Girin (ギリン) is an antlion-like monster that appears in the Kid Icarus series.
Girins are large insects that have dug their way to the Overworld using their large green mandibles. They are mainly pink in color with a yellow underside and green eyes. Aside from a Girin's head, the rest of this creature's body is never seen due to it staying mostly underground. It doesn't directly hunt for food; rather, it lies in wait burrowed within the earth until an unlucky soul passes above its nest. Once that happens, most creatures will be unable to escape the powerful grip of a Girin's mandibles as it pops out from the ground. However, if the monster's prey does manage to escape its grasp, it will still try to attack by tossing rocks at its fleeing meal.
The Girin burrows beneath the ground in the Overworld. If Pit is not mobile enough, Girin will be able to peg him with a projectile. Luckily, it's one of the weakest monsters in Angel Land. The manual claims that Girins can trap Pit, but they actually cannot in the game.
A giant ant that lives deep in the ground and lies in wait for Pit. Once it catches things in its big jaws, it never lets them get away.
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Like in its last appearance, a Girin will lie in wait for Pit to approach its position, which its over-sized jaws give away. It will jump out of the ground when Pit gets close enough to it, but if it is hit while lunging or misses its attack, it will be knocked on its back, leaving it defenseless until it can right itself and burrow to safety.
Rather than waiting for prey to fall into its trap, this hyperevolved ant lion jumps out at enemies, attempting to crush them in its pincers. However, Girin leaves itself open to attack after this lunge and will retreat in surprise if hit.
- Girin is likely based off of an antlion in its larva stage.
- Until Kid Icarus: Uprising, Girin is one of the few enemies in the Kid Icarus series whose full body is never seen, as fellow burrowers McGoo and Holer rise completely out of the ground when they attack.
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