Bokoblin

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Bokoblin
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A Red Bokoblin from Skyward Sword

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Bokoblins are a common enemy found within The Legend of Zelda series. They appear as large rat-like creatures and come in a variety of colors. These enemies will often wield weapons and will attempt to attack Link if he comes within their range of sight. They appear in the most recent game, Skyward Sword, and are this time more Moblin looking.

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Appearances

The Wind Waker

Wind Waker Bokoblin Art
Bokoblins make their debut appearance in The Wind Waker. They are a simple enemy that are fairly easy to kill, being the first enemy Link fights in the game. They come in 3 variations: Blue, Green, and Pink. They will occasionally drop Joy Pendants after being defeated. Alternatively, Link can use his Grappling Hook to steal their Joy Pendants.

Blue Variation

The Blue Variation is the simplest one, as Link can find them weaponless, and thus, defenseless. If they are holding a weapon, it is either a Boko Stick, or a large sword.

Green Variation

The Green Variation is stronger than the blue, as they wield large swords and have shields, which they use to block with.

Pink Variation

Twilight Princess Bokoblin
The Pink Variation is probably the weakest kind of them all, as the only weapon that it carries is a telescope. These Bokoblins are only found on watch towers or rafts around the Great Sea.

Twilight Princess

The Bokoblins featured in Twilight Princess come in two variants: the Red Bokoblins and the Purple Bokoblins. They are mostly the same, the only difference being the Red one can restain a lot more hits than the Purple one.

Purple Bokoblins are fairly common towards the beginning of the game, due to their simplistic behavious. They have long swords and will directly run at Link. The best way to defeat them is just slashing them with the sword, but bombs, arrows and many other items will do just fine. Red Bokoblins act the same and are found in the same areas, but they also can withstand much more damage, including multiple Spin Attacks. The recommend method of attack is to knock them down with a larger strike, Jump Attack, Spin Attack, or Back Slice, and then using the Ending Blow to finish them off. When in groups, the Jump Strike will kill them in one hit, and is thus the most useful way to attack a group.

Bokoblins can be found in the Faron Woods, Forest Temple, Hyrule Field, Kakariko Gorge, Cave of Ordeals, and Hyrule Castle.

Skyward Sword

Bokoblins have a much different visual look in Skyward Sword, taking on a more Moblin-like appearance. Some of them have small caps on top of their heads, wear bandannas or masks, and sometimes even have beards. These differences do not seem to have an effect on how they battle. They also have an apparent affinity for exotic undergarments.[1]

Bokoblins are common enemies, found in almost every location throughout the game. When they detect Link's presence (except for the Archer Bokoblins), they will sprint towards him and strike at him with their weapons. Some also hold horns which they will blow to call out reinforcements. These are the most common enemy in the game, and are found in every region.

Red Bokoblin

The Red Bokoblin is the standard Bokoblin. They are most common and the weakest. They come in three different types: normal ones that wield swords or clubs, Archers, and Leaders.

Normal
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Target lock: Red Bokoblin

These monsters have plagued the land
since ancient times. They each play
different roles, and their weaponry
varies. They prefer to act in groups.
None of them are intelligent by any
definition of the word. Curiously, they
seem to have a mysterious obsession
with fashionable undergarments.

This version of the Red Bokoblin has two black horns on its head and wears a leather vest & loincloth. Normal Bokoblins wield rusty machete-like swords when found in Faron Woods and a club covered in spiny green vines when found around Eldin Volcano and block Link's slashes. They will move the sword from left to right, or hold it up, blocking directional attacks from Link's blade.

There are two main ways to defeat this type. Link can preform a carefully timed shield bash when they attack staggering them making an opening in their defense. This way is only useful when facing a single Bokoblin.

The second method of defeating them is taking the offensive and attacking the area that is not blocked by its weapon. This is a better tactic when facing multiple enemies because hitting a Bokoblin also staggers them leaving them open for additional attacks.

They will occasionally drop Ornamental Skulls or Golden Skulls when defeated.

Red Bokoblin (Leader)


Leader
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Target lock: Red Bokoblin (Leader)

As a symbol of its leadership, this
creature wraps a cloth around its head.
This visually communicates that it is
more dominant than other Bokoblins.
It can call its underlings to arms
using its horn.

Red Bokoblin Leaders have the same look and tactics as the sword Bokoblins, the only difference being the blue cap it wears and the horn it carries.[2] If a Leader spots Link it will utilize its horn as an alarm calling for backup. In the beginning, the only way to get rid of this horn is to kill the leader. However, once Link has completed the Ancient Cistern and obtained the Whip, he can now use it to steal the horn from the Leader's waist belt. This does not kill the Bokoblin; it simply steals the horn.

They will occasionally drop a Monster Horn when defeated.

Archer

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Target lock: Red Bokoblin (Archer)

These are Red Bokoblins that carry
bows capable of knocking down distant
targets.

Though not obvious from their outward
appearance, their aim is quite deadly.

Archers are characterized by a skull cap and a bandanna covering its mouth. Every different colored Bokoblin archer behaves generally the same way. When they spot Link they will raise an alarm much like the Bokoblin Leaders. Archers attack from a distance.[3] Although the archers range can be dangerous early on in the game, it only takes one hit to take them out.

Archer Bokoblins are often found atop towers. Link can use bombs to destroy the towers, bringing the Bokoblins down with them. Unlike the other Bokoblins they will not sprint towards Link, but will instead shoot arrows at him. They are pretty much defenseless in close quarter combat, usually only requiring a single sword strike.

