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The Ball Hog is a basic pink Badnik which resembles a real-life domestic pig, but is able to stand on two legs. It has two triangular ears on the head and a grey, thick snout. It has trotter hands and two mechanical legs. The Ball Hog's round belly is actually a door which can be opened with the attached handle. A similar Ball Hog appeared in Sonic Mania, but with a red, yellow and silver coloration.
Sonic Lost World introduces larger variants of Ball Hogs. These types have darker metallic skin and yellow snouts. There are also larger, golden Ball Hogs with persian green snouts and mechanical legs. All Ball Hogs in Sonic Lost World have cyan eyes as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)
The first appearance of this Badnik was in Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit), where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Ball Hog (トントン,Tonton?). In this game, the player encounters them in Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 and 2. These Badniks usually at the end of uphill hall sections.
In gameplay, Ball Hogs stand almost against the wall or the edge of a platform, jumping on both feet and dropping bombs which bounces down the path in front of them. The player has to jump over these bombs at the right time to dodge them. These Badniks are easily beaten with the Spin Jump or Spin Attack. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal and award the player with 100 points.
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
In Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit), the Ball Hogs appear as enemies again, where they are found in Scrap Brain Zone. Similarly, Ball Hogs can be found in the hall sections and as well on upper platforms from where they can throw bombs down at the player. These bombs, like their 16-bit counterparts, will bounce downhill.
Ball Hogs, like the other Badniks in the game, do not contain Animals. They are as well easily destroyed with either the Spin Attack or Spin Jump, upon which they will reward the player with 100 points.
Sonic Lost World
In the Wii U version and PCversion of Sonic Lost World, Ball Hogs appear as enemies. In this game, the Ball Hogs were redesigned to look more cartoonish. Also, aside from the regular Ball Hogs, the game introduces larger and golden variants. During the game, Dr. Eggman's Badniks, the Ball Hogs included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six.
Silent Forest Zone 2 features larger and darker Ball Hogs in groups, which have different attack pattern. These types sleep far away in the background, but when Sonic reaches a certain point on the path, they will jump towards him and try to squash him from above.
The golden type Ball Hogs appear in Silent Forest Zone 2 and 4, and Sky Road Zone 4, where they block routes in the side scrolling sections. Like regular Ball Hogs, they stand still while throwing either regular bombs or gold-covered ones at Sonic. The player can only defeat these Ball Hogs by using the Flying Kick to kick the gold-covered bombs they deploy from their shell back at them.
When destroying a Ball Hog in any version of Sonic Lost World, it will release an Animal.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Ball Hogs appear as enemies. In terms of design, they look much like how they did in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Their color scheme depends on the chosen mode however: in Mania Mode, they here have a coloration consisting of red, yellow and silver, and in Encore Mode they have a green color scheme. In these games, they appear in both Acts of Titanic Monarch Zone.
In gameplay, the Ball Hogs behave just like in their debut game: they jump on both feet and drop bombs which bounce down the path in front of them. Also, upon destroying a Ball Hog, it will release an Animal.
Powers and abilities
Ball Hogs have nasty surprises in their belly. They will literally start open their belly hatches and throw glowing bombs, which do not explode unless if the player touches them. Also these bombs can be tricky as they bounce while moving. In Sonic Lost World, larger types of Ball Hogs can hop very high at high speed.
In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Ball Hogs are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. Depending on the artist, the Ball Hogs' design would differ between their appearances. In the latter half of the comic, they were also given wings, enabling them to fly.
The toy company TOMY released a Ball Hog action figurine during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as part of a series of 21 figurines, sold in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles label and individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.
In an early pre-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, playable at the Consumer Electronics Show 1991, Ball Hog appeared in Green Hill Zone. In this version it stood head-on to the screen and threw bombs to both sides from higher ground.
Artworks in the Japanese instruction manual shows Ball Hog throwing bombs in both directions at once.
Ball Hog's legs are similar to Roller and Bomb's in artwork.
Ball Hog's snout appears green in its original sprite artwork due to palette limitations, a color kept in its Sonic Lost World appearance.