For the character in the IDW Publishing comics, see Hoverby.

The Hoverby Mk II[1] (パタバタ[2] Patabata?, lit. “Pata-Bata”) is an enemy that appears in Knuckles' Chaotix. It is a mass-produced, butterfly-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.



The Hoverby Mk IIs are based on butterflies. They have pink metallic bodies with wide eyes, yellow feelers and proboscis, and twin gray rotary engines on the sides.


A Hoverby Mk II in Knuckles' Chaotix.

The Hoverby Mk IIs only appear in Speed Slider. In gameplay, they usually stop at one place and then move to the alternate direction, repeating their flight pattern. They lack any actual weapons, rendering them mostly harmless. They can be destroyed by a single Spin Jump. Upon destroying a Hoverby Mk II, it will release a Dark Ring.

Powers and abilities

The Hoverby Mk IIs have the ability to fly.

In other media

Archie Comics

A Hoverby Mk II, from Sonic Universe #72.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Hoverby Mk II appeared in the "Spark of Life" arc. Having been left behind on Isolated Island by Dr. Eggman, they were reprogrammed by Dr. Ellidy to serve as his guards alongside other Badniks. This led to them being controlled by Phage in her attack on the island, but eventually being freed by Overclocked Nicole.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Hoverby
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Hovery Mk IIs are known as just Hoverbys. In this media, they are Badniks in service to the Eggman Empire.


  • Interestingly, this Badnik shares its Japanese name, Pata-Bata, with another Badnik, the Robot Butterfly. The Hoverby Mk II are likely related upgrade models, due to their similar features.


  1. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) United States instruction manual pg. 26.
  2. Sonic Gems Collection Japanese Gems Museum
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