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Fire Breath[1] (ファイヤーブレス[2] Faiyā Buresu?), also known as Doctor Robotnik’s Flame Craft,[3] is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced robot model created by Dr. Robotnik and used during the first part of the Angel Island incident.

Description

Appearance

Fire Breaths are medium-sized spherical robots. They have a dark blue upper half and a black lower half with four rocket thrusters attached to it. They also have three cylinders on top of their back, a thin gray barrel for a flamethrower as a nose of some short on the front, and a gray cylinder for a head that sticks out over its barrel.

Features and abilities

Thanks to their thrusters, the Fire Breaths are capable of flight. They are also equipped with flamethrowers that can spew intense flames and missile launchers that can fire explosive missiles that create widespread fires.

History

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

A group of Fire Breaths burning Angel Island Zone, from Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and its lock-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, a group of Fire Breaths invaded and burned down Angel Island Zone when they noticed the presence of Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower on the island. However, the duo survived that fire. A Fire Breath soon after appeared to exterminate the duo on its own. However, it was destroyed by the heroes.

Much later, another group of Fire Breaths came out of nowhere and returned to set the area on fire and burn Knuckles the Echidna to ashes. However, Knuckles came out of this safely, and destroyed a Fire Breath that got in his way.

Other game appearances

Sonic Jam (Game.com)

In Sonic Jam (Game.com), a Fire Breath appears at the end of Angel Island Zone Act 1, throwing missiles at the area and later leaving to end the Act.

Battle

Fire Breath is the sub-boss of Angel Island Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, as well as the first boss overall. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, it is battled with Sonic and/or Tails, while in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, it can also be battled with Knuckles.

Boss guide

When Sonic and/or Tails confront the Fire Breath at the end of Angel Island Zone Act 1, the robot descends into the arena and starts its rather simple attack pattern. After firing its flamethrower once, Fire Breath then rises and flies to the other side of the arena to fire its flamethrower once more. The robot repeats this pattern until it is destroyed. The flames coming from the thrower are the only real danger in this battle, although the small fires coming from jets on its underside can hurt the player as well. After landing six hits on Fire Breath, the robot explodes into pieces. When the Goal Plate falls down, Invincibility, Flame Shield and Water Shield monitors are hidden underneath the ground, with all of them having a small gap between each other.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles lock-on, while Knuckles is unable to reach the upper section of the level (where Sonic and Tails can fight Fire Breath), the player instead must go to a lower pathway by destroying huge breakable piles of rocks and face the Fire Breath again. However, the robot's attack pattern is only somewhat challenging, as the Fire Breath is able now to fire three missiles from its launchers, which will fall down to the ground deal damage to the player on contact. Despite that, the robot can still be taken down after six hits. Invincibility, Water Shield and Extra Life monitors are hidden under the bottom of arena, all of which have a small gap between them.

In other media

Archie Comics

The Flying Dynamo, from Sonic the Hedgehog #267.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Fire Breath was referred to as Assaulting Batter Blimp. In this media, it was a robot created by Dr. Ivo Robotnik during his invasion of the Floating Island, which attacked Sonic and Tails until the duo escaped into Hydro City.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Fire Breath, now known as the Flying Dynamo, was a Super Badnik created by Dr. Eggman. Although nearly identical to its game counterpart, it was able to generate electricity instead of fire.

Trivia

  • If the player picks up the Flame Shield from the monitor to the left of the entrance before entering the boss arena, it can make the battle even easier than it already is, as none of Fire Breath's attacks can hurt the player with their Flame Shield (unless the player touches the boss outside of a Spin Attack).

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Bosses: Act 1 - Fire Breath."
  2. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 23. ISBN 978-4091024794.
  3. Sonic the Comic #36, "Sonic 3 Part 3 - The Bosses"

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