|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest VIII|
The darkodile, like its counterpart from the World of Light, is a bizarre creature that is a mix between a crocodile and a large dog with draconic features. Most of its body is colored in a dark shade of grey while the mane around its neck and the spikes on its body are colored black. It is capable of floating about in midair as if it were swimming through water and its makes use of its immense size by slamming its entire body to attack multiple enemies. When the darkodile reappeared in Joker 3, it was reclassified as a member of the Dragon family.
Like the other monsters from the World of Darkness, darkodiles begin appearing throughout the world map after the fall of Black Citadel. These versions drop less experience and gold, but some of their attributes and the power of their body slam attack have been strengthened.
The Darkodile's Japanese name, Crocodeimos, is a reference to Deimos, the god of terror, in Greek mythology. He was the son of Ares and Aphrodite and the twin brother of Phobos, the god of fear. Deimos and Phobos are also the names of Mars's moons.