Cat O' 9 Tails
A Cat O' 9 Tails (also spelled Cat o' 9 tails, Cat-O´-9-Tails and Cat-O’-Nine-Tails) is a blue cat with many tails and an enemy which only appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Its name is derived from the whip called "cat o' nine tails," although Cat O' 9 Tails only appears to have seven tails. Their name is likely also derived from the well-known myth of cats having nine lives. It is one of the game's few enemies that does not appear in Donkey Kong Land 2.
Cat O' 9 Tails are uncommon enemies that only appear in three levels: Mudhole Marsh, Screech's Sprint, and Fiery Furnace. If a Cat O' 9 Tails notices Diddy Kong and/or Dixie Kong, it will begin to rapidly twirl and move around, attempting to whip both Kongs with its tails. Cat O' 9 Tails are invulnerable to attack while they spin around, though after a while the Cat O' 9 Tails will collapse from dizziness. While dazed, the Kongs can defeat the Cat O' 9 Tails by jumping on its head or by rolling into it.
The Kongs must generally avoid a Cat O' 9 Tails while it spins around, lest they get caught in its tails. Should the Kongs get caught, the Cat O' 9 Tails will fling them upwards. While this allows the Kongs to collect out-of-reach items, this can also put them in danger, such as sending the Kongs flying into a hazard.
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