The Skeleton Athlete runs at great speed toward the player until they either bump into them or into a wall, after which they'll crumble. It's not possible to get their drop items if they kill themselves this way.
The more rare (and hidden) Skeleton Medalist runs even faster and is harder to kill. It drops the Bear Ring, which enables Nathan to transform into BearTank, who features a completely different moveset. This enemy can only be found in the big chasm where Nathan falls at the beginning of the game. Along this long drop there's a breakable wall on the left side (marked by a darker shade in the background). The ceiling of this hidden room can also be destroyed, giving access to another hidden room where the Skeleton Medalist is found.
One method to defeat the Skeleton Medalist is as follows:
- Break the ceiling inside this secret room.
- Position Nathan at the right edge of the screen.
- Start running to the left, jump and activate the Roc Wing in midair leftward (not straight up) to enter the hole on the ceiling.
- Once at the room above, execute another jump before hitting the ground and strike the Skeleton Medalist before it manages to bump into the wall.
|Item Data: Skeleton Athlete|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Clothes made of cotton|| Body (Clothes)|
| DEF +20|| Drop: Skeleton Athlete, Zombie, Fleaman, Hopper, Mudman, Mummy|
|The Griffin is said to have the head and wings of a Eagle and body of a lion. Has the power of Wind.|| Attribute Card|
| Attrib: Wind|| Drop: Skeleton Athlete (0.75%), Siren (2%)|
|Useless ring.|| Arm (Ring)|
| (none)|| Drop: Evil Pillar, Skeleton Medalist|
|Ring with the curse of the bear.|| Arm (Ring)|
| STR -100, DEF -100, INT -100, LCK -100|| Drop: Skeleton Medalist|| Effect: Transform into Bear with Pluto + Black Dog DSS cards|