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The '''Black Arms''' (ブラックアームズ) are a demonic alien race led by [[Black Doom]]. They appear in the game ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]'', in which they invade [[Earth]] in search of the seven [[Chaos Emeralds]], and are opposed (or aided) by [[Shadow the Hedgehog]] and other characters. They are commonly referred to as "the black creatures", "black aliens" or even "terrorists" as the inhabitants of Earth do not know their real name (though [[Miles "Tails" Prower|Tails]] refers to them by name in one instance), and easily recognized by their black-and-red skin pigmentation.
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The {{Nihongo|'''Black Arms'''|ブラックアームズ|Burakku Āmuzu}} are creatures that appear in ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]''. They are a violent race of hive mind-like extraterrestrial beings led by [[Black Doom]] who traverse space in the [[Black Comet]], seeking to consume the entire populations of planets. Fifty years after the creation of [[Shadow the Hedgehog]], they invaded [[Earth]] in search of the seven [[Chaos Emerald]]s, and are opposed (or aided) by Shadow and other characters. They are easily recognized by their black-and-red skin pigmentation.
   
==Appearances==
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==History==
===''Shadow the Hedgehog''===
 
The Black Arms are out to collect the Chaos Emeralds so that they can use [[Chaos Control]] to teleport their Black Comet to the Earth's surface, where it digs into the planet and releases a toxic gas that paralyzes all life (except those with Black Arms DNA). It is unknown what the Black Arms plan to do with Earth after conquering it.
 
   
The Black Arms launch a surprise invasion of Earth in the beginning of ''Shadow the Hedgehog'', and destroy everything in their way while searching for the Chaos Emeralds. They are immediately opposed by [[Sonic the Hedgehog (character)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] and his friends, the military organization [[Guardian Units of Nations|GUN]] bent on protecting the planet, and even [[Doctor Eggman]], who is usually the antagonist in the ''Sonic'' games. Throughout the game, the player controls [[Shadow the Hedgehog]], and can choose whether to help the Black Arms with their invasion, or to defend the Earth along with the other characters.
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The Black Arms launch a surprise invasion of [[Earth]] in the beginning of ''Shadow the Hedgehog'', and destroy everything in their way while searching for the Chaos Emeralds. They are immediately opposed by [[Sonic the Hedgehog]], his friends, the military organization [[Guardian Units of Nations|GUN]] bent on protecting the planet, and even [[Doctor Eggman|Dr. Eggman]], who is usually the antagonist in the ''Sonic'' games. Throughout the game, the player controls [[Shadow the Hedgehog]], and can choose whether to help the Black Arms with their invasion, or to defend the Earth along with the other characters.
   
No matter what the player chooses to do, the game has a "final ending", where Black Doom obtains the Chaos Emeralds and warps the Black Comet to the planet's surface, where it digs into the planet and releases a toxic gas that paralyzes all life without Black Arms DNA. Shadow opposes the Black Arms and becomes [[Super Shadow]]. He defeats [[Devil Doom]], a powerful mutated form of Black Doom, and proceeds to use Chaos Control to send the Black Comet into space again. Then he blasts it with the [[Eclipse Cannon]] on the [[Space Colony ARK]], destroying it along with the remaining Black Arms residing inside it.
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Black Doom claims that the Black Arms have come to save humanity from itself, but the race's true intentions are to transport the entire planet's population to the [[Black Comet]], where the Black Arms will enslave them, breed them and eventually feed on them as livestock.
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No matter what the player chooses to do, the game has a true "Last Story," where Black Doom obtains the Chaos Emeralds and warps the Black Comet to the planet's surface, where it digs into the planet and releases a toxic gas that paralyzes all life without Black Arms DNA. Shadow opposes the Black Arms and becomes [[Super Shadow]]. After making his way to the core of the Black Comet, he defeats [[Devil Doom]], a powerful mutated form of Black Doom, and proceeds to use Chaos Control to send the Black Comet into space again. Then he blasts it with the [[Eclipse Cannon]] of the [[Space Colony ARK]], destroying it along with the remaining Black Arms residing inside it.
   
 
The Black Arms are now assumed to be extinct, with Shadow himself being the last member of their species through blood.
 
The Black Arms are now assumed to be extinct, with Shadow himself being the last member of their species through blood.
   
===''Sonic the Hedgehog'' (Archie Comics)===
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==List of Black Arms==
The Black Arms were introduced briefly in the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (comics)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic book when [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie character)|Sonic]], [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Archie)|Tails]], and [[Knuckles the Echidna (Archie character)|Knuckles]] traveled to [[Argentium]], home of the [[Bem]] aliens. Their mission is to retrieve Tails' parents, who had been trapped on "Wheel World" for some time, and their transportation was provided by the magic of [[Merlin Prower]], Tails' uncle. The planet was in ruins and in the sky were ships from the [[Xorda]], another evil race. Sonic immediately recognized them, but could not recognize the ships they were fighting. Tails' parents, [[Amadeus Prower|Amadeus]] and [[Rosemary Prower]], tell Sonic that the ships belong to the Black Arms before they are returned to [[Mobius]].
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===Black Doom===
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''']Black Doom''' (ブラックドゥーム) is the evil overlord, hive-mind and parent of the Black Arms, and the only one shown with the ability to speak the human language. He has three eyes, lacks a lower torso, floats above the ground and wears a cloak adorned with metal ornaments. He helped [[Gerald Robotnik]] create Shadow the Hedgehog by using his own blood. He has lived for well over two thousand years, and planned to use the human beings as an "energy source"—or in other words, food for his own larvae. He was eventually defeated by Shadow after he transformed into [[Devil Doom]]. He has a tentacled entity named [[Doom's Eye]] (ドゥームズアイ) that serves as a seeing-eye of sorts for the evil overlord.
   
It was eventually revealed that the Black Arms and their leader Black Doom played a big part in [[Shadow the Hedgehog (Archie)|Shadow]]'s creation, very similar to their video game counterparts. However, while Black Doom wanted to use Shadow as his greatest weapon, [[Gerald Robotnik (Archie)|Professor Gerald]] intended for Shadow to become the ultimate protector of Mobius. With the war between the Black Arms and the Xorda still going on, it remains to be seen when or if the Black Arms will appear again and invade Mobius.
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These are the members of the alien race that invade earth under Black Doom's command. They will always attack Shadow even if he is attempting to complete one of Black Doom's missions. Members of the Black Arms include the Black Warriors, Black Oaks, and Black Assassins. The following is a list of creatures in the Black Arms.
   
