Artwork from The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet
The Legend of Zelda
Tektites are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. Their appearance is very similar to that of a spider. Tektites jump around quite a bit, and deal damage if they come in contact with Link. Tektites generally appear in the Overworld, but in recent titles, such as Twilight Princess, they have appeared in dungeons as well. They have appeared in every game except for The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild.
There are several variants of Tektites, including Red Tektite, Blue Tektite, and Golden Tektite, of which in some titles, the different colored Tektites have the exact same traits. In other titles, the Blue and Golden Tektites are stronger than their red counterparts.
The Legend of Zelda
Tektites make their debut appearance in The Legend of Zelda. They are spider-like creatures that jump around randomly in the Overworld and attempt to jump into Link. Tektites are common on Death Mountain and in areas of the eastern coastline. Tektites can be difficult to defeat because they jump out of the way when Link tries to attack them with the Sword. They can be defeated by using the Sword, Bombs, Magical Rod, Bow, Arrow, and Candle. Link also can stun the Tektites with the Magical Boomerang.
Tektites come in two varieties in this game, red and blue. The red Tektites jump around more than the blue ones, However, they both have little attacking power, and can be defeated with a single hit from the original Sword. Once defeated, Tektites commonly drop Rupees and Clocks.
The Adventure of Link
Tektites in The Adventure of Link are considerably more difficult than the ones from The Legend of Zelda. In order to defeat them, Link must use the Fire Spell and attack them with fireballs, or use the Thunder Spell. They will jump above Link and try to fall on him to cause damage. They also spit rocks.
|Item Drop||Red Magic Jar or 200 exp Point Bag|
|Enemy Habitat||Plains and Caves of Eastern Hyrule|
|Combat Data||•Must use Fire, Spell, or Thunder|
A Link to the Past
The Tektites in A Link to the Past are similar to that of the Tektites in The Legend of Zelda. They come in both blue and red variations, although in A Link to the Past, the red variation is much faster and harder to defeat. They are found in the upper mountain region.
Tektites are common in the Tal Tal Mountain Range and Northern Koholint Island. Their appearance in this game looks generally square compared to other versions of Tektites. When they are on the ground, they will usually remain still for a few seconds before jumping again. While they are not moving, Link can either shoot them with an arrow from a distance, or quickly walk up and slice at them with the Sword. Water Tektites also appear often in water areas, such as Catfish's Maw.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Tektites come in red and blue variations.
The red variation is found on Death Mountain. Their only attack is to jump at Link. To defeat them, Link can use the Megaton Hammer to make a shockwave and flip them over, and the Hookshot or Longshot have the ability to stun them. This makes it easier for Link to attack with the Sword.
The Blue Tektites can be found at Lake Hylia, Zora's River, and in the Water Temple. Unlike the red variety, they can float on water. Though they are the same speed, the blue variation is also more durable than the red. Otherwise, they are identical in behavior to the Red Tektites.
Don't you know about the Blue
Blue Tektites are found in the Great Bay region, and like the blue Tektites in Ocarina of Time, they can also float on water. They can also be found in the Snowhead region where they can pop up from underneath the ground or are concealed in snow boulders.
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
In the Oracle series, Tektites come in orange and blue variations. Blue Tektites are just like their counterparts, the Orange Tektites. The only different is Blue Tektites have better defense. To defeat these enemies, evade their jump and allow them to land and then run up for a quick strike. It is sometimes hard to land in both strikes without another Tektite hitting Link, as they tend to be in groups of both blue and orange Tektites.
Four Swords Adventures
Tektites can be found on Death Mountain, in The Desert of Doubt, and in the Realm of the Heavens. They come in red and blue variations. The blue ones are more powerful and move quicker than the red ones. Both red and blue Tektites can be defeated with a few sword slashes.
The Minish Cap
Like in previous games, Tektites jump around randomly and their only attack is simply jumping into Link. Use the Boomerang to stun them or simply try to strike them with Link's Sword. Tektites come in three variations in this game; red, blue and gold. Red Tektites move around slowly and weaker. Blue Tektites move much faster and require more strikes to defeat. Red and Blue Tektites appear in Mt. Crenel.
The third variety, the Golden Tektite is much stronger, much quicker, and jumps higher than other Tektites. It can only be found by fusing Kinstones. Link is rewarded with 100 Rupees after defeating the golden Tektite.
Tektites appear in Twilight Princess in much the same way they do in Ocarina of Time. The red Tektites inhabit mountain passes while the Blue Tektites are found in water locations. Both the red and the blue variation of Tektites are found in the Cave of Ordeals. Tektites have the ability to knock Link off his horse.
Tektites again appear in both red and blue variations. Tektites are found in the volcano at the middle of the Isle of Ember and Doylan's Pyramid. The red variation is faster and more powerful than the blue type.
In Spirit Tracks, Tektites are much larger and are found when Link travels through the tunnels that connect the various locations. They climb on the ceiling and walls of the caves and attempt to drop on the Spirit Train. To defeat them, Link must fire the Cannon attached to the Spirit Train at the Tektite. The third Rocktite Link encounters summons Tektites. It is hinted that Tektites become Rocktites by Zelda.
A Link Between Worlds
Tektites appear in A Link Between Worlds, and are found on Death Mountain as well as the Eastern Palace Grounds. They retain many of the similar characteristics from previous installments, including featuring red and blue varieties, having the ability to jump over Link, etc.
Tri Force Heroes
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Tektites are equipped with gyrosensors to prevent them from getting dizzy. Don't even bother attacking their hard outer shells--try to slice through gaps or shoot straight for the eye. Oh dear... that sounded a little harsh, didn't it?
Tektites have a much different appearance in Battle Quest. They still have the characteristic four legs, one eye, and habit of jumping, but the method to defeat these enemies more closely resembles that of Sentrobes. Swordsmen must use precision sword strikes to slash through the small openings in their armored shells. Archers can simply strike the eye with one normal shot to defeat one. Like other enemies in Battle Quest, a charged shot with the Hero's Bow can pierce through several Tektites if they are lined up behind each other.
Red Tektites appear in the Extra stages. They do not have gaps in their shell.
- Tektites appear in every game in The Legend of Zelda series except The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild.
Blue Tektite artwork from Million Publications The Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide
Blue Tektite sprite from The Legend of Zelda
Artwork from The Adventure of Link
Sprite from A Link to the Past
Sprite from Link's Awakening
Blue Tektite artwork from Ocarina of Time
Model from Majora's Mask
Sprite from Four Swords Adventures
Sprite from The Minish Cap
Red Tektite model from Twilight Princess
Blue Tektite model from Phantom Hourglass
Tektites in Battle Quest
- ↑ 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Tektite
These spidery things jump about all over the place." — The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet, pg. 29
- ↑ "Red [Tektites] move about a lot and blue ones move only a little." — The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet, pg. 29
- ↑ "Tektites have little fighting power." — The Legend of Zelda Instruction Booklet, pg. 29