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The electrical emitter,[1] also known as the electric shocker[2] and the electric beam,[3] is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a small, mass-produced generator that shoots out electricity.

Description

The electrical emitter is a device of varying design that emits electricity. In gameplay, this machine will unleash rays of electricity in an horizontal direction or vertical every few seconds. Should the playable character touch these rays, they will take damage. However, a Lightning Shield will allow the player to walk on top of electrical emitters without getting hurt.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

An electrical emitter in Scrap Brain Zone Act 2, from Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).

In Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit), and its numerous ports and remasters, electrical emitters are known as electric shockers.[2] In this game, they appear in Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 and 2, where they resemble pink orbs on metal bars. In gameplay, they emit horizontal electrical rays.

Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit), electrical emitters are known as electric beams.[3] In this game, they look like they did in Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit), except that they have a yellow orb instead of a purple one. In gameplay, electric beams appear in Scrap Brain Zone, where they otherwise behave exactly like they did in Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

An electrical emitter the past of Wacky Workbench Zone 1, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Windows 95 version, and the 2011 remaster, electrical emitters appear in the Wacky Workbench. In this game, they are small electric cubes whose color varies depending on the timezone the player is in. In gameplay, they only fire one line of electricity at a time. To avoid them, the playable character must hang onto a pole and climb over them. Notably, in the good future, they are temporarily disabled at times.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

In Sonic & Knuckles, and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, electrical emitters appear in Death Egg Zone as long panels of electricity on the floor and ceiling. Notably, those on the ceilings shoot out bolts of electricity periodically.

Tails Adventure

Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj), electrical emitters[1] appear in the Scrap Brain Zone portion of Scrap Plant Zone. In this game, they have the exact same appearance and behavior they had in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, electrical emitters appear in Death Egg. In this game, they have the exact same appearance and behavior they had in Sonic & Knuckles.

In other media

Books and comics

Archie Comics

An electrical emitter (left, from Sonic the Hedgehog #290.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, electrical emitters appeared as traps encountered by Sonic in some of Dr. Eggman's earliest bases.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj) game design document, pg. 45.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Prima Publishing (1993). "Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis". Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide. Prima Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 1-55958-335-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Prima Publishing (1993). "Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis". Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide. Prima Publishing. p. 69. ISBN 1-55958-335-5.
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