Pangxie is a large enemy found in the Tide Pool. They are known as Kingu's bodyguards and are near impossible to defeat without the assistance of equipment or other items.

Behavior

Pangxie are slow, hulking enemies. They are immune to being whipped without the Powerpack and immune to being stomped on without Spike Shoes.

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.

When the player gets above a Pangxie, it will launch 4 poison bubbles upward towards the player, which inflicts poison.

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.

Once killed, they drop 2 gems, multiple Crabs, and either a Wooden Shield or the more rarely dropping Metal Shield.

If a Pangxie is killed while their claw is extended, their claw will be left behind, which can be picked up and thrown.

Strategy

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.
    • Staying out of their range and using weapons like the shotgun or bows can also allow you to stay out of their reach.
    • Throwing items like rocks at them back and forth may also be a viable strategy.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • Pangxie or 螃蟹 (pángxiè) is chinese for crab.
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