Deku Scrubs have appeared in a few games in the Zelda series, as both friends and enemies.
Ocarina of Time
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Deku Scrubs in Ocarina of Time are bushy little enemies found Inside the Deku Tree. Upon Link entering the room, these cute little things will come out of the ground and start spitting Deku Nuts at him. These are easily deflected using your Shield, which will send them back to them, hitting them. They will run around the room until you catch up, at which time they will give out some useful information. If you get too close to them while they are still in their flower thing, they will burrow under the ground.
There are many different variations of Deku Scrub in this game.
- Main article: Mad Scrub
Mad Scrubs are like Deku Scrubs in the way that they attack by spitting nuts at you; however, unlike the Deku Scrubs, these guys will shoot three nuts in a row. They can be defeated by either deflecting their nuts back with your shield, or simply using the Slingshot. Once you've done this, go ahead and slash them with your sword. These scrubs inhabit the Lost Woods in the past, and Kokiri Forest in the future.
- Main article: Business Scrub
Business Scrubs are found all over the place in "Ocarina of Time". They attack the same way as regular Deku Scrubs, except they won't run away when you defeat them. Instead, they'll sell you something. The things they sell vary from Deku Shields to Upgrades to a Piece of Heart.
The Forest Stage is a place in Ocarina of Time, found in a hole in the Lost Woods, in which you wear masks to present to the Deku Scrubs, and they'll give you certain prizes for them. Different Masks give different prizes. If you wear the Skull Mask, they will love you, and crowd around you. If you wear the Mask of Truth, they will be scared of you, and burrow underground if you get close.
Deku Scrubs in Majora's Mask are friendly creatures that inhabit the Deku Palace within the Southern Swamp. When Link first enters the Deku Palace, the Deku Scrubs are threatening to torture a Monkey who they thought had kidnapped the Deku Princess and taken her to the Woodfall Temple. No matter how much the monkey pleaded though, the Deku King and all the scrubs wanted to torture the innocent monkey.
At the beginning of the game, Link will be transformed into a Deku Scrub himself.
There are 5 Business Scrubs in Majora's Mask, found in all major regions of Termina (Clock Town, Southern Swamp, Goron Village, Zora Cape, and Ikana Canyon), and they all serve the same purpose: Getting a Piece of Heart. Although the one in Clock Town does lead Link to a Heart Piece, it is also crucial to get into the Clock Tower before Link gets the Zora Mask.
Mad Scrubs return once again in Majora's Mask, except there are much more ways to kill them than in Ocarina of Time. They are particularly annoying in Woodfall because they can knock you off the ledge if you are too busy dealing with the Hiploops.
- Main article: Deku Mask
The Deku Mask is a unique item, exclusive to Majora's Mask. It houses the spirit of the Deku Butler's son, giving Link the ability to transform into a Deku Scrub at will. It is first acquired after the Skull Kid transforms Link into a Deku Scrub. He spent the first 3 days as a Deku Scrub, until finally confronting the Skull Kid at the Clock Tower. Here, he uses a bubble blast to get the Ocarina of Time back from him, where he learns the Song of Time in a memory. He plays this song to return to the first day. He talks to the Happy Mask Salesman who teaches him the Song of Healing. With this song played, Link gets to keep the Deku Mask.
Four Swords Adventures
- Octoroks from Skyward Sword share many of the same characteristics with Deku Scrubs in Ocarina of Time.