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The Dango[1][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, pillbug-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.

Appearance

Dangos are based on the Armadillidiidae family of crustaceans, more commonly known as pill bugs. They have got protecting armor on their back, white eyes and two pairs of small mechanical legs. Dangos come in two color schemes in each of the two Rounds they appear in. Green variations appear in Stardust Speedway, whereas orange-brown ones appear in Metallic Madness.

Overview

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Dangos appear as enemies in Stardust Speedway and Metallic Madness. The green Dangos appear in the former while the brown Dangos appear in the latter.

In gameplay, the Dangos normally crawl slowly left and right along the ground. When they see the playable character however, they will curl into a ball and roll towards the playable character to damage them, similar to the Spin Attack. While curled up, the Dangos are invulnerable, and attacking the rolling Dangos head-on with the Spin Attack will only bounce them backwards upon impact without damaging them. Regardless, the Dangos can easily be defeated with a Spin Jump, Spin Attack or Spin Dash while they are in their crawling positions.

The brown Dangos in Metallic Madness appear aged and broken down in the Round's Bad Future, possessing cracked armor. In addition, they move around much slower, although they can still curl into balls. However, the green Dangos in Stardust Speedway have not aged in that Round's Bad Future. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Dangos are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Powers and abilities

The Dangos have the ability to assume spherical forms to roll over opponents with, similar to the Spin Attack. While in this form, they possess an absolute defense, making them indestructible.

Trivia

  • "Dango" is short for "dangomushi" (ダンゴムシ?), the Japanese word for "pill bug".
  • The Dango appears to use the same concept as the Roller. The only real difference is that they are invincible when in its ball form, while the Roller is easily destroyed.

See also

Notes

  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, in-game source code from the Sonic Gems Collection version of Sonic the Hedgehog CD refers to this Badnik as "dango".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Dango - A pillbug whose rolling attack can be deflected with a Spin Jump."

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