The Shadow Creatues
The Media:shadow creatures is a name for two enemies that spawn throughout the game.
The first type of shadow creature that Rayman will encounter, is the smaller ones, resembling a black, furry head with small white eyes. They have one form of attack, where they fly towards Rayman, in a certain amount of time, before colapsing and desappearing. If they succeed to hit Rayman, he will lose a small amount of health and the Media:Shadow Creature will die at the impact. They can be heard before being seen, as they produce a a sound, similar to the a fly. However, they can be trouble, since they mostly appear at places where Rayman is either dangling or flying, making a single hit a possible death, considering there will be deadly water, lava or far heights if Rayman loses his grip.
The other type of Media:Shadow Creatures, has a very different act, but looks rather similar to the smaller Media:Shadow Creatures. The Big creatures are long, wormlike creatures, made from a line of the smaller Media:Shadow Creatures, yet only the front ball has eyes. They often move in packs, having a sertain route where they snake themsalves around. they either jump from obsticle to obsticle or move at the at the ground. They attack Rayman by jumping on him, and does not die at the impact. They can also be hard to kill, as they move alot and can be hard to hit. Similar to the Walking Shells, some have respawn areas, which makes them an enemy that takes its time to defeat.
The first Shadow Creatures to be encountered, is found in The Fairy Glade, at the small crater where Rayman has to climb a large tree and slide down a waterfall. However, many people never really see them, as it is possible to skip the combat. They can also be found later on in the Fairy Glade, at the second visit through th Echoing Caves and in the Cave of Bad Dreams/the Kingdom of the Dead(PS1 version), the Sancuary of Stone and Fire, the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava, Below the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava and Tomb of the Ancients.
In Rayman 2: Revolution, there is a miniboss called Chinchile, which appears in the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava/Below the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava(PS2 version). It resemblesa Shadow Creature, only red and splits into smaller Shadow Creatures when shot at. It is suggested that Chinchile may be the Shadow Creatures leader, but such has never been confirmed. Their origin is unknown, however many believe that they are one of the outcomes of Polukus' nighmares. Others believe that they are leftover spawns of Mr. Dark's evil. It is not easy to tell, since no information is given throughout the game or game manual.