The Egg Pawn (エッグポーン,Eggu Pōn?) is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced model of Badniks created by Dr. Eggman that is based on the doctor himself. They serve as Eggman's main force of weapon robots in his army.
Although each of them is weak, the Egg Pawns' immense numbers make them perhaps the greatest threat in Eggman's army. They also come in different varieties, each one having its own unique skillset.
The Egg Pawns are humanoid robots based on Dr. Eggman. The typical Egg Pawn is primarily orange in color, with a round body and a dome-shaped head that come together in an egg-like shape. It also has blank blue eyes, a sharp yellow nose, a wide glowing panel for a mouth, and a black lower torso section.
Up until Sonic Rivals, Egg Pawns had gray cable-like limbs with four-fingered hands, vermilion/orange feet, yellow cuffs around their wrists and ankles, and short shoulder guards. In Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, Egg Pawns received additional armor, like thicker forearms and armored legs, but less articulated shoulders. Those that appeared in later games such as Sonic Lost World were designed with more soft shapes and colors, but otherwise remained the same.
In Sonic Forces, the Egg Pawns received a more modernized and militaristic design. These Egg Pawns had spherical white-gray bodies with no heads, thin black limbs with red joints, and light gray visors on the front with two red eyes. They also had light gray feet with soles, and armored light gray forearms with no hands, although they had a cannon on their right arm.
The Egg Pawns first debuted in Sonic Heroes as enemies. They serve as the most common enemy in the game, and can be encountered in pretty much every stage, except for Power Plant and Lost Jungle.
In gameplay, the Egg Pawns can come equipped with a variety of weaponry. These weapons affect their attack patterns and give them a wider attack range. These include:
Egg Spears: Egg Pawns armed with long lances. If they detect the playable characters, they will start charging at them. The Egg Spears allow them to increase their range of attack.
Egg Bazookas: Egg Pawns armed with heavy laser-firing bazookas. These enemies need some time to load their Egg Bazooka, after which they will fire a laser that will quickly fly towards the playable characters.
Egg Guns: Egg Pawns armed with high-speed machine guns. These enemies shoot long series of bullets at the playable characters.
Egg Pawns that are not carrying any weapons fight with their fists. If they detect the playable characters, they will start charging at them. Some Egg Pawns also wield shields along with their weapons. Those Egg Pawns that wield shields can use them to negate the damage they would otherwise receive. While these shields can be destroyed with enough attacks, the player can also use the Tornado Jump or a Homing Attack with three Power Cores to blow them away. These shields come in three different styles:
Smooth shields: Smooth, rectangular shields. These allow the Egg Pawn to block one blow from a Power Type character before they break.
Spiked shields: Spiked shields that can block a number of blows from a Power Type character. The more blows they receive, the more cracks they will display until they are destroyed altogether. They can also deal additional damage if the player runs into the Egg Pawn wielding it or jumps into them with a Homing Attack.
Metal shields: Metallic shields that can block approximately six blows from a Power Type character. The more blows they receive, the more cracks they will display until they are destroyed altogether.
Occasionally, the Egg Pawns will simply stand still and not attack despite noticing the player. Each type of Egg Pawn has very little health and awards 200 points when destroyed.
In gameplay, the Egg Pawns possess two hit points each, making them stronger than GUN Soldiers, and as sturdy as Black Warriors. They also tend to wield the same weapons they used in Sonic Heroes, namely the Egg Spear, Egg Gun and Egg Bazooka. They also sometimes wield circular shields in their hands, which can be destroyed with two Homing Attacks or by rolling over the Egg Pawn wielding it with the Spin Dash. However, the shields cannot be destroyed by gun-type weapons as they will deflect such weaponry's projectiles, except for the Satellite Gun's. Destroying an Egg Pawn without a shield will grant 150 points. Destroying an Egg Pawn with a shield on the other hand will grant 200 points. Also, after destroying an Egg Pawn, it will drop its weapon, which Shadow can then pick up and use himself.
During the boss battle with the Egg Dealer, the boss's Pawn Fever ability will occasionally be activated, which causes Egg Pawns to come to the Egg Dealer's aid.
In Sonic Rush, the Egg Pawns returned as enemies. In this game, the player encounters them in Leaf Storm and Mirage Road. In gameplay, when they spot the playable character, they will attack by running into them. In this game, they run quite fast. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.
Sonic Rivals series
In Sonic Rivals, the Egg Pawns appear as enemies. In this game, the player encounters them in nearly every Zone, except for Death Yard Zone. In gameplay, the Egg Pawns will attack the playable character with a spin of their fists when they get close enough.
Outside normal gameplay, the Egg Pawns also appear on the 106th collectible card in the game.
