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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. Eggman, and the counterpart of the Dango from an alternate dimension set in the recent past.


Based on the Armadillidiidae family of crustaceans (more commonly known as pill bugs), Dangos have a protecting armor on their backs, white eyes and small mechanical legs. These armors come in two different color schemes: in the past, they are lime, while in the present, they are pink.


In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Dangos are enemies found in both Acts of Stardust Speedway Zone. They are purple in Act 1 and green in Act 2.

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. They can also be destroyed while they are rolling by using Mighty's Hammer Drop. Upon their destruction, they will release an Animal and award the player with 100 points.

A single Dango also appears after the fight with Giga Metal. After Giga Metal is defeated, the Phantom Ruby gets dislodged from him and left suspended in mid-air. A Dango will then appear, and when the player tries to collect the Phantom Ruby, the Dango will curl into a ball and knock the Phantom Ruby away.

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 absolute defense, making them nearly indestructible.

See also


  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "Dango".


  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 255. ISBN 978-1506719276.

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