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The Spiked Crawler is an Emblem Heartless that can be found exclusively as a boss in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Design

A Spiked Crawler has a black, spherical head with two beady, yellow eyes on it. It wears a conical, black helmet with an angular antenna attached to its tip and a silver brim. The majority of its body is encased in a spherical suit of armor with eight conical, black spikes spaced evenly over its surface. This armor is primarily colored in shades of blue and white, with some red decorations on it.

Its thin arms jut out of circular openings in the armor on either of its sides. Its spindly legs share a large, circular opening at the bottom of the armor, and the tips of its feet point upward. The Spiked Crawler has two Heartless emblems, on its front and another on its back, both of which are placed in the middle of a yellow ring.

Strategy

The Spiked Crawler has an extremely high defense, which means it will take a long time to kill. When it starts spinning, immediately bombard it with Thunder Magic. When it hits, the spinning will stop and the Heartless will then be able to take damage, so start hitting it at this point. Beware when it puts its arms at its sides; this hints that it is about to jump high above and attempt to crush you, so make sure to escape quickly with Glide or Dodge Roll.

Using Thunder Magic after the spin can also take a toll on its health. If you are in Story Mode, Xion will finish off the Heartless halfway through the battle, but no items or munny will be dropped. The full battle can only be done in Mission Mode.

Stats & Abilities

Attack
  • The Spiked Crawler spins all over the area, damaging the character if hit.
  • The Spiked Crawler leaps high into the air above a character and slams down hard, creating a small shockwave as well.
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