Green, purple, bronze
Flight Energy ball projection Cactus camouflage
Cactula  is an enemy that appears in the [note 1] . It is a mass-produced, cactus-based Sonic the Hedgehog series Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and a variant of the Nebula.
Cactulas are based on
cacti as well as the original Nebula from . A small, orange-like creature with white gloves, it has two cartoonish eyes and resides within a round shell. The shell is colored in green cacti-patterning to fit its Sonic the Hedgehog 2 western desert themed surroundings, with a bronze-colored propeller helping this Badnik fly. It also has a purple cannon on the bottom of its shell.
A pair of Cactulas in Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1.
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , the Cactulas appear exclusively in Sonic Mania Plus Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1. In Sonic/ Tails/ Mighty/ Ray's version of the Act, they will appear wherever there is cacti. In both Knuckles' version and the Encore Mode version, they are found in the very high sections.
In gameplay, the Cactulas merely wait until the player is close enough for them to pop out of their shells and begin flying upward. Should the player get underneath them, they will drop a spiky projectile on the playable characters. In some cases, Cactulas will even wait on top of cacti, disguised as the top of these plants, until the player comes close, at which point they will pop out and lift off so they can launch a surprise attack. A simple
Spin Attack or Spin Jump can defeat this Badnik though, releasing an Animal inside.
Powers and abilities
Cactulas are capable of flight and can fire energy projectiles from the cannons on their bottom. Their unique design also allows them to camouflage themselves as cacti parts.
↑ While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the
PC release of refers to this enemy as "Cactula". Sonic Mania
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