For other uses of the term, see Crawl (disambiguation).
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Crawl  ( is an enemy that appears in the ガードン  Gādon , lit. "Guardon") ? . It is a mass-produced, crab-based Sonic the Hedgehog series Badnik created by Dr. Eggman. Usually found in casino-themed Zones, the Crawls are armed with bumper shields and pincers.
The typical Crawls have rotund, gray torsos with a vent on their bellies and a neckless red or orange head with insectoid mandibles and two cartoonish black eyes. Possessing short limbs, they each also have a yellow crab-like pincer on one arm while the other wields a
Bumper with a red background, blue center and a yellow/white star in it.
Several changes were made to the Crawls' design in
Sonic Rivals 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Generations, but their overall appearance has remained consistent.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
The first appearance of this Badnik was in the 16-bit version of
, where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Crawl  (. In this game, they appear as the only enemies in ガードン  Gādon , lit. "Guardon") ? Casino Night Zone.
In gameplay, Crawls crawl slowly (hence their name) back and forth on routes. If the player tries to attack them from the front or above, the Crawls will hide under their shields which can bounce the player backwards while leaving the Crawls unharmed. The only way to destroy a Crawl is by hitting them with a
Spin Attack from behind. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
A Crawl in
. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
, a single Crawl appears behind two Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Cluckers on the pinball table of the fourth Bonus Stage, named "Clucker's Defense". In this Bonus Stage, the player has to destroy the Crawl using pinballs. Each hit earns the player 1,000 points.
To destroy this Crawl, the player must hit its sides with the pinballs until its shield is destroyed, then whack it from the front. As long as it has its shield up, the player cannot hit it from the front as it will simply bounce the balls back. Oddly enough, this Crawl does not have an
animal inside it.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Crawl as it appears in
. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
, the Crawls returned with a slightly different design in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Casino Street Zone. In this game, the Crawls' attack patterns are almost identical those they had in . They also have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Animals inside of them once again.
Nintendo 3DS version of , Crawls appear in Sonic Generations Casino Night. In gameplay, the Crawls retain their attack patterns from , but they do not have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Animals inside of them. While Classic Sonic has to defeat the Crawls the usual way, Modern Sonic can easily plow through them with the Boost.
Sonic Lost World
Sonic blocking Crawl's projectile wave with a
Somersault Kick in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.
Crawls appears in both versions of
. During the game, the Crawls and the other Badniks got hijacked by the Sonic Lost World Deadly Six. In this game, the Crawls retain their original look from , with the exception of gray legs.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Wii U/ PC version of the game, Crawls appear in Frozen Factory Zone 3, Silent Forest Zone 4 and Lava Mountain Zone 3. Like in earlier games, the player cannot attack the Crawls from the front, so they must hit them from behind where they have no protection. In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Crawls appear in Sky Road Zone 1 and 2. In this version, the Crawls are capable of firing projectile waves at the player, similar to the Somersault Kick. Crawls will also spin around once while their shields and claws are relaxed. If the player can intercept a Crawl's projectile wave with the Somersault Kick at the right time, the attack gets canceled out and the Crawl will be stunned at the same time, leaving it open to attacks.
Powers and abilities
Crawls can defend themselves using their shields, which can bounce back the player as if they are hitting a
Bumper. These Badniks do not have any conventional attacks though, and instead rely on walking slowly into their opponents. However, their fatal flaw are their rear which have no form of protection.
Nintendo 3DS version of , Crawls have the ability to create projectile waves similar to those created by the Sonic Lost World Somersault Kick.
In other media
Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992
A Crawl appeared briefly in one panel in the beginning of the
story "Sticky Problems", where it watches Robotnik boil his " Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992' Special Instant Glue" to use against Sonic, from far away with a Buzz Bomber.
Sonic the Comic
The Crawl in
. Sonic the Comic
series published by Sonic the Comic Fleetway Editions, the Rollers are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army, although they only appeared a few times during the series' run. Depending on the artist, the Crawls' design would be altered slightly each time.
There are alternative sprites in the
Simon Wai prototype of that exist inside of the game's coding. These sprites depict the Crawl in different position and holding its shield in the lateral directions, which it does not do this in final version. Its pincer is also depicted as gray.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 The Crawls' pincers are also miscolored gray in the mini-game of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball. While
Cosmic Casino in is similar to Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Casino Night Zone, it does not have Crawls in it, making spikes and crushing blocks the only threats in the zone. Crawl and Asteron are the only Badniks in Sonic the Hedgehog 4, that were not featured on the game's website.
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