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Cukeman
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Cukeman from Link's Awakening
and the Oracle games
Game(s)
Habitat(s)Fields
Forests

Cukeman,[1][2][3] also known as Potatohead in the SNES version of A Link to the Past,[4] is a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series. They are strange enemies that are the result when Link sprinkles Magic Powder or uses a Mystery Seed on a Buzz Blob, transforming it into this creature. Cukemen are notable as being able to converse with Link, and will usually give him confusing advice about the game and various things in it.

Since neither Four Swords Adventures, A Link Between Worlds, or Tri Force Heroes have Magic Powder or Mystery Seeds, Cukemen cannot be found anywhere in these games, despite the presence of Buzz Blobs.

Characteristics and Weaknesses

A Link to the Past

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In A Link to the Past, a Cukeman is the result when Link sprinkles Magic Powder on a Buzz Blob. Buzz Blobs appear close to the Witch's Hut, where Link exchanges the Magic Mushroom for the Magic Powder, making them good targets to practice using the Magic Powder on and thus discover their transformation. Link can speak with the Cukeman by carefully approaching it and pressing either the A or B-buttons. It will speak mostly about Sahasrahla and recommends that Link find him.[5][6] Cukemen, however, are still electrified and do not change their attack pattern, and will still shock Link if he strikes one with his Sword. Because of this, it is safer to approach and speak with a Cukeman by pressing the B-button, as Link will swing his Sword if he is not close enough.

Strangely, if a Cukeman is frozen with the Ice Rod or Ether Medallion, then smashed with the Magic Hammer, it will, instead of shattering, turn back into a Buzz Blob again.

In A Link to the Past & Four Swords, a Cukeman is the final answer in the Riddle Quest. It can be captured with the Bug Catching Net and stored in the Basket to bring back to Q. Bumpkin.

Quotes
Tra la la, look for Sahasrahla. ... ... ...
Oh yah, you found Sahasrahla! ... ... ... Good job, la la!

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Buzz Blobs are transformed into Cukemen after sprinkling them with Magic Powder. Their appearance is much different than the Cukemen in A Link to the Past, as they resemble Buzz Blobs with bulging eyes. One Buzz Blob also appears close to the Witch's Hut, which Link can practice using the Magic Powder on. The Cukemen in Link's Awakening talk about various things, usually nonsense.

Quotes
Hey Mon!
You know me, I like short names the best...
It can display millions of polygons!
I definitely need it, as soon as possible!

Oracle Series

In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Cukemen appear after using a Mystery Seed on a Buzz Blob. They appear identical to the Cukemen of Link's Awakening. They speak of various, nonsensical things, including wanting to go to a southern tropical island for a vacation.[7][8] Unlike the Cukemen of previous games, which speak phrases in a set order, the phrases that Cukemen in the Oracle games say are randomized.

Quotes
Feel my cold, steely gaze!!!
3 Large, 2 Regular.
Really? I mean, I knew that!
I'm so sleepy.
I want to ride a plane. Anywhere's fine.
I want a nice tropical vacation.
I wish I could go to a tropical southern island.
Huh? Did I say that?

Trivia

  • In Link's Awakening, one of the phases Cukeman says mentions an unnamed thing that can display "millions of polygons," and expresses needing it.[9][10] This might have been a reference to the Nintendo 64, which was in early development at the time of the game's release.
  • The German translator of Link's Awakening, Claude M. Moyse, hid some controversial jokes in the Cukemen's phrases. These phrases were replaced by more neutral ones in Link's Awakening DX.[11] The phrases are:
    • Never without a condom!
    • Do you have any sorrows, hardships or problems?
    • !STOP THE WAR! GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!!
    • Give me your juice, I'll give you mine...

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Italian Republic Italian Gommolo From "gomma" (gum)

References

  1. "You caught a cukeman!" — N/A (A Link to the Past & Four Swords)
  2. "Like his cousin, Cukeman delivers a powerful jolt. He also delivers nonsensical messages if you try talking to him." (Link's Awakening Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 95)
  3. "The tenth riddle is the most cryptic one yet. Search for the green foes near the Magic Shop and sprinkle them with Magic Powder. When one changes form, catch the Cukeman and return to the lumberjack for your prize!" (A Link to the Past & Four Swords Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 128)
  4. "The Buzzblob would be turned into a Potatohead by a sprinkle of Powder." (A Link to the Past Player's Guide (Nintendo), pg. 110)
  5. "Tra la la, look for Sahasrahla. ... ... ..." — Cukeman (A Link to the Past)
  6. "Oh yah, you found Sahasrahla! ... ... ... Good job, la la!" — Cukeman (A Link to the Past)
  7. "I wish I could go to a tropical southern island." — Cukeman (Oracle series)
  8. "I want a nice tropical vacation." — Cukeman (Oracle series)
  9. "It can display millions of polygons!" — Cukeman (Link's Awakening)
  10. "I definitely need it, as soon as possible!" — Cukeman (Link's Awakening)
  11. Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening, Schnittberichte.com.