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Artwork from Skyward Sword.
Legend of Zelda
Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Octoroks are a recurring enemy in the The Legend of Zelda series, being in every game except Twilight Princess. They highly resemble octopi from the real world (hence the name Octorok, meaning "eight"). They generally spit rocks, and have been found as both land- and water-dwelling enemies.
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Octoroks are enemies all around the overworld that shoot rocks at Link, dealing half a heart of damage. Also, upon contact they deal half a heart of damage. They come in two colors, red and blue. The blue Octoroks take two hits to kill with the Wooden Sword, as opposed to the red variety, which will be defeated with only one swipe of the Wooden Sword.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Octoroks once again come in two varieties.
|Item Drop||Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag|
|Enemy Habitat|| Caves, Deserts, and Swamps of Western Hyrule|
|Item Drop||Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag|
|Enemy Habitat|| Deserts of Northeastern Hyrule|
A Link to the Past
Octoroks in A Link to the Past are located in eastern Hyrule, near the Eastern Palace. There are two types of Octoroks in A Link to the Past. The first type is just a normal Octorok, which walks around in a random direction and stops if it sees Link and shoots a projectile out. The second type stops in a random direction and if it spots Link, it will shoot multiple projectiles out in a circular fashion.
Despite their main attack being the actual rock that they shoot out, simply contacting an Octorok will do a full heart of damage, while the rock itself only does a 1/2 heart of damage. One swipe with the Fighter's Sword will defeat an Octorok.
Octoroks in Link's Awakening appear all over Koholint Island and are some of the most common enemies in the game. If they spot Link, they will shoot a rock in his general direction. They also appear in another form where they have wings, called the Winged Octorok. Winged Octoroks are less common than the regular Octorok, and even though they have wings, they can't fly especially well. If Link tries to charge at them and attack, they will jump and float in the air for a few seconds.
Ocarina of Time
Octoroks appear as aquatic enemies in Ocarina of Time. For this reason they are found in nearly any place that has water. They usually lurk under the surface of the water, but when Link gets within their range, they will pop up and spit rocks at him. If Link gets too close, they will retreat back into the water. They can be defeated with the use of any long ranged weapon or by deflecting the rocks the rocks they spit, with either the Hylian or Deku Shields. The Mirror Shield destroys their projectiles instead of returning them.
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Octoroks in Majora's Mask are identical to their Ocarina of Time counterparts, periodically hopping out of the area in which they sit. They are not a hugely common enemy, but are present in nearly every region of Termina. These little enemies will shoot rocks at Link when he is in range, which can be deflected by all shields except for the Mirror Shield. Unlike in Ocarina of Time, these Octoroks take two hits to kill. A new feature added to this game is that Octoroks can be made into floating platforms if frozen with ice arrows. They can be killed with the Hero's Bow, or any projectile weapon.
There are bigger variations of the standard Octorok called a Big Octo. These large enemies block paths in the Southern Swamp when it is filled with poison. They can be killed by either taking the boat ride and crashing into them, or using projectile weapons to attack them. They take only one hit to kill. Big Octos will suck Link in and spit him out, dealing a large amount of damage. Taking a picture of one for the Pictograph guy will grant you 20 Rupees.
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
These Octoroks come in two colors, red and blue, and they still shoot rocks at Link. Red Octoroks are generally weaker and defeated with one hit of Link's Sword. Blue variations are stronger and take two hits.
The Wind Waker
Octoroks in The Wind Waker seem much larger than in previous 3D titles, but they can be defeated in much the same way. They are water-dwelling enemies that live in the Forest Haven, the Forbidden Woods and the Great Sea. They come in three different variations: Rock Octorok, Bomb Octorok and Big Octo.
The Rock Octoroks live in the Forest Haven and Forbidden Woods. Like their name implies, their only method of attacking is to spit rocks at Link when provoked. These rocks can be easily deflected by using Link's shield, killing them in the process. Link can also kill them with projectile weapons like the Boomerang or the Hero's Bow. It is impossible to kill them with just Link's sword, as they will dive under the water if he gets too close.
Bomb Octoroks are only found in the Great Sea, though there are a large amount of them. As their name implies, they shoot bombs at Link instead of rocks, which, naturally, cannot be deflected with the shield. Link can defeat them with the Bow, the Boomerang, or simply using Bombs. He could also just avoid them altogether.
- Main article: Big Octo
Big Octos are much bigger than normal Octoroks, and also do not attack the same way. They are only found in specific areas around the Great Sea, and have either 4, 8, or 12 eyes. If there is a random flock of seagulls flying around one spot in the sea, there is a Big Octo there. Once Link approaches one, a whirlpool will surround him, and the Octo will rise out of the water. The eyes can be killed with either the Bombs, the Bow, or the Boomerang. Using the Boomerang requires the most hits, and the Bombs take only one. If Link is not fast enough, the Big Octo will suck him in and spit him out to a random island.