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Egg Pawns appear as goalies in Football. In this game, they are color coded according to what team they are on. They also appear as enemies in Dream Fencing. Additionally, the Egg Pawn can be unlocked as a costume. One appears in the Challengers Bonus Episode 2 harassing a Chao and Omochao alongside a Flapper, but is destroyed by Bowser Jr.
In the Wii U version, Egg Pawns can be chosen as teammates in the Soccer and Rugby events. These Egg Pawns can be colored blue, red or green depending on their team. In the 3DS version of the game, armored Egg Pawns act as Shadow the Hedgehog's teammates, whilst regular Egg Pawn act as the teammates for Jet the Hawk. Additionally a silver Egg Pawn will function as the goalie for player 1's team.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Egg Pawns appear as teammates for the Rugby Sevens event and as goalies for the Football event. They also appear as enemies in the Metropolitan Goal Kick and Kabikiza Clash minigames, holding the ball from Luigi in the former until he tackles them, and throwing Spike Balls at Tails in the latter, where he must destroy them with his bow and arrow.
Sega Superstars series
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, the Egg Pawns act as obstacles, which are seen on the Casino Park and Final Fortress racetracks. In gameplay, they usually move around on the road sections in certain parts of the racetracks, and jump around. If a racer hits one, they will spin out, but it will also destroy the Egg Pawn. Alternatively, the player can destroy the Egg Pawns with Item Box power-ups or by bossting right over them (without the player getting hurt in the process).
In both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Egg Pawns appear as common enemies. In this game, they have undergone a general redesign; they are more overtly mechanical, with jointed limbs, and are generally slightly shorter and stockier. On the Wii version, the player encounters the Egg Pawns in nearly every Act, except for Starlight Carnival Act 3 and 6, Aquarium Park Act 5, Asteroid Coaster Act 4, and the entirety of Terminal Velocity, though in the latter they appear in the background with special armor. On the Nintendo DS version on the other hand, the Egg Pawns appear in every Act.
In both versions of the game, certain Egg Pawns have been personalized more with specific clothes and weapons that match the Area themes:
These Egg Pawns sport bowties and wield welcome signs that they use as clubs against foes.
In gameplay, the Egg Pawns have multiple behavior patterns. On the Wii version of the game, plain Egg Pawns will either stand in one place or coming running towards the playable character. Also, some will attack with punches while others do nothing. If the Egg Pawn is equipped with a tool however, it will always try to attack the playable character with it. On the Nintendo DS version of the game, regular Egg Pawns will try charging into Sonic while those with tools will try attacking him with them. White armored variants of the Egg Pawns with fancy armor and spears also appear as background decorations in Terminal Velocity.
The Egg Pawns also appear in the Sonic Simulator on the Wii version of the game. Like in Shadow the Hedgehog, they can wield shields which take multiple hits to be destroyed, though one hit from the Stomp can take them out. In the simulator, they can also be destroyed by environmental objects, like Billiard Balls.
In Sonic Generations, the Egg Pawns retained their design from Sonic Colors. On the console/PC version of the game, the player encounters the Egg Pawns in Seaside Hill and Planet Wisp. On the Nintendo 3DS version, the player only encounters them in Tropical Resort. In this game, they are equipped with weapons based on what era they appear in: Egg Pawns in Seaside Hill wield Egg Spears and Egg Guns, Egg Pawns in Tropical Resort carry bowties and welcome signs, and Egg Pawns on Planet Wisp carry construction helmets and pickaxes. However, some regular Egg Pawns also appear in among the clothed/equipped ones.
In gameplay on the console/PC version of the game, Egg Pawns without weapons simply attack Sonic by punching him when he gets close. Egg Pawns with weapons on the other hand slowly move towards Sonic upon spotting him (at least in the second Acts) before attacking him with their weapons. The Egg Pawns on Planet Wisp in particular, throw their pickaxes like boomerangs instead of using them like melee weapons in Sonic Colors.
In gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS version, regular Egg Pawns mainly serve the purpose of standing in Sonic's way, while the Egg Pawns with street signs will attempt to whack Sonic with their signs or throw their signs at Sonic.
In Sonic Lost World, the Egg Pawns received a simplified redesign, somewhat resembling their appearance from Sonic Heroes. They also possess no form or attire or weapons. During the game, it turns out that all of Eggman's robots, the Egg Pawns included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six.
