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A boss usually found in 2D platforming games or as just a stage hazard, the Octoboss is just too damn big to fit on the screen all at once. What's a developer to do? Why, make it grab at you through holes in the walls, of course!

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Proposed By:
Foxtrope on Nov 14th 2017 at 2:37:09 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Nov 16th 2017 at 2:31:29 AM
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A boss usually found in 2D platforming games or as just a stage hazard, the Octoboss is just too damn big to fit on the screen all at once. What's a developer to do? Why, make it grab at you through holes in the walls, of course! It uses arms, vines, robotic wires, anything prehensile. The Octoboss comes in two flavors: the first one being that it jabs at you through said holes and sometimes tossing enemies, and then it shows its weak point, and the second being that the arms are the weak point. You just have to chip away at its health when it attacks.


Examples:

  • The Kraken bosses in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse count as this before they turn red. You merely have to dash into the tentacles after the spikes retract.
  • The Irate 8 level in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is this, mixed with Rise to the Challenge .
  • The multi-legged battlemech in Guardian Rock in Sonic Forces counts as the obstacle variant, due to it using its legs like crushers throughout the stage.
  • The Big Blooper midboss fight in Super Paper Mario counts as both variants, as it sticks its tentacles out of the water before you reach it to try and harm you, while in the fight you have to keep swimming and only drop when it shows a red tentacle, which is its weak point.

Feedback: 6 replies

Nov 14th 2017 at 4:51:43 PM

Added links and italics for the examples.

Nov 14th 2017 at 5:36:23 PM

Misleading title. Sounds like it should be for any video game boss modeled after an octopus, or a boss with a number 8 theme.

Nov 17th 2017 at 6:26:05 AM

Assuming this turns out to be tropable: the Laconic is supposed to be a short description of the trope, not a large portion of the Description.

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