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A spring-loaded grasshopper


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Bata-Pyon[1] (バタピョン[2]?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, grasshopper-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.

Appearance

The Bata-Pyon model bears a design inspired by a grasshopper, with its attack pattern reflecting it. This Badnik model sports a green body, with a yellow antennae and "belly" from which an red/orange Spring is placed instead of legs in order for Bata-Pyon to hop around. It also has a pair of cartoonish black eyes.

Overview

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In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Bata-Pyons appear as enemies in Wacky Workbench. In gameplay, they appear either alone or in groups. Regardless, they can only move around by jumping. In terms of attack patterns, they aimlessly bounce up and down within a designated area, although usually towards the playable character. They do not possess any form of offensive attack, although they can still be a threat if the player does not notice them. Depending on the timeline of the Round, this Badnik may appear broken due to aging. These worn-down Bata-Pyons have crumpled antennae, a tired look in their eyes, and have lost the plating on their back's midsection. While these worn-out Bata-Pyon still bounce towards the playable character, they do so more slowly, and after landing on the ground they have to wait for a longer time than their pristine variants before making another jump.

By using the Spin Jump, Spin Dash or Spin Attack, the Bata-Pyons can easily be defeated. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Bata-Pyons are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Powers and abilities

Thanks to their springs, the Bata-Pyons are capable of making high leaps.

Trivia

  • The Bata-Pyon's attack pattern is similar to the Splats', an unused Badnik from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • "Batta" is the Japanese word for "grasshopper", while "pyon-pyon" translates to English as "hopping".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Bata-Pyon - A spring-loaded grasshopper."
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 32.

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