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Parasitic Tentacle

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Parasitic Tentacle
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011)
Variant of Bari

Parasitic Tentacles, also written as Parasitic Tentacles? are the giant appendages of Barinade in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Three Parasitic Tentacles can be found inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly, coming in red, blue, and green and being fought in that order. Each one blocks paths in the dungeon with its electrically charged middle, and as such the tips must be located and fought. Each tip is found in one of the rooms of Lord Jabu-Jabu's tail. The tips are not electrified, though they still act as giant, blunt clubs which can slam into Link to throw him back. To attack them, Link needs to throw his Boomerang at the thin area located a short distance from the tip. When they are attacked, they will withdraw temporarily to avoid further hits, but will come back out to hit Link if he draws close by again. Four hits with the boomerang causes the tip to separate from the rest of the tentacle and splatter across the ground while the rest of the tentacle withdraws, opening the paths that were blocked. The other ends of the tentacles are destroyed during the first section of Barinade's fight, where they must be cut with one Boomerang hit each to dislodge it from the ceiling.

In the original version of the game and all versions built directly off it, the Parasitic Tentacles during the Barinade fight are all pink. In Ocarina of Time 3D, however, they are color-coded as they are elsewhere in the dungeon. The tentacles are also redesigned to have rings of spikes surrounded by red lines on the tentacles' tips, while the weak points have been made a more conspicuous lighter color. Also in the original, the ceiling and parts of the walls of the room each tentacle is fought in is mostly the same color as the tentacle, though in the remake, the walls and ceilings use the chromatic inverse of each tentacle's color (i.e., the red tentacle has a green room).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 寄生虫の触手?
Kiseichū no Shokushu?
Parasites' Tentacles?
French Tentacule Parasite?
German Parasiten-Tentakel
Chinese (Simplified) 寄生触须虫?
Chinese (Traditional) 寄生觸須蟲?