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Based on octopuses, Octuses have pink round heads with black eyes, small corkscrews ears on each side of their heads and a tiny snout each. Their most noticeable feature are their six mechanical tentacles on their lower body which they can use as a propeller. These tentacles have small suction cups on their ends. Also, their lower body, where their tentacles connect, are yellow on the middle section and blue on the bottom.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Octuses are enemies found in both Acts of Oil Ocean Zone. In gameplay, they appear sitting on the ground motionless, mostly at stair sections. In these areas, there can be up to two Octuses in one area. When seeing the playable character however, they will start hovering up in the air by spinning their tentacles and then shoot one, small energy projectile in a straight line ahead. These projectiles can be deflected by using Shield-derived power-ups or through Mighty's Spin Attack. They will then land in the same place as before to repeat their attack pattern after a while. Octuses can be easily destroyed by attacking them with a Spin Attack-related move. Doing so will release the Animals inside of them and award the player with 100 points.
The boss of Oil Ocean Zone Act 2 is the Mega Octus, which bears a striking resemblance to the standard Octus.
Powers and abilities
Octuses are capable of flight and can shoot small, yellow energy projectile from their small snouts.