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The Beat[1] (ビート[2] Bīto?) is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, mite-based Badnik model controlled by radio, created by Dr. Eggman during the Chaos incident. Here, Beats were used by Eggman to repel intruders from his Final Egg.[3]

Appearance

Beats closely resemble mite arthropods with pink metallic shells and gray underbellies. They have a pair of sharp needles on their bodies and crawl around with black and yellow-striped engine attachments on each side of them.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

Various Beats surrounding Sonic in Final Egg, from Sonic Adventure.

In Sonic Adventure, its enhanced port Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, and the 2010 remaster, Beats are enemies encountered exclusively in Sonic's version of Final Egg. Unlike other enemies, they only appear three times in the Action Stage, during the final third of the stage.

In gameplay, Beats are found in giant, open rooms, with dozens of them waiting for the player to appear. When the player enters such rooms, all local Beats will crawl slowly towards Sonic. Once they get close enough to him, they self-destruct, damaging Sonic if he is within range. However, the player can defeat them without causing them to explode by using a Spin Attack-related move. However when some Beats are defeated, others will come out of small latches to replace them. Eventually though, these robots will stop spawning after enough are defeated. Also, Beats cannot exit the rooms in which they reside.

Unlike other Badniks, Beats do not release Animals, regardless of how they are destroyed.

Sonic Rivals 2

In Sonic Rivals 2, a Beat makes a cameo as one of collectible cards. The player receives this card after getting the high score for defeating the Egg Bull in Frontier Canyon Zone.

Powers and features

The Beats have the ability to manually detonate themselves, creating a wide explosion range.

Weaknesses

Beats crawl very slowly, thus capable of being outrun very easily. Also, if they are attacked, their explosions will be harmless to nearby enemies.

In other media

IDW Publishing

Main article: Beat (IDW)

A group of Beats, from Sonic the Hedgehog #34.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Beats are Badniks created by Dr. Eggman. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts', up until after the events of Sonic Forces. They first appeared in an abandoned base near Windmill Village, where they were inadvertently activated by Sonic and Tails. The Beats quickly overwhelmed them with their presence, but the heroes eventually managed to escape.

Trivia

See also

References

  1. Bryan Stratton (17 June 2003). "Sonic the Hedgehog's Action Stages". Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 50. ISBN 978-0761542865.
  2. "敵キャラクター紹介" (in Japanese). ソニックアドベンチャー オペレーションガイド. SoftBank. January 1999. p. 151. ISBN 978-4757203006.
  3. Sonic Adventure online. Sonic tactical info: Final Egg. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.

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