In gameplay, the Egg Pawns typically exhibit two kinds of behaviour: those that stay in lines waiting for the player, or those that will start chasing Sonic around when they spot him and will continue to do so until Sonic is either caught or defeated. Since they also lack weaponry, they will simply charge Sonic in melee. On the Wii U version, they will also sometimes pop out of small holes at tubular stages and start attacking. Exclusive to Sky Road Zone 3 on the Wii U version, however, the Egg Pawns can be seen jumping out Blowfish Transporters flying in the air and then fold out parachutes. These Egg Pawns will float around the air while slowly descending and can both deal damage and block the player's path. However, if Sonic hits the Egg Pawns' parachutes with the Spin Jump, said parachutes will break and the Egg Pawns will fall down.
It usually takes two hits from the Homing Attack and Bound Jump to destroy an Egg Pawn; just one hit only makes the Egg Pawn lose its balance, which it will regain after a while unless the player attacks it again. Alternatively, the player can destroy an Egg Pawn in one hit using the Flying Kick. Also, upon an Egg Pawn's destruction, it releases an Animal.
In Sonic Runners, Egg Pawns appear as enemies. In this game, they retain their design from Sonic Lost World. They are also some of the most common enemies in the flying type characters' stages. In gameplay, the Egg Pawns are either stationary or run back and forth. They are also placed either separately or in groups.
Egg Pawns in Sonic Runners come in three types. Aside from the regular Egg Pawns, there are golden ones (dubbed Golden Pawns in the game's story) which grant 300 extra points when defeated, and black ones called Super Egg Pawns which only Color Powers and power type characters can defeat. All three variations contain Animals inside them, and are featured as part of several episodes' narrative, which features them being defeated time and time again by Team Sonic.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Egg Pawns from Sonic Forces appear on the race tracks. In gameplay, they act as stationary obstacles for the player to run into, perpetually charging their arm cannons. When encountered, they can easily be destroyed using the Slide or Spin Jump. When destroyed, the player will be awarded five Rings.
In Sonic Forces, the Egg Pawns sport modernized, militaristic redesigns, and are the most common enemy the player can encounter, appearing in every stage, and often in large groups.
In gameplay, the Egg Pawns usually remain on standby in the spots they are standing in. When they see the playable character(s) however, they will take aim for a few seconds before firing a straight-moving energy blast at them. Other than that, they can be destroyed with a single attack.
There are also silver-colored variants with red visors, which have Gatling guns for hands that can fire a barrage of lightning-fast lasers for a few seconds. Unlike the standard models, they are somewhat uncommon and usually are not part of a group.
Team Sonic Racing
In Team Sonic Racing, the Egg Pawns (referred to as Eggpawns in this game) sport their design from Sonic Colors with some slight modifications, such as racing stripes and a narrowed eye. In this game, Eggman had Eggpawns serve as his teammates on Team Eggman when he first participated in Dodon Pa's Grand Prix. However, he slowly replaced them with more capable racers. He later used the Eggpawns to invade Sonic and his friends' races, but they were wiped out by the heroes. Later, the Eggpawns were used by Eggman to defend his Final Fortress and take part in races the heroes participated in order to release Dodon Pa.
In Team Adventure Mode, the Eggpawns appear as non-playable characters. These Eggpawns will serve as Dr. Eggman's teammates on Team Eggman until Metal Sonic and Zavok take their spots on the team. Unlike the other racers in the game though, Eggpawns are destroyed in a small explosion after colliding with opposing race cars a few times. When an Eggpawn is destroyed however, another one will appear to take its place.
Besides appearing as racers, Eggpawns also appear on the tracks. Mother's Canyon for example has blue Eggpawns in the background, and Ice Mountain has giant working Eggpawns embedded in the glaciers. Also, on the tracks of Bingo Party, Bingo Highway, Turbine Loop, Dark Arsenal and Thunder Deck, blue Eggpawns appear as obstacles that move across the roads. In the case where they serve as obstacles, the Eggpawns can be destroyed with Wisp power-ups and Power-Type characters, the latter who can drive over Eggpawns without taking damage.
The Eggpawns also appear as the main opponents of the Eggpawn Assault Events. In these Events, four types of Eggpawns appear, all of which will teleport onto the road and follow its route. It is then the player's objective to chase down these Eggpawns and destroy them in order to earn points and extend their time limit for the Event. The four types of Eggpawns the player encounter in this Event are:
Standard Eggpawn: Yellow Eggpawn models. These Eggpawns are the weakest and are destroyed with just one hit. They reward 100 points upon their destruction.
Hard-boiled Eggpawn: Blue Eggpawn models. These Eggpawns take two hits to destroy. They reward 150 points upon their destruction.
Eggsplosive Eggpawn: Red, yellow and black Eggpawn models with yellow hardhats. These Eggpawns drop dangerous bombs onto the racetrack when they are destroyed that will explode like the Black Bomb and stun the playable character if they hit them. The player thus has to move away from the bomb as soon as they can so that they do not receive any damage. They reward 100 points upon their destruction.
