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Fireworm  ( is an enemy in the マンバー  Manbā , lit. "Mamba") ? . It is a mass-produced, worm-based Sonic the Hedgehog series Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.
Despite their name, Fireworms resemble more
caterpillars than worms. The have five body segments, each with a pair of spikes on the lower sides and a hatch that spits flames on top. Their head segment has a pair of black eyes and four spikes around where their mouth would be.
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and its lock-on expansion Sonic & Knuckles , Fireworms are encountered in the tunnel sections of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Lava Reef Zone. Usually found either by themselves or in groups, Fireworms will burst out of the walls and start floating back and forth, descending when turning left and ascending when turning right. While moving, their backs spew fire.
Since the Fireworms' backflames and belly spikes will inflict damage on the player should they attack their bodies from above or below. the player must attack the Fireworms' head with a
Spin Jump to defeat them. However, Fireworms are some of the few Badniks that will respawn after being destroyed if the player wanders far enough away for their spawning point to get off-screen.
, the Fireworm appears as an collectible card.
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , the Fireworms appear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly like they did in Sonic Mania Plus . In these games, they appear in both Acts of Sonic & Knuckles Lava Reef Zone.
A Fireworm in
. Sonic Mania
In gameplay, the Fireworms behave just like in their debut appearance: they float back and fourth while their backs spew fire and can only be damaged on their heads. Also, upon destroying a Fireworm, it will release an
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