The Giant Antlion (巨大なアリジゴク)[1] is the mid-boss in the exclusive extra stage added to the PC-Engine port of Strider, Oil Fields.


Pce antlion boss
Hit Points: 8 HP
Score: 700 PTS

A mysterious being resembling an antlion larva, the Antlion appears right after Hiryu is stopped by the Desert Commander. The commander claims he'll kill Hiryu and proceeds to spin quickly in place, eventually burrowing into the sand. Just then, the Antlion emerges and (apparently) kills the commander, ready to battle Hiryu from the sand trap that has been created.

The Giant Antlion remains for most of the battle inside the sand trap, throwing a projectile upwards which splits into several smaller fireballs that rain down on Hiryu. After a few attacks it will quickly jump out of the sand, becoming vulnerable in the process. Hiryu has to stay atop the sand trap, avoiding falling into the quicksand and attacking whenever the Antlion jumps upwards.


  1. Staff (November 1994). "Strider Hiryu" (Japanese). PC Engine Fan. Pg. 54