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The Gun Flappers look very similar to the Flapper, possessing the round torso, black undercarriage, dome-shaped head, the airplane-like wings instead of arms, the two turbines on their backs, and the flight visors instead of eyes. However, unlike the typical Flapper, the Gun Flappers are blue instead of orange-red with orange joints, and they have a gray machine gun with a brown and orange barrel attached to their black undercarriages.
In gameplay, Gun Flappers have few hit points and float in a fixed position in midair. When they spot the playable characters, a speech balloon containing an exclamation point will appear above the Gun Flappers. Immediately after, they will fire a steady stream of bullets at the playable characters. However, the shots are relatively easy to dodge.
Because they float in midair, the Gun Flappers typically float outside the reach of most of the player's attacks. The easiest way to destroy them is by using Thunder Shoot to knock them out of the sky, leaving them open to any attack. If Thunder Shoot is leveled up to at least Level 2 however, then it may be enough to destroy a Gun Flapper in one shot. Also, upon their destruction, they grant the player 100 points.
Powers and abilities
The Gun Flappers are all capable of flight using the jetpacks on their backs. They are also equipped with a machine guns that can fire a steady stream of bullets.
↑"Chapter 1" (in Japanese). ソニックヒーローズ最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. February 2004. p. 33. ISBN 978-4091061522.