All Animal Well bosses, explored

All Animal Well Bosses explained (Image via Bigmode)
All Animal Well Bosses explained (Image via Bigmode)

Animal Well is one of the most acclaimed Metroidvanias of 2024. Despite being released quite recently, it has already found an ardent playerbase. This pixelated 2D platformer has a beautiful art style as well as great music and level design. But the main show stealers are the Animal Well Bosses.

The Chameleon, Seahorse, and the Ghost Dog in Animal Well are some of the few names in a great roster of big bads. However, one of the unique aspects of this game is that you don't need to use any violence to defeat the Animal Well Bosses. In this article, we have gone through all the bosses you will encounter in Animal Well.


All Animal Well Bosses

1) Seahorse

The bubble shooting Seahorse (Image via Bigmode)
The bubble shooting Seahorse (Image via Bigmode)

This boss is located in the Southwest Quadrant of the Blue Biome and it is relatively much easier compared to other Animal Well bosses. You simply have to deflect bubbles that it throws at you alongside some water and get out of the chamber by pressing buttons on the ceiling.

Check out our Seahorse boss in the Animal Well guide if you are having trouble dealing with him.


2) Iguana/Chameleon

Beware of its tongue (Image via Bigmode)
Beware of its tongue (Image via Bigmode)

The Chameleon in Animal Well is found in the Northeast Quadrant of the Green Biome and is particularly frustrating among all the bosses due to the difficulty of reaching it. Players must obtain the Slinky tool before confronting this creature. In terms of the encounter mechanics, it is not that special.


3) Kangaroo

The Kangaroo is more than what meets the eye (Image via Bigmode)
The Kangaroo is more than what meets the eye (Image via Bigmode)

Unlike other Animal Well bosses, the Kangaroo cannot be defeated. Players can only scare it off with Firecrackers. Its unexpected appearances make it a persistent threat throughout the game. This creature is much like a boogeyman, always looming in the corner. The more you get closer to the end of the game, the more frequent its appearances become.


4) Ghost Dog

The Ghostly Spirit of a good boy (Image via Bigmode)
The Ghostly Spirit of a good boy (Image via Bigmode)

As the name suggests, the Ghost Dog in Animal Well is one of the toughest bosses you will encounter. This giant spirit dog can travel through walls, pursue you throughout locations, and kill you quite easily. It won’t stop until you place its favorite throwing disk back at the Dog Altar.


5) Bat

The terrifying Bat (Image via Bigmode)
The terrifying Bat (Image via Bigmode)

This boss is encountered in a puzzle area where players assume they're just exploring past the first part of the ghost dog puzzles. But as soon as you reach the center of the room and light up the candle in the middle, you are blindsided. The room is not empty. It houses the Bat, one of the most terrifying Animal Well Bosses. You deal with this beast by hurling some firecrackers at it.


6) Ostrich

Image if it could also fly (Image via Bigmode)
Image if it could also fly (Image via Bigmode)

Much like the Bat, the Ostrich is also quite terrifying. The moment you step into its room, it will welcome you with a blood-curdling scream and then put its neck through holes in the ground to chase you. But once you deal with it, the beast is vanquished for good.


7) Manticore

I still get nightmares (Image via Bigmode)
I still get nightmares (Image via Bigmode)

This is the final boss of the game, and it is encountered after completing the main objectives. Manticore resembles a sleep paralysis demon and acts more terrifyingly. It travels like the Ghost Dog, through the walls and shoots lasers from its eyes. The only way to deal with it is to run to the room with the switch, press it to set off the giant firecrackers, and end the game.

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