Melee Eggpawn: Pink Eggpawn models with bunny ears. These Eggpawns are equipped with Pink Spikes, making it impossible to destroy them by touching them. The player's best option is to destroy them with the Orange Rocket. They reward 100 points upon their destruction.
In addition to the Eggpawn Assault Events, there are also the Showdown Race Events where the player has to race against three teams made up entirely of Eggpawns in regular races.
While usually acting as Dr. Eggman's loyal foot soldiers, the Egg Pawns are apparently programmed with some degree of emotions. When Metal Madness appeared, they demonstrated noticeable fear by trying to escape him. They also tend to taunt their enemy after scoring a hit and were susceptible to being charmed by Rouge.
Overall, they seem to act rather cowardly when confronted with a dangerous foe.
Powers and abilities
Compared to most machines Eggman has produced, the Egg Pawns are weak robots, although they have their numbers to make up for it. They usually also possess no special abilities, relying more on their weaponry and tools. However, the Egg Pawn during the Phantom Ruby incident were equipped with arm cannons that could fire small laser blasts.
As seen during Dodon Pa's Grand Prix, the Egg Pawns also have excellent skills when it comes to driving and racing in racecars.
Weapons and equipment
The Egg Pawns' standard arsenal include lances named Egg Spears, single-shot recoilless rifles named Egg Bazookas, and automatic blasters named Egg Guns. They also occasionally carry shields of varying durability.
During the Wisp incident, the Egg Pawns wielded a wider selection of weaponry, such as welcome signs, giant whisks, trumpet blasters, pickaxes, katanas and spiked mace-like clubs.
The Egg Bishop is a spellcaster-based variant of the Egg Pawns. Its design is derived from the stereotypical wizard, complete with a mechanical wizard hat, robe and scepter. In addition to the ability to levitate, these Egg Pawn variants are capable of different skills reminiscent of magic. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
The Egg Bommer is a bomb-armed variant of the Egg Pawn. Like the Egg Pierrot, the Egg Bommers are redesigned Egg Pawns that balance on top of large balls that will explode when the Egg Bommers are defeated. They also juggle around bombs which they can throw at their enemies. They first appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog.
The Egg Hammer is a giant purple and red variant of the standard Egg Pawn. Being much more heavily armored and stronger than the typical Egg Pawn, these destructive juggernauts get their name from the massive hammers that they wield in battle and can swing around with ease. However, they cannot always keep their balance. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
The Egg Knights are gold-plated Egg Pawns. Possessing more stamina that the ordinary Egg Pawn, they typically wield Egg Spears and lead a small group of Egg Pawns. Consequently, the destruction of an Egg Knight will result in any and all Egg Pawns under its command being automatically destroyed with it. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
The Egg Pawn (Casino version) is a casino-themed line of Egg Pawns. There are three known variants, such as the neon blue casino managers with black tie suits, neon pink casino bunnies, and neon green casino clowns that have weird meters above their heads. Designs aside, they are no different from regular Egg Pawns, and they typically wield the same weapons that the regular Egg Pawns can wield. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
The Egg Pierrot is a clown-based variant of the Egg Pawn. Like the Egg Bommer, the Egg Pierrots are redesigned Egg Pawns that balance on top of large balls that will explode when the Egg Pierrots are defeated. They also juggle around pins which they use as projectile weapons against their foes. They first appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog.
The Flapper is an aerial variant of the Egg Pawns. They look similar to the Egg Pawns, except that their arms and legs have been replaced with parts suitable for flight. The basic Egg Flapper has no special abilities besides flight, but it comes in a number of variants that are equipped with different tools. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
The Jack Bommer is a Halloween-themed variant of the Egg Pawn. These robot models each consist of a repainted Egg Pawn that balances on top of a Halloween pumpkin-based ball. They mainly juggle flaming balls which they throw at opponents. Also, the balls they balance on will explode when the Jack Bommer is destroyed. They first appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog.
The Solid Pawn is a purple-blue and/or gray-orange variant of the Egg Pawn. This redesigned Egg Pawn model mainly wields a shield which is capable of deflecting minor attacks. They have also exhibited durability superior to those of regular Egg Pawns. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Egg Pawns were created by Dr. Eggman to replace his decommissioned SWATbots. When the fourth Enerjak surfaced however, the Egg Pawns were destroyed while attempting to subdue the chaos demigod.
After the events of Worlds Collide, the Egg Pawns became nearly identical to their game counterparts. In addition, Breeze Media has bought several outdated Egg Pawns to serve as her staff.
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