|“Early accounts of the mythical city of Shintaro claimed that the mountains surrounding it were home to a vicious species of bat, called the Dire Bat.”|
|— Zane talking about the Dire Bats, "Shintaro"|
Dire Bats are aerial bat-like creatures that live near Shintaro Mountain.
Along their way to the Kingdom of Shintaro, the Dire Bats attack the Destiny's Bounty and even carries the Ninja such as Jay. In the end, they leave, but the Bounty is destroyed and is about to fall, but the Winged Guards of Shintaro lift the Bounty.
While Cole is hanging off a cliff, one Dire Bat grabs Cole, but another Dire Bat fights for him. Cole then falls, but a third one takes him and starts flying away. Eventually, Cole manages to break free and hides in a cave, but the Dire Bat for some reason retreats.
Eventually, Cole gets the Fire Stone Mech under control, but not before nearly running over several people. Even though they are ready to move on, Vania doesn't feel up to the challenge of facing her father. When they make it through the roller coaster section of the cave, they realize they may encounter the Lava Monster again. To get away from the beast they awaken the Dire Bats. Fungus and Korgran fight off the bat-like creatures.
Unlike smaller bats, Dire Bats are very large and tower over most humans. Their fur is coated white while possessing sharp canines. They also possess long wings which resemble a bat, but also a extended tail and immense hands which can be used to carry anything.