== Black Doom ==
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===Death Leeches===
Black Doom (ブラックドゥ) is the evil overlord of the Black Arms, and the only one shown with the ability to speak the human language. He has three eyes and seems to float above the ground, wearing a cloak with metal ornaments. He helped [[Gerald Robotnik]] create Shadow the Hedgehog, by using his own blood. He has lived for over 2000 years, and planned to use the human beings as an "energy source", possibly food for his larvae. He was eventually defeated by Shadow. Black Doom can separate from one of his eyes, transforming it into a tentacled entity known as [[Doom's Eye]] (ドゥームズアイ) that serves to do his bidding.
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The '''Death Leeches''' (デスリ) are described by Black Doom as the Black Arms' larvae, eventually maturing into fully-grown soldiers. They are pulsating dark red blobs with three horns positioned around an eye in the middle of their bodies. They are capable of sticking to walls. They have no endurance, and are always killed with one hit, regardless of the weapon.
   
== Black Arms ==
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===Black Warriors===
These are the members of the alien race that invade earth under Black Doom's command. They will attack Shadow, even if Shadow is attempting to complete one of Black Doom's missions. Members of the Black Arms include the Black Warriors, Black Oaks and Black Arms Annelids. The following is a list of creatures in the Black Arms.
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The '''Black Warriors''' (ブラックウォーリアー) are the most common Black Arms aliens in the game. They are roughly human-sized (just a little bigger than an average GUN soldier) and often carry various Black Arms weapons (lasers, swords, shields, etc.). They can occasionally be found riding [[Air Saucer]]s. It usually requires two shots from most weapons to kill them.
   
===[[Death Leeches]]===
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===Black Oak===
The Death Leeches (デスリ) are described by Black Doom as the Black Arms' offspring. They are pulsating dark red blobs with 3 horns positioned around an eye in the middle of their bodies. They are capable of sticking to walls, and are blood-suckers. They have no endurance, and are always killed with one hit, regardless of the weapon.
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The Black Oaks (ブラックオ) are giant Black Arms soldiers. According to Doom's Eye, the Black Oaks are "heralded for their pure strength" (they can easily swat aside cars), and form the backbone of the Black Arms army. They have high endurance, but also are slow moving. They usually carry large swords and occasionally alien rocket launchers and clubs. They take anywhere from two to seven shots to defeat, but certain specimens (usually ones carrying clubs or bazookas) are able to block frontal attacks from projectile weapons with their hands.
   
===[[Black Warriors]]===
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===Sand Worms===
The Black Warriors (ブラックウォーリアー) are the most common Black Arms aliens in the game. They are roughly human sized (just a little bigger than an average GUN soldier) and carry various Black Arms weapons (lasers, swords, shields, etc.). It usually requires two shots from most weapons to kill them.
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The '''Sand Worms''' are giant worms. They burrow underground and attack from beneath, using smaller worms that home in on their prey. According to Doom's Eye, the worms find their prey by detecting their target's vital signs. The Sand Worms share many characteristics of the [[Biolizard]], such as their impregnable skin, coloring and texture, methods of attack, and sounds they make as they surface. Like the Oaks, it takes from two to seven hits to destroy them. Despite their large size, the Sand Worms can easily be sucked up by a vacuum weapon, making them easy to defeat when using the Egg Vacuum weapon.
   
===[[Black Oak]]===
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=== Black Worms ===
The Black Oaks (ブラックオーク) are giant Black Arms soldiers. According to Doom's Eye, the Black Oaks are "heralded for their pure strength" (they can easily swat aside cars), and form the backbone of the Black Arms army. They have high endurance, but also are slow moving. They carry large swords and occasionally alien rocket launchers and clubs. They take anywhere from two to seven shots to defeat although the ones that carry clubs are able to block attacks from projectile weapons with their hands. As with all enemies, they can be defeated in one shot with the [[Shadow Rifle]].
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Black Worms are stronger than the Sand Worms, being capable of reacting to any fauna, they found in, from toxic to a natural environment. They have similar defense points of their devolved version, but they come with more powerful "Wide Worm Shooter".
   
===[[Black Arms Annelids]]===
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===Death Worms===
The Black Arms Annelids are giant worms. They burrow underground and attack from beneath, using smaller worms that home in on their prey. According to Doom's Eye, the worms find their prey by detecting their target's vital signs. The most common Annelids are called Sand Worms. There are also Annelids unique to certain areas such as Death Worms and Gold Worms (see below for Gold Worms in Gold Annelids). The Black Arms annelids share many characteristics of the [[Biolizard]], such as their impregnable skin, coloring and texture, methods of attack, and sounds they make as they surface. Like the Oaks, it takes from two to seven hits to destroy them. Interestingly, both types of Annelids can easily be sucked up by a vacuum weapon, making them easy to defeat when using the Egg Vacuum weapon.
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The '''Death Worm''' are stronger, golden Black Worms. They appear only on the stages [[The Last Way]] and [[Black Comet (stage)|Black Comet]]. They are stronger and faster than Sand Worms and are harder to kill. Death Worms are invincible to some of the weaker weapons in the game.
   
====[[Gold Annelids]]====
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===Killer Plant===
The Gold Annelids are stronger, golden Black Arm Annelids. They appear only on the stages ''[[The Last Way]]'' and ''[[Black Comet (Shadow the Hedgehog stage)|Black Comet]]''. They are stronger and faster than regular annelids and are harder to kill. Gold Annelids are invincible to some of the weaker weapons in the game.
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The '''Killer Plant''' is a giant fire-breathing plant life form that serves the Black Arms. They have no life meters and serve more as obstacles than anything else. Once defeated, it will temporarily shrink into a harmless bud, but will revive again if given enough time.
   
===[[Killer Plant]]===
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===Black Wing===
The Killer Plant is a giant moving plant lifeform, which judging from its resemblance to earth flowers, was probably mutated by the Black Arms. It can breath fire and extend its branches. Once defeated, it will temporarily shrink into a harmless bud, but it will revive again if given enough time. No points are awarded for killing it.
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The '''Black Wing''' (ブラックウィング) is a small bat-like creature similar to Black Hawks. They have little endurance and are almost always killed with one hit. They often serve as footstools of sorts for Shadow's Homing Attack.
   
===[[Black Wing]]===
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===Black Hawks===
The Black Wing (ブラックウィング) is a small bat-like creature similar to Black Hawks. They have little endurance and are almost always killed with one hit.
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The '''Black Hawks''' (ブラックホーク) are small winged dragons which are much stronger then the Black Wings. They are capable of firing blue energy waves and flying unhindered in space. In some cases, when they are weakened, Shadow can ride on their backs. They take three hits from standard weapons or Homing Attacks to defeat.
   
===[[Black Hawks]]===
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===Black Volts===
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'''Black Volts''' (ブラックボルト) are Black Hawks that have gold armor plating and are equipped with Worm Shooters. Due to their armor, they have more endurance than normal Black Hawks. Most Black Volts in the game can be ridden, though they are also present as common enemies in [[Final Haunt]] and [[The Last Way]].
   
