Death Ball ( is a sub-boss from デスボール  Desubōru ) ? , as well as its locked-on form, Sonic & Knuckles . Under normal gameplay, it is encountered in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Death Egg Zone Act 2 when playing as Sonic (and/or Tails in Sonic 3 & Knuckles).
The Death Ball floats from side to side between the two
high-speed elevators Sonic or Tails can use to reverse gravity. The yellow bumper shield(s) always positions themselves between the Death Ball and the player, making it impossible to be damaged directly.
The only means the Death Ball has of attacking is by way of strange buggy-like objects that it drops from its mouth on its underside. These have wheels on the bottom and
spikes on the top. If gravity is normal (so objects fall downwards) they will move around on their wheels, but if gravity is reversed, they will become lodged on the ceiling and not move at all. They explode after a delay of about twenty seconds by releasing the three spikes in different directions.
The player must cause the spiked buggies to accumulate on the floor, then enter one of the elevators to reverse gravity and have the character walk about on the ceiling. A
Spin Dash is then required to throw the buggies off of the ceiling. If one hits the Death Ball, a hit is scored, otherwise the spiked buggy will move along the ceiling. A hit is also scored if a buggy "falls" between the surface and hits the Death Ball spike-first along the way. Eight hits are required for it to be destroyed.
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