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The Guardian (ガーディアン Gādian?) is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a protective stone golem from the pyramid in the Sandopolis Zone.

Appearance

The Guardian is a golem made of carved brown-gray stones that give it the shape of a monster. Its size is just over twice that Sonic's.

History

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

In Sonic & Knuckles, and its lock-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower were attacked by Guardian while they were passing through the Sandopolis Zone. Still, the clumsy golem fell into a quicksand pit, and the duo continued on their adventure as if nothing had happened.

Later, Guardian attacked Knuckles the Echidna while he was about to enter the Sandopolis Zone pyramid. As before, however, it fell into a quicksand pit, probably destroying it for good.

Powers and abilities

Despite its colossal size, the Guardian can make very high jumps that rival Sonic's. It is practically indestructible.

Weaknesses

The Guardian's only weak point appears to be its head; upon hitting it, the golem will temporarily cover itself in a ball, making it look like it received a great pain. It is also extremely slow, takes a long time to jump and does not seem to know how to walk.

Battle

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Guardian is the boss of Sandopolis Zone Act 1 in Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. It is the fifth boss of the first, and the eighteenth of the last. In Sonic & Knuckles, it is confronted by Sonic or Knuckles in their respective stories, and in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, it can also be battled by Tails either on his own or as Sonic's partner.

Boss guide

Once the player reaches the end of Sandopolis Zone Act 1, they will fall into a pit, in which a pyramid will "rise" to the sandstone. After about thirty seconds, the door to the pyramid will open, the Guardian will exit, and the battle will begin.

The battle will be long and boring since Guardian will only follow the player by jumping towards it. The playable character can hit its head, which will push it to the opposite side. To win, the player must have Guardian jump into a quicksand pit on the left side of the field. This can be done by placing it on the edge of the well and hitting its head behind it to throw it, or by making it jump alone into the well by getting into it (this alternative is a bit risky though).

Once it falls into the well, it will be destroyed, and a Goal Plate will fall to end the Act.

In other media

Sonic the Comic

Stone Guardian STC 1

A Guardian in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series, the Guardians are an ancient form of robots who protects the Lost Pyramid of Sandopolis. Much like their game counterpart, they are virtually indestructible.

A Guardian was awoken when Captain Plunder raised the lost pyramid. Since they could not beat it, Knuckles instead lured it into some quicksand. Another was activated by Nack the Weasel and used against Knuckles and the Chaotix Crew, but the group beat it by shrinking it down to a manageable size.

Archie Comics

Main article: Guardian (Archie)
SU 70 Stone Guardian

The Guardian, from Sonic Universe #70.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Guardian appeared in Sonic Universe #70.[1]

Trivia

  • The spinning Goal Post does not drop down at the location of the sub-boss when it was defeated (because this would cause the Goal Plate to land in the quicksand pit). Instead, it drops at a set point on solid land (but can still be knocked into the quicksand pit if the player hits it before it lands).
    • Additionally, the boss music doesn't end until the Goal Plate lands on the ground and Sonic/Tails/Knuckles perform their victory pose (unlike other bosses whose music ends after dealing the final hit).
  • The Egg Golem from Sonic Adventure 2 slightly resembles the Guardian. Coincidentally, the boss of Sandopolis Zone is also called the Egg Golem.
  • This sub-boss is somewhat similar to other self-defeating bosses in Sonic & Knuckles, such as Gapsule or Barrier Eggman, both of whom appeared in Flying Battery Zone.
  • Super Tails can make this boss encounter a nuisance, as the Flickies can constantly attack the Guardian, thus preventing it from jumping toward the quicksand as needed. This can be circumvented by simply not activating the transformation or just eventually running out of Rings.

References

  1. Sonic Universe #70 - "Total Eclipse - Finale: Last Resort"

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