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The Scarab[1][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, scarab beetle-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and the counterpart of the Scarab from an alternate dimension set in the recent past.


Based on Scarabaeidaes, Scarabs have ellipsoid-shaped light green bodies with a red plating across their foreheads and backs, and a pair of black-eyed black-rimmed cartoonish eyes on the front. They also have no limbs, except for a pair yellow wheels on their lower body that have long insect legs on their rims for moving them around.

In Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode, Scarabs look the same, except that their bodies are brown instead of light green.


In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Scarabs appear as enemies found in both Acts of Metallic Madness Zone.

In gameplay, the Scarabs simply move back and forth within their designated area. While they have no offensive attacks against the playable character, if the playable character tries attacking a Scarab from the rear, it will grab them with their mechanical limbs (without causing damage), force them into the Spin Attack and launch them in the opposite direction. although this can be used by the player to gain speed. Occasionally, they can also been seen carry a gameplay object with their mechanical limbs. Most of them carry a set of spikes, while a single Scarab in Metallic Madness Zone Act 1 carries a Super Ring Item Box.

Scarabs can easily be destroyed by attacking their heads with a Spin Attack-related move. Doing so will release the Animals inside of them and award the player with 100 points. In additional, if a Scarab is carrying an object when destroyed, it will drop it.

See also


  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "Scarab".


  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 255. ISBN 978-1506719276.

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