Hoodstormers appear as legless Hoodlums that wear pilot glasses, attached to a propeller which allows them to stay constantly airborne. They attack Rayman from distance and often fly backwards to prevent him from getting too close. They fire three consecutive shots per round with a powerful gun box, similar to that of the Heckler, which is strapped to the back of the Hoodlum and is operated in the same way: when the chain is pulled, consecutive shots will be fired at any given direction. Notably, they can move around while firing the shots.
Hoodstormers can only be defeated with lateral punches, as they can dodge regular shots by vertical movement. They first appear in the Land of the Livid Dead, and feature in most following levels. In the Hoodlum Headquarters, Hoodstormers are also released by the Horrible Machine, two at a time.
A Hoodstormer also appears in the minigame Commando, where he is the mini-boss of the second stage and takes only three hits from Razoff's gun to defeat.
A much weaker version of Hoodstormers appears in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3, in Hoodlum Hideout, where they swoop out from above randomly, shoot only two shots and only take one hit to defeat, in a similar fashion to space pirates and bomber clowns from the original game. There are only three of these in the entire game.
Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge also features Hoodstormers. They are noticeably weaker and fire pellet shots instead of their regular gun shots.