Like its name implies, the Mega Octus is a submarine designed to resemble a giant pink Octus Badnik. It thus has a giant round head featuring cartoonish eyes with black pupils, an open snout for a mouth, giant gray corkscrews on its sides, and a golden neck collar. It also has a golden hatch on top of its head, and numerous tentacles, each one made up of a string of pink orbs. On the tip of each tentacle is also a specific weapon, one is a gray laser cannon, one is a black, rotating bullet shooter with four holes on the exterior, and one is a long, white claw.
Features and abilities
The Mega Octus' tentacles have incredible strength, enough to easily crush metal bridges and move entire metal platforms. Its tentacles also come equipped with various weapons, such as laser guns, bullet shooters and claws. In some cases, it can even detach its tentacles and fire them as flexible spears.
In Sonic Mania, when Sonic, Tails and Knuckles reached the end of Oil Ocean Zone, Dr. Eggman used the Mega Octus to crush the bridge the heroes had just crossed, leaving them stranded on the plaforms in the oily surroundings. Eggman proceeded to attack Sonic and co. with the Mega Octus, which ultimately ended up getting damaged by trio and sinking into the oily sea with Eggman.
Sonic Mania Plus
In Sonic Mania Plus, a seemingly restored Mega Octus was used by Dr. Eggman to attack Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray at the edge of Oil Ocean Zone. Using the Mega Octus, Eggman destroyed the bridge the heroes had just crossed, leaving them stranded on the plaforms in the oily sea. However, the heroes, who were far from being easy prey, managed to damaged the Mega Octus after a grueling battle, thereby causing it to sink into the oily sea with Eggman.
The boss arena begins as a row of three large platforms over an oil pool with bridges between them. The battle begins when the Mega Octus' tentacles emerge from the oil and wrap around the leftmost and central platforms, pulling them beneath the oil and destroying the bridges between them. If the playable characters are on the platforms when they are pulled under, they will be pulled down to the bottom screen boundary and lose a life, though this can be avoided by getting off the platforms before they reach that point.
Once the platforms are gone, the Mega Octus' main body will surface from the oily sea. Dr. Eggman will then open its hatch to check the outside situation. After a few seconds, the doctor will get back inside, and the Mega Octus will dive back down again. While the boss is above the surface, the player can damage it with a Spin Jump.
Once the Mega Octus' main body has submerged, the platforms it pulled beneath the oil will rise back up into their original positions, giving the player more firm ground to stand on. A detached tentacle with a spiked tip will then emerge from the oil in an arc, go over the platform the player was standing on, before submerging beneath the oil's surface. This tentacle will damage the player if touched, but can be avoided by simply jumping over it. This step may be skipped over by Dr. Eggman.
Next, a tentacle with a laser cannon at its tip will rise vertically from the oil. This cannon will turn towards the side of the screen the player is on and fire three shots towards them at varying heights, which can be either jumped over or ducked to avoid. If a laser is fired at platform height, it will temporarily ignite every platform it touches, forcing the player to jump. Once the three shots have been fired, the arm submerges beneath the oil again.
Following up on that, four tentacles will emerge from the oil. Two of these have spherical cannons on their tips that rise vertically from the oil and will shoot bullets diagonally towards the player (although the bullets can be deflected if the player is equipped with an elemental shield). Each of these tentacles can be defeated by hitting the spherical cannon four times, though destroying them is not necessary to defeat the boss. The other two tentacles will wrap around the two platforms nearest the player (similar to the beginning of the boss fight) and pull them beneath the oil after a few seconds. Once the platforms have disappeared, the Mega Octus' main body will re-emerge from the oil and the cycle will begin anew. If any cannon tentacles remain, they will submerge whenever the main body dives beneath the oil and reappear each time the body is about to emerge (unless they have already been destroyed).
Landing eight hits on the main body will cause it to explode and sink beneath the oil, along with any cannon tentacles the player has not yet destroyed. Also, any submerged platforms will rise back up from the oil. The player can then proceed to the Capsule and finish the Zone.
Version 1.04/RC 1.05.0713 update
In the Version 1.04/RC 1.05.0713 update to the game, the Mega Octus fight has been tweaked slightly to make the boss somewhat easier to defeat:
- The tentacle with a laser cannon will only fire two shots instead of three.
- The tentacles with spherical cannons will slowly move towards the player, making them easier to hit.
- Rings will slowly sink when they fall in the oil, allowing the player to easily pick them back up. They will also appear to be slightly transparent so as to show their location.
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- The tactics Eggman deploys during the Mega Octus boss fight are similar those used by the Eggmarine.
- The bullet shooters used by the Mega Octus are similar to those used by the Heat Arms mini-boss from Lava Reef Zone in Sonic & Knuckles.
- Sometimes, if the player tries to land on a platform that is being pulled down, they may fall into the oil directly, and sink to their death immediately
- The boss bears some resemblance to a submarine from the Sonic the Hedgehog manga, piloted by Eggman and his sidekick Omelettes. Whether the design similarities were intentional or not is unknown.