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IceBomba[1][2][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, insect-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and an ice-wielding variant of the Bombbearer.

Appearance

Looking exactly like the typical Bombbearer, the IceBombas resemble magenta houseflies with four legs. They have round bodies with spherical joints on both ends of their legs, and have both green claws for feet and a pair of wings on their backs (the latter of which connect to the IceBombas' back via round joints). They also have round heads with two small yellow eyes each.

Overview

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the IceBombas are only encountered in Press Garden Zone Act 2 where they carry around light blue containers.

An IceBomba's ice pillar in Sonic Mania.

In gameplay, IceBombas bob through the air in wavy patterns. When the player gets close though, they will drop their container and fly away. If the playable character touches this container (whether if it is still in the grasp of the IceBomba or after it has been dropped), they will freeze. If the container touches the ground however, it creates a large and impassible pillar of ice that will block the player for a few seconds before shattering. Any aerial attack, such as the Spin Jump, however, will destroy this pillar with ease.

To best defeat a IceBomba, the player can use the Spin Jump. However, it is important to hit it from an angle where the player will not touch its container, as getting frozen will interrupt the attack. Also, upon destroying an IceBomba, it will release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

With their wings, the IceBombas are capable of flight.

Weapons

Each IceBomba carries around a light blue spherical container with a white snowflake symbol on them that contains contents which flash-freeze their points of impact.

Notes

  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "IceBomba".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 254. ISBN 978-1506719276. "IceBomba - Freeze-grenade-dropping scarab"
  2. Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough (1:36:12). Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017. "Simon Thomley: IceBomba. Uh, you'd probably get a good look there."

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