The Black Hawks (ブラックホーク) are small winged dragons which are much stronger then the Black Wings. They are capable of firing blue energy waves and flying unhindered in space. In some cases, when they are weakened, Shadow can ride on their backs.
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===Black Assassins===
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The '''Black Assassins''' (ブラックアサシン) only appear in the stages [[Black Comet (stage)|Black Comet]], [[Final Haunt]], and [[The Last Way]]. They resemble armored Black Warriors, but they can withstand many more attacks and have the ability to disappear and reappear at will. They are all armed with Refractors, and are often found riding [[Air Saucer]]s in the Black Comet stage.
   
===[[Black Volts]]===
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===Black Bull===
Black Volts (ブラック) are Black Hawks that have gold armor plating and are equipped with Worm Shooters. Due to their armor, they have more endurance than normal Black Hawks. It is also possible that Black Volts are Black Hawk-shaped robots, due to the name "volt."
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The '''Black Bull''' (ブラックル) is a powerful Black Arms creature. It resembles a cross between a giant maggot and a dragon. Due to its large blubbery body which protects it from damage, its only weak spot is its single green eye. It can breathe fire and can produce Black Wings from its mouth. It appears as a [[:Category:Bosses|boss]] after the completion of the ''[[Lethal Highway]]'' and/or ''[[Death Ruins]]'' stages.
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*Like the [[Blue Falcon]], this boss was named after a machine from the F-Zero series; in this instance, Black Shadow's machine, the Black Bull. This is likely because SEGA co-developed ''F-Zero GX'' and ''AX''.
===[[Black Assassins]] (aka Elite Soldiers)===
 
The Black Assassins (ブラックアサシン) only appear in the stages [[Black Comet]], [[Final Haunt]], and [[The Last Way]]. They look like armored Black Arms Soldiers, but they can withstand many attacks and have the ability to disappear and reappear at will. They are all armed with Refractors.
 
 
===[[Black Bull]]===
 
The Black Bull (ブラックブル) is a powerful creature in the Black Arms. It resembles a cross between a giant maggot and a dragon. Due to its large blubbery body, its only weak spot is its single green eye. It can breathe fire and can produce Black Wings from its mouth. It appears as a [[:Category:Bosses|boss]] after the completion of the ''[[Lethal Highway]]'' and/or ''[[Death Ruins]]'' stages.
 
*Like the [[Blue Falcon]], this boss was named after a machine from the F-Zero series; in this instance, Black Shadow's machine, the Black Bull. This is obvious, because SEGA co-developed F-Zero GX/AX.
 
   
 
===Black Fruit===
 
===Black Fruit===
Although not necessarily part of the Black Arms army, the Black Fruit (unofficial name) are probably from their home planet. They have a short stalk, with a large spherical bulb on top. It is mostly red, and translucent, as a slight yellow glow can be seen from within. Spikes grow from the bulb, giving Shadow damage if he touches it. They can easily be destroyed in a single hit.
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Although not technically part of the Black Arms army, the Black Fruit (conjectural name, only referred to as "red fruits" in-game) dot the landscapes conquered by the Black Arms. They have a short stalk, with a large spherical bulb on top. It is mostly red, and translucent, as a slight yellow glow can be seen from within. Spikes grow from the bulb, giving Shadow damage if he touches it. They can easily be destroyed in a single hit, but regenerate if Shadow leaves the area and returns.
   
 
===Shadow the Hedgehog===
 
===Shadow the Hedgehog===
:''Main article: [[Shadow the Hedgehog]]''
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Shadow is part Black Arms alien because of his creation from [[Black Doom]]'s blood. However, he is not a part of their army; rather, he is a secret weapon created for the sole purpose of collecting the [[Chaos Emerald]]s, although he did not know this fact himself until the final story in ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]''. Shadow's efforts have finally put an end to the Black Arms' reign of terror.
In theory, Shadow is part Black Arms alien because of his creation from [[Black Doom]]'s blood. However, he is not a part of their army; rather, he is a secret weapon, although he did not know this fact himself until the final story in ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]''. Shadow's efforts have finally put an end to the Black Arms' reign of terror.
 
   
 
==Black Arms Weaponry==
 
==Black Arms Weaponry==
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!Weapon
 
!Weapon
 
!Description
 
!Description
 
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|Black Sword
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|[[Black Sword]]
 
|Big purple sword. Sometimes accompanied by a shield.
 
|Big purple sword. Sometimes accompanied by a shield.
 
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|Dark Hammer
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|[[Dark Hammer]]
 
|Large blue hammer-like weapons used by some Black Arm Oaks.
 
|Large blue hammer-like weapons used by some Black Arm Oaks.
 
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|Small transparent shield that is very resistant to projectiles. Large stationary shields can be found on the Black Comet, but they are much weaker.
 
|Small transparent shield that is very resistant to projectiles. Large stationary shields can be found on the Black Comet, but they are much weaker.
 
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|Light Shot
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|[[Light Shot]]
|Basic plasma machine gun pistol used by most Black Arm infantry.
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|Basic plasma machine gun pistol commonly used by Black Warriors.
 
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|Flash Shot
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|[[Flash Shot]]
|Plasma guns that are a common sight among Black Arms.
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|Rapid-fire, double-barreled plasma guns that are a common sight among Black Arms.
 
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|Ring Shot
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|[[Ring Shot]]
 
|Gun that shoots slow pink energy rings, similar to the shots from the turtle enemies in ''[[Sonic Heroes]]''.
 
|Gun that shoots slow pink energy rings, similar to the shots from the turtle enemies in ''[[Sonic Heroes]]''.
 
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|Broad gun that fires fast red energy discs. The shots act like laser shots as they can shoot through multiple enemies and bounce off walls.
 
|Broad gun that fires fast red energy discs. The shots act like laser shots as they can shoot through multiple enemies and bounce off walls.
 
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|Worm Shooter
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|[[Worm Shooter]]
|Weapon that locks onto targets, and fires small homing explosive worms at the targets.
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|Weapon that locks onto targets, and fires small homing explosive worms at the targets. Used by Black Annelids.
 
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|Black Barrel
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|[[Black Barrel]]
 
|Powerful bazooka-like weapon that fires exploding energy shots. The same technology is used in the Black Cannons. A more powerful variant of this weapon exists, different in color and slightly in shape.
 
|Powerful bazooka-like weapon that fires exploding energy shots. The same technology is used in the Black Cannons. A more powerful variant of this weapon exists, different in color and slightly in shape.
 
