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Boulders are recurring traps in The Legend of Zelda series. They usually fall from above on to Link to damage him. There is no way to defeat boulders so they must be simply avoided.


The Legend of Zelda

Boulders are found in the mountainous regions at the northern part of the overworld. They tumble down Death Mountain, dealing a half heart of damage if they make contact with Link.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, boulders simply fly slowly back and forth in deserts. Since Link cannot kill them, he must jump over them or block them with the shield. Blocking them with the shield can usually be more effective than jumping over them and such.

Game Data

Boulder-Sprite-AoL.png Experience Points 0
Item Drop None
Enemy Habitat Deserts of Western Hyrule
Combat Data •Cannot be attacked
•Removed with Thunder

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, boulders appear in an almost identical fashion as they do in The Legend of Zelda. They appear exclusively in the mountainous region of Death Mountain. Often accompanied by Deadrock, boulders can be quite difficult to avoid without taking some damage.

Link's Awakening

Boulders are found at the northwestern part of Koholint Island, near the entrance to Turtle Rock. Boulders fall from the top of the screen and bounce around the mountainous terrain. Avoiding these boulders is only challenging if Link is trying to climb a staircase. There is no way to defeat a boulder. It may be fastest to get hit on purpose and continue on Link's way, instead of trying to dodge them. Luckily, boulders only do half a heart of damage, so Link is not in danger of dying unless his hearts are very low.

Ocarina of Time

Boulder from Ocarina of Time

Boulders periodically erupt from Death Mountain and fall on Link in the upper areas of the Death Mountain Trail both as a child and as an adult until the completion of the Fire Temple. The Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper warns child Link about this, and advises him to get a Hylian Shield before going up.[1]

Boulders also freely roll around several places - including the area of Kokiri Forest where Link obtains the Kokiri Sword; and in multiple rooms in the Fire Temple itself - and hurt Link if they roll into him. In the Fire Temple, they also fall from the ceiling during the boss fight with Volvagia.

Otherwise, stationary boulders appear in many areas in the overworld. They do not really move at all, acting like resilient obstacles, sometimes blocking paths - as at Zora's River - or Secret Grottos from access. Reddish boulders can be destroyed with bombs or the Megaton Hammer, grey boulders can be lifted with the Silver or Golden Gauntlets.

Oracle of Ages

Boulders are found on Restoration Wall near Symmetry City. They fall from holes at the top of the wall and try to hurt Link when he is climbing it. They can be quite pesky, especially if Link has lower heart levels. Link must try to steer out of the way to avoid these boulders since he cannot defeat them.

The Minish Cap

Boulders appear on Mt. Crenel. They rain down on top of Link while he is on the climbing wall. They can be difficult to dodge due to an erratic bouncing pattern.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Battle Quest


This explosives-filled boulder is made for rolling down slopes. I highly suggest you shoot it BEFORE it reaches you.

In Battle Quest, boulders first appear on the Road to the Goron Mines, rolling down slopes. They are especially dangerous since they are packed with explosives. The explosives must be struck by the archer before reaching Links in order to avoid damage.

The Faces of Evil

Boulders appear in The Faces of Evil in largely the same fashion as their The Wand of Gamelon counterparts.

The Wand of Gamelon

Boulders appear in multiple variations, but they all serve the same basic purpose. They'll fall from up top with the intent of trying to harm Zelda. Most boulders fall randomly, so just be weary, keeping a quick reaction time once you see one appear. They often appear in bunches and can be hard to avoid as they fall rather quickly. Boulders are endless and there is no way to defeat individual ones, so just try to avoid them so you do not take damage.



  1. "By the way, Mr. Hero... If you're going to climb Death Mountain, you should equip a proper shield! It is an active volcano, after all! If you go back to Hyrule Castle Town Market, you should check out the Bazaar. They sell the shield you need there. Tell 'em I sent you and they should give you a special discount! If you think you're good to go already, don't worry about it. Now, I'd like to ask a favor of you. No, I don't expect you to do it just because of the great tip I just gave you! I'm just asking! Have you been to the Happy Mask Shop that just opened in the Hyrule Castle Town Market? Everyone is talking about it! My little boy pesters me for a popular mask, but I don't have time to go there... So, could you go and get the mask for me next time you are in the Market? If you don't feel like it, that's OK, but... Well, I have no choice, this is my job... ...sigh..." — Death Mountain Trail Gatekeeper, Ocarina of Time.