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Ropes are nimble snake enemies that only cause minimal damage when touched. They usually attack by dashing forward when Link is in sight. The sword is an effective weapon to use on them, which in turn causes them to disappear. They have the honor of being in every 2D-Zelda title as well as Phantom Hourglass. Although Ropes don't appear in Spirit Tracks, despite appearing in the prequel, the Whip resembles them.


The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, there are two types of ropes: Red and Flashing, and they can be found in various dungeons. When ropes see Link they rush towards him quite quickly in an effort to injure him. They can easily be defeated with the Sword, but Flashing ropes found in the Second Quest are four times as strong as the red variation.

The Adventure of Link

In The Adventure of Link, Ropes act in a similar fashion to Blue Octoroks, often spitting rocks at Link. Some slither along the ground and shoot projectiles both high and low. Red Ropes, only found in the Great Palace, spit fireballs that can only be blocked by the Reflect Spell.

Game Data

Blue Rope
RopeBlue-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 20
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Midoro Palace
Palace on the Sea
Combat Data
Red Rope
RopeRed-Sprite-AOL.png Experience Points 20
Item Drop Blue Magic Jar or 50 exp Point Bag
Enemy Habitat Great Palace
Combat Data

A Link to the Past

Unlike in The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, there is only one type of Rope, and they are usually found within various dungeons. When a rope catches sight of Link, it rushes towards him very fast in an effort to injure him. They take approximately two hits to defeat with the regular sword, and they can easily deplete Link's hearts quickly in the beginning of the game as they move very quickly. One of their most iconic appearances takes place early in the game when Link is given two switches to choose between. One will open the door to the Sanctuary, the other will cause Ropes to fall from the ceiling.

Link's Awakening

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

The Minish Cap

Ropes are an easily defeatable monster, only taking one hit from Link's sword. A tougher version called Golden Rope also exists in Hyrule.

96 Rope
Figurine Rope (TMC).gif Appears in various areas. They'll come straight for you if they spot you. Just swing your sword when they charge at you.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Ropes are a very simple enemy to defeat. They are normally found within dungeons and caves, and even outside Molida Island where the Old Wayfarer lives. When they see Link, they rush towards him in an attempt to hurt him. In this game, ropes seem to be easier to defeat as they appear to not move as fast as they do in previous installments, and they only take one swipe from Link's sword to be slain.

See Also



  1. "Snake Ropes are small, mostly harmless snakes found frequently all over Hyrule and Koholint Island. — (The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia).