Based on giant water bugs, Taga-Tagas have an oval, blue-armored body with silver spikes covering their back and a head covered mostly by a red head plating. Underneath their head plating, they have a black face with black eyes. They also have stubby, yet thick arms with a red claw on each of them, and a rear tube.
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Taga-Tagas are found in two Rounds. They first appear in Palmtree Panic, where one of them appears near the start of the Bad Future version of Zone 1. Two more of them are encountered in Zone 2. In gameplay, they hop in and out of waterfalls to attack the player, similar to the Choppers in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. These Taga-Tagas show no signs of decay in the Past or Bad Future timeframe.
The Taga-Tagas later appear in Tidal Tempest as standard underwater enemies. In gameplay, these variants of the Taga-Taga swim in a straight line from left to right. As the player approaches, they will fire off the three spikes on their back, then dash away. In the Bad Future or sometimes the present timeframe of this Round, the Taga-Tags have lost their spikes due to decay. As such, they can only swim away at the first sign of danger.
Both types of Taga-Tagas can be defeated by using the Spin Jump underneath them. Also, like every Badnik in the game, the Taga-Tagas are powered by Little Planet flower seeds which will pop out of them when they are defeated.
Powers and abilities
The Taga-Tagas are excellent and fast swimmers. They are also able to fire the spikes on their backs like projectiles.
- Due to water resistance, it is impossible to catch up to Taga-Tagas after they swim away in Tidal Tempest.