The Groundshaker is a minor villain in the video game Kingdom Hearts II. It's an Emblem Heartless that attacked the Pride Lands. The Groundshaker is an amalgamation of multiple Scar's Ghosts.
The Groundshaker resembles the Shaman/Living Bone symbiote, only much larger in size. The body of the Heartless has a grassy texture with multiple palm trees sticking out, with a large Shaman-like creature sitting on the back. Each of its legs are yellow with brown armor on them, with white designs decorating the armor. Its feet are metallic blue, each having three skeletal toes. Its skull is gray-colored with angular, white designs on it and several red horns all around it. Depending on the way its head is turned, it has two different faces; one looks slightly downward and has large, curved tusks lined by spikes and the other looks slightly upward and has curved horns lined by spikes. Both heads share the same yellow, spiral eyes.
The Shaman riding the "Living Bone" is smaller, but still large. Unlike its steed, the Shaman has three heads that are covered with a mask; the mask itself tends to rotate at different intervals. One face has gold horns, a curled, yellow "mustache" and a jagged mouth that smiles slightly. The other face has a dull green "mustache" and a mouth that frowns slightly. The last face is plain black and sports two yellow eyes. Both faces of the mask are white, have eyes with spiral pupils and a green crest decorating its sides. The Groundshaker has four Heartless emblems on its body in total; one on each of the "Living Bone's" foreheads, and one on each of the "Shaman's", except for the neck.
In the original version, the Groundshaker's head is dark gray while in the Final Mix version, the head has a bright shade of red.
Before the Groundshaker came to be, it was originally Scar's Ghost. It attempted to terrify Simba to the point where he doubted that he was worthy enough to rule the Pride Lands.
After Simba finally confronted his fears, doubts and weaknesses about being the ruler of the Pride Lands, the many Ghosts of Scar flew to the Savannah and coalesced into a giant Emblem Heartless known as the Groundshaker. It greatly resembled the Living Bone-Shaman symbiote, while it's riding on a quadruped Heartless. After revealing it's true form, Sora, his friends, and Simba confronted the giant Heartless. After a long battle, which raged all across the Savannah, Sora, his friends and Simba managed to defeat the Heartless and finally bring peace back to the Pride Lands.
Powers and Abilities
The Groundshaker is a powerful Heartless. When it was Scar's Ghost, it could induce fear towards Simba and turn invisible. When it takes it's actual form, the Groundshaker gains a few new abilities such as creating shockwaves when it performs a stomp, can generate fire, and shoot lightning from it's eyes and various other areas.
If Sora manages to get on top of the Groundshaker, It's revealed that there's a shaman-like Heartless controlling the Groundshaker, on the creature's back. The Shaman can perform a punch combo so it can attempt to get Sora off.
- The Groundshaker is the second largest Heartless bosses fought in the entire series, with the World of Chaos exceeding it.
- It is also the largest Heartless boss fought in Kingdom Hearts II.
- The Groundshaker takes inspiration from the Colossus boss fights from Shadow of the Colossus.
- The Groundshaker is one of the three Heartless bosses in the series to be created from the darkness of a Disney villain's heart, the other two being the Grim Guardianess (Mother Gothel) and Sköll (Hans).
- However, unlike the other two bosses whose original forms weren't fought directly by Sora and his friends, the Groundshaker's original form was directly fought.