Manhandla (The Legend of Zelda)

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Manhandla is the third boss of The Legend of Zelda. It is first encountered in Level 3: The Manji, where it acts as the final defence of the third Triforce Shard. It also later appears in Level 4: The Snake and Level 8: The Lion as the Mini-Boss of both dungeons. It's a plant-like being that has claws sticking out on each side of its body.


Level 3: The Manji

Manhandla first appears in Level 3: The Manji as the boss of this dungeon. This foe will use two methods of attack; it will first try and shoot fireballs at Link that will take a whole heart of damage. Its second attack is to ram into Link, which also takes a heart of damage. Link can defeat Manhandla one of two ways. First, he can use his Bombs to destroy the claws that are attached to the body, and eventually use a Bomb on the center core, which will instantly defeat Manhandla. Alternatively, Link can attack the claws with his Sword, but this can get quite difficult, as Link will have to come very close to Manhandla, causing a rise in the chance of Manhandla making contact with Link. Defeating Manhandla rewards Link with the third Triforce Shard.

Level 4: The Snake

Manhandla makes its second appearance as the mini-boss of Level 4: The Snake. This Manhandla is exactly the same as the one Link fought in Level 3. Attack the core by first destroying the claws and Manhandla will be defeated. Interestingly, defeating Manhandla is actually not required to complete the dungeon. This is because by defeating Manhandla, the locked door at the top of the room will open, allowing Link to continue. However, Link can avoid that room by bombing the wall to the right, which is a shortcut.

Level 8: The Lion

Manhandla makes its third and final appearance as the mini-boss of Level 8: The Lion. Link will fight Manhandla not once, not twice, but three times in this dungeon. Oppositely to the last appearance of Manhandla, all three battles must be won by Link to travel through most of the dungeon; none are skipable.