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The Toxomister[1] (プワゾーン[2] Puwazōn?, lit. "Puwazone"), alternatively spelled as Toximister,[3] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


The Toxomisters consist of a vertical gray pole with an orange seal gap and a drooping black eye with a pink eyelid on the top of it.



In Sonic & Knuckles, and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the Toxomisters are only encountered in Lava Reef Zone. In gameplay, they remain stationary while blowing a pinkish purple, puffy cloud that floats up or down, depending on whether or not the Toxomisters are on the ceiling. If the playable character touches the cloud, even if they are invincible, in their Hyper/Super State or equipped with a Lightning Shield or Flame Shield, However, the Water Shield can repel this cloud. While this cloud sticks to the playable character, the player will lose one Ring per second. Additionally, the player's speed and jumping height will be decreased. The cloud also slows the player's descent and reduces vertical movement with springs. If the cloud touches a playable character without Rings, the player will lose a life. Touching multiple clouds will increase the rate at which the player loses Rings, speed, and jump height.

The player can get rid of the Toxomisters' cloud by either pressing left and right rapidly on Controlpadds.png or curling into a ball. To defeat a Toxomister, which will also dissipate any cloud it produces, the player can use a Spin Jump on it. Doing so will also release the Animals inside of them and award the player with 100 points.

Powers and abilities

Toxomisters can blow a special cloud of poisonous smoke from their orange seal gaps.

In other media

Books and comics

Archie Conics

A Toxomister, from Mega Man #27.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Toxomisters were a Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman in the reality created by the second Genesis Wave.

After the multiverse was rebooted following the events of Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide, the Toxomisters' history became virtually identical to their game counterparts'.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Toxomister (IDW)

A Toxomister, from Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome #3.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Toxomisters are Badniks created by Dr. Eggman. Their past is virtually identical to their game counterparts', up until after the events of Sonic Forces.


  • The Japanese name "Puwazone" is likely a mangling of the English word "poison".




  1. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.
  2. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 32.
  3. Sonic the Comic #44, "Sonic & Knuckles Special Part 2"

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