Cursed Bokoblin

Cursed Bokoblin

Main article: Cursed Bokoblin
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Target lock: Cursed Bokoblin

This horrifying Bokoblin reanimates
after death. Analysis indicates it fears
pure, shiny items and will startle at
the sight of a sacred shield
.
It is able to reanimate purely through
its hatred of this world...and its
attachment to outlandish underpants.

A new variation known as the Cursed Bokoblin are zombified enemies found within the underground section of the Ancient Cistern. They are much slower than the normal variation and do not have a sword to block Link's attacks. However, they're much tougher than they look, as they can take a seemingly endless amount of hits from Link's sword. The most efficient way to kill them is by using the Fatal Blow once they have been knocked down. Also, when Link brandishes any of the shields in the Sacred Shield series, the Cursed Bokoblins appear to be afraid of the shield and begin to retreat back from Link.[4]

In the battle with Koloktos, the boss has the ability to summon a small horde of Cursed Bokoblins. They are much easier to kill because Link can kill them with an ordinary sword strike, and there is no need for a Fatal Blow. They come in groups of three or four. When Link fights them outside the boss room they often appear in huge numbers and, sometimes, if Link does manage to defeat one, another will take its place. They are also able to follow Link across many obstacles, such as climbing ropes.

Blue Bokoblin

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Target lock: Blue Bokoblin

This is a dangerous form of Bokoblin.
My analysis suggests it is many times
stronger than a Red Bokoblin.

Its skin and clothing differ due to its
hailing from a different environment,
but it still has the same fixation with
exotic undergarments.

The Blue Bokoblin is a very stronger variation of the standard Red Bokoblin. Because of this extra strength, it is much tougher to defeat. It has the same attack patterns as the Red Bokoblin, but has different clothing and skin color because of the fact that it hails from a different environment.[5]

Green Bokoblin

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Target lock: Green Bokoblin

This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark
places, such as caves. Its sunlight-
deficient lifestyle has turned its skin
a stomach-turning shade of green.
However, like its red brethren, it
exhibits a fascination with festive
undergarments.

Green Bokoblins wield hammers and are seen to be wearing white skull caps and tooth necklaces. They are basically a dungeon version of the Red Bokoblin, but take slightly more damage.[6] These also come in an Archer variety which looks exactly the same as a Red Archer, only green.[7] They enjoy caves, and because of this the color of their skin has turned green.

Technoblin

Main article: Technoblin
Technoblin

Technoblins are ancient Bokoblins that had access to high tech weapons.[8] These Bokoblin are often found when a Timeshift Stone is activated near a Bokoblin Skeleton in Lanayru Desert. The tactics for defeating this variation are the same as any other sword wielding Bokoblin. Link must be extra careful not to hit the sword they carry as it is electric and can be very dangerous to Link. If Link's sword makes contact with this weapon he is shocked and looses one heart.

When using a Shield against this type it is best to use the Wooden Shield, Sacred Shield, or Hylian Shield because one strike from its weapon will disintegrate an Iron Shield. When fighting a Technoblin that appeared in conjunction with a Timeshift Stone, if Link knocks it out of the time rift zone it turns back into a skeleton.

Trivia

  • The initial designs of Skyward Sword's Bokoblins looked too cute, and thus were made scarier by sharpening their teeth and making their eyes narrower.[9]

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References

  1. "Target lock: Red Bokoblin These monsters have plagued the land since ancient times. They each play different roles, and their weaponry varies. They prefer to act in groups. None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  2. "Target lock: Red Bokoblin (Leader) As a symbol of its leadership, this creature wraps a cloth around its head. This visually communicates that it is more dominant than other Bokoblins. It can call its underlings to arms using its horn." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  3. "Target lock: Red Bokoblin (Archer)

    These are Red Bokoblins that carry bows capable of knocking down distant targets.

    Though not obvious from their outward appearance, their aim is quite deadly.
    " — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  4. "Target lock: Cursed Bokoblin This horrifying Bokoblin reanimates after death. Analysis indicates it fears pure, shiny items and will startle at the sight of a sacred shield. It is able to reanimate purely through its hatred of this world...and its attachment to outlandish underpants." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  5. "Target lock: Blue Bokoblin

    This is a dangerous form of Bokoblin. My analysis suggests it is many times stronger than a Red Bokoblin.

    Its skin and clothing differ due to its hailing from a different environment, but it still has the same fixation with exotic undergarments.
    " — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  6. "Target lock: Green Bokoblin This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark places, such as caves. Its sunlight- deficient lifestyle has turned its skin a stomach-turning shade of green. However, like its red brethren, it exhibits a fascination with festive undergarments." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  7. "Target lock: Green Bokoblin (Archer) This variety of Bokoblin inhabits caves or indoor environments. It has archery skills roughly equivalent to the surface-dwelling Red Bokoblin. Also similar to the surface-dwelling Red Bokoblin, the Green Bokoblin obsesses about stylish undergarments." — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  8. "Target lock: Technoblin

    These Bokoblins wield sophisticated weaponry created by an ancient and highly evolved civilization.

    If you are struck with the discharge from one of their electrical weapons, you may become paralyzed.

    These creatures also wear the latest in Bokoblin fashion.
    " — Fi, Skyward Sword.
  9. "[The Bokoblin's] initial designs looked pretty cute, but we realized that if they looked too cute, it took the fun out of attacking them. So, in order to make them look scarier, we sharpened their teeth and made their eyes smaller and narrower." — Designer Kiuchi, Hyrule Historia, pg. 60