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Grabbers strongly resemble tarantulas. Their main body has yellow and black stripes that flash red and black as they are about to self-destruct. On their backs is also a wheel which they use to move on ceilings. They also have a round black head with two black eyes and white mandibles. They possess as well eight long, mechanical limbs, four on each side, on the bottom of their bodies.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Grabbers are enemies found in both Acts of Chemical Plant Zone. In gameplay, Grabbers glide along the ceilings, waiting for the player to come close. Once the playable character gets below a Grabber, it will drop down and grab them. Upon getting a hold of the player, the Grabber will go up and start flashing for few seconds before self-detonating, destroying both itself and its Animal, and dealing further damage to the player. One way to escape a Grabber's hold is by pressing left and right repeatedly on . In addition, if the player has a partner with them, they can destroy the Grabber.
Grabbers can be destroyed by attacking them with a Spin Jump, which is more recommended to do from the sides or from above. Upon their destruction, they will release an Animal and award the player with 100 points.
Powers and abilities
Grabbers can hang from ceilings using incredibly strong and durable wires. When they manage to catch their prey in their grasp, they are able to self-destruct to inflict damage to their captive.