Sonic News Network

Know something we don't about Sonic? Don't hesitate in signing up today! It's fast, free, and easy, and you will get a wealth of new abilities, and it also hides your IP address from public view. We are in need of content, and everyone has something to contribute!

If you have an account, please log in.


Sonic News Network
Sonic News Network

A flying octopus bot that spits shots.

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia[1]

The Balloon[1] (バルン[2] Barun?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman that appears in Ice Paradise.



The Balloon resembles an octopus. They have a red-colored inflated head. For appendages, they have several grey tubes hanging from their undercarriage. They also have cartoon eyes. To get around, Balloons hover.


The first and only appearance of the Balloons was in Sonic Advance 2, where they appear as enemies. They are only encountered in Ice Paradise.

In gameplay, Balloons hover back and forth between two set points. Simultaneously, they fire a laser from their underside every few seconds. However, the lasers are aimed in different directions. As such, where the Balloon's laser will go can be unpredictable. However, some Balloons do not move, and instead fire lasers while stationary. They can be defeated using any attack.

Powers and abilities

Balloons are equipped with laser shooters underneath them that they can shoot in multiple directions.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Advance 2". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 128. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Balloon - A flying octopus bot that spits shots."
  2. (in Japanese) ソニックアドバンス2公式ガイドブック. Aspect. January 2003. p. 19. ISBN 978-4757209480.

Main article | Staff | Glitches | Beta elements | Gallery