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The Frigate Skullian[1][2] (スカルン[3][4] Sukarun?, lit. "Skullun"), also known simply as the Skullian,[1][5][6] is the boss of Asteroid Coaster in Sonic Colors. It is similar to the Frigate Orcan from Starlight Carnival, but is more heavily upgraded. This boss differs from its predecessor by having a red and black color scheme, and several new abilities.



Boss guide


The Frigate Skullian is the Frigate Orcan from Starlight Carnival, but upgraded. This boss differs from its previous encounter in Starlight Carnival by being considerably larger than the Frigate Orcan, having four dual-barreled machine guns, two in back and two in front, and the ability of teleportation, which it uses to disappear, reappear, and send asteroids out of the rifts. After taking a few blows, the warship covering reveals twelve robots powering the vessel, along with the face of the ship, which is a creature with eye-stalks, similar to a snail, in contrast to its previous menacing skull appearance. While damaged, the machine will start smoking and the eyes on its back will glow red. After taking that final attack, it sets on fire and drops a cargo of boxes filled with rings. During the battle, the ship will occasionally drop a Wisp Capsule containing the Orange Rocket Wisp, which can be used for double damage during the side-scrolling sections, and is crucial for earning an S-Rank.

In Sonic Colors: Ultimate, earning an S-Rank during this fight will unlock the achievement, "Smash N' Grab".

Nintendo DS

Unlike the Wii version, the Frigate Skullian is smaller due to it lugging around cargo boxes. The Frigate Skullian also has a Meteorite Hammer that charges up before slamming down, also aiming in the process. This makes it hard to dodge the attack. After it slams down, use the White Boost to charge it and get a Violet Wisp. This attack will continue three times and on the third time, it will accidentally damage one of its boxes, making it drop to the ground and release rings. After a series of attacks, it will start to use laser attacks; Sonic can avoid the lasers by either grabbing onto the hand rail or ducking via a Spin attack. Slam into the power core(Yellow) to damage it. Continue doing this and the Frigate Skullian will explode. An optional way of defeating it is to use the Violet Void Wisp Power, which turns Sonic into a black hole and sucks in nearby objects. Get close to the Frigate Skullian and watch as it is damaged slowly. As the Void grows, it will eventually become big enough for the Frigate Skullian to be sucked in, destroying it instantly.


Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"vs. Orcan & Skullian" Tomoya Ohtani 3:12
"vs. Orcan & Skullian (Remix)" Jun Senoue 3:37




Rank Score[1]
S Rank (Sonic Colors Wii).png
A Rank (Sonic Colors Wii).png
B Rank (Sonic Colors Wii).png
C Rank (Sonic Colors Wii).png
D Rank (Sonic Colors Wii).png

Nintendo DS


  • In the Wii version of Sonic Colors and Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Sonic runs on a beam of light as in Starlight Carnival, but in the Nintendo DS version he runs on a path somewhat similar to the design of the Skullian.
  • Like the Frigate Orcan, damaging the Skullian's side stabilizers will cause it to tilt to one side or another, making it more difficult for the ship to aim its guns at Sonic.
  • There are six cores on each side of Frigate Skullian, while the Orcan has only three on each side, but a tad larger.
    • However, in the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, this boss contains three orcan cores, as it contains one frigate, like the Orcan in that same game.
      • In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, if Sonic uses the Violet Void to defeat the Skullian, it will suck part of the frigate revealing the three orcan cores, something imposible to do with the Frigate Orcan. Also in Asteroid Coaster's map, the Skullian will appear showing the orcas once defeated.
    • When the ship shows the six cores, Skullian's eyes will change from a mean expression with normal eyes to a sad expression with the eyes appearance resembling to a snail ones.


Concept artwork




See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barba, Rick. "Starlight Carnival". Sonic Colors Bradygames Official Guide. Bradygames. pp. 212–213. ISBN 948-0-7440-1258-3.
  2. Blind Squirrel Games (7 September 2021). Sonic Colors: Ultimate. PlayStation 4. Sega. "Smash N' Grab description: Get An "S" Rank Against Frigate Skullian"
  3. Blind Squirrel Games (9 September 2021). Sonic Colors: Ultimate. PlayStation 4. Sega. "Smash N' Grab description (Japanese): スカルン戦でSランク獲得"
  4. Sonic Team, Dimps (18 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Nintendo DS. Sega. Area/Level: Illustrations. "Illustrations 037 (Japanese): スカルン".
  5. Sonic Team, Dimps (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Nintendo DS. Sega. Area/Level: Illustrations. "Illustrations 037: Skullian".
  6. Vivid Sound X Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack, Disc 2, Track 10 - "Vs. Orcan & Skullian"

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