Buzz Bomber

From Sonic Retro


Buzz Bomber, called Beeton (ビートン) in Japan, is an enemy (badnik) found in the video game, Sonic the Hedgehog. Buzz Bombers are blue airbourne robots modelled after bees or wasps - they typically float above Sonic, stop in mid-air and fire a projectile at a 45-degree angle towards the ground, before quickly flying off screen (to then re-emerge from the opposite direction).

Buzz Bombers are iconic Sonic enemies which have re-appared in numerous forms across the series. They have also influenced other badniks, most notably the Buzzer in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In all cases, Buzz Bombers are best dispatched either while flying, or in the short period before firing.

Buzz Bombers can be found in Green Hill Zone, Marble Zone and Spring Yard Zone. In the 8-bit iteration of the game, they are also found in Bridge Zone and Jungle Zone.

Other Appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

Buzz Bombers make an appearance in the bonus Green Hill stage in Sonic Adventure 2.

Sonic Generations

Three flavors of Buzz Bombers take to the skies in Sonic Generations. Yellow Buzz Bombers hover in place and take pot shots at the character. More uncommon purple Buzz Bombers simply fly towards the player in Green Hill, and aren't any danger if you're in an offensive maneuver. Rarer giant purple Buzz Bombers cannot actually hurt you, but can propel you high into the air if struck with a Spin Attack from a certain height (a major source of assistance for Classic Sonic as he races Knuckles the Echidna in an extra mission).

Buzz Bombers appear in their native Green Hill (Zone) and in Modern Sonic's Planet Wisp.

Sonic Lost World

In Sonic Lost World, Buzz Bombers have a more cartoony appearance and are rendered in a lighter shade of blue. They appear in Windy Hill and Desert Ruins.




Technical Information

Game Object ID # Code offset Mappings offset Compressed art offset Subparameters
Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive) $22 $97DE $9A42 $35EF4 (Nemesis Format, 55 blocks) $00
Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear) $0E
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (early prototype) $22 $A408 $AC122 (Nemesis Format) $00
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