BowWow is Madam MeowMeow's most prized and adored pet in Link's Awakening. He is one of three Chain Chomps that Madam MeowMeow owns, being the watchdog of the three. Unlike CiaoCiao and ChowChow, BowWow is chained to a post outside the door of his owner's house in Mabe Village and is not allowed in there. He is treated by Madam MeowMeow similarly to how a Dog would be treated by humans, such as him being chained to a post in Madam MeowMeow's yard, Madam MeowMeow bragging about how nice BowWow's fur coat is, and even the map telling passers-by to avoid the "Dog".
BowWow in Link's Awakening (Switch)
Madam MeowMeow (Owner)
|日本語||ワンワン (Woof Woof)|
Once Link obtains the Full Moon Cello from Tail Cave and returns to Mabe Village, he is informed by the Island Quadruplets that BowWow has recently been dognapped by the henchmen of the Moblin Chief. To learn more about the tragedy, Link can talk to Grandma Yahoo to see what happened at Madam MeowMeow's house. If Link talks to Madam MeowMeow, she frantically begs for Link to rescue BowWow. Link soon finds out that the Moblin Chief and his gang are hiding in Moblin Cave, a cave located in the Tal Tal Heights region.
When Link travels to the hideout, the Moblins attack him because he looks suspicious. Nevertheless, Link defeats the henchmen and marches forth through their hideout to save BowWow. Once entering the room, King Moblin recognizes Link is there to save BowWow and attacks Link.
Once Link defeats King Moblin, the room where BowWow is being held prisoner is revealed. Link unties BowWow's chain from the rock and returns to Mabe Village to bring back BowWow to Madam MeowMeow. On the way toward Mabe Village, BowWow and Link meet with the Owl, commenting on how fierce the animal looks and keeping Link on task for the next Instrument of the Sirens.
After returning to Mabe Village, Madam MeowMeow is grateful and asks Link to take BowWow for a walk around Koholint Island. Because of his sharp nose, BowWow can sniff up secrets buried beneath the ground to help Link search for Secret Seashells. Being a loyal companion, he will also eat most enemies in Link's way. Moreover, his favorite treats are the indigestible flowers of Goponga Swamp. As a result, BowWow is the only individual that is allowed to enter Goponga Swamp. In order for Link to obtain the second Instrument of the Sirens, he should walk with BowWow to the swamp, where BowWow can eat the Goponga Flowers blocking the entrance to Bottle Grotto, the second dungeon in Link's Awakening.
After Link retrieves the Conch Horn from Bottle Grotto, he must return BowWow to his owner. Overjoyed, Madam MeowMeow rewards Link with a kiss for all he has done for her and BowWow. Leaving Madam MeowMeow's house, Link once again sees BowWow chained up to the post, where he is seen for the rest of Link's adventure. If Link does not return BowWow to Madam MeowMeow, he cannot continue with his quest to awaken the Wind Fish because Richard will not allow Link to help him while BowWow is in his villa.
In the DX version of the game, there is a picture for Link's Photo Album of BowWow. After meeting the Photographer, Link can walk in front of BowWow to trigger the event where the Photographer will try to take a picture of the two of them. As Link inches closer and closer to BowWow, he gets more and more aggravated, and he eventually chases Link away just as the Photographer takes the picture. The picture is titled, "Link Plays With BowWow".
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BowWow makes a minor appearance in Hyrule Warriors as a weapon when Link obtains the level 3 Gauntlets, the Power Gloves. While BowWow does not eat enemies like in Link's Awakening, Link is able to use BowWow in battle by swinging him around like the Ball and Chain in the Silver Gauntlets and Golden Gauntlets. However, BowWow has small differences from the other Ball and Chains such as chomping when Link evades an enemy's attack or when he attacks. Also, when Link performs his Special Attack, BowWow will bite down into the ground.
- In the Nintendo Power Issue 050, BowWow is misspelled "BawWow".
- While Link is walking BowWow around Koholint Island, he can take BowWow to Toronbo Shores and BowWow will eat the pesky monkey there.
- The Bomber, Cucco, Ghini, Giant Ghini, Mutt, River Zora, Sea Urchin, Spark, Spiny Beetle, and Zombie are the only enemies BowWow cannot eat in Link's Awakening.
- While Link is walking BowWow around Koholint Island, Link can take him to Kiki the monkey and they will start to fight.
- If Link tries to talk to the Photographer while walking BowWow, the Photographer will tell Link to come again alone, stalling the Photo Album Quest.
- What Shigeru Miyamoto, Nobuo Matsumiya, Shigehiro Kasamatsu, and Yuuichi Ozaki all liked about Link's Awakening DX was BowWow, which includes Link walking BowWow and also the photo of BowWow in the Photo Album.
- The Chain Chomp that Link receives in the original version of Four Swords was named "BowWow" like the character in Link's Awakening. However, this was changed to "Chain Chomp" in the anniversary edition.
- In Hyrule Warriors, BowWow takes the place of the Ball and Chain from Twilight Princess in Link's level 3 Gauntlets, the Power Gloves.
