(Missions 7 & 13)
is the proud mother of the demonic denizens that
have taken over Mitis Forest. She likes to soar the skies
mimicking a dragon, but her true form is an overgrown
flower with a humanoid pistil.
has four distinct manifestations, and
each requires a different approach.
Transformation from one form to another
is preceded by vigorous twisting of her body.
Echidna unfolds her
petals and entices you to come closer.
Accept her invitation and open up a can
o'aerial combos in her face!
|At the same time, watch
out for these two attacks...
Tail Swipe: Echidna rears up and swipes the ground with
her massive tail.
Hair Swipe: This one is faster than the Tail Swipe and
harder to dodge if you're in mid-combo. Echidna waves her head
and spins her leathery head extensions twice at you.
Echidna coils her tail and folds up her her petal into a
snake-like head. She will fly all around the forest arena and
charge at you from the sky.
Charge: This can can be tricky to avoid because of the
crappy camera angles. Lock onto her to help you know where she
is, and roll out of the way as she zooms by.
Seeds: She will sometimes rain down seed projectiles as
she passes, so jump to dodge them.
Echidna plants tall roots in the ground and starts spewing out
Chimera Seeds. This is when she's the most vulnerable, and is
the safest time to attack her. If you're DANTE, Devil
Trigger and spam aerial combos at her exposed purple underbelly.
Switch to Swordmaster, jump, and press Style button. If you're NERO, use Devil
Bringer to Snatch yourself up to her underbelly, Devil Trigger,
and tap Buster to pummel away.
Chimera Seeds: Annoying little buggers. Concentrate on
Echidna while she's in this form and deal with them later.
Echidna unfolds her petals and plants her roots deep in the
ground. She will fly up in a straight line and corkscrew down to
plant herself, so don't stand under her or you'll take damage.
Once she's rooted, Stinger/Streak into her and slash her
torso with combos (Devil Trigger if you can spare it). She'll Hair
Swipe at you sometimes, but this is still the safest place
to be, because she will be sticking her roots out of the ground
everywhere else. NERO can sometimes pull off a Buster
here for a special attack. When she draws in her roots and
starts to rise up from the ground, jump away from her or she
will damage you as she uproots.
Roots: Echidna glows with a purple sphere every time
she's about to call her roots. They will spike up, slap at the
ground, or twirl around in their attempts to hit you, and tend
to aim for wherever you were when she was glowing purple
(including on top of her).
If you damage her enough,
she will hold her head and sway as if dizzy. If you're NERO,
Snatch yourself over to her and pump Buster to execute a special
move. If you're DANTE, just keep attacking. When
Echidna gets to about one third of her lifebar, she becomes more
aggressive and starts glowing yellow. She'll still rotate
through her four phases, but every attack and movement she does
will now be combined with Seeds: Tail Swipe + Seeds, Hair
Swipe + Seeds, Root + Seeds, Charge + Seeds, etc. If
you're low on health, run around the perimeter of the arena and
look for some buds. One of them should have a small green orb.
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