodies are red on the left side and blue on the right, while the center section is silver. They have three pair of mechanic legs, two round pincers, and black-eyed eyestalks.


Taraban Badnik

Taraban in Under Ground Zone.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit), Tarabans are common enemies found in Under Ground Zone, Aqua Lake Zone and Scrambled Egg Zone. They appear normally by themselves, walking back and forth.

When the player comes across Tarabans, they stop up and fire damaging projectiles from their pincers, similar to the Crabmeat. However, loading these projectiles takes time, giving the player the opportunity to destroy them with the Spin Jump or Spin Attack. Tarabans, like many other Badniks in the game, do not contain any Animals.


  • "Taraban" is a variation of the word "Tarabagani" (タラバガニ?), which is Japanese for "king crab."


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System) Japanese instruction manual pg. 26.

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