Cebalrai was a species of reptile created artificially onboard the Ozymandias. An successful attempt to create a life-form able to adapt to extremely hostile environments, it was the end of MTHR 248's experimentation, though only one is known to have been born. It was named after the star Beta Ophiuchi, traditionally known as Cebalrai.
Following the deaths of all human occupants on the Ozymandias from radiation poisoning, MTHR 248 complied with Captain Sakota Evans' wishes to clone the crew. However, finding humans too weak to withstand cosmic radiation, the AI began infusing the clone embryos with more resilient dinosaur genes kept in storage thanks to the efforts of the 21st century Noah's Ark Plan. Continuing the journey to A2, several species of human-reptile hybrids were created to be a more versatile colonial body. Cebalrai was created as the second attempt into creating a species capable of surviving in vacuum, following the failure with Australis.
Though it did almost kill S.O.A.R. member Patrick Tyler in the Deck Sector, the creature was first properly encountered later at the Center Duct Interior, when it surprised Patrick; Sonya Hart and a "Caren" android. In the fight, the Caren android tried to kill Cebalrai by luring it to unstable flooring. However, the creature successfully escaped the ship and attacked a shuttle departing the Ozymandias. There it was defeated by the "Final Wasp" and sent flying aimlessly in Earth orbit.
As with the Australis, Cebalrai is capable of releasing a strong bio-electric field to stun its prey. However, it does not have the ability to regain health like the aforementioned Australis. While the Australis can send a great wave of electric power over great distance, the Cebalrai is only capable of releasing the electric power to the front, damaging anything in its path. Unlike the other creatures in Dino Crisis 3, the Cebalrai can stretch its necks.
The Cebalrai is highly reminiscent of the Giganotosaurus. It possessed two heads similar to a Carcharodontosaurid, two tails, large body and powerful legs. Like in its younger Rigel form, Cebalrai is capable of undergoing further metamorphosis by way of growing a third head (only in the final battle).
Like other large dinosaurs, the Cebalrai will often try to bite the player with its powerful jaws. Possessing two heads, it will be able to attack more often. It can also release electric blasts like Australis, though its own attacks are essentially more powerful.
In the first boss stage, it is recommended that players simply run away from it and continue to the Engine Sector, where it will stumble into a shaft in a cutscene.
In its second boss stage, players must simply fire at the Cebalrai to stop it from getting closer. WASPs can also help distract the beast while the player charges any laser-based weapons. Once its health is largely depleted, the Final WASP is available for use to defeat the creature.
- DINO CRISIS 3 PERFECT ALIVE GUIDE. Capcom: Famitsu. 2003.