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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 the Sonic the Hedgehog series. 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 IIs are members of the Eggman Empire's Badnik Horde. Having been left behind on Isolated Island by Dr. Eggman, they were reprogrammed by Dr. Ellidy to serve as his guards alongside other Badniks

IDW Publishing

Main article: Hoverby

A Hoverby, from Sonic the Hedgehog #5.

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. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts', up until after the events of Sonic Forces. They were first seen attacking Sonic and Espio on their way to Windmill Village.


  • 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