An Aparoid Hatcher is an Aparoid unit that spawns more Aparoids in Star Fox: Assault. They can spawn normal crawlers or shelled aparoids. If Fox touches one, he will take a little damage. During the Aparoid Invasion, Hatchers were vital to maintaining Aparoid control over targeted areas, because they could easily spawn a number of Aparoids in a short amount of time. Destruction of the Hatchers was carried out by the Star Fox Team in various missions; as a result, the Aparoids would retreat from situations where they didn't have Hatchers to negate combat loses.