When a Hedgehag becomes old, its needles acquire a red tint which strongly resembles rust. Much like its younger self it only attacks when threatened. However years of experience made it much more resilient and taught it to use its spinning attack to jump on aggressors.
While they are much stronger than the basic Hedgehag, Old Hedgehags behave similarly to them, although they have an additional attack. Once engaged in combat, Old Hedgehags will attempt to follow and swarm Lea. They have two attacks that they are able to use: a dash attack, in which they roll straight at Lea (which can be blocked), and a jump attack, in which they jump into the air and try to land on her (which cannot be blocked by a normal guard). Both attacks are led by a brief period of spinning (and bouncing, in the case of the jump attack) during which the Old Hedgehag takes reduced damage. They are able to jump and climb as well as Lea, and their jump attack also allows them to ascend one level. They can be stunned and weakened by Perfect Guarding their dash attack.
While one or two Hedgehags can be easily pinned down and dispatched with Melee attacks, their main danger lies in large groups, where Hedgehags at the back of the group can stay hidden from your attacks, and then counterattack through the crowd. For this reason, hit and run tactics may be useful in these cases: Use area-of-effect combat arts on the group of Hedgehags when it is safe to do so, then dodge ahead of their persistent attacks. In some places, it is also possible to lead Hedgehags into following you across water, and then hit them with Balls in mid-jump, knocking them into the water and damaging them.
When paired with other enemies, Hedgehags should be dealt with first, as they require no special tactics to defeat and their aggressive following will often lead them in front of the other enemies. This same good following ability makes them an excellent choice to lead between groups of foes when trying to obtain a high combat ranking.
This page was last edited on 3 September 2019, at 18:26.
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