Ball and Chain Trooper
A Link to the Past [show]
Link's Awakening [show]
Oracle of Seasons [show]
Oracle of Ages [show]
Four Swords [show]
Four Swords Adventures [show]
Tower of Flames
Temple of Darkness
The Ice Temple
Realm of the Heavens
Palace of Winds
The Minish Cap [show]
A Link Between Worlds[show]
A Link to the Past
Link first encounters this enemy as the mini-boss of the first part of the game in Hyrule Castle's Dungeon, guarding Princess Zelda's cell. This enemy also appears later in the game when Link revisits Hyrule Castle after getting the Master Sword.
The most effective method to defeat a Ball and Chain Trooper is to throw jars at it. It takes just two jars to defeat one. Link can also incorporate a hit and run tactic. Run to it, hit it, and run before its swinging ball and chain has a chance to hit Link. Ball and Chain Troopers take several hits, but taking his time with a hit and run tactic is better than all-out-attacking, since it can quickly kill Link if he does this.
The Ball and Chain Trooper, known as the Knight, is a mini-boss found only once in Kanalet Castle. Link must defeat him, as he guards one of the Golden Leaves that he must retrieve. This enemy can be a difficult foe due to its long-range weapon. Before attacking, it will swing the ball and chain above its head slightly faster than normal. It is best to move in to attack it as soon as it pulls back its weapon. The Spin Attack is an effective strategy, since Link has plenty of time to charge it while waiting for him to attack. A few other methods to defeat him include the long range arrows which can do wonders here. You can also throw a bomb towards him to defeat him.
Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Ball and Chain Troopers are called Ball and Chain Soldiers in this game. They can be found in the Palace of Winds and Dark Hyrule Castle. They will swing their spiked ball and chain in a circle while slowly walking around, and will hurl it at Link when he is in range. Link can use his shield to protect himself from the ball. Once they swing it out at Link, he will have a few seconds to run up and strike them.
|Ball & Chain Soldier|
|Appears in the Palace of Winds and Dark Hyrule Castle. They're not fast but that iron ball is a bruiser! Try to hit them after they swing the ball.|
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A Link Between Worlds
Ball and Chain Troopers are first encountered within the upper floors of Hyrule Castle. They appear like their predecessors from A Link Between Worlds, in which they will whip around a large ball and chain. Link can quickly run in and deliver a sword slash to attack the enemy, or use a long range weapon to prevent taking damage.
In Lorule Castle, more powerful Ball and Chain Troopers can be found. These soldiers are donned in dark armor and carry a ball and chain that is lit on fire. These enemies are much more difficult to defeat, but the Ice Rod can be effective in stunning them to get a few hits in at a time.
Gold Ball and Chain Trooper from A Link to the Past
Ball and Chain Trooper Sprite from Link's Awakening