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|Black Cannon
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|[[Cell Cannon]]
|Powerful stationary alien turret that can be used to destroy things such as ships. They have a Black Barrel on their tip, and fire the same shots. Once destroyed, they leave a Black Barrel for Shadow to pick up.
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|Powerful stationary alien turret that can be used to destroy things such as gunships. They have a Black Barrel on their tip, and fire the same shots. Once destroyed, they leave a Black Barrel for Shadow to pick up.
 
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|Refractor
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|[[Refractor]]
 
|Laser rifle that fires red lasers that bounce off walls. All Black Assassins are armed with this weapon.
 
|Laser rifle that fires red lasers that bounce off walls. All Black Assassins are armed with this weapon.
 
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|Heavy Shot
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|[[Heavy Shot]]
|Machine-gun rifle similar to the light shot, but larger, more powerful, and with a different sound effect. Seen in "Black Comet" and possibly the other two levels in the Black Comet.
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|Machine-gun rifle similar to the light shot, but larger, more powerful, and with a different sound effect. Seen in all three levels in the Black Comet.
 
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|Vacuum Pod
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|[[Vacuum Pod]]
|Odd weapon that sucks objects into its muzzle and and compresses them into small balls that can be fired at enemies, similar to Sonic's magic hand attack from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It can also suck in rings without using up ammo. Enemies use this weapon by sucking shadow in to touch them. Flying enemies can not be sucked in, and neither can enemies too large. While stationary, it can be seen slowly breathing.
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|Odd weapon that sucks objects into its muzzle and compresses them into small balls that can be fired at enemies, similar to Sonic's magic hand attack from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It can also suck in rings without using up ammo. Enemies use this weapon by sucking shadow in to touch them. Flying enemies can not be sucked in, and neither can enemies too large. While stationary, it can be seen slowly breathing.
 
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|Bombs
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|[[City annihilator bomb|Organic]] [[Small bomb|bombs]]
 
|Purple explosives used by the Black Arms, the largest of which is the "city annihilator" bomb, which, when a number of them are placed strategically, can destroy an entire city.
 
|Purple explosives used by the Black Arms, the largest of which is the "city annihilator" bomb, which, when a number of them are placed strategically, can destroy an entire city.
 
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|Satellite Laser
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|[[Satellite Gun]]
 
|Large energy beams coming down from the sky. Most likely fired from warships or the Black Comet itself. There is also an unlockable weapon by the same name which launches down a laser strike from the sky directly on the targeted enemy, making it more of a remote than a weapon.
 
|Large energy beams coming down from the sky. Most likely fired from warships or the Black Comet itself. There is also an unlockable weapon by the same name which launches down a laser strike from the sky directly on the targeted enemy, making it more of a remote than a weapon.
 
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|Biological weaponry
 
|Biological weaponry
|Biological weapons used during Black Doom's assault. Some of these weapons are gases able to turn an individual good or evil. Others can, upon entering the bloodstream of a non-Black Arm, cause total paralysis, though the effect is only temporary, as the main characters were infected with it, but managed to break free after a few minutes.
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|Biological weapons used during Black Doom's assault. Upon entering the bloodstream of a non-Black Arm, cause total paralysis, though the effect is only temporary, as the main characters were infected with it, but managed to break free after a few minutes.
 
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==Black Arms Vehicles==
 
==Black Arms Vehicles==
 
===Air Saucers===
 
===Air Saucers===
One-manned floating discs that can be used to cross hazardous surfaces, such as toxic water. Upon analyzing one, [[E-123 Omega]] is astounded that it floats without using either fuel or engine components.
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One-man floating discs that can be used to cross hazardous surfaces, such as toxic liquid or lava. Upon analyzing one, [[E-123 Omega]] is astounded that it floats without using either fuel or engine components. They can be ridden by Shadow, and are sometimes used by Black Warriors and Black Assassins.
   
 
===Black Tank===
 
===Black Tank===
A powerful Black Arms Tank that appears in the Lethal Highway stage and somewhat resembles a stealth bomber. The tank is surrounded by a shield that can withstand many attacks, but it is oddly enough unarmed, possibly it is not a tank but simply some kind of armored troop transport for the Black Arms.
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A powerful Black Arms Tank that appears in the Lethal Highway stage and somewhat resembles a stealth bomber. The tank is surrounded by a shield that can withstand many attacks, and is able to summon bombs to destroy the roadway behind it. Destroying it is the Hero mission on Lethal Highway and the best way to defeat it is using a rapid-fire weapon. The most effective weapons are the Shadow Rifle and the Gatling gun which can be obtained behind the five-key door, with the maximum of 40 ammo can easily take out the tank in below 10 seconds. Interestingly, Sonic claims that guns are ineffective against the Black Tank, (despite the fact that it is easily able to be taken down by guns, though he may have talking about when the shield was up).
Destroying it is the Hero mission on Lethal Highway and the best way to defeat it is using a rapid-fire weapon, preferably from the Black Arms. The most effective weapon is the Shadow Rifle and the Gatling gun which can be obtained behind the five-key door, with the maximum of 40 ammo can easily take out the tank in below 10 seconds. Interestingly, Sonic claims that guns are ineffective against the Black Tank, (despite the fact that it is easily able to be taken down by guns, though he may have talking about when the shield was up).
 
   
 
===Gunships===
 
===Gunships===
Large organic-looking battleships. They usually appear in the [[Black Comet]], [[Final Haunt]] and the Last Way stages. Gunships are armed with a Black Cannon and can spawn enemies. The best way to attack these ships is to use nearby cannons or the shadow rifle.
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Large organic-looking battleships. They usually appear in the [[Black Comet (stage)|Black Comet]], [[Final Haunt]] and [[The Last Way]] stages. Gunships are armed with a Black Cannon and can spawn enemies. The best way to attack these ships is to use nearby turrets or the Shadow Rifle.
   
 
==Black Arms Strongholds==
 
==Black Arms Strongholds==
 
===Black Comet===
 
===Black Comet===
The Black Comet is a massive comet that passes by the Earth every 50 years. It is the home and/or a mode of transportation for the Black Arms. The comet itself appears to be alive or techno-organic in nature, most notably when it was teleported to Earth and seemed to take on a life of its own to dig into the surface. When inside, it is almost like being in the body of a living organism. There are pulsating growths and what appear to be tentacles, organs and throat-like halls and many organic sounds. For example, in the Japanese version of the game, when the tentacles are destroyed, a roar (very similar to the Biolizard's) can be heard. There is a vicious substance in the comet that only death leeches and worms can exist in. Even Black Doom continuously warns Shadow that "that toxic substance is fatal". The tentacle-like projections also appear to exist in the substance.
 
