Appearances in other media
Pointdexter  (, later known in Japan as ポイントデクスター  Pointodekusutā ) ? Puff (, パフ Pafu ) ? is an enemy that appears in the  . It is a mass-produced, pufferfish-based Sonic the Hedgehog series 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
and its lock-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 , Pointdexters appear in the underwater sections of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Hydrocity Zone, where 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.
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , 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 Sonic Mania Plus 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
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
, after Sonic the Comic 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.
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