The Death Worm has solid bright golden-brown skin with thorns on the surface, especially near the head. Its face has a wide brown mouth that it breathes and launch worm bullets from. Its body is highly flexible which allows it to burrow and pull its muscles.
Death Worms only appear in The Last Way and Black Comet. This enemy is a stronger, golden version of the Sand Worm. They are stronger and faster than regular annelids and are harder to kill. Its skin is invincible to any attacks, except at its mouth which is the weak spot. It has a Gold Worm Shooter, that locks on and shoots the enemy with enhanced bullets. It can also burrow on ground. It takes seven to eight hits to destroy from a Homing Attack.
- Kaizen Media Group (22 November 2005). "Enemies". Shadow the Hedgehog: Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 90. ISBN 978-0761551959.
- Doom's eye: The Worm's mucosal exterior is made to absorb all attacks.