   
The last time the comet passed by Earth, Black Doom made a pact with Gerald Robotnik in order to create the Ultimate Lifeform, [[Shadow the Hedgehog]]. Shadow would help Gerald in his research and Black Doom in his quest to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds. Gerald, however, designed the [[Eclipse Cannon]] to destroy the Black Comet when it returned. 50 years later, as the Black Comet approached Earth during the start of ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]'', the aliens began the final phase of their mission to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and enslave the humans. The Black Comet did not have enough speed to make it to Earth's surface on its own, so Black Doom uses the power of the Chaos Emeralds to teleport the comet to Earth. However, Black Doom's plans were foiled when Shadow teleported it back into space and used the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the Black Comet and all of the Black Arms inside of it.
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The Black Comet is a massive comet that passes by the Earth every fifty years. It is the home and/or a mode of transportation for the Black Arms. The comet itself appears to be alive or techno-organic in nature, most notably when it was teleported to Earth and seemed to take on a life of its own to dig into the surface. When inside, it is almost like being in the body of a living organism. There are pulsating growths and what appear to be tentacles, organs and throat-like halls and many organic sounds. For example, in the Japanese version of the game, when the tentacles are destroyed, a roar (very similar to the Biolizard's) can be heard. There is a vicious substance in the comet that only death leeches and worms can exist in. Even Black Doom continuously warns Shadow that "that toxic substance is fatal." The tentacle-like projections also appear to exist in the substance.
   
It is interesting to note that while the Pure Hero level Final Haunt, the Black Comet (predictably) is full of Black Arms, on the Semi-Dark final level Black Comet, it is full of Gun Robots, and there are few (if any), Black Arms present.
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The last time the comet passed by Earth, Black Doom made a pact with Gerald Robotnik in order to create the Ultimate Life form, [[Shadow the Hedgehog]]. Shadow would help Gerald in his research and Black Doom in his quest to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds. Gerald, however, regretted making the deal and designed the [[Eclipse Cannon]] to destroy the Black Comet when it returned. Fifty years later, as the Black Comet approached Earth during the start of ''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]'', the aliens began the final phase of their mission to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds and enslave the humans. The Black Comet did not have enough speed to make it to Earth's surface on its own, so Black Doom uses the power of the Chaos Emeralds to teleport the comet to Earth. However, Black Doom's plans were foiled when Shadow teleported it back into space and used the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the Black Comet and all of the Black Arms inside of it.
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It is interesting to note that while the Pure Hero level Final Haunt, the Black Comet (predictably) is full of Black Arms, on the Semi-Dark final level Black Comet, it is full of Gun Robots, and there are fewer Black Arms present than in other stages.
   
 
===Glyphic Canyon===
 
===Glyphic Canyon===
   
Black Doom transported a long complex of temples to the Glyphic Canyon 2000 years prior to the games (notably, from a scientific perspective, all the planets were lined up at zero point 2000 years ago). According to Black Doom, it is the Black Arm's holy ground. These bird-shaped ruins were sealed away and deactivated many years ago. In order to reawaken this temple, one must touch the five large jewels within in it. "Reawakening" the temple makes it airborne, with the various pieces being held together with red laser-looking beams. If one destroys the jewels after this, the temples lose their power and fall down to the earth again.
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Black Doom transported a long complex of temples to the Glyphic Canyon two thousand years prior to the games (notably, from a scientific perspective, all the planets were lined up at zero point two thousand years ago). According to Black Doom, it is the Black Arm's holy ground. These bird-shaped ruins were sealed away and deactivated many years ago. In order to reawaken this temple, one must touch the five large green jewels within in it. "Reawakening" the temple makes it airborne, with the ability to fire large red laser beams. If one destroys the jewels after this, the temples lose their power and fall down to the earth again.
   
Activating the jewels for Black Doom is the Dark mission for the "[[Glyphic Canyon]]" stage, while destroying them is the Hero mission for the "[[Sky Troops]]" stage, where [[Dr. Eggman]] battles the flying ruins with his [[Eggman Fleet]]. The temple is automatically reawakened when Shadow reaches Sky Troops, regardless of whether or not he has personally touched the five jewels, suggesting that the "evil path" through Glyphic Canyon is the canon route, or that the Black Arms activate the jewels themselves if Shadow does not do it for them.
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Activating the jewels for Black Doom is the Dark mission for the "[[Glyphic Canyon]]" stage, while destroying them is the Hero mission for the "[[Sky Troops]]" stage, where [[Doctor Eggman|Dr. Eggman]] battles the flying ruins with his [[Eggman Fleet]]. The temple is automatically reawakened when Shadow reaches Sky Troops, regardless of whether or not he has personally touched the five jewels, suggesting that the "evil path" through Glyphic Canyon is the canon route, or that the Black Arms activate the jewels themselves if Shadow does not do it for them.
   
 
There are also large tornado-like whirlwinds and dust storms in the ruins, that according to Black Doom were set in motion to stop humans from accessing them.
 
There are also large tornado-like whirlwinds and dust storms in the ruins, that according to Black Doom were set in motion to stop humans from accessing them.
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===Enemies===
 
===Enemies===
 
*[[Shadow the Hedgehog]]
 
*[[Shadow the Hedgehog]]
*[[Sonic the Hedgehog (character)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]
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*[[Sonic the Hedgehog]]
 
*[[Knuckles the Echidna]]
 
*[[Knuckles the Echidna]]
 
*[[Miles "Tails" Prower]]
 
*[[Miles "Tails" Prower]]
 
*[[Rouge the Bat]]
 
*[[Rouge the Bat]]
*[[Dr. Eggman]]
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*[[Doctor Eggman|Dr. Eggman]]
 
*[[Chaotix]]
 
*[[Chaotix]]
 
**[[Vector the Crocodile]]
 
**[[Vector the Crocodile]]
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*[[Guardian Units of Nations|GUN]]
 
*[[Guardian Units of Nations|GUN]]
 
*[[Amy Rose]]
 
*[[Amy Rose]]
*[[Xorda]] (Archie exclusive)
 
 
*[[Gerald Robotnik]]
 
*[[Gerald Robotnik]]
 
