Zombie Chicken

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Zombie Chicken
Zombie Chicken
Alignment Bad

Appears in Rayman 2, Rayman 2 Forever, Rayman M, Rayman 3, Rayman 3 (Game Boy Advance)
Location The Marshes of Awakening, the Bayou, the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava, the Tomb of the Ancients, Cave of Bad Dreams (Rayman 2 Forever only), Echoing Caves (Rayman 2 Forever only), First Ruins (as a ghostly spirit), Nebulous Tower (as a ghostly spirit), Shadow Plains (as a ghostly spirit, Rayman Arena only), Void of Bones, the Underlands, Wicked Flow

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Resistance 1 HP
Attacks Contact

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We can no longer even keep track of all the sinister results provoked by the arrival of the pirates : disturbances in overall harmony, the proliferation of piranhas, giant spiders and caterpillars, etc.... Terrified by all these events, the hens began laying deadly eggs, out of which burst the horrible Zombie Chickens...
—Manual, Rayman 2

Zombie Chickens, also known as Scowlers[1], are enemies found in the gloomier parts of the Glade of Dreams. They first appear in Rayman 2, where it is said that they are the result of hens laying dead eggs out of terror at the events caused by the Robo-Pirates. They can also be seen in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3 and very briefly in the console versions. Ghostly, spirit-like versions can also be seen floating around levels in Rayman M and its remakes. In the manual of Rayman Origins, it is explained that when the nymphs were on their way to create Rayman, a bunch of Zombie Chickens attacked them and stole some Lums that the nymphs were carrying, as a result, Rayman was made without limbs.

It is unknown whether the Zombie Chickens have any connection to the Denys or the Minisauruses, other chicken-like creatures found in the Glade of Dreams.

Appearance

Zombie Chickens have slightly deformed chicken beaks with cartoony eyes and grey-brown feathers on their heads. They wear long, ripped, brown cloaks and their arms look like human skeleton ones that are bent in a haunting way.

In Rayman 2

The Zombie Chickens appear in levels containing swamp-like elements, such as the Bayou and the Marshes of Awakening. They can hurt Rayman by a simple touch, though touching Rayman will also cause the Zombie Chicken to fall apart. They spawn by seemingly rising up from the ground or swamp water.

There are two types of attack pattern that Zombie Chickens will utilise. Some will actively follow Rayman and as such must be shot at in order to prevent damage. Others will simply travel forwards to the area Rayman was occupying when they spawned, and as such, can simply be dodged by stepping out of their way, but can also be shot at.

In the Rayman Revolution manual, it is incorrectly stated that the Zombie Chickens are allies of the Robo-Pirate army.

In Rayman 2 Forever

A Zombie Chicken in Rayman 2 Forever.

Much like in the console versions of Rayman 2, Zombie Chickens appear as an obstacle that can deal damage to Rayman when touched. They also feature in levels in which they did not in the console versions, such as the Cave of Bad Dreams and the Echoing Caves.


In Rayman M/Arena

Zombie Chickens do not feature as an obstacle in Rayman M and Rayman Arena, but they have cameo appearances in the First Ruins, Shadow Plains and Nebulous Tower.


In Rayman 3

Terrorized by the wars against the robot pirates, the hens laid dead eggs from which the ghoulish Zombie Chickens emerged.
—In-game description, Rayman 3

Zombie Chickens only appear in the tunnels of the Desert of the Knaaren, where they will spawn from the ground or walls, and will threateningly move toward Rayman. Unlike in Rayman 2, they circle around Rayman before moving in to make damaging contact with him. Some spawn when Rayman picks up their eggs, and it will be necessary for Rayman to put down the egg and deal with the Zombie Chickens in order to slowly progress through to a pressure switch, which will remain open once an egg has been placed upon it.

The Knaaren are fond of Zombie Chicken eggs; many vending machines containing them can be found while traversing the tunnels.


In Rayman 3 (Game Boy Advance)

A Zombie Chicken in the Void of Bones.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3, Zombie Chickens appear identical to those featured in Rayman 2, and exhibit similar behaviour; they will attempt to come into contact with Rayman in order to deal damage. They can be found in Void of Bones, the Underlands and Wicked Flow.


In Rayman Origins

A Zombie Chicken, as seen in the Daily Bubble. While being mentioned in the manual, they do not appear in the final version of Rayman Origins.

While they do not make an appearance in the final product, the manual refers to Zombie Chickens as being the cause of Rayman's lack of limbs, due to their attacking the nymphs and causing them to lose some of the Lums they had gathered in order to invoke Rayman.

A Zombie Chicken was also featured in one edition of the Daily Bubble.


Trivia

  • In the Japanese version of Rayman Revolution, the Zombie Chickens are paler and light green coloured.

References

  1. The name comes from the official strategy guide of Rayman 3.