Pooka

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Pooka
SSB4 3DS Pooka.jpg
A Pooka in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
First Appearance Dig Dug (1982)
Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005, Mario series)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, Mario series)

Pookas are common enemies from the Dig-Dug series. They are balloon-like enemies with goggles and wind-up feet. In their game of origin, they can easily be defeated with a few pumps of the main character's (known as Taizo Hori) air hose. Despite this origin, Pookas also make frequent appearances in Pac-Man games.

Pookas appear as an special item in Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. The Pooka item is exclusive to, and can only be used by Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man. It can be shot forwards or backwards, and damage other players.

Additionally, Pookas appear as enemies in the Smash Run mode in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. They hop around aimlessly, only pushing the player back if they connect. They swell up when attacked, and take a few hits to fully defeat. They then leave a popping effect that does slight damage to other Smash Run enemies and causes an exploding chain reaction when near other Pookas. Hoards of them spawn as one of the events in Smash Run. Pac-Man also has the chance of a Pooka appearing in his Namco Roulette Taunt.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy information[edit]

Name Image Description
Pooka PookaTrophy3DS.png NA: 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!

PAL: 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.