Artwork of BowWow and Link with the Owl from the Futabasha Guide
- ↑ 1.1 1.2 "Ho ho ho! I really appre- ciate what you did for my poor, precious BowWow! You are such a nice boy! How can I ever repay you? I know... SMOOOOOOOCH! You got a reward from Madam Meow- Meow... ... ... L-l-lucky!" — Madam MeowMeow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Back in Mabe Village you'll hear that Madam MeowMeow's watchdog, BowWow, has been stolen by the Moblins." — Nintendo Power Issue 094, pg. 66
- ↑ "The big dog that's usually chained up outside Madame M.'s house is missing." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 32
- ↑ "Ho ho ho! My BowWow is so proud of his fine fur coat!" — Madam MeowMeow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Madam MeowMeow's House Beware of Dog!" — In-Game Map, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Hey buddy! It's serious! Yeah, really serious!! Yeah, it is! The Moblins came to the village! Yeah, that's right! A whole gang of Moblins! Then... It's for real! They all went to the house... Yeah, that house, and then they did something at Bow Wow's house!! It was a really bad scene, with the M-m-moblins! So, I mean, ahh! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... It might be faster to find out for yourself what happened!" — Kidoh and Joonya, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Along the way, he meets two lads who tell him a curious tale about Madame MeowMeow's lost dog." — Super Game Boy Strategy Guide, pg. 45
- ↑ "She's had an awful tragedy in the house across the way! It's just awful, and all I can do is sweep!" — Grandma Yahoo, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "AIEEEEEEEE! It's terrrrible! My BowWow was dognapped by... Mo-mo-MOBLINS!! OHHH! AHHHH! Please! Somebody help my poor BowWow!!" — Madam MeowMeow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "She will tell you that the Moblins took her BowWow and that she wants you to go find him.", Zelda.com Link's Awakening Walkthrough
- ↑ "'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!'" — Old Man Ulrira, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Link loses no time. He immediately sets out for the Moblin Cave at Tal Tal Heights." — Super Game Boy Strategy Guide, pg. 45
- ↑ "Ennh? Who's this suspicious- looking runt?! Okay boys, let's get ridda him!" — Moblin, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Avoid standing on the cracked floor tiles and make short work of him. More guards gang up on you in the next room, but a couple of well-timed Whirling Blade Attacks will take care of them." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 33
- ↑ "You must be an assassin sent by Madam MeowMeow to rescue the mutt! You came here to get me, but it is I who will get you!!" — King Moblin, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Take advantage of his subsequent dizzy spell and defeat him. Like a good dog, BowWow waits in the next room." — Nintendo Power Issue 094, pg. 66
- ↑ "You've saved BowWow! What a fearsome beast!" — In-Game Description, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "After you beat the main Moblin, walk to the right into the next room to unchain BowWow. Take him with you." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 33
- ↑ "Hoot! That is a fearsome looking animal you have there! Do not forget, the next Instrument is in Goponga Swamp!" — Owl, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Oh thank you! I'm so happy you brought my baby back! Now, would you be a dear and take him for a walk? It would really help me out a lot! You will?! Thanks!" — Madam MeowMeow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "If you return to Mabe Village with BowWow, Madame MeowMeow will thank you and ask you to take him for a walk." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 33
- ↑ "WOOF! Dig! RUFF!" — BowWow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "He has a sharp nose and can sniff out Secret Shells—if you have the Shovel." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 33
- ↑ 24.1 24.2 "Defeat the Moblins, then take BowWow for a walk—he'll eat enemies and sniff out the locations of Secret Seashells." — Nintendo Power Issue 094, pg. 66
- ↑ "If you rescue BowWow, you'll have loyal companion with an appetite for your foes." — Nintendo Power Issue 094, pg. 66
- ↑ "'BRRING! BRRING! Yes, this is Ulrira. The Indigestible Flowers of Goponga Swamp... Those flowers are BowWow's favorite. Why don't you take him for a walk there? CLICK!'" — Ulrira, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "It helps Link to know that BowWow's favorite food is the swamp flower that grows in front of the Bottle Grotto in Goponga Swamp.", Super Game Boy Strategy Guide, pg. 45
- ↑ "DANGER! Keep out! (Except BowWow)" — Sign, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Although you must usually find a special key to gain admittance to a Level, this time BowWow is your key. He opens the Level by eating the flowers that block the entrance." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 34
- ↑ "Take him to the cave, and have him eat a path to the entrance." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 33
- ↑ "'BRRING! BRRING! Ulrira at your service! Oh? You should take BowWow home now, Madam MeowMeow would appreciate it! Bye! CLICK!'" — Ulrira, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Take BowWow back to Madame MeowMeow and earn her eternal thanks." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 38
- ↑ "She'll be so happy that she'll give you a big smooch." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 38
- ↑ "She'll tie him up back out in front of her house and give you a big kiss." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 38
- ↑ "From then on, BowWow will be back in front of the house whenever you return to town." — Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 38
- ↑ "Ahem! Really, I must insist that you not bring that awful beast in here! Leave that creature outside and then we can talk! Good Bye!" — Richard, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Photo Six
In front of Madam MeowMeow's House with BowWow.", Zelda.com Link's Awakening Walkthrough
- ↑ 38.1 38.2 "Hey, that looks great! I'll call it 'Link Plays With BowWow!' Now get closer to BowWow!" — Photographer, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Grrrr! Grrrr!! GRRRR!" — BowWow, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "Much closer! OK, I'm ready. Smile!" — Photographer, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "BAWWOW DUNGEON" — Nintendo Power Issue 050, pg. 62
- ↑ "Kiiiki! What?! All right, mutt! Let's battle!!" — Kiki, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ "See me later, when you're alone!" — Photographer, Link's Awakening DX.
- ↑ GlitterBerri's Link's Awakening DX Developer Questionaire Translation
- ↑ "You got BowWow! He eats anything! Beware the mad dog!" — In-Game Description, Four Swords
- ↑ "You got a Chain Chomp! He eats anything! Beware the mad dog!" — In-Game Description, Four Swords Anniversary Edition