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The Tarantula[1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, spider-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman.


Based off the brown widow spider, the Tarantulas are mostly brown with orange stripes. They have gray legs covered with brown and orange stripes, magenta-colored eyes, and the robotic web string used by them is cyan. Also, inside a Tarantula, a butterfly is trapped.


The back of a Tarantula badnik, revealing a butterfly trapped inside, from the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World..

The Tarantulas appear as enemies in the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World. They are exclusively found in Silent Forest Zone 1. In gameplay, Tarantulas hang down from above via robotic webs. Tarantulas cannot be destroy by a simple Homing Attack at first; a Flying Kick is required to knock it off of its web string. If successful, it will fall, giving the butterfly trapped inside the Tarantulas a chance to escape if the player uses a Focused Homing Attack on the butterfly case. One hit is required to release the butterfly, but the Tarantulas are quick to get up and return to their midair position, forcing the player to start over with their attack.

In each ambush, the Tarantula appear in groups of five. If the player releases all five butterflies, the butterflies go into a nearby flower and cause it to bloom. The flower can then transport the playable character to another section of the Zone.

Powers and abilites

The Tarantulas are able to produce cyan webbing to move around like real-life spiders.


  • Tarantulas are similar to Grabbers, which first debuted in the Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).
  • The Tarantulas' name has not been listen in any official source for Sonic Lost World. However, it is referred to as "tarantula" in the game's source code.




  1. In the games files this enemy is simply named "enm_tarantula"

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