From Sonic Retro
|Games: Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Lost World, Sonic Mania|
Blaster, called Pon-pon (ポンポン) in the Japanese manual, is a Badnik from Sonic & Knuckles found trundling around in Flying Battery Zone. They appear to be based off of a Hercules beetle, and fire small projectiles at the player from their horn-like cannon, which harmlessly bounce off any shield type. A simple jump is enough to permanently dispatch them. They resemble the Blastoids found in Hydrocity Zone and behave in the same manner.
Since Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles were one single game split in half, the Blaster was listed by accident in the Sonic 3 manual's Badnik section. The Badnik itself even remains unused in Sonic 3's data, though its programming isn't quite finished as its projectiles can be destroyed with a jump or Spin Dash like regular Badniks.
They return in the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World where they appear exclusively in Desert Ruins Zone 2, but with a different design and attack pattern: they move backwards on the mach-speed routes of the stage and, instead of shooting projectiles directly at Sonic, they shoot honey at the screen, temporarily obscuring the player's vision.
|Sonic & Knuckles|
|Sonic Lost World|