The Charger Dart is an enemy that appears in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It is a mass-produced model of Destruction Troops created by Lyric the Last Ancient and a variant of the Charger which skew their opponents with their horns.
The Charger Darts look much like Chargers, resembling metallic pachycephalosaurias with flame armor, grey joints and cyan lights. They have a thick tail with a tip resembling scissors, a long cyan-glowing neck, small and thin arms with no digits, inverted legs with slipper-like feet, and an eye with a slit-like pupil and cyan sclera for a head. Their head itself is covered in armor and has two pointy and straight cyan horns on top of it.
The Charger Darts were made about a millennium ago by Lyric the Last Ancient to help with his plans to destroy the earth's lifeforms and conquer it. When Lyric was imprisoned before finishing his plans, the Charger Darts were shut down. As a contingency plan however, Lyric left some of them behind to be found so the finders would set him free to learn the Charger Darts' secrets. When Lyric escaped in the present, he reactivated and/or reclaimed his Charger Darts to have them aid his schemes and battle Team Sonic.
The Charger Darts are only met in a few levels, but they always appear in groups of themselves. They are encountered in Crater Lake, Slowpoke Isle and Creeper Gorge. In gameplay, the Charger Darts first run away before standing up and making a high leap into the air from where they dive their horns into the player. However, the player can grab them in mid-leap with the Enerbeam. Also, the Charger Darts will get stuck in the ground for a few seconds when they land on their horns, making them vulnerable to attack. In terms of health, they have just about as much as their Charger cousins, making they fairly easy to beat. When defeated, a Charger Dart releases a single Ring and a small amount of Robot Scrap
After Team Sonic defeated Lyric, all the Charger Darts were subsequently scrapped.
Essentially, the Charger Darts are mindless and silent drones unwaveringly loyal to Lyric the Last Ancient, having been programmed to obey his every command. Their loyalty is only superficial however, as the Charger Darts are just soulless machines adhering to their programing, meaning their allegiance can easily shift when someone else takes control of them.
Powers and abilities
The Charger Darts are equipped with sharp horns on their heads which can pierce even stone. They are also capable leapers in comparison to their size, capable of jumping several meters into the air.
- The Charger Darts' full name was not revealed in the final version of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric as the individual Charger Dart was only referred to as "Charger". However, their name is listed in an unused biography for the game.
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved on 6 March 2015.
- SONIC BOOM. Characters: Lyric the Last Ancient. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved on 25 July 2014. “As seen in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, Lyric is the last of his kind from an ancient civilization who lived a millennium ago. His race was devoted to peacefully controlling the world’s resources. Driven mad by power, Lyric turned on his fellow Ancients and took control of the resources. Building an army of robots programmed to obey his every command, the deadly snake-like villain set out to destroy everything organic and create a world of twisted metal and robots. However, just before he could successfully take over, he was attacked by the last surviving Ancients and imprisoned forever. With his army shut down and his plans ruined, he waited in prison plotting his revenge. Years passed and Lyric began to give up hope. That is, until Sonic comes across him. Now with his army rebooted, and his plans in place, the only thing stopping Lyric from total victory is Sonic and his friends.”
- Big Red Button Entertainment (21 November 2014). Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Nintendo Wii U. Sega. Area/Level: Abandoned Research Facility. "Dr. Eggman: Eggman. Dr. Eggman. But you can call me Dr. 'the guy who set you free so you can give me the secrets of your technology so I can be even more powerful than I already...' you know what? Just call me 'boss.' / Lyric: Who do you think made these robots and left them for you to find, you pathetic waste of carbon!"