A lot of giant octopuses in videogames fight the same way. They will face you in the center of a circular arena, use two of the CombatTentacles to restrict you to a small portion of the arena, whip with other tentacles, and have a spit projectile (often some kind of blinding ink). Needs not be an octopus, but does need to be similar.

TentacleRope is often involved.



[[folder: Action Adventure ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', The Ocean Temple boss.
** As well, in all ''Zelda'' games, there are plant bosses, fought shortly after gaining the boomerang, or less commonly [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime inside a giant fish]]. They use tentacles, whip at you, trip you, use the tentacles to smash the ground, and on occasion spit. Naturally, you need to cut them down and [[OnceAnEpisode stab them in the eye]].
* There is a monster in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' who burrows his tentacle-arms and grapples with them.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': The [[EldritchAbomination Elder god]].
* Poison Ivy in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' tries this.


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* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'': Echidna.


[[folder: First Person Shooter ]]

* The [[SequentialBoss first form of Emperor Ing]] in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' does the standard whipping attacks, but can also stab Samus through portals.
* The final boss in ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands}}''.


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* Several bosses from the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games fight like this.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicRush Adventure'', you fight the Ghost Kraken on a ring-shaped platform, with it in the center. It likes to spit ink [[InterfaceScrew at the camera]]. It also likes to grab the platform with two tentacles, restricting you to a fourth of the platform, while it sweeps the ground with the others, [[TacticalSuicideBoss including the one that has its weak point.]]
* Big Squiddy in ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' attacks this way, but the only projectile is the occasional boulder.
* King Kaliente in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' acts a bit like this, at least the centre of the arena, projectile spit and dangerous tentacles part.
** There's a cephalopod boss named Gooper Blooper in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' who attacks like this.
** A [[KingMook giant]] Blooper fills out this role in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''. The octopus is sitting on a rock ledge and just sits there slapping its tentacle to impede your passage through the tunnel.
* Averted in ''[[VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2]]'', where the octopus boss doesn't try to restrict your movement; instead, you avoid its tentacles as you swim around the arena, trying to shoot all the tentacles and expose its weak point.


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* The Forgotten One boss in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne'' attacks by spawning tentacles from the ground. Since they have melee range, they end up next your units, so you end up literally Surrounded By Tentacles while the boss spits fire at you.
* [[spoiler:Zurvan]] in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' fights at the center of a semicircular arena, sending his tentacles to crash down on you two at a time. However, you benefit from CrosshairAware, making this one of the easier bossfights.

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero'', the marsh boss.
* The Tentacle bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy VI}}'' aren't quite this trope as its described, but at the same time the battlefield is your characters standing on the tentacles as well as fighting them.
** Ultros, on the other hand, does have an Ink attack but otherwise averts the trope.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': the Brood Mother.
* King Kalamari in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'' averts this in a variety of ways. First, you progress toward its head, fighting two waves of three tentacles and then the head and the two remaining tentacles. It only needs one tentacle to restrict control of a party member, tossing them into the air for a few turns, then dumping them back on you with a Weakness ailment. It does have an ink spit but that's also a common enemy attack in the game.
* Octomammoth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' actually loses tentacles as it takes damage.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Averted in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first game]]. You'd think Ursula, who ''does'' occasionally use TypicalTentacleTactics in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', would use them here; but when she goes giant size she doesn't use her tentacles at all. You just swim around keyblading her in the face, while trying not to get bitten or zapped.
** Played straight in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Re: Chain of Memories]], where she uses her tentacles to smack you around the stage before coming close enough that you can attack her face.
* The Kraken boss in ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}''.
* The Kayran in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' is a fairly straight example of this kind of boss. Its immobility is justified by the fact that it's under a paralyzing spell that allows you to fight it in the first place, and its inability to retreat makes it extra mad. Unusually it keeps its tentacles out of reach for most of the time, forcing you to use a magic sign to temporarily trap them to the ground as it strikes you in order to do any damage. It also spits sticky poison and throws rocks.


[[folder: Survival Horror ]]

* Though not a squid, Ramon Salazar, after his "ritual" from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' certainly pulls this off. And be careful with those tentacle arms; one of the attacks is a One Hit Kill.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' plays this trope pretty straight, including the "forming an arena by cutting off all escape routes with my tentacles."