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Dive-bombing baddie, no assembly required.

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

Vultron[1][2][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, vulture-based Badniks model created by Dr. Eggman.


Vultrons are based on vultures. These Badniks are colored purple on their heads and backs, while their chests and legs are colored white. Their beaks and feet are colored yellow.


A Vultron alongside a Cactula.

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Vultrons appear in both Acts of Mirage Saloon Zone.

In gameplay, these Badniks are commonly seen perched on top of cacti or ledges until they are approached by the player. When encountered, Vultrons will swoop in and attack the player by flying in an arc, doing a loop around in midair, and then repeat the pattern for as long as possible, even if they get relatively far away from their point of origin. When left alone, the Vultrons can become a nuisance, especially in larger numbers. A simple Spin Attack or Spin Jump will eliminate this Badniks and free its Animal however.

In Sonic/Tails/Mighty/Ray's version of Mirage Zone Act 1, two Vultrons are released by the Heavy Magician, while most other Vultrons in the Act will ambush the player from off-screen at various points.

Powers and abilities

As per their design, the Vultrons are capable of flight.


Concept artwork


See also


  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "Vultron".


  1. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic Mania". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 254. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Vultron - Dive-bombing baddie, no assembly required"
  2. Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough. Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017.

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