The Minish Cap
The Octoroks from The Minish Cap are much like the original ones. They are red and wander around in Hyrule Field. They shoot rocks at Link and can be dealt with by shooting arrows, bombing or just slashing them with Link's sword. The boss in the Temple of Droplets is a normal Octorok, since Link was minimized the enemy appears to be huge.
On contact, the Octorok deals 1/4th a heart worth of damage. When the Octorok's rock projectile hits Link, it deals 1/4th a heart worth of damage.
|Appears in various areas. There are red and blue ones. They've appeared in every Zelda game to date. They spit rocks, so careful!|
In Phantom Hourglass, Octoroks return to their land-based appearance from The Legend of Zelda. They are small red ball-like monsters with 4 small legs and they move around on land, shooting rocks at random intervals. Some stay in one strategic place (sometimes unreachable, serving as more of an obstacle than an enemy) and shoot rocks forward at regular intervals. They can be defeated with any weapon, except the boomerang which only stuns them. They are found throughout most of the game, but are present in large quantities in the Temple of Courage, where the bow is found.
There are two kinds of Octoroks in Spirit Tracks.
These kinds appear in grassy areas and the Take 'Em All On challenge. They will continuously shoot rocks and sometimes may shoot unexpectedly at Link while he is off-screen. They are easily defeated with Link's sword.
Octoroks are now land creatures and they seem to resemble their counterparts from older 2D Zelda titles. They also have some similarities to Deku Scrubs from previous Zelda games. Octoroks will shoot rocks towards Link, but whenever Link comes close, they will hide under patches of grass or rock. In order to defeat an Octorok, Link can deflect the rocks back by lunging his shield forward knocking the rock back towards the enemy. Link can also use the whip to pull the Octorok up from underground for a short period of time, allowing him to slash away with his sword.
Target lock: Octorok (Grass)
Target lock: Octorok (Rock)
Very similar to its Grass counterpart, the Octorok (Rock) shoots projectile rocks at Link form a distance which he must deflect using his shield or sword. This version of the Octorok resides in the Lanayru Province of Skyward Sword. Unlike its counterpart, this Octorok has a mushroom-shaped rock atop its head, which it can hide under if Link ventures too close.
These pink Octoroks live in The Sky around Skyloft, dwelling on the floating rocks spitting projectiles at Link as he flies by on his Loftwing. These kinds are much bigger than their land-dwelling counterparts, and can be defeated by charging at them on the Loftwing.
Link: The Faces of Evil
In this game, Octorok's are rather large octopus like creatures that live in Firestone Lake and Fortress Centrum. They will shoot rocks out of their mouth towards Link. Octorok's will patrol small areas, but will always turn towards Link when he is nearby. They have rather large defense, so it takes multiple sword slashes to defeat them. A better method is to toss a single bomb towards the Octorok to defeat it. Octorok's will always leave behind a valuable blue ruby as their spoil.
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Octorok can be found in only in Tykogi Tower. They look like and act the same as the did in Link: The Faces of Evil.
- Beta Octoroks from a very early version of Ocarina of Time are similar to the original Octorok's design from 2D Zelda titles.
Red Octorok Artwork from The Legend of Zelda Game Manual.
Red Octorok Artwork from Million Publications The Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide.
Blue Octorok Artwork from Million Publications The Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide.
Red Octorok Sprite from The Legend of Zelda.
Blue Octorok Sprite from The Legend of Zelda.
Octorok Artwork from The Adventure of Link.
Red Octorok Sprite from The Adventure of Link.
Blue Octorok Sprite from The Adventure of Link.
Octorok Sprite from Link's Awakening.
Octorok Artwork from Ocarina of Time.
Octorok model in beta version of Ocarina of Time.
Octorok Sprite from The Minish Cap.
Octorok Figurine from The Minish Cap.
Octorok Model from Skyward Sword.
- ↑ "Octoroks can live either on land or in water. They move under the power of eight squirming legs and shoot rocks at their enemies. On Koholint Island, some Octoroks have developed the ability to fly.", The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia
- ↑ "A type of octopus that lives above ground. There are two types, red and blue. Watch out for the blue ones. They're mean. They spit out rocks at link.", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Manual (US NES Version), pg. 29
- ↑ "Red and Blue Octoroks are ground dwelling relatives of the octopus. Beware of Blue Octoroks, they'll spit rocks at you.", The Legend of Zelda Instruction Manual (US GBA Version), pg. 24