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Hopefully someone's on here that can help me. For years I've had a strange fascination with this game, and I recently stumbled on an SNES copy. I've steadily been playing through Hard Mode. Up to now, I've had no problems figuring strategies out. But recently I got to the Ice Palace, and I cannot beat the flying, shielded jack hole mini-boss.
I did beat him once -- a fluke, it seems -- and haven't been able to duplicate the success. Of course, after I beat him I plummeted to my death, but that's besides the point. Any strategies for beating him? I haven't seen any consistency for when you can hit him from the front; magic is just as inconsistent, if not more, in my experience; getting behind him is tough, since he likes to jump into you to prevent it; and the clock is severely low when you reach him, so hit-and-run is a dubious prospect at best. The FAQ wasn't particularly helpful, save for evasion strats. Please, help me to continue appreciating this game.