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A mosquito that trails smoke as it flies


— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Kabasira[1][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, mosquito-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.

Appearance

Kabasiras are small, rather creepy-looking, insect-based Badniks. They each have a round, gray body with a pair of small wings, cartoonish black eyes and a red nose. While flying, they create a trail consisting of a few after-images which follow their movements, which makes it look as if there are a swarm of them.

Overview

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Kabasiras appear as enemies that are encountered in Stardust Speedway.

Sonic dodging Kabasira's ghost image, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In gameplay, Kabasiras normally fly up and down in one place within their designated area while circling and turning. When the player approaches however, they will fire an afterimage of themselves, which will move in a straight line, in the playable character's direction. This afterimage cannot change its trajectory despite appearing autonomous. Also, while the after-image can damage the playable character, it can be intercepted in mid-air with the Spin Jump without causing the character 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 do fly slower despite continuing to move around in a circular motion and cannot fire their afterimages at the playable character. 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.

Powers and abilities

Kabasiras are capable of flight and can produce physical duplicates of themselves which they can use as projectiles.

Trivia

  • Kabasira (蚊柱?) is the Japanese word for "mosquito column" or "swarm".

Notes

  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, in-game source code from the Sonic Gems Collection version of Sonic the Hedgehog CD refers to this Badnik as "kabasira".

References

  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Kabasira - A mosquito that trails smoke as it flies."

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