*All of Humanity
 
*All of Humanity
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==In other media==
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===Archie Comics===
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In the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (comics)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic series and its spin-offs published by [[Archie Comics]], the Black Arms and their leader [[Black Doom (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Black Doom]] played a key part in [[Shadow the Hedgehog (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Shadow]]'s creation fifty years ago, very similar to their video game counterparts. However, while Black Doom wanted to use Shadow as a weapon, [[Gerald Robotnik (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Professor Gerald]] intended for Shadow to become the protector of [[Mobius (Archie)|Mobius]]. On their return trip to Mobius however, the Black Arms got held back by their [[Black Arms-Xorda War|war]] with the [[Xorda]].
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In the new reality created by the [[Super Genesis Wave]], the Black Arms attacked the [[Sonic's World|planet]], just like in ''Shadow the Hedgehog'', only to be defeated by [[Shadow the Hedgehog (Archie)|Shadow]]. However, a secondary hive-mind named [[Black Death (Black Arms)|Black Death]] took over the species after [[Black Doom (Archie)|Black Doom]]'s demise. With a super-soldier named [[Eclipse the Darkling]] to oppose Shadow, Black Death led the last Black Arms to Shadow's planet in the [[New Black Comet]], only for [[Team Dark (Archie)|Team Dark]] and their [[Guardian Units of the Nation|G.U.N.]] allies to destroy their comet.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*Although they have no actual role in the game, several of the Black Arms appear as collectible cards in ''[[Sonic Rivals]]''. The cards are "Black Oak", "Black Warrior", "Black Hawk" and "Black Bull", along with three cards depicting Black Doom's various forms.
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*[[Shadow the Hedgehog|Shadow]] is the only Black Arm left as all of the race was killed when the [[Black Comet]] was destroyed using the [[Eclipse Cannon]].
*The Black Arms have appeared in the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (comics)|Archie]] continuity, embroiled in an all-out war against the [[Xorda]] near the planet of the [[Bem]].
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*The Black Arms may have been hinted at as early as ''[[Sonic Adventure 2]]'', in an Engrish-y inscription seen on a wall just before Shadow is released by Dr. Eggman. "ASTRONOMERS ARE CONCLUDING THAT MONSTROUSBLACKS". The Black Arms (or at least a similar concept) may have been created but ultimately unused.
*This was the first major alien species in the Sonic Games. Others to follow are the [[Kron]], [[Zoah]], [[N'rrgal]] and [[Voxai]] of ''Sonic Chronicles'' and the [[Wisps]] of ''Sonic Colors''.
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*The Black Arms are commonly referred to as "the black creatures," "black aliens," or even "terrorists" by the inhabitants of Earth, though a few characters, including [[Miles "Tails" Prower|Tails]] and the President's [[Secretary]], refer to them by name.
*These were the first characters in all of the Game Continuity that have shown blood. The next would be [[Dark Gaia]] as he transforms into [[Perfect Dark Gaia]].
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*Although they have no actual role in the game, several of the Black Arms appear as collectible cards in ''[[Sonic Rivals]]''. The cards are "Black Oak," "Black Warrior," "Black Hawk" and "Black Bull", along with three cards depicting Black Doom's various forms.
*The Black Volts and Assassins, along with Black Doom himself and theoretically Shadow, are the only Black Arms to wear clothing.
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*This was the first major alien species in the ''Sonic'' games.
*In ''[[Sonic X]]'', a [[Metarex]] regular soldier looks like a common Black Arms soldier.
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*These were the first characters in all of the game continuity that have shown blood. The next would be [[Dark Gaia]] as he transforms into [[Perfect Dark Gaia]].
*in the level [[Lava Shelter]] there is an air saucer but there are no Black Arms soldiers.
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*The Black Arms originally had red blood; in the final version it is green. Before the game's release, the ESRB created the E10+ rating, so realistic blood and excessive swearing was removed in order to avoid a T rating.
*The Black Arms symbol has been shown to be the symbol of them, the game ''Shadow the Hedgehog'', and (In ''[[Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing]]'' and the Archie Comics) the symbol of Shadow himself.
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*The Black Arms symbol has been shown to be the symbol of them, the game ''Shadow the Hedgehog'', and (in ''[[Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' and the Archie Comics) the symbol of Shadow himself.
*The characters in the game saying things like "Destroy the Black Aliens" can be misinterpreted as accidental racism.
 
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Black Doom]]
 
*[[Black Doom]]
 
*[[Shadow the Hedgehog]]
 
*[[Shadow the Hedgehog]]
*''[[Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)|Shadow the Hedgehog]]''
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The Black Arms (ブラックアームズ Burakku Āmuzu?) are creatures that appear in Shadow the Hedgehog. They are a violent race of hive mind-like extraterrestrial beings led by Black Doom who traverse space in the Black Comet, seeking to consume the entire populations of planets. Fifty years after the creation of Shadow the Hedgehog, they invaded Earth in search of the seven Chaos Emeralds, and are opposed (or aided) by Shadow and other characters. They are easily recognized by their black-and-red skin pigmentation.

HistoryEdit

The Black Arms launch a surprise invasion of Earth in the beginning of Shadow the Hedgehog, and destroy everything in their way while searching for the Chaos Emeralds. They are immediately opposed by Sonic the Hedgehog, his friends, the military organization GUN bent on protecting the planet, and even Dr. Eggman, who is usually the antagonist in the Sonic games. Throughout the game, the player controls Shadow the Hedgehog, and can choose whether to help the Black Arms with their invasion, or to defend the Earth along with the other characters.

Black Doom claims that the Black Arms have come to save humanity from itself, but the race's true intentions are to transport the entire planet's population to the Black Comet, where the Black Arms will enslave them, breed them and eventually feed on them as livestock.

No matter what the player chooses to do, the game has a true "Last Story," where Black Doom obtains the Chaos Emeralds and warps the Black Comet to the planet's surface, where it digs into the planet and releases a toxic gas that paralyzes all life without Black Arms DNA. Shadow opposes the Black Arms and becomes Super Shadow. After making his way to the core of the Black Comet, he defeats Devil Doom, a powerful mutated form of Black Doom, and proceeds to use Chaos Control to send the Black Comet into space again. Then he blasts it with the Eclipse Cannon of the Space Colony ARK, destroying it along with the remaining Black Arms residing inside it.

The Black Arms are now assumed to be extinct, with Shadow himself being the last member of their species through blood.

List of Black ArmsEdit

Black DoomEdit

]Black Doom (ブラックドゥーム) is the evil overlord, hive-mind and parent of the Black Arms, and the only one shown with the ability to speak the human language. He has three eyes, lacks a lower torso, floats above the ground and wears a cloak adorned with metal ornaments. He helped Gerald Robotnik create Shadow the Hedgehog by using his own blood. He has lived for well over two thousand years, and planned to use the human beings as an "energy source"—or in other words, food for his own larvae. He was eventually defeated by Shadow after he transformed into Devil Doom. He has a tentacled entity named Doom's Eye (ドゥームズアイ) that serves as a seeing-eye of sorts for the evil overlord.

These are the members of the alien race that invade earth under Black Doom's command. They will always attack Shadow even if he is attempting to complete one of Black Doom's missions. Members of the Black Arms include the Black Warriors, Black Oaks, and Black Assassins. The following is a list of creatures in the Black Arms.

