The Dark Hide is a monstrous Heartless, resembling a lion. Its appearance consists primarily of a dark purple and black body with dark magenta spikes on its head, back, and tail. It possesses yellow eyes, although they become red when it lurks in the darkness. Its legs are also dark purple with purple claws, its front legs wrapped in two broken chains. When cloaked in darkness, the Dark Hide becomes completely darkened and enveloped in shadow, save for its glowing bright red eyes that pierce through the darkness. From its perspective, everything has a very faint red tint with glowing red veins that are present around the sides of the Dark Hide's field of vision.
As Aqua makes her way through the Dark World, she is stalked by the Dark Hide. Aqua feels the presence of the Heartless and summons her Keyblade - the Master's Defender. She is attacked from behind and knocked down. Aqua gets up and forces the Dark Hide to retreat into the darkness after attempting to shoot it with a Firaga spell. Commenting that it was no Unversed, rather a denizen of the darkness, Aqua soon fights the beast in a vicious battle, eventually emerging victorious.
Stats & Abilities
- Claw Swipes: Swipes Aqua quickly with its claws.
- Tail Whip: Spins around, hitting Aqua with its tail.
- Buzz Saw: Performs a damaging midair flip.
- Fire Charge: Charges Aqua, leaving a trail of fire.
- Shadow Bomb: Shoots orbs of dark energy which expand into damaging force-fields.
- Mega Flare: Shoots a large fireball.
- Illusion Spin: Spins at a high speed in a circle around Aqua, then charges at her using four after-images prior to pouncing on her from above. The landing creates a damaging shockwave.
- Illusion Slash: Each of the Dark Hide's after-images attack Aqua with their claws.