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You take over, keep eye on prisoner, me go for break!
—SharpClaw Soldier 

The SharpClaw are a militaristic band of reptilian pirates geared towards taking control of planet Sauria. They are the games main enemy units, mainly soldiers and servants of General Scales.

Appearance

The SharpClaw have a very strong resemblance to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, except they have smaller legs, three fingers, and longer arms. Therefore, they share a closer relationship with RedEye tribe more than any other. Normal SharpClaw appear to be based on the Allosaurus, although they are much smaller and more humanoid, like other Anthropomorphic characters in the Star Fox series.

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SHARPCLAW - Members of General Scales' army

SharpClaw

Description:

Soldiers in General Scales's army, the SharpClaws are single-minded. Their only goal is to ensure that their master's plan succeeds withouts a hitch. They are true fighters, built and bred for combat.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 15

Attacks:

Forehand slash, backhand slash, head butt; larger guards use and overhead axe attack and a punch.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 15

Tactics:

Block one of the attacks and move in with a quick combo. Continue to hit them after they fall. They are adept blockers so keep hacking away. Four unblocked Fire Blaster shots will do them in. Once you get the Ice blaster power-up, SharpClaws become more of a nuisance than a threat. Simply freeze and then shatter them with a single strike from your Staff.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 15

Tips:

Having trouble with a SharpClaw? Assume the guard stance and hold it. While you are blocking hits, order Tricky to perform his Flame Command. He will roast the SharpClaw and you won't suffer a scratch.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 15

Society and Culture

The SharpClaw is one of the largest, most advanced, and most violent tribes on Sauria. Although their technology is considered outdated by most other worlds, they have overwhelmed the other, more primitive tribes. Most SharpClaws do not seem to be highly intelligent, as some are shown to speak using incorrect vocabulary such as, "Wake up, somebody coming." or "You take over, keep eye on prisoner, me go for break." General Scales is the only SharpClaw with a perfect English (translated from Saurian) vocabulary.

Equipment and Weaponry

All variants of SharpClaw warriors wield shields and sharp weapons like maces and axes. They can also attack by swinging their tails and by ramming with their jaws open. Their technology includes sentry robots armed with lasers, repulsor sledscomputerized artillery cannons, deflector shields, missiles, and finally, a handful of spacecraft. Despite their basic intelligence, the soldiers are quite capable of operating these massive cannons and even different types of aircraft.

Armory

All SharpClaw warriors wear armor for defense. Spikes are located at the top of their helmets. BribeClaw are even more heavily armored, equipped with plumed helmets and bone horned staffs. 

History

Origins

The SharpClaw originated and were created from the second moon of Sauria, which crashed into the planet and became known as the Moon Mountain Pass. Eventually they left their home and spread all over Sauria.

Plight of Sauria

The tribe leader was a self-proclaimed general known only as "Scales", who launched a full-scale campaign against the other tribes which nearly destroyed the planet Sauria. Under the General's philosophy of ruling through the power of fear, the Queen EarthWalker referenced that the SharpClaw tribe have been trying to takeover the planet for years without any success, until Scales somehow became stronger and more advanced, dominating most of the planet. Although it was never revealed how they came to gain this technology, it is implied that it had to do with Andross's manipulation of and influence on the tribe, and more specifically their leader, General Scales. Another speculation is that General Scales, possibly under the influence of Andross, may have taken some of the higher technology left over from the Krazoa. The tribe appeared to have separated themselves from General Scales following Andross's defeat. One SharpClaw kept the General's belt as a trophy.

Aparoid Invasion

It is unknown what happened to them after they celebrated the fall of Scales. During the Aparoid Invasion on Sauria, Peppy reassures Krystal that many of the dinosaurs took refuge, likely withdrawing to one of the ancient catacombs or dug-in temples. However, if the situation looks dire, Slippy might suggest that even the SharpClaw tribe has been wiped out leaving the planet totally defenseless.

In the game

SharpClaw soldiers are the primary enemies that must be fought either for self defense or to complete a puzzle. Unless there is a Life-Force Door nearby or a certain event such as the Test of Combat, SharpClaw will eventually respawn after a while or if Fox leaves and area and returns. Combat with the SharpClaw is very simplistic, but Fox can execute then quickly by assigning Staff attacks to the Y button for chances of quicker defeat and can stun them by using Tricky's Flame Command. Using the Ice Blaster will freeze a SharpClaw leaving it vulnerable to a single hit.

Types

1. Mace: The most common Grunts are the basic yellow, spiked mace wielding type SharpClaws and will attack Fox on sight unless he is wearing his SharpClaw Disguise. They are orange with back stripes, while Snowtrooper soldiers that are found in the colder regions are wearing a blue skin.

2. Shield: Green or yellow Knights are the mid-sized SharpClaw who carry shields and axes and they usually come in a green color. SharpClaws that carry shields are more difficult in battle because of this extra defense. Fox will need to attack as soon as the SharpClaw drops its guard or uses Tricky's Flame Command. In the Volcano Force Point temple, Volcano guards wield shields and their skin color is olive green.

3. Giant: Brutes are the largest fightable SharpClaw, ivory pale in color, three times the size of the average grunt, and a massive axe wielder. The larger SharpClaw are more aggressive in battle and won't drop their guard so easily unless Fox attacks just after their forward charge or uses the Flame Command. One of these was guarding the passage to the Volcano Force Point Temple through Moon Mountain Pass and started throwing barrels down the mountain side after telling his comrade: "Wake up. Somebody coming".

4. Speeder: These SharpClaws drive speeders and race against Fox to the finish. In colder regions it is the blue SharpClaws that drive the speeders. They will drop explosive mines behind to try and slow Fox drown and can eventually be killed by continuously ramming into them.

5. The largest type of SharpClaw is the BribeClaw, about the same height as General Scales, but they are blue and much more obese. There are only two in the game, with one at SnowHorn Wastes and one at Cape Claw, with each demanding 25 scarabs to pass.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The SharpClaw insignia found on many crates, barrels, and on the belt piece of the tribe's armor widely resembles the swastika, the trademark symbol used by Nazi Germany during World War II. Many similarities have been made regarding the characteristics of the of the SharpClaw tribe and the Nazis, such as the abrasive, evil behavior, and many amongst the tribe deem themselves to be the "master race" on Dinosaur Planet due to their qualities, just like the Nazis deeming Aryans as the so called "master race." In addition, Scales often forces the defeated tribes into slave labor camps with the implication of genocide on his hands, similar to the Nazis' infamous concentration camps and holocaust. While General Scales' similarities to Adolf Hitler are debatable, there's no questioning the role the two play in each of their respective worlds.

References

  • Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Games/Adventure. Platform: Nintendo GameCube,™

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