Death LeechesEdit

The Death Leeches (デスリーチ) are described by Black Doom as the Black Arms' larvae, eventually maturing into fully-grown soldiers. They are pulsating dark red blobs with three horns positioned around an eye in the middle of their bodies. They are capable of sticking to walls. They have no endurance, and are always killed with one hit, regardless of the weapon.

Black WarriorsEdit

The Black Warriors (ブラックウォーリアー) are the most common Black Arms aliens in the game. They are roughly human-sized (just a little bigger than an average GUN soldier) and often carry various Black Arms weapons (lasers, swords, shields, etc.). They can occasionally be found riding Air Saucers. It usually requires two shots from most weapons to kill them.

Black OakEdit

The Black Oaks (ブラックオーク) are giant Black Arms soldiers. According to Doom's Eye, the Black Oaks are "heralded for their pure strength" (they can easily swat aside cars), and form the backbone of the Black Arms army. They have high endurance, but also are slow moving. They usually carry large swords and occasionally alien rocket launchers and clubs. They take anywhere from two to seven shots to defeat, but certain specimens (usually ones carrying clubs or bazookas) are able to block frontal attacks from projectile weapons with their hands.

Sand WormsEdit

The Sand Worms are giant worms. They burrow underground and attack from beneath, using smaller worms that home in on their prey. According to Doom's Eye, the worms find their prey by detecting their target's vital signs. The Sand Worms share many characteristics of the Biolizard, such as their impregnable skin, coloring and texture, methods of attack, and sounds they make as they surface. Like the Oaks, it takes from two to seven hits to destroy them. Despite their large size, the Sand Worms can easily be sucked up by a vacuum weapon, making them easy to defeat when using the Egg Vacuum weapon.

Black Worms Edit

Black Worms are stronger than the Sand Worms, being capable of reacting to any fauna, they found in, from toxic to a natural environment. They have similar defense points of their devolved version, but they come with more powerful "Wide Worm Shooter".

Death WormsEdit

The Death Worm are stronger, golden Black Worms. They appear only on the stages The Last Way and Black Comet. They are stronger and faster than Sand Worms and are harder to kill. Death Worms are invincible to some of the weaker weapons in the game.

Killer PlantEdit

The Killer Plant is a giant fire-breathing plant life form that serves the Black Arms. They have no life meters and serve more as obstacles than anything else. Once defeated, it will temporarily shrink into a harmless bud, but will revive again if given enough time.

Black WingEdit

The Black Wing (ブラックウィング) is a small bat-like creature similar to Black Hawks. They have little endurance and are almost always killed with one hit. They often serve as footstools of sorts for Shadow's Homing Attack.

Black HawksEdit

The Black Hawks (ブラックホーク) are small winged dragons which are much stronger then the Black Wings. They are capable of firing blue energy waves and flying unhindered in space. In some cases, when they are weakened, Shadow can ride on their backs. They take three hits from standard weapons or Homing Attacks to defeat.

Black VoltsEdit

Black Volts (ブラックボルト) are Black Hawks that have gold armor plating and are equipped with Worm Shooters. Due to their armor, they have more endurance than normal Black Hawks. Most Black Volts in the game can be ridden, though they are also present as common enemies in Final Haunt and The Last Way.

Black AssassinsEdit

The Black Assassins (ブラックアサシン) only appear in the stages Black Comet, Final Haunt, and The Last Way. They resemble armored Black Warriors, but they can withstand many more attacks and have the ability to disappear and reappear at will. They are all armed with Refractors, and are often found riding Air Saucers in the Black Comet stage.

Black BullEdit

The Black Bull (ブラックブル) is a powerful Black Arms creature. It resembles a cross between a giant maggot and a dragon. Due to its large blubbery body which protects it from damage, its only weak spot is its single green eye. It can breathe fire and can produce Black Wings from its mouth. It appears as a boss after the completion of the Lethal Highway and/or Death Ruins stages.

  • Like the Blue Falcon, this boss was named after a machine from the F-Zero series; in this instance, Black Shadow's machine, the Black Bull. This is likely because SEGA co-developed F-Zero GX and AX.

Black FruitEdit

Although not technically part of the Black Arms army, the Black Fruit (conjectural name, only referred to as "red fruits" in-game) dot the landscapes conquered by the Black Arms. They have a short stalk, with a large spherical bulb on top. It is mostly red, and translucent, as a slight yellow glow can be seen from within. Spikes grow from the bulb, giving Shadow damage if he touches it. They can easily be destroyed in a single hit, but regenerate if Shadow leaves the area and returns.

Shadow the HedgehogEdit

Shadow is part Black Arms alien because of his creation from Black Doom's blood. However, he is not a part of their army; rather, he is a secret weapon created for the sole purpose of collecting the Chaos Emeralds, although he did not know this fact himself until the final story in Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow's efforts have finally put an end to the Black Arms' reign of terror.

Black Arms WeaponryEdit

Weapon Description
Black Sword Big purple sword. Sometimes accompanied by a shield.
Dark Hammer Large blue hammer-like weapons used by some Black Arm Oaks.
Black Shield Small transparent shield that is very resistant to projectiles. Large stationary shields can be found on the Black Comet, but they are much weaker.
Light Shot Basic plasma machine gun pistol commonly used by Black Warriors.
Flash Shot Rapid-fire, double-barreled plasma guns that are a common sight among Black Arms.
Ring Shot Gun that shoots slow pink energy rings, similar to the shots from the turtle enemies in Sonic Heroes.
Splitter Broad gun that fires fast red energy discs. The shots act like laser shots as they can shoot through multiple enemies and bounce off walls.
Worm Shooter Weapon that locks onto targets, and fires small homing explosive worms at the targets. Used by Black Annelids.
Black Barrel Powerful bazooka-like weapon that fires exploding energy shots. The same technology is used in the Black Cannons. A more powerful variant of this weapon exists, different in color and slightly in shape.
Cell Cannon Powerful stationary alien turret that can be used to destroy things such as gunships. They have a Black Barrel on their tip, and fire the same shots. Once destroyed, they leave a Black Barrel for Shadow to pick up.
Refractor Laser rifle that fires red lasers that bounce off walls. All Black Assassins are armed with this weapon.
Heavy Shot Machine-gun rifle similar to the light shot, but larger, more powerful, and with a different sound effect. Seen in all three levels in the Black Comet.
Vacuum Pod Odd weapon that sucks objects into its muzzle and compresses them into small balls that can be fired at enemies, similar to Sonic's magic hand attack from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It can also suck in rings without using up ammo. Enemies use this weapon by sucking shadow in to touch them. Flying enemies can not be sucked in, and neither can enemies too large. While stationary, it can be seen slowly breathing.
Organic bombs Purple explosives used by the Black Arms, the largest of which is the "city annihilator" bomb, which, when a number of them are placed strategically, can destroy an entire city.
Satellite Gun Large energy beams coming down from the sky. Most likely fired from warships or the Black Comet itself. There is also an unlockable weapon by the same name which launches down a laser strike from the sky directly on the targeted enemy, making it more of a remote than a weapon.
Biological weaponry Biological weapons used during Black Doom's assault. Upon entering the bloodstream of a non-Black Arm, cause total paralysis, though the effect is only temporary, as the main characters were infected with it, but managed to break free after a few minutes.

