Cataquacks, also called Paihanas, Piahanas or Pihanas, are duck-like enemies that first appear in Super Mario Sunshine. They are known for violently catapulting Mario or other characters into the air. Blue Cataquacks are said to become nervous when confronted by strangers, but never want to harm them; however, a red variant called Chuhanas or Red Cataquacks will harm any strangers that are in their way. Their name may be based on the words catapult and quack, referring to their behavior and appearance (similar to a duck), respectively. Cataquacks, like Plungelos, resemble Wiggler segments, and are further connected by their similar location and Japanese names. Enemies with similar functions, called Heave-Hos, appear in Super Mario 64.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Sunshine
Cataquacks make their debut in Super Mario Sunshine, where they come in red or blue varieties. They walk aimlessly on the beach, but when they sense Mario nearby, they charge at him until he gets far enough away from them or they reach a ledge or water. If they make contact, they will use their beaks to forcefully hurl Mario into the air. This can be both helpful and harmful; Mario can sustain damage if he lands on the same ground from which he was launched, but can also reach platforms and coins he otherwise could not with normal jumps. Blue Cataquacks cannot damage Mario unless he touches them directly, but red ones can damage him through their catapult. If swarmed by red Cataquacks, Mario may become trapped in a loop of catapulting and suffer a large amount of damage.
Normally, Cataquacks are immune to all of Mario's direct attacks, but when sprayed with F.L.U.D.D., they will flip over and become stunned. During this time, Mario can jump on them to get a coin. If he sprays a stunned Cataquack, they will remain stunned for a longer time. When sprayed over sand, they will sink into it. Cataquacks can only be defeated by eating them with Yoshi, catapulting them into the air with the outburst of a nearby Dune Bud, or luring them towards water while using the Hover Nozzle.
Blue Cataquacks tend to be rather lazy, and will fall asleep if left undisturbed. According to an NPC on Gelato Beach, red Cataquacks are new to the area. As the player progresses through Gelato Beach's episodes, the number of red Cataquacks and Cataquacks in general increases, while the number of Blue Cataquacks decreases. By Episode 8, only one Blue Cataquack remains. In this episode, red Cataquacks swarm most of Gelato Beach, increasing the difficulty of bringing the watermelon to the Surf Cabana. If the watermelon hits a Cataquack, it is thrown upwards and destroyed when it hits the ground, leaving a coin behind.
Cataquacks can also appear in Sirena Beach during Episode 5. If King Boo spins three question marks on the slot machines, he may spit out two Blue Cataquacks that will disappear after a short time. A sub-species of Cataquacks called Plungelos appear as mini-bosses in Episode 2 of Gelato Beach.
Blue Cataquacks are one of the few enemies in the game confirmed to be native to Isle Delfino, as most of the others (presumably including Red Cataquacks) were created from Shadow Mario's graffiti. Despite this, both colors of Cataquacks appear to splatter when they are defeated via a Dune Bud.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, the blue variety of Cataquacks reappear in the Gold Leaf Galaxy and the Beach Bowl Galaxy. Mario uses them to fling him to high or out-of-reach places. Honeybees are seen to keep them as pets, fencing them in. In this game, they can only be defeated by luring them into the water, where they will vanish, but reappear shortly after (along with Koopa Troopas, they are the only enemies that respawn). If Mario spins their tail or ground pounds near them, they will be stunned for a few seconds. Unlike in Super Mario Sunshine, Cataquacks are completely harmless here. Additionally, these Cataquacks will jump and give out an excited squeak before chasing, rather than immediately approach Mario. They have a very slight redesign in that the yellow circles on their sides are now a defined ridge rather than simply a pattern, lessening the resemblance to Wiggler segments.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Cataquacks appear on the Peach Beach course. They are revealed to also come in purple and green varieties in addition to red and blue ones. They walk on the beach and target karts similarly to Super Mario Sunshine, but avoid the stone path in between the grass and the beach. If a kart runs into them, it is thrown upwards, removing all of its speed and making the drivers drop their items. Cataquacks can be temporarily knocked out by Green and Red Shells, as well as Lightning.
Mario Kart Arcade GP / Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mario Kart Wii
In Mario Kart Wii, Peach Beach and its Cataquacks return. In this game, exclamation points appear above their heads when they are alerted to passing karts. Additionally, the stone path between grass and sand is now able to be trespassed by Cataquacks, leaving karts vulnerable to an attack. When using Wi-Fi Connection or racing in a Time Trial, they will not give chase. New items such as the POW Block, Mega Mushroom, and Bullet Bill are also able to temporarily stun the Cataquacks.
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