For other terms of the same name, see Antlion (disambiguation).

The Antlion Mecha[note 1] (アリジゴクメカ[1] Arijigokumeka?) is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a Master Robot created by Dr. Robotnik during the second South Island incident.

Appearance

The Antlion Mecha is a antlion-like robot. Little is known of its appearance, but it is known that it is orange/red in color with black cartoonish eyes and a long body with tubes connected with blue studs. Finally, between its eyes it has two long, sharp jaws.

History

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit), the Antlion Mecha was created by Dr. Robotnik and installed in the Under Ground Zone to triturate crush Sonic the Hedgehog there. Although the robot received help from the doctor while confronting Sonic, it ended up being damaged by Robotnik himself and ultimately destroyed by his Egg Mobile.

Powers and abilities

The Antlion Mecha can triturate up almost anything small thanks to its jaws.

Weaknesses

The Antlion Mecha's jaws do not seem to be able to withstand bomb explosions as they weaken it. Also, it is not capable of chewing large things, like the Egg Mobile, and if it tries to do that, it will end up being destroyed.

Battle

The Antlion Mecha is the Master Robot of Under Ground Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) and the game's first overall boss. The player faces it as Sonic the Hedgehog.

Boss guide

Its intro is unusual: as Sonic jumps the final Spring, he will fall into the lava. Then, Dr. Robotnik will grab him with a claw and send him to a steep valley so that Sonic will be eaten by the Antlion Mecha's jaws.

The Antlion Mecha just moves its jaws while Robotnik drops bombs to finish off Sonic as he avoids its jaws. All Sonic has to do is avoid the bombs. They damage the robot, and its jaws move faster. As the Antlion Mecha's jaws move super fast, Dr. Robotnik charges at Sonic. If the player manages to avoid that, the Egg Mobile will crush the Antlion Mecha. As Robotnik makes his escape, the player will be able to destroy Prison Egg and end the Zone.

Music

System Artist(s) Length Music
N/A (Master System version) Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Tomonori Sawada 1:40
N/A (Game Gear version) Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Tomonori Sawada 2:03

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Egg Antlion

The Egg Antlion, from Sonic the Hedgehog #268.

The Antlion Mecha (known as the Egg Antlion) made an appearance in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is one of the first generation Super Badniks, sent alongside Coconuts to challenge Sonic the Hedgehog to a brief brawl. Luckily, Sonic tricked Coconuts into dropping bombs towards Egg Antlion which destroyed the Super Badnik, leaving Sonic with no competition.[2]

Notes

  1. The name is a fan-localization of the Japanese name, which is the only one currently available.

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 27.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog #268 - "Champions - Part One: The Gang's All Here"
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