This is it guys, the final enemies of this Bestiarium, we checked snakes and spiders already and now it’s time for these two.
Yes, they are technically two kinds of enemies, but the reason why I’m talking about them is because bats are often called flying rats. In fact, that’s the meaning of its name in several cultures; for example, chauve-souris means “bald mouse” in French, murciélago means “blind mouse” in Spanish and even the name flittermouse was an alternative name for bats in English. Not only are the names similar, but both rats and bats are pests filled with numerous diseases.
Now that we have that out of the way, why don’t we begin with rats?
Rats are one of the most common plagues in the world, the main reason for that is because they can eat pretty much anything, they reproduce very fast, and can spread diseases such as the bubonic plague, leptospirosis and the hantavirus infection. In video games, these animals are the typical little pest that you find walking from left to right on the floor. Rats will force you to crouch and punch them in order to kill them, or jump over them. They are usually just a minor enemy and, in just a few cases, a boss. They appear in several games, such as Mother, Battletoads, Skyrim, Ducktales, Dark souls, Pokemon, Digimon, Shining Force 2, Legend of Kay, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Megaman 5, Beyond Oasis, and many other games. What makes them stand from some enemies are…
-The Speedy Gonzales syndrome:
¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!
Rats are fast. You can see this in platformers where rats usually appear out of nowhere to bite your feet, and if you play an RPG, you’ll see that rats have very good stats in the speed department. This is very evident in the Pokemon franchise where most of the rodents have very high speed stats; this is one of the main reasons why a large part of them are electric-type.
-B.A.R (Big-Ass Rat):
Ducktales! Woo-oo! Giant rats on the freaking moon is Ducktales! Woo-oo!
Rats eat anything, and I’m talking about things like wood or even concrete. They do this a lot during its life, most of the time while they are peeing, and because of this they usually grow a lot. They can grow so much that they can be as big as small dog ,or in video games, as big or even bigger than your character. With fangs that can cut pretty much anything, you’re going to need a stronger skull in order to have a chance against them.
On the other hand we have Bats.
Flying mammals that, despite transmitting diseases like rabies, also perform vital ecological roles such as pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds. In video games, however, their main role is annoy us as much as they can.
They annoy us in video games like Pokemon, Castlevania, Resident evil 0 and 5, Megaman 2, Megaman X, Castle Crashers, The world ends with you, The Legend of Zelda, Metal Slug, Wonder Boy, Final Fantasy and others where they can…
Search and Destroy:
Search and destroy means basically what you think it is – the enemy will search and gun for you to cause you some pain. The only difference between bats and other monsters is that they can fly, which makes them hard to avoid. Even harder is the fact that they can often easily fly through walls and floors. This is very common in platformer games where you have to dodge these kinds of hazards while jumping from point A to B. Games like Megaman or the Castlevania franchise are well known for having bats that do this.
The relationship between Bats and Vampires is one of the most famous. One of the reasons this could be is the species of bat that is named for the mythical creature, the Vampire Bat, who feeds off the blood of other mammals and can transmit rabies. In video games this only means drain your health in order to refill their own, which make the process of killing their enemy longer than it should. This is a move normally used in RPG games, such as Final Fantasy, Pokemon and games with RPG elements like Castle Crashers. Of course Vampires can do this too, but that would be an entry for another day.
If I had coin for each Zubat I encountered here, I could buy a freaking car now
Bats like to hang upside down in groups at night like the real party boys of nature that they are, but in the day they usually spend a lot of time hiding in the shadows. Dark spaces such as the common perch in a tree, in the old attic of your grandparents house, or in caves, which seems to be their favorite place to live. This is something that you probably know by reading about them on Wikipedia or just playing Pokemon. It really doesn’t matter the genre of your game, if you are in a cave then you can bet your ass that there are going to be bats in it (the same can say about spooky mansions but caves are very popular too).
Giant Bats and Man-Bats
Regular run of the mill bats that fly around you are one thing, but giant monster bats are another thing entirely. I’m talking about giant bats that will eat your head like a cherry; these are the bosses that you face at the end of the level. Giant bats aren’t just bigger and stronger versions of your typical annoying enemy, these creatures also have abilities such as dividing themselves into several small bats, throw fireballs, or supersonic screams. These creatures appear in games such as the Castlevania franchise, Resident Evil 0 and Castle Crashers.
Then we have Man-bats: a bat with humanoid proportions. At first they just look like Giant Bats, but in reality they are even deadlier. These creatures are stronger and faster than the giant bats, have most of the same abilities, and some abilities of their own, such as summoning even more bats and controling them in order to fight. In the end, they both serve a higher master: a real f%&king Vampire. These bats appear in games such as Bloodrayne (Werebats), Sonic (Rouge the Bat), Bloody Roar (Jenny the Bat) Megaman X5 (Dark Dizzy), The Adventures of Batman and Robin for the SNES (Man-bat) TMNT: Tournament Fighter (Wing Nut) and others.
Nothing like a Batman to stop a Man-Bat
There are a lot of games with bats and rats in them, the same way as spiders and snakes. The spooky quartet is one of the main pillars in the Bestiarium of any video game there is. These are the minions or generic enemies that will only slow down your progress to reach to the end of the level where the boss would be waiting. In the next entry I will talk about one of the most common boss in any video game, so until then be careful with the rats and bats your encounter.
I think that we are going to need more repel.