Parasite Cage is another returning Emblem Heartless in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. Fought within the belly of Monstro, this guide will give you the tips needed to free Pinnochio from this pesky Boss.
Quick Tips for those trying to flush the Parasite Cage out of Monstro:
- Avoid Acid: Parasite Cage’s arena is full of harmful acid.
- Ranged Attacks: Casting Fire in mid-air will save you a lot of trouble.
Preparing for Parasite Cage
Parasite Cage is somewhat unique in that despite being Monstro’s only true Boss encounter, this fight happens in the Key to Guidance room, as opposed to the Key to Truth room.
Instead, this world’s Key to Truth encounter is Monstro’s Belly Brawl, a Time Attack style of fight where the player must wipe out enough Heartless to fill out the gauge within the window of time given.
With that in mind, make sure to build your deck before you enter the Key to Guidance room, so as to avoid being blindsided by this Boss. Generally, a mix of Fire, Attack, and Cure cards will do well for this fight, since much of the arena is damaging to Sora.
Once your deck is in order, you’ll have a brief cutscene where the group finds Pinnochio, only for him to get trapped inside the Parasite Cage. Time for a jailbreak!
Defeating Parasite Cage
- Acid Ball
Parasite Cage has one of the more deadly boss arenas in the game, with the bulk of it being flooded with Monstro’s stomach acid. On the flip side, the battle is somewhat balanced out by the fact that Parasite Cage is a fairly simple enemy without many especially powerful moves, so victory will come more from managing your health and avoiding the acid than the Heartless itself.
Parasite Cage’s two main attacks are when it Swipes at you with its noodly appendages or slams its gourd-shaped body at you, neither of which are much of a threat as long as you have some distance.
Occasionally, it may hurl a ball of what appears to be acid at you, which can be a little challenging, but not too much trouble.
The goal of this fight is to navigate the rotating platforms, attacking the Parasite Cage when you’re near it and avoiding falling into the acid.
While attack cards are effective, another strategy is to unleash Fire, Fira or Firaga while airborne. This will allow you to deal quite a bit of damage quickly while mitigating time spent damaging yourself in the acid pool.
If you find yourself struggling with the acid, this fight’s Gimmick Card may be of some use, as it causes the acid to drain for a time, giving you a much more favorable environment to defeat the Parasite Cage.
Defeating the Parasite Cage will reward you with the corresponding Boss card, which allows you to nullify a single enemy card. While this effect is useful, it is outclassed by the Jafar-Genie Boss card, as with many of the other non-late game Boss cards.