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It flutters in weaving patterns

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Pata-Bata[1] (パタバタ[2] Patabata?), also known as the Robot Butterfly,[3] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, butterfly-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


The Pata-Batas are based on butterflies. They have pink metallic bodies with wide eyes, yellow feelers and proboscis. They also have round yellow wings.

Decayed Pata-Batas look mostly the same as their pristine counterparts. However, their wings have large holes on them.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

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In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Windows 95 version, and the 2011 remaster, the Pata-Batas[1] (パタバタ[2] Patabata?) or Robot Butterflies[3] appear Palmtree Panic.

In gameplay, the Pata-Batas fly around within their designated areas in a zigzag pattern, and will damage an unprotected playable character by flying into them. As such, it is best to careful not to hit them on the way up from a Spring, which is when the playable character is vulnerable. Other than that, they possess no means of attacking the playable character with.

In the bad future or, sometimes, in the present timeline of Palmtree Panic, Pata-Batas appear decayed, with less stability and slower flying speed.

The Pata-Batas can be easily defeated with a Spin Attack-related move. Also, like every Badnik in the game, they are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, the Pata-Batas are redesigned with blue wings and orange highlights, two holes in each wing, and a silver metallic body with a visible abdomen. They can be found in Desert Ruins Zone 2. At certain points in the Zone, during which Sonic skydives, he must avoid multiple groups of six of these butterfly Badniks flying in circles, as they inflict damage upon touch. In addition, because Sonic is skydiving, he is unable to attack and therefore must avoid these Badniks instead of attempting to destroy them.

Sonic Runners Adventure

In Sonic Runners Adventure, the Pata-Batas appear as enemies. In this game, they retain their design from Sonic the Hedgehog CD with the holes in their wings, though this does not affect their flight speed. The player encounters them in Green Hill.

In gameplay, the Pata-Batas fly in one stationary position each. They usually position themselves in front of Dash Rings, which makes them easier to destroy. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

Thanks to their wings, the Pata-Batas are capable of flight.

In other media

Books and comics

Sonic the Hedgehog (Shogakukan)

Sonic the Comic

The Pata-Bata in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Pata-Batas are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army, although they only made a few appearances during the comic's run. Stationed in the Palmtree Panic Zone, the Pata-Batas got relocated to the Green Hill Zone, where they began destroying the local inferior Badniks until the Seven Badniks brought them under control.


  • Interestingly, this Badnik shares its Japanese name, Pata-Bata, with another Badnik, Hoverby Mk II. The Hoverby Mk II are likely related upgraded models, due to their similar features.


Development images






  1. 1.0 1.1 Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 34. ISBN 978-1506719276.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega Mega-CD) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Windows 95) help file. "The Robot Butterfly flutters up and down through the air spying on enemies."

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