Pointdexter (ポイントデクスター Pointodekusutā?), later known in Japan as Puff (パフ Pafu?), is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, pufferfish-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.
Based on the pufferfish, Pointdexters have grey bodies with spikes all around, a blue face and occiput with yellow borders.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
In gameplay, they swims around slowly, periodically drawing out and retracting their spikes. However, they make no effort to attack the player. Pointdexters can easily be destroyed with a Spin Jump when their spikes are retracted, but they will damage the player when their spikes are out. They can also be hard to notice, if the player quickly falls down underwater.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Pointdexters appear as enemies. In terms of design, they are unchanged from their debut game. In these games, they only appear in the underwater sections of Hydrocity Zone.
In gameplay, the Pointdexters behave just like in their debut game: they swim around slowly while periodically protruding spikes. Also, upon destroying a Pointdexter, it will release an Animal.
Powers and abilities
The Pointdexters are adapt swimmers and can protrude metal spikes from their bodies, the latter of which makes a direct attack on them very painful.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
Pointdexter also appeared in several issues of the British publication Sonic the Comic, after Doctor Robotnik's discovery of Floating Island. In this continuity, they are able to float through the air, much like Bubbles from the Marble Garden Zone in Sonic 3. In their first appearance in the comic, Pointdexter appeared in this zone.
- Similar-looking Badniks to the Pointdexters have appeared throught the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Sonic 3D Blast has the Fish enemy in Spring Stadium Zone and Gene Gadget Zone, and Sonic Advance has the Senbon enemy.
- Pointdexters are also similar to Bubbles, a Badnik from the same game due to its appearance and attack method.
- In Sonic Rivals 2, Pointedexter's card can be collected by getting a high score from Sunset Forest Zone's Boss Act.