The version Sora encounters resembles an octopus, while the Brawlamari that Riku fights resembles a squid.
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Sora is the first to engage battle with this Dream Eater in the game, which reflects on having a simpler battle with Brawlamari. It has five attacks, and only one can cause trouble evading:
It will usually make two or three attacks of the above ones and move to the next one:
Missing the attack or not, the Brawlamari creates an opening, and Sora will be able to reach his weak spot, the flashing dots on its head. When destroying one of them, it regains consciousness and retreats for more attacks. Repeat the process.
Note: The Laser attacks are usually performed after the first attack Sora makes. Getting "Gold Diver" involves destroying one spot per attempt, since it will retreat after one dot is gone. So at each try, you must focus on destroying one spot before it regains consciousness, using the first two attempts to kill it.
Also, speeding up after defeating Brawlamari does help on getting to the Finish Line sooner, which multiplies your score even more depending on how fast you got there. Don't speed too much, however, or you won't get the stars.
Riku's battle, on the other hand, occurs later on in the game, allowing a harder fight to take place. It starts off just like Sora's battle, but the player will soon realize his attacks have improved. Only one attack is new to this boss, but all of his other moves will have new remarks.
At first it will only have these attacks. It will only make one attack, then move to the Barrier attack (above), that the only change is that's faster, but very little, so the move is the same. Once both flashing dots are destroyed, it will seem defeated, but it will change into its second form. It also reveals it's new weak spots for a second, when it opens it's mouth-like area.
For some reason, it won't make it's more powerful moves until two weak spots are destroyed, what would be enough time getting used to it, but it's actually arguably easier than his first form (in Sora's side). His attacks will be the same, but he will reveal his new stronger move:
Again, he will show his weak spot, and like before, it doesn't matter if you're hit by his attack or not, you'll be able to see all his four weak spots. Unlike before, however, he won't hide away after having one flashing dot eliminated, which allows you to use all the time you need.
Like mentioned before, after two weak spots are gone, things will get rough, and the battle will get harder, nothing too serious though. His attacks will change with lots of improvements:
He will stop performing the Rock Throw attack in the second phase, and doesn't use the Laser Grenade at all in this fight. It's a good idea to defeat the weak spots all at the same time. Since there's no need to defeat one per try, and it gets harder as you defeat each of them, it's better to try and destroy them as close to each other as possible.