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Moblin
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Artwork from The Legend of Zelda Game Manual

Threat

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Attacks

Link's Awakening
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1-2 Heart.png Contact
Oracle of Seasons & Ages
Blue Moblin & Blue Moblin Pig
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1-2 Heart.png Contact
Red Moblin & Red Moblin Pig
1-2 Heart.png Arrow
1-2 Heart.png Boomerang
1-2 Heart.png Contact

Effective
Weapons

Link's Awakening
Sword - 2 hits
All other weapons - 1 hit
Oracle of Seasons & Ages
Blue Moblin
Sword - 3 hits
Red Moblin
Sword - 2 hits
Blue Moblin Pig
Sword - 2 hits
Red Moblin Pig
Sword - 1 hit
In General
Sword
Hookshot
Longshot
Bow

Games

Location

Moblins, also known as Molblins, are common enemies seen throughout The Legend of Zelda series. They are foot soldiers of Ganon, and sometimes other enemy forces. They are bulldog or pig-like soldiers and are frequent to the games. They were first introduced in The Legend of Zelda and are still making appearances in recent titles such as Skyward Sword. While Moblins are often just enemies, other games portray them as a race of Hyrule, and unlike most other monsters, consistently possess the ability to speak with Hylians.

Biology

Moblins are portrayed as bipedal mammalian creatures that are quite diverse in appearance.

Moblins appear to be omnivorous as Great Moblin is seen eating meat in his official artwork, and is said to enjoy Spring Bananas as well.

However, in Breath of the Wild, the bestiary says that they are Carnivores and moblin enemies do not appear to eat vegetables unlike Bokoblins.

Culture

Little is seen of Moblin culture, but it appears to be militaristic, and based on raiding other settlements.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Bulldoggish Moblins appear in two varieties, orange and blue. The only difference between the two, is that the orange one requires two hits to defeat, while the blue one requires three (with the Wooden Sword). They attack by running into Link, and on occasion, shoot Arrows.

A few Moblins appear in caves called Secret Moblins and will give Link 10, 30, or 100 Rupees to keep their hiding place hidden.[1]

The Adventure of Link

Bulldog Moblins The Adventure of Link throughout Western Hyrule and Death Mountain and attack Link with spears. The weakest are colored orange and simply charges Link in endless waves. They give no experience points and steal 10 experience if they hit Link. They will, however, drop Blue Magic Jars, and an occasional Point Bag worth 50 experience. The second variety of Orange Moblin, along with the stronger red and blue varieties swing and throw their spears at Link. Orange spear-throwing Moblins give 10 experience on death. Red and blue moblins, who are incrementally tougher to kill both yield 20 experience each.

In the game's story, Moblins are established as members of Ganon's remaining followers conspiring to revive their master by sacrificing Link. If Link dies, they succeed in this endeavor.

Game Data

Charging Moblin
MoblinOrange-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 0
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Plains and Forests around the North Palace
Combat Data •Drains 10 experience on contact
Orange Moblin
MoblinOrange-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 10
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Forests of Northwestern Hyrule
Combat Data
Red Moblin
MoblinRed-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 20
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Forests and Caves of Western Hyrule
Death Mountain
Combat Data
Blue Moblin
MoblinBlue-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 20
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Forests and Caves of Western Hyrule
Death Mountain
Combat Data

A Link to the Past

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Moblins first appear in A Link to the Past when Link enters the Dark World after defeating Agahnim. Moblins are depicted as Piggish monsters in Ganon's image. They can be found patrolling the area around the Pyramid of Power, as well as throughout the overworld within the Dark World. They will walk around with their Trident spears, tossing them at Link when he draws near.

Despite their ability to use a projectile weapon, it isn't much of a threat at all. Link can deflect the trident spears with his Fire Shield and even if they hit, they will only deal 1/2 a heart of damage. More dangerous than that if the Moblin simply makes contact with Link while walking around, it will deal two full hearts of damage.

Moblins don't have much health and can be defeated with one direct swipe from the Master Sword. The Moblin are also one of the enemies that will turn to Slime when Link sprinkles Magic Powder on them.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Moblins are extremely common enemies, and appear in both bulldog, and pig variants. They can appear in dungeons or in some regions of Koholint Island, such as Bulldog moblins the Mysterious Woods Tal Tal Heights. While Pig Warrior Moblins tend to be in mountainous or plains areas like Ukuku Prairie. [2]

A gang of Moblins lives in a cave in the Tal Tal Heights area. Their leader, the King Moblin, kidnaps Madam MeowMeow's pet Chain Chomp, BowWow.[3] Link must fight through many Moblins to save it.

