Toxomister[1] (プワゾーン[2] Puwazōn?, lit. "Puwazone"), alternatively spelled as Toximister,[3] is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


As a Badnik, the Toxomisters consist of a vertical gray pole with an orange seal gap and a drooping black eye with a pink eyelid on the top of it.

Game appearances

Sonic & Knuckles


The Toxomisters are only encountered in Lava Reef Zone. In gameplay, they remain stationary while producing a purple cloud that floats up or down, depending on whether or not the Toxomisters are on the ceiling. If the playable characters touch the cloud, it will stick to them, causing the player to lose one Rings per second, regardless of invincibility, shields or Super States, and the Spin Jump's height to be decreased. If the cloud touches a playable character without Rings, the player loses a life. Touching multiple clouds will as well multiply the rate of which the player loses Rings.

The player can get rid of the Toxomisters' cloud by either pressing left and right rapidly on Controlpadds or using the Spin Attack/Spin Dash. To defeat a Toxomister, which will also destroy any cloud it is producing, the player can use a Spin Jump on it.

Sonic Mania

Toxomister Mania

In Sonic Mania, the Toxomisters appear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly like they did in Sonic & Knuckles. In this game, they appear in both Acts of Lava Reef Zone.

In gameplay, the Toxomisters behave just like in their debut game: they sit in a fixed position where they produce toxic clouds (which have all their original effects). Also, upon destroying a Toxomister, it will release an Animal.

In other media

Archie Comics

Toxomister Archie

A Toxomister in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Toxomisters first appeared as one of Dr. Eggman's Badniks in the timeline created by the second Genesis Wave. After the timeline was rebooted following the occurrence of the Super Genesis Wave, the Toxomisters are now identical to their game counterparts.


  • The Japanese name "Puwazone" is likely a mangling of the English word "Poison".




  1. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Genesis) United States instruction manual pg. 19.
  2. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual pg. 32.
  3. Sonic the Comic #44, "Sonic & Knuckles Special Part 2"

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