A Cractyl is a flying, googly-eyed, purple pterosaur in Wario World. Their name is a pun on pterodactyl. Since they possess the ability to fly, Wario must jump and punch them, or perform a Corkscrew Conk to hit them. Any of his strong moves can then be used. Cractyls' main attack is to lift Wario into the air and perform a move similar to the Piledriver, slamming him into the ground. However, this attack can be easily avoided if the player jiggles the Control Stick enough to free Wario. Starting in Greenhorn Ruins, Cractyls can also drop bombs to attack Wario. The bombs explode after a short time, damaging Wario if he's in the blast radius, but can be thrown back at enemies if Wario is fast enough. Starting in Beanstalk Way, Cractyls drop Spiked Balls instead of bombs, making them significantly more dangerous.
In later stages, Cractyls are re-skinned to fit the theme of the stage, variously as Bone Cractyls, Pigeons, Snowbirds, Hawks, Masked Crows, and Mummy Hawks.
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