Ocarina of Time

Bulldog Moblins appear in the Sacred Forest Meadow when Link returns as an adult. They will charge at him should he enter their field of vision. While charging, Link cannot hurt them. They are vulnerable to the Hookshot and can be taken down with one hit.

There is a stronger version of the Moblin called a Club Moblin that guards the entrance to the Forest Temple and is notably more difficult. It swings a giant club at Link, shooting out clouds of dust which will knock Link back if he is hit. It is vulnerable to the Bow and the Hookshot, though the Hookshot isn't practical to use until upgraded to the Longshot. The way Link can get past them is by running to the left then the right or in reverse. Once Link gets behind them he can slash away with his sword. They take three hits to kill with the Master Sword. Every time Link re-enters the area, the Club Moblin will reappear.

The Legend of Zelda Oracle Games

Both Bulldog, and Pig Moblins appear as enemies within both games.

Both games have Moblins working under Great Moblin, a large pig moblin, within their settings. In addition to being a boss, Great Moblin, and his followers are also portrayed as recurring characters within the story. If a Linked game is started after completion of one game, Great Moblin will remember Link from their previous in the prior game. For example, if one uses the code given at the end of Oracle Of Ages in the beginning of Oracle of Seasons, Great Moblin will wonder if Link followed him from Labrynna to Holodrum.

A Moblin ring also exists to turn Link into a green Bulldog Moblin. Doing so prevents Link from doing any action but moving, but prevents him from being engulfed by Like Likes, or slipping on Ice.

Oracle of Seasons

Moblins work under Great Moblin, and extort rupees from travelers who pass through Great Moblin's keep to get to Sunken City. Link can best the Great Moblin in combat, and destroy the fortress for a Piece of Heart, in which case the Great Moblin, and his followers can be found in Sunken City, forced to sell bombs.

Link can light the Moblins stash of bombs, and leave, causing the house to blow up, and the moblins to flee. With the house being rebuilt in a shoddier state, Link can repeat this one more time, but by the third time, Great Moblin will catch him in the act, and the moblins punish him by leaving him in the exploding house, resulting in a gameover.

Great Moblin's followers can also be found in various places. Moblins caught Dimitri in Spool Swamp, and will sell him to Link for 80 rupees. Later, again in Spool Swamp, some moblins will be attempting to buy a Spring Banana from Moosh, once Moosh eats the Banana, combat starts, and Link assists in making the moblins retreat.

In a Linked Game continuing from Ages, a visiting Princess Zelda will be waylaid from Great Moblin, and his followers in North Horon, who attempt to steal her jewelry, and rupees. Link defeats Great Moblin yet again, forcing him, and his servants to flee.

A Friendly Pig Moblin may be found offering to tell Link the secret of the Tokay people in Labyrynna.

Oracle of Ages

Great Moblin has built a fortress in Rolling Ridge, and has walled off the Gorons from obtaining Bomb Flowers so his own bomb making business will have no competition. Link destroy the fortress sending Great Moblin, and his followers, obtaining a special bombflower required to beat the game.

In a linked game, the Tokay secret given by the Moblin in Holodrum can be used to obtain a bigger bomb bag from the Tokay at the museum in reward for knowing their secret.

The Wind Waker

Pig-like Moblins appear most notably inside the Forsaken Fortress as guards. The first time Link enters the fortress, he is without a sword. Due to this, if a Moblin catches him, they will throw him in prison should they see him. They aren't the brightest of enemies and can be easily fooled by hiding beneath a barrel. The second time through the Moblins won't be frightened to attack the young hero with their spears. Moblin Spears are among the weapons that Link can use to fight with.

Moblins also appear in Hyrule Castle frozen in time before Link draws the Master Sword. After doing so, they will begin to patrol the castle and attack Link.

They drop Skull Necklaces upon defeat for the Spoils Bag, which are collectible items for a side quest in the game.

Four Swords

Pig Moblins identical to the ones in Wind Waker work under Vaati.

The Minish Cap

Similar to Link's Awakening, Ganon does not appear in the The Minish Cap. It is established some moblins were among the monsters sealed within the Minish cap chest. They are released by Vaati, and seem to be used by him as troops.

Moblins appear partway through the game and frequent the overworld. Two variants appear, Spear Moblins and Bow Moblins. Spear Moblins will charge at Link, and Bow Moblins will fire arrows. They can be easily defeated by stunning them with the Boomerang and then slashing them with Link's sword.

Spirit Tracks

While Moblins themselves don't appear in Spirit Tracks, the subspecies Big Blins are identical to the Bulldog Moblins, specifically the Club Moblin from Ocarina of Time. This is the first appearance of Bulldog Moblins in the Great Sea era, showing they still exist.

