“De ne, de ne, ne ne, de ne, de ne de ne”. The sounds one hears before true terror arrives.
By terror, I mean the kind of terror that a kid can become when exacting trouble upon a neighbor. Nothing but anger and frustration comes across me when I see these little monsters. They come in endless groups across mountains, fields, strongholds and caves. They are armed with pitchforks and wear nothing but a dumb grin. These little terrors are known as the Miniblins of Wind Waker.
These enemies seemingly have only one goal: poking Link with their pitchforks. Whenever a Miniblin jabs Link, the hit briefly stings him, creating an opening for a larger enemy to take a swing at Link while he is stuck. The Miniblins also serve an annoying purpose of interrupting the player. Any forced stop — no matter how brief — can cause a great amount of frustration because it can interrupt the player’s flow. Link himself only takes minor damage from these enemies, but the frustration they cause is very real.
My main memories of these enemies involve two islands’ secret grottos.
Shark Island’s secret grotto: These enemies will appear throughout most of the fight. Any hit they land allows another enemy to prepare a more powerful attack and fling Link across the room. The amount of times a Moblin or Darknut has been able to land a hit on me because of the Miniblin is insane. The only joy I get here is seeing these enemies accidentally killing nearby Miniblins.
Boating Course’s secret grotto: The player must use either the bow or the boomerang to activate three switches. This simple task becomes difficult as an endless stream of Miniblins appears with the purpose of tossing me out of the first-person view. The first time I did this secret grotto, my mind rotted into madness.
Essentially, the Miniblins’ true purpose is to troll players. They are weak enemies with a weak attack; they often appear infinitely and only serve to interrupt the player. The hate I have for these enemies is very real. In past playthroughs, I have found myself entering the Boating Course secret grotto with the sole purpose of taking revenge upon the Miniblins; my frustration runs as infinitely as they appear. The Submarine Chart obtained for beating the section is only an added bonus at this point.