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These serpentine sneak dwell in the cracks in walls and floor, and fire energy bullets from their mouths. As very territorial creatures, they get snarky if anyone tries to enter their nest. — Description, Sonic Unleashed
The Dark Eels mostly resemble a cross between a serpent and a larva. They are several meters long with a large and wide head and have a set of horns on the sides of their head and one on their forehead. They also have neon blue skin with glowing, purple markings and they emit purple smoke.
The Dark Eels tend to reside inside cracks in the walls or on the ground, where they make their nests. They are fiercely territorial and will get outraged and attack anyone who gets too close to their nests.
Powers and abilities
As a Dark Gaia minion, the Dark Eels can possess people by latching onto the deepest, darkest part of the heart, and generate despair, negative emotions or even erratic behavior that are completely opposite to the person's personality.
The Dark Eels have sufficient burrowing skills, enough to let them burrow through even solid rock and create entire nests underground. They also have limited energy manipulation, allowing them to fire multiple pink energy balls from their mouth.
The Dark Eels and the rest of Dark Gaia's Minions came into being when Dark Gaia broke apart in the beginning of Sonic Unleashed due to its premature awakening by Dr. Eggman. These fragments were then spread across the Earth and became Dark Gaia's Minions, with the Dark Eels some amongst them. They only appear in Arid Sands Night Act 1.
In gameplay, the Dark Eels appear before the player in order to attack him/her by emerging from the ground. When they are about to emerge, purple smoke will emit from their entry point. They also have above average defenses that severely reduce the damage dealt by Sonic the Werehog and leave them less prone to flinching. However, like the Evil Flowers, the Dark Eels are stationary and cannot move from their position in order to avoid damage.
In battle, the Dark Eel will attack by shooting three energy balls simultaneously at the player for long-range attacks which can cover a wide area. However, these shots are slow and can only travel in straight lines, making them easy to avoid or guard against. When close up, they will attack by slamming their bodies down on Sonic.
Upon the reconstruction of Dark Gaia by Dr. Eggman, all of the Dark Eels along with the other Dark Gaia minions were returned to the beast, who was later defeated and sealed within the planet's core.