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It drifts along, surprising you with sprouting spikes.

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

The Pointdexter[1] (ポイントデクスター[2] Pointodekusutā?), later known in Japan as Puff (パフ[3] 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.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Pointdexters appear in the underwater sections of Hydrocity Zone.

In gameplay, they swim 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.

Sonic Rivals 2

In Sonic Rivals 2, the Pointedexters appear on a card that can be collected by getting a high score from Sunset Forest Zone's Boss Act.

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.[4]







  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 37.
  3. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 11. ISBN 978-4091024794.
  4. Sonic the Comic #33, "Enter Knuckles, Part 1"

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