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A Water Tektite from Tri Force Heroes
Cove of Transition
Water Temple (Tri Force Heroes)
Den of Trials
The Water Tektite is a water strider-like monster that first appeared in the Swamp Palace of A Link to the Past. Despite their name, their similarities to Tektites are primarily to the four spider-like legs which they use to balance on the water using surface tension. They are not known to hop, or to leave the water. Water Tektites in A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds have a segmented body with a large mouth and no visible eyes, while those that appeared in Link's Awakening and the Oracle games have one single eye, giving them a closer resemblance to Tektites, and appears to be how they received their name.
Appearances and Characteristics
A Link to the Past
Appearing only in the Swamp Palace, they usually live in groups on shallow and deep water and move in diagonal motions towards Link as he attempts to get past. It usually appears in groups of three, and if they congregate around an entrance into to the water they can be hard to get past. While not that dangerous on their own, not being overly strong, they often appear alongside the more dangerous Pirogusu and Kyameron and other traps, so should still be treated with caution. If they appear on deep water they cannot usually be harmed from the land by normal means.
In Link's Awakening they have a blue coloration and one large eye, but are otherwise similar in behavior to their previous appearance. They move in diagonal motions and appear in the Angler's Tunnel and Catfish's Maw, but do not actively home in on Link like those in the previous game. Like those from A Link to the Past, they are unable to jump and never leave the water.
Oracle of Seasons & Oracle of Ages
In Oracle of Seasons they appear out in the open for the first time, found primarily around Spool Swamp, skating around Goponga Flowers. In Oracle of Ages they can be found throughout the Mermaid's Cave. In these games they have a green appearance, but otherwise are largely identical to their appearance in Link's Awakening.
A Link Between Worlds
Much like those in A Link to the Past, Water Tektites in A Link Between Worlds appear solely in the Swamp Palace of Lorule. While they don't appear in as many numbers as those in A Link to the Past, their behavior is similar. They are a little weaker than their counterparts in A Link to the Past, not causing as much damage on contact. They appear largely identical to their original form, but now have some antennae or eyestalks on top of the main part of their body.
Tri Force Heroes
- 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.
- Blue Tektites are commonly confused for Water Tektites due to them sharing the ability to stand on water. Blue Tektites only ever move by hopping, however, and are a separate creature.
- The Water Tektites that appeared in Level 2 of Ancient Stone Tablets, were slightly weaker than in A Link to the Past.
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