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The Bloominator,[1] also known in Japan as the Tulippon (チューリッポン[2] Chūrippon?), is an enemy that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. They are flower-based Badnik models created by Dr. Eggman.


Bloominators resemble large tulip flowers. They have a large red and closed "bud" with small spikes around its surface and a gray "stilk" connected directly below to a "bulb" which is covered by four gray and spiked armor plates.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


Bloominators in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 only appear in Angel Island Zone. In gameplay, they are completely immobile. When the player gets near close to one though, it will spit out small mines from its bud, two at a time, to damage the player. These mines are launched at seemingly random angles.

The Bloominators' mines can be deflected by any kind of Shield in the game. One way to defeat these Badniks is to roll directly into them with the Spin Attack, despite their bulbs being protected by spikes. With good timing, the Bloominators can also be defeated by using the Spin Jump on them during the intervals where they shoot mines.

Sonic Mania Plus


In Sonic Mania Plus, Bloominators reappear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly like they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. They only appear in Angel Island Zone. It terms of attack patterns, they behave just like in their debut by spitting out small mines at seemingly random angles at the player. They are similarly easily destroyed by any attack. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.


  • "Pon" terminal on the Badnik's Japanese name is onomatopoeia for a popping noise.
  • Obstacles similar to Bloominator appeared in Sonic 3D Blast. Like Bloominator, they spew spike balls from their cannons in a 360° radius around it. They are indestructible and each one usually has a different firing pattern.



  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  2. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 11. ISBN 978-4091024794.

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