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Kabasiras are small, rather creepy-looking insect-based Badniks. They have a round, grey body with small wings, black eyes and red nose. While flying, they create a trail consisting of a few after-images which follow their movement.
In gameplay, Kabasiras normally fly up and down in one place. When the player approaches however, they will fire an afterimage in the playable character's direction. While their after-image can damage the player, it can be intercepted in mid-air with the Spin Jump without causing the player damage.
In the Bad Future or sometimes in the Present timeline of the Rounds, Kabasiras are one of the few Badniks who do not show decay, thus remaining pristine in appearance. However, these Kabasiras are slower and do not fire their afterimages. These Badniks can easily be defeated with a simple Spin Jump. Also, like every Badnik in the game, they are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them after they are defeated.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, these Badniks returned as enemies and are referred to as Kabasiras in the internal game files,[note 2] but are otherwise unnamed in any materials. In terms of design, they remain unchanged from their debut appearance. In these games, they appear in Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1 and 2.
In gameplay, the Kabasiras' attack pattern is identical to the one they had in Sonic the Hedgehog CD: they fly around in the air and throw their afterimages at the characters when they get in range. Also, when destroying a Kabasira, it will release an Animal.
Powers and abilities
Kabasiras are capable of flight and can produce physical duplicates of themselves which they can use as projectiles.
"Kabasira" (蚊柱,"Kabasira"?) is the Japanese word for "mosquito column" or "swarm".