Skyward Sword

Moblins return in Skyward Sword and their appearance has changed quite a bit. Now they are fat, red skinned, humanoid with noses, floppy eared similar to a canine, and are bigger than Link himself. Moblins are among Demise's worshippers, and work under Ghirahim in their master's absence. These Moblins hold a wooden or metal square-shaped shield. The wooden variant's shield can be cut into very small pieces leaving the Moblin vulnerable to sword attacks. Also, Link can dash into the shield causing him to jump over the Moblin, enabling him to slash away at his behind. Moblins are a very common enemy when revisiting Faron Woods and drop a lot of rupees.

Wooden Shield Moblin

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Target lock: Wooden Shield Moblin

This massive monster's wall-sized
shield gives it a tactical advantage.
When its shield is at the ready, most
attacks will be quite futile.
The destruction of its shield is likely to
drive the monster into a rage, instantly
increasing its threat.

Link can use his sword to chop the Moblin's shield into small pieces. When its shield is too small, The Moblin will throw it away and begin to fight without a shield. Now, slash away at its big red belly until the Moblin goes down. Alternatively, Link can dash straight at the Moblin, which will cause Link to jump over and attack from its rear.

Metal Shield Moblin

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Target lock: Metal Shield Moblin

This Moblin has a sturdy iron shield.
Only a few Moblins are capable of
carrying a large, heavy shield of iron
like this one.
I calculate an 85% chance that you can
climb over that large shield as if it
were a wall.

Link must dash over the Moblin's shield to attack it. Then, slash away at its exposed rear. This type of Moblin is commonly found on narrow ledges, where one wrong move could force Link to restart the battle. Metal shield moblins take more hits to kill than the wooden shield moblins. Unlike wooden shield moblins, their shields won't break; they can also be attacked from afar with the bow.

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Breath Of The Wild

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"This heavyweight species of monster can be found all over Hyrule. They're physically very strong, their legs alone strong enough to resist the force of a bomb blast. They're much more dangerous than Bokoblins. In fact, Moblins have been known to pick up Bokoblins and throw them as makeshift projectile weapons."

— In-Game Description

Moblins look extremely different compared to other instalments in the series. This time they are much bigger with a longer snout. In Breath of the Wild they usually wield large club weapons. They come in Red, Blue, Black, and Silver varieties, the latter being the strongest. You can find them in various enemy encampments across Hyrule. A good strategy is to use Two Handed Weapons to knock over the Moblin before it can attack. Other weapons will not make them fall, but instead merely flinch.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Twilight Princess Trailer

This section describes beta content, game elements which were removed before the game was released.
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A Moblin-like enemy appeared in a 2004 trailer for Twilight Princess. In this trailer, the Moblin appears similar to those from The Wind Waker, but with Twilight Princess' darker graphic scheme instead of The Wind Waker's cartoonish one. They wield a large axe, which looks similar to the one King Bulblin uses against Link in the Bulblin Fortress and Hyrule Castle. It is unknown why this enemy was not used in the final version of the game.

Battle Quest

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This common, generally unfriendly enemy is found on the plains and in forests. When you happen upon a group of them brandishing their clubs and they turn and look at you...it's pretty scary.

Pig Moblins are some of the most common enemies found within Battle Quest. They come in several different forms and have varying degrees of difficulty and health. Moblins act very similarly to their Bokoblin counterparts from Skyward Sword.

Types of Moblin:

  • Moblin
  • Quick Moblin
  • Shield Moblin (Strong Shield Moblin)
  • Archer Moblin
  • Bomb Moblin
  • Big Moblin (Armored Big Moblin)

Trivia

  • The Moblins from The Wind Waker were actually the first monster to be designed. Because of this, they served as the model upon which the rest of the enemies were based.[4]
  • The porcine design of Moblins in a A Link to the Past seems likely to have been done to reflect their allegiance to Ganon.

Gallery

References

  1. "IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY" — Secret Moblin, The Legend of Zelda.
  2. "'BRRING! BRRING! Hello, this is Ulrira! ...Well, most Moblins live in the Mys- terious Forest, but some live in the caves of Tal Tal Heights... I hope that is what you wanted to know! CLICK!'" — Ulrira, Link's Awakening.
  3. "AIEEEEEEEE! It's terrrrbile! My BowWow was dognapped by... Mo-mo-MOBLINS!! OHHH! AHHHH! Please! Somebody help my poor BowWow!!" — Madam MeowMeow, Link's Awakening.
  4. "The Moblins were the first monsters to be designed, and served as the model upon which the rest of the enemies were based." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 159