When the player gets too close to one, it will launch its massive claw at the player, which retracts back to it shortly after. The claw acts similar to the ball and chain obtained by angering Kali, crushing tiles that end up in its way.
Pangxie cannot perform both of its attacks at once. This means that while it is performing its claw attack, it cannot erupt bubbles of poison at the player.
If a Pangxie is killed while their claw is extended, their claw will be left behind, which can be picked up and thrown.
Pangxie are tanky with a whopping 20 HP, but drop low loot relative to their difficulty. Because of this, in most cases it is best to simply avoid and run past them.
- If a Pangxie is blocking the players path, and must be defeated, Excalibur is arguably the best item to use against one, as it will defeat them in only two swings.
- Normally, it's dangerous to jump on Pangxie's head because of its poison bubble attack, but it is safe to jump on a Pangxie's head while its claw is extended. With the scaling damage of Spike Shoes, Pangxie can be defeated in as little as three stomps to the head.
- Pangxie as well as the Crabs they leave behind are an excellent source of blood for the Kapala.
- Pangxie or 螃蟹 (pángxiè) is chinese for crab.