Written by Jonathan Wojcik with the aid of With the Will, Digimon Wiki and Wikimon


Garudamon was always my personal least favorite of Biyomon's original evolutions, but in light of so many even more humanoid and just generally underwhelming designs that have arisen since, I feel like I can look back with a lot more appreciation for the big, buff birdwoman.

Anyway, a "Garuda" is more of an Eastern concept, but Garudamon X is clearly wearing more of a Native American headdress, and wielding an entire totem pole as a weapon. I'm sorry (not really) to those who feel that any acknowledgment of possible cultural insensitivity is already too much acknowledgment, but I think this is a case you have to admit is, at best, a little hokey and naive, though I guess Japanese artists would have a lot less context to grasp why that would be.

Removed from all that and just taken at face value, this design is undeniably "cool looking," and I think the most important part is the entire cow skull as a codpiece. That is exactly what a massive, ripped as hell eagle would do as a cow skull, and you know it.