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The Fireworm[1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, caterpillar-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and the counterpart of the Fireworm from an alternate dimension set in the recent past.


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 segments have a pair of black eyes and four spikes around where their mouth would be.


A Fireworm in Lava Reef Zone Act 1, from Sonic Mania.

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Fireworms are enemies found in both Acts of Lava Reef Zone. In gameplay, they are at first hidden in a hole on a wall. When the playable character approaches them however, they will reveal themselves and start floating back and forth, descending when turning left and ascending when turning right. While moving, their backs spew fire. Because of this, the Fireworms' body segments will damage the playable character upon contact. Thus, they can only be destroyed by attacking their heads with a Spin Jump. Upon their destruction, they will release an Animal and award the player with 100 points.

Powers and abilities

Fireworms are capable of flight and can spew fire from their body segments to damage their foes.

See also


  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 255. ISBN 978-1506719276.

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