Cue Ball is a mini-boss in Link's Awakening.[note 1]
Cue Ball first appeared as a mini-boss in the water-filled labyrinth of Angler's Tunnel. The front of its body is heavily armored and cannot be harmed. The only weak point on its body is their tender backside, which Link must exploit with the edge of his sword. This is easiest done by waiting for it to pass by and striking from the side, but it is also possible for him to chase it down with the Pegasus Boots. Upon each hit, Cue Ball will spin and change direction. It is possible for Link to equip the Roc's Feather and leap over Cue Ball as he passes beneath Link in the longer straightaways and then strike him. Once defeated, Link will gain access to the Flippers.
Cue Ball later returns in Turtle Rock. While it behaves the same as its aquatic variation, it now swims around a pool of lava, making the battle considerably more challenging for Link. In this dungeon, Cue Ball guards the room where the Nightmare Key is hidden.
- Cue Ball is known as ヒップループホバー (Hiploop Hover) in Japanese, connecting it to both Helmasaurs (known as ヒップループ (Hiploop) in Japanese) and Water Tektites (known as ホーバー (Hover) in Japanese). It shares its armored head and weak behind with Helmasaurs. Both enemies appear in the Angler's Tunnel along with Cue Ball.
- In Ocarina of Time, Big Octo is very similar in weakness, with its backside being the weak point. However, there is the extra step of hitting it with the boomerang in order to make the spot open revealing a green attack point.
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Link fighting Cue Ball in Angler's Tunnel
- ↑ Cue Ball is also known as Water Cephalopod in the Angler's Tunnel and as Fire Cephalopod in Turtle Rock on Zelda.com. However, as these contradict its name in Encyclopedia, these names are no longer considered Canon.
- ↑ "Cue Ball
This octopus-like miniboss appears in the Angler's Tunnel. It charges around the room, impervious to attacks from the front. Link must find a way to strike it from behind." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 172)
- ↑ "Water Cephalopod
Link encountered the Water Cephalopod while exploring the Angler's Tunnel on Koholint Island. This creature is believed to belong to the Octorok family due to its bulbous head, multiple legs, and backside vulnerability." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), retrieved September 28, 2018.
- ↑ "Fire Cephalopod
Link encountered the Fire Cephalopod while exploring the Turtle Rock Dungeon on Koholint Island. This creature is believed to belong to the Octorok family due to its bulbous head, multiple legs, and backside vulnerability." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), retrieved September 28, 2018.