Black Arms VehiclesEdit

Air SaucersEdit

One-man floating discs that can be used to cross hazardous surfaces, such as toxic liquid or lava. Upon analyzing one, E-123 Omega is astounded that it floats without using either fuel or engine components. They can be ridden by Shadow, and are sometimes used by Black Warriors and Black Assassins.

Black TankEdit

A powerful Black Arms Tank that appears in the Lethal Highway stage and somewhat resembles a stealth bomber. The tank is surrounded by a shield that can withstand many attacks, and is able to summon bombs to destroy the roadway behind it. Destroying it is the Hero mission on Lethal Highway and the best way to defeat it is using a rapid-fire weapon. The most effective weapons are the Shadow Rifle and the Gatling gun which can be obtained behind the five-key door, with the maximum of 40 ammo can easily take out the tank in below 10 seconds. Interestingly, Sonic claims that guns are ineffective against the Black Tank, (despite the fact that it is easily able to be taken down by guns, though he may have talking about when the shield was up).

GunshipsEdit

Large organic-looking battleships. They usually appear in the Black Comet, Final Haunt and The Last Way stages. Gunships are armed with a Black Cannon and can spawn enemies. The best way to attack these ships is to use nearby turrets or the Shadow Rifle.

Black Arms StrongholdsEdit

Black CometEdit

The Black Comet is a massive comet that passes by the Earth every fifty years. It is the home and/or a mode of transportation for the Black Arms. The comet itself appears to be alive or techno-organic in nature, most notably when it was teleported to Earth and seemed to take on a life of its own to dig into the surface. When inside, it is almost like being in the body of a living organism. There are pulsating growths and what appear to be tentacles, organs and throat-like halls and many organic sounds. For example, in the Japanese version of the game, when the tentacles are destroyed, a roar (very similar to the Biolizard's) can be heard. There is a vicious substance in the comet that only death leeches and worms can exist in. Even Black Doom continuously warns Shadow that "that toxic substance is fatal." The tentacle-like projections also appear to exist in the substance.

The last time the comet passed by Earth, Black Doom made a pact with Gerald Robotnik in order to create the Ultimate Life form, Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow would help Gerald in his research and Black Doom in his quest to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds. Gerald, however, regretted making the deal and designed the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the Black Comet when it returned. Fifty years later, as the Black Comet approached Earth during the start of Shadow the Hedgehog, the aliens began the final phase of their mission to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds and enslave the humans. The Black Comet did not have enough speed to make it to Earth's surface on its own, so Black Doom uses the power of the Chaos Emeralds to teleport the comet to Earth. However, Black Doom's plans were foiled when Shadow teleported it back into space and used the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the Black Comet and all of the Black Arms inside of it.

It is interesting to note that while the Pure Hero level Final Haunt, the Black Comet (predictably) is full of Black Arms, on the Semi-Dark final level Black Comet, it is full of Gun Robots, and there are fewer Black Arms present than in other stages.

Glyphic CanyonEdit

Black Doom transported a long complex of temples to the Glyphic Canyon two thousand years prior to the games (notably, from a scientific perspective, all the planets were lined up at zero point two thousand years ago). According to Black Doom, it is the Black Arm's holy ground. These bird-shaped ruins were sealed away and deactivated many years ago. In order to reawaken this temple, one must touch the five large green jewels within in it. "Reawakening" the temple makes it airborne, with the ability to fire large red laser beams. If one destroys the jewels after this, the temples lose their power and fall down to the earth again.

Activating the jewels for Black Doom is the Dark mission for the "Glyphic Canyon" stage, while destroying them is the Hero mission for the "Sky Troops" stage, where Dr. Eggman battles the flying ruins with his Eggman Fleet. The temple is automatically reawakened when Shadow reaches Sky Troops, regardless of whether or not he has personally touched the five jewels, suggesting that the "evil path" through Glyphic Canyon is the canon route, or that the Black Arms activate the jewels themselves if Shadow does not do it for them.

There are also large tornado-like whirlwinds and dust storms in the ruins, that according to Black Doom were set in motion to stop humans from accessing them.

RelationshipsEdit

EnemiesEdit

In other mediaEdit

Archie ComicsEdit

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Black Arms and their leader Black Doom played a key part in Shadow's creation fifty years ago, very similar to their video game counterparts. However, while Black Doom wanted to use Shadow as a weapon, Professor Gerald intended for Shadow to become the protector of Mobius. On their return trip to Mobius however, the Black Arms got held back by their war with the Xorda.

In the new reality created by the Super Genesis Wave, the Black Arms attacked the planet, just like in Shadow the Hedgehog, only to be defeated by Shadow. However, a secondary hive-mind named Black Death took over the species after Black Doom's demise. With a super-soldier named Eclipse the Darkling to oppose Shadow, Black Death led the last Black Arms to Shadow's planet in the New Black Comet, only for Team Dark and their G.U.N. allies to destroy their comet.

TriviaEdit

  • Shadow is the only Black Arm left as all of the race was killed when the Black Comet was destroyed using the Eclipse Cannon.
  • The Black Arms may have been hinted at as early as Sonic Adventure 2, in an Engrish-y inscription seen on a wall just before Shadow is released by Dr. Eggman. "ASTRONOMERS ARE CONCLUDING THAT MONSTROUSBLACKS". The Black Arms (or at least a similar concept) may have been created but ultimately unused.
  • The Black Arms are commonly referred to as "the black creatures," "black aliens," or even "terrorists" by the inhabitants of Earth, though a few characters, including Tails and the President's Secretary, refer to them by name.
  • Although they have no actual role in the game, several of the Black Arms appear as collectible cards in Sonic Rivals. The cards are "Black Oak," "Black Warrior," "Black Hawk" and "Black Bull", along with three cards depicting Black Doom's various forms.
  • This was the first major alien species in the Sonic games.
  • These were the first characters in all of the game continuity that have shown blood. The next would be Dark Gaia as he transforms into Perfect Dark Gaia.
  • The Black Arms originally had red blood; in the final version it is green. Before the game's release, the ESRB created the E10+ rating, so realistic blood and excessive swearing was removed in order to avoid a T rating.
  • The Black Arms symbol has been shown to be the symbol of them, the game Shadow the Hedgehog, and (in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and the Archie Comics) the symbol of Shadow himself.

See alsoEdit

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