Crusty Hammer is the boss from zones P, R and T, and one of the penultimate bosses in Darius Gaiden. In Darius Gaiden Extra Version it is the first boss in the game. It is shaped after a mantis shrimp (Harpiosquilla raphidea).
Darius Odyssey Guidebook Bio
- Name: Crusty Hammer
- Motif: Mantis Shrimp
- Type: High Mobility Battleship
- Size: 95.46 m / 313.2 ft
- Zone: P (Sea)
- Weapon: Omnidirectional laser cannon (abdomen), etc.
A special battleship that specializes in close combat and mobility, within a Belsar battleship which destroys enemies with heavy fire. The heavy blow from the energy field created by the sickle is intense.
Crusty Hammer uses similar patterns on the three zones where it appears, with the properties of its attacks changing between them. After making its entrance, it will rear back and forth for a while, then shoot lasers at the player. After this it will curl up and spin while shooting lasers/bullets all over the screen or attempt to charge at the player, leaving the screen. It will attempt to crush the player upon returning. Whenever it is curled up its body will deflect the player's shots but still take damage.
On its next attack, Crusty Hammer will stand straight and follow the player's movement, after which it will swing its arm to hit the player, then shoot lasers at the player. It will do this two to three times before resuming its pattern. It will once again rear, then shoot various lasers over the screen. If its taken enough damage, its previous attacks will become more aggressive and it will also use a few new ones. It will curl up then start floating while shooting lasers all over the place, drop orbs which burst into bullets, shoot bullets and heat-seeking missiles while moving and swing its tail while shooting lasers.
- Crusty Hammer's name is derived from how mantis shrimps break its prey using its hammer-like claws, and their family, Crustacea.