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Cukeman ALttP sprite.png
Sprite of a Potatohead from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
Latest appearance Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda (2021)
Variant of Buzz Blob
“Huh? Did I say that?”
Cukeman, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages

Cukemen (variably parsed with the first letter either in capital or lowercase), previously known as Potatoheads, are a transformed version of Buzz Blob that acts the same as before, but can be spoken to. Usually, they only speak in non-sequiturs. They are distinguishable mainly by their bulging eyes.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Potatoheads are formed by putting Magic Powder on a Buzzblob and can appear in yellow or gray depending on their location. When spoken to, they will sing that Link needs to locate Sahasrahla. Once he does, they will instead cheer him for it.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

Cukeman LA sprite.png

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Cukemen are created the same way as before and now speak a cycle of repeating lines. In order, these are:

  • 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!

In the Nintendo Switch remake, Cukemen instead give hints on how to access the Color Dungeon.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages[edit]

In both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Cukemen are created by hitting a Buzz Blob with a Mystery Seed. This time, the lines are chosen at complete random and often make no sense at all, with them sometimes seemingly trying to order food from Link, sometimes threatening to stare at him, and sometimes expressing a desire to ride an airplane or take a tropical vacation. In alphabetical order, the lines are:

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノモス
Nomos, likely from ナマズ (Namazu, catfish), as catfish are often depicted with bulging eyes and lips as well as electrical abilities in Japanese media
Spanish Cukeman -
French Binoclard
Dutch Cukeman
German Wackelpeter
Russian вольтогуру
Korean 노모스
From Japanese name
Chinese (Simplified) 诺默斯
From Japanese name
Chinese (Traditional) 諾默斯
From Japanese name