Basic Abilities
Raziel crouching in Soul Reaver 2
Introduced in Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
Classification basic ability / term
Wielded by Raziel
Effect *Allows Crawling, Crouch-Jumping and Dropping weapons.
*Icon-SR1Allows Block-flipping.
*Wiki-Icon-SR2Combat applications.
Appearances Icon-SR1Wiki-Icon-SR2

Crouching, sometimes referred to as Crawling was a basic ability used by Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Soul Reaver 2.


Crouching was an innate ability featured in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Soul Reaver 2, used by pressing a 'crouch' button it allowed Raziel to bend down on one knee and lower his center of gravity to reach greater heights. Crouching had a number of varying applications.

In Soul Reaver, Raziel would drop to one knee when the crouch button was pressed and would crawl forwards if the direction buttons were pressed in conjunction. Whilst crawling, Raziel would not fall off cliff edges, making it useful for lining up jumps. Whilst crouching, Raziel could jump to execute a higher crouch-jump, which was useful for reaching high ledges or exiting water-filled areas whilst swimming. Crouching could also be used to flip blocks, turning them over and Raziel could also put down any standard weapons he was carrying whilst crouching.[SR1][1][2][3]

Crouching returned in Soul Reaver 2 with crawling, crouch-jumping and putting-down weapons returning as its primary uses, but it could no longer be used to flip blocks. The most significant change for Soul Reaver 2 was the introduction of crouching into the combat repertoire, allowing Raziel to duck high enemy attacks and perform a number of low attacks.[SR2][4][5]

In Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the crouching mechanic was removed altogether and Raziel could only jump to one height.


Raziel crouching in SR1


In Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Raziel has an idle animation which features him crouching and tracing out his clan symbol in the dirt, before wiping it out[SR1][SR2](symbolizing the apparent fate of his clan), despite Defiance not featuring a distinct crouching ability.[DEF]



  1. Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (US version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
  2. Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (UK version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
  3. Icon-Prima Prima Games / Mel Odom. Prima's Official Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Guide. (1999)
  4. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Soul Reaver 2 manual. Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (October 31, 2001) Download.
  5. Icon-Prima Prima Games / Demian Linn and David Hodgson. Prima's Official Soul Reaver 2 Guide. (2001)

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