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A Turtle type Badnik last seen in "SKY CHASE ZONE" in "Sonic 2". It serves as a guardian of Metal Sonic's weapon unit "Metal Carrier".

— Profile, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II website[1]

The Turtloids[2] (ドースン[3] Dawson?) are enemies that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, turtle-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman and functions as two separate Badniks: one large unit that is able to hover and a small unit which rides the bigger one. They are always seen in these pairs.


Turtloids consist of two robots: one large and one small. They are based on turtles, hence their name. The larger, tired-looking robots possess two gray jet engines on their backside instead of hindlegs. They also have a gray metallic head with a turtle nose and front legs. They also got a large, green shell with two small arrow sticker on both sides and a yellow underbelly. The smaller turtle robots stand on the larger ones' back, apparently piloting them while hanging onto the pole set on the larger ones' shell. These smaller variants are very similar to the big ones, with exception of being able to stand on two back feet and having more enthusiastic expressions.

Turtloids in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 are more detailed. Here, they have a more turtle-looking design and slightly larger jet engines. The top of the larger Badniks have a straighter platform for smaller ones to hang on. In Sonic Lost World, they are chubbier and the smaller Badniks have yellow pacifiers in their mouths.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)

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Turtloids, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit).

The first appearance of these Badniks were in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit), where it served as an enemy. This time around, these Badniks are referred to as Turtloids[2] (ドースン[3] Dawson?). In this game, the player encounters them in Sky Chase Zone.

In gameplay, the larger Badniks move slowly forward through midair and will shoot one small sparkling projectile at the playable characters directly in front of them upon spotting them. These projectiles move slightly faster than the Turtloids. The smaller Badniks do nothing but control the larger ones they ride.

The larger Badniks cannot be destroyed, but they will float harmlessly through the air once their riders are gone. After the small one is destroyed, the player can also hop onto the larger one's shell as a platform from the Tornado. Also, upon the smaller Badniks' destruction, they each release an Animal and reward the player 100 points.

Sonic Rivals

In Sonic Rivals. Turtloids make a small appearance as a collectible card.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Turtloids make a return appearance as enemies. They are only encountered in Sky Fortress Zone Act 1 and 2.

In gameplay, these Badniks have the same attack pattern as in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but come in a new, upgraded design. They are guarding the Metal Carrier ridden by Metal Sonic in Sky Fortress Zone Act 1. In Sky Fortress Zone Act 2 on the other hand, they float through the Zone. The player can use the Homing Attack to hit the smaller Badniks easily and stepping above on the bigger ones, making them wobble. Also, upon their destruction, they will reward the player 100 points and release an Animal.

In this game, the Tornado cannot pass through the bigger turtles, and at a certain point in the Act, Sonic is required to step across them to get from one side to the other.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, Turtloids appear regularly as enemies. During the games' storyline, the Badniks, the Turtloids included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six.

In Sonic Lost World, Turtloids appear in Tropical Coast Zone ?, Sky Road Zone 3 and Hidden World Zone 2. In gameplay, their attack pattern is relatively the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit). In Hidden World Zone 2, Turtloids do not have smaller Badniks riding on them, as the larger Badniks function as hovering obstacles that cannot be defeated.

Powers and abilities

Larger Turtloids are able to fly by using their hind legs as rocket engines and can shoot energy balls from their mouths. Their offensive capabilities seem to be controlled by the smaller Turtloids. If the smaller turtle is destroyed, the larger one is rendered completely harmless.



Main article: Armadiloid

The Armadiloid is a variant of the Turtloids from Classic Sonic's world. These Badniks possess the same abilities as the Turtloids, but their motif is based around armadillos. They first appeared in Sonic Mania.

In other media


Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

Similar looking, small turtle Badnik has be seen in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, as one of two missiles of Robotnik's purple Egg Mobile. While the rabbit missile manages to be success to hit Tornado, while Robotnik thinks the turtle missile being design failure due being slow moving in the air. In the ending of movie, it is still seen hovering in the air, while Robotnik gloats about creatin a new, stronger Hyper Metal Sonic with his CD copy including Sonic's copied abilities. Suddenly the turtle robot appears and catches the CD, exploded with it right in front of Robotnik's face.

Books and comics

Sonic the Comic

Turtloids, from Sonic the Comic #20. Art by Ferran Rodriguez.

In the Sonic the Comic series and its spin-offs published by Fleetway Editions, the Turtloids made only one appearance, namely in Sonic the Comic #20's story "Hill Top Terror", where they were the standard flying units in Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army.

Archie Comics

A Turtloid being ridden, from Sonic the Hedgehog #289.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Turtloids are Badniks in service to the Eggman Empire. Instead of small Turtloid Badniks however, Dr Eggman initially had the bigger Turtloid Badniks serve as flying mounts for Egg SWATs, They first appeared during an air strike against Team Fighters.

In the reality created by the Super Genesis Wave, the Turtloids and their history became virtually identical to their video game counterparts'.

IDW Publishing

Classic Turtloids, from Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Turtloids are a Badnik line created by Dr. Eggman. They are also a Badnik line created by Classic Eggman in another dimension set in the recent past.


Dorigame in Tails' Skypatrol.

  • In Tails' Skypatrol, a turtle enemy called Dorigame bears a heavy resemblance to the smaller Badniks. However, they are not seen with their inseparable counterparts and have totally different behavior.
  • Sky Chase in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is similar to the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 zone of the same name, as Balkiry and Nebula make return appearances. Turtloids, however, are strangely absent.
  • The larger Turtloid unit resembles the turtle kaiju Gamera as he is flying.






See also


  1. Sega . Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II official website. Badniks: Turtloids. Sega. Archived from the original on 24 May 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual p. 52.

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