Artwork of Pooka from Dig Dug II.
Originally, Pookas were enemies in the game Dig Dug, but later became recurring characters in Pac-Man's games. A Pooka made its debut in a Pac-Man title in Pac-Man World, and Pookas first served as enemies in Pac-Man World 2.
In Dig Dug, Pookas idly walk around underground tunnels. They are capable of phasing through the terrain in order to get closer to the protagonist, Taizo Hori; in this intangible state, only the Pookas' goggles are visible. Taizo Hori can defeat Pookas by pumping them with air, causing them to inflate until they eventually burst.
As a Smash Run enemy
Pookas appear as enemies in Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. They attack by ambushing fighters from underground or through walls, though their goggles are visible even when they are inside the terrain. When they attack, they do not deal any damage but are capable of disrupting fighters by knocking them over. When attacked they inflate until they pop, damaging nearby enemies. If they are not attacked while they are in an inflated state, they will gradually deflate until they return to normal.
As a moveset element
The Pooka trophy is exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
- These little monsters from the Dig Dug series like to jump around and throw themselves into people. They'll burrow through the ground to protect themselves from attacks as they approach. If you do manage to hit one, it'll puff up, growing with each attack until it explodes. Try hitting enemies with its explosion!
- These little monsters from the Dig Dug series like to jump around and throw themselves into people. They'll burrow through the ground to protect themselves from attacks while they approach you. If you do manage to hit one, it'll puff up, then eventually explode! Try using the blast to damage other enemies.
- Though almost never seen, Pooka do have a tumbling animation built into them. They would need to be hit by an extremely weak attack such as Luigi's down taunt, Cloud's Finishing Touch or a cannonball by another small enemy to tumble, and not inflate.
- Despite Pookas becoming part of the Pac-Man series, they are placed in the Other section of the trophy gallery. This is very likely due to their Dig Dug origins.
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