The Chopper Block (ダメージブロック Damēji Burokku?, lit. "Damage Block")[1][2][3] is a recurring obstacle in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Found in Special Stages or Bonus Stages, these hazardous blocks can snatch Rings from the player.


Chopper Blocks are booby-trapped blocks with either rectangular or round-shaped holes on the top. These holes have sharp hatchways which are constantly chopping the hole's hatch. When making contact with a Chopper Block, the player will be robbed of a certain amount of their Rings in addition to another negative effect, which depends on the game.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD


Sonic falls down and loses Rings from Chopper Blocks in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Chopper Blocks are found in every Special Stage, appearing in rows on the terrains' roads. If Sonic passes through the Chopper Blocks, he comes to a complete stop and falls flat on his face in addition to losing Rings. The player can avoid these blocks by Spin Jumping over them.

Knuckles' Chaotix


A Chopper Block in a Bonus Stage in Knuckles' Chaotix.

In Knuckles' Chaotix, Chopper Blocks are found in the Bonus Stages, although they are referred to as Damage (ダメージ?) in Japanese material.[4] Here, Chopper Blocks fly randomly around and will reduce the player's time in the Bonus Stage in addition to subtracting ten Rings from the player.


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega Mega-CD) Japanese instruction manual pg. 23.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) United States instruction manual pg. 16.
  3. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) United States instruction manual pg. 19.
  4. Chaotix (Sega Super 32X) Japanese instruction manual pg. 19.

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