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It hides in dark crevices, lashing out when Sonic comes near

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Crawlton[1] (ザキーン[2] Zakin?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, centipede-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman that hides underground to rapidly ambush its targets from unexpected places.


The first Crawltons consisted of eight round segments, including their heads. They were mostly dark blue with a yellow underbelly, and each body segment had a yellow spike on both sides. Their heads had a pair of black eyes, a pointy antenna and screw on each side, and sharp mandibles with a mouth between them. They also a grey plate on each side of their head which connected with their antennae.

In all versions of Sonic Lost World, Crawltons have purple armor, and their bodies consist of many more segments. They also have cyan eyes instead of black and the grey plates on the sides of their heads are replaced with yellow caps.

The Crawltons during the Northstar Islands incident have a similar appearance as they did during the Death Egg incident, with the major differences being their more purplish color scheme and cartoony eyes.

Game appearances[]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2[]

Crawlton sprite

The first appearance of this Badnik was in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Crawlton[1] (ザキーン[2] Zakin?). In this game, the player encounters them in Mystic Cave Zone.

In gameplay, the Crawltons hide within the walls and wait until the playable character comes close. When that happens, they attack quickly by extending their heads towards the playable character, causing damage upon touch. However, the Crawltons can only extend their heads a limited distance. Because of their attack method, Crawltons can easily ambush the player. Before they attack however, their body parts can be spotted inside the walls, allowing the player to predict when they will strike. Otherwise, the player can avoid them by just running past the Crawltons before they attack. To defeat a Crawlton, the player must use the Spin Jump on its head after it reveals itself, as its spikes will ensure the player will take damage should they attack anywhere else. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Sonic Lost World[]

Crawltons in Sonic Lost World

Crawltons, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Wii U version, PC version and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Crawltons returned as enemies. During the games' events, all the Badniks, the Crawltons included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six.

In the Wii U/PC version of the game, the Crawltons appear in Desert Ruins Zone 1 and Tropical Coast Zone 2, where they serve as normal enemies, and will most of the time attack the player in groups. In gameplay, they burrow across the sands with their heads above the surface and when the playable characters gets close to them, they will pop out the sand in a swift motion to damage the playable characters. Additionally, the Crawltons have a noticeably longer attack range than in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Crawltons appear in Frozen Factory Zone 1 and 3. In gameplay, they are larger enemies that can take multiple hits before being defeated. These Crawltons must be destroyed in order for the player to progress through a Zone, similar to Sandworms. In battle, they hide in a shadow on the ground from where they will pop out of to attack the player, for then to retract back into and repeat the pattern. To defeat this Crawlton, stun it with a Somersault and then attack the glowing weak spot on it with the Homing Attack three times (or less with a charged-up Focused Homing Attack). Before the last hit, the Crawltons will overheat and start swinging their body swing around.

Sonic Superstars[]


A Crawlton, from Sonic Superstars.

Crawltons reappear in Sonic Superstars, where they can be encountered in Speed Jungle Zone during Act Sonic, as well as Act 2 of the same Zone for Trip's story. In gameplay, the Crawltons function very similarly to how they did back in their debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as they attempt to sneak attack the player by lunging at them before retreating back into their holes. However, before a Crawlton attacks the player, their head can be seen peeking out of the hole they inhabit, making avoiding their attack or destroying them much easier to do. The only way to destroy a Crawlton is to Spin Jump onto their head, as attempting to attack their segments will result in the player getting damaged. Upon destruction, a Crawlton releases an Animal and awards the player with 100 points.

Powers and abilities[]

The Crawltons are efficient burrowers that can swiftly dig through sand. They also possess quite flexible bodies that lets them launch effective surprise attacks over long distances, and a lethal bite attack.

In other media[]


Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie[]


A Crawlton, from Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.

In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, the Crawlton are a brand of robots created by Dr. Robotnik that patrol the Land of Darkness. Sonic and Tails encountered one on their road to Robotropolis.

This Crawlton was longer than its game counterpart and looked similar to Caterkiller. In addition, the Crawlton was able to fly, like the Catakiller, Jr..

Books and comics[]

Sonic the Comic[]

Crawltons the Comic

Crawltons in Sonic the Comic. Art by Richard Elson.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Crawltons are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. Depending on the artist, the Crawltons' design would be altered slightly various times. They were sort of recurring Badnik types early on in the comics, but appeared more scarcely as time went on.

IDW Publishing[]


A Crawlton, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #4.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, when Dr. Starline took over the Eggman Empire, he sent out an override code that brought Badniks all over the world under his control, including the Crawltons.[3]








  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, p. 50.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #4, story one

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