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The Snail Blaster (スネイル・ブラスター Suneiru Burasutā?),[1] formerly known as the Snale Blaster[2] (スネイル・ブラスター[3] Suneiru Burasutā?) and Den-den (デンデン Denden?) in Japan,[4][5] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It is a mass-produced, snail-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman which is equipped with blasters inside its shell.

Appearance

The Snail Blasters are based on snails. It has a silver robotic head with two eyes balls connected to the body via cables, and a heavy red shell with green edge plates above its head. The Snail Blasters' main weapons are two gray projectile cannons inside its shell, which are revealed by opening a hatch on its shell.

In Sonic Lost World, the Snail Blasters' appearance has been given slight alternations. Its shell is now more tire-shaped, its green edge plating is larger and it has cyan eyes.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the Snail Blaster is referred to as the Snale Blaster[2] (スネイル・ブラスター[3] Suneiru Burasutā?). In these games, they appear in the Launch Base Zone where they stick to walls. When the player approaches them, the Snail Blasters will open their shell and fire energy balls out of two hidden cannons (at 45 degrees above and below horizontal). After this, they will close their shell again. They can only be destroyed with a Spin Jump while their shell is open, and is otherwise invulnerable.

Sonic Lost World

Snail Blasters, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, the Snail Blasters appear as enemies. During the game, all of Dr. Eggman's badniks, the Snale Blasters included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six. Snail Blasters and Buzz Bombers are the first Badniks to turn against the doctor and attack him under the Deadly Six's orders. A few of them get destroyed by Sonic, but the predominance of Badniks and the Deadly Six forced Sonic, Tails, Eggman, Orbot and Cubot to retreat.

In Sonic Lost World, Snail Blasters are featured in Windy Hill, Desert Ruins, Frozen Factory and Sky Road. In gameplay, they do not climb on walls, but are moving slowly in the lateral direction on the ground, until they reach a certain point where they stop and shoot two energy projectiles towards Sonic. If the player is close to them though, the Snail Blasters will curl into wheels and roll towards Sonic. Normally, the player can destroy them with a Flying Kick, multiple Homing Attacks, or a Focused Homing Attack. Also, upon destroying a Snail Blaster, an Animal will be released.

Sonic Runners series

Sonic Runners

A Snail Blaster, from Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, the Snail Blasters appear as enemies. In this game, they retained their design from Sonic Lost World. They are also some of the more common foes encountered in the speed type characters' stages. In gameplay, they are slowly groveling in the opposite direction of the playable character, and appear either separately or in groups.

The player can destroy the Snail Blasters with any move or offensive power-up in the playable characters' arsenal. When destroyed, a Snail Blaster will grant the player 100 points.

Snail Blasters in Sonic Runners come in three types. Aside from the regular Snail Blasters, there are golden ones which grant 300 points when defeated, and silver ones that grant 200 points when eliminated and which only Color Powers, Invincible and the power type characters' dash attack can defeat. All three variations also contain Animals that are released when they are destroyed. The Snail Blasters also appear as part of several episodes' narrative, which features them being defeated time and time again by Team Sonic.

Sonic Runners Adventure

A Snail Blaster, from Sonic Runners Adventure.

In Sonic Runners Adventure, the Snail Blasters appear as enemies. In this game, they retain their design from Sonic Lost World. The player encounters them in Desert Ruins and Lava Mountain.

In gameplay, the Snail Blasters behave much like its precessor, namely by either remaining stationary or slowly move towards the player. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal each.

Powers and abilities

Snail Blasters are able to climb walls by slowly groveling on them. As offense, they are equipped with two laser cannons inside their shells which can fire projectiles. Snail Blasters can also use their red shells to hide inside for protection. During the Lost Hex incident, Snail Blasters gained the ability to curl into their shells for a wheel-form to move faster along the ground.

In other media

Sonic Adventures

In Sonic Adventures, Snail Blasters were one of the many Badniks used in the hunt for Sonic and Tails.

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

A Snail Blaster in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.

In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, a group of Snail Blasters patrolled Robotropolis where they ambushed Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles while they went through Robotropolis.

Trivia

  • The Snail Blaster's alternate Japanese name "Den-den" comes from "Dendenmushi", which is Japanese for "snail".

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