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The Whirl[note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, pod-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


The Whirls resemble hovering blue and orange drones with pincer arms, cartoonish eyes, and helicopter blades on top of them.


Whirls are encountered exclusively in Panic Puppet Zone. In gameplay, they simply hover erratically around a set point each. They can only harm Sonic by bumping directly into him.

These Badniks can easily be destroyed with a Spin Attack, Spin Dash or Spin Jump. Unlike the Badniks in the six previous Zones however, the Whirls do not contain Flickies that pop out of them upon their defeat, as Dr. Robotnik did not have enough time to put the Flickies into the Whirls.[1]


  1. This Badnik was given no official name upon or after the release of Sonic 3D Blast. However, its name was revealed in the Debug Mode for the unofficial Sonic 3D Blast: Director's Cut video game developed by Jon Burton, the lead programmer of the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast. When asked about its validity, Burton confirmed that this Badnik's name was used in the original game.


  1. Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.