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The Shell[note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, clam-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


These Badniks resemble crosses between clams and actual crabs. They each possess a gray clam-like shells for bodies, which have red lips and a pair of cartoonish black eyes inside their black maw. They also have orange spikes on top of them, and they possess a pair of legs and orange pinchers on their sides.


A Shell in Spring Stadium Zone, from Sonic 3D Blast.

In Sonic 3D Blast, Shells are encountered exclusively as enemies in Spring Stadium Zone. In gameplay, they roll slowly along the ground in erratic patterns within their designated areas. While they have no offensive attacks to use against Sonic, they will pick up speed and give chase to Sonic if he approaches them. As such, they can only harm Sonic if the hedgehog walks straight into them.

The spikes on the Shells are purely cosmetic, meaning they will pose no hazard when Sonic attacks them. Regardless, they can easily be destroyed with a Spin Dash, Spin Attack, or Spin Jump. Upon the Shells' destruction, they release their respective power source, a red Flicky, which can be picked up by Sonic.


  1. This Badnik was given no official name upon or after the release of Sonic 3D Blast. However, its name was revealed in the Debug Mode for the unofficial Sonic 3D Blast: Director's Cut video game developed by Jon Burton, the lead programmer of the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast. When asked about its validity, Burton confirmed that this Badnik's name was used in the original game.