Red Darknut

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Red Darknuts are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are one of many Darknut variants found throughout Zelda series, first appearing in The Legend of Zelda. Their relative strength varies from different games.

The Legend of Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda, Red Darknuts are found within several of the dungeons, first appearing in Level 3: The Manji. They later appear less frequently in Level 5: The Lizard and Level 8: The Lion, as well as various dungeons in the Second Quest.

Darknuts wield a shield, making them invulnerable from frontal attacks. Instead, Link will need to strike the Darknut from behind, or from its side. Bombs are also an effective weapon against Red Darknuts. Red Darknuts have less health than their Blue Darknut counterparts, but otherwise, are identical enemies.

Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, Red Darknuts first appear in Unicorn's Cave. They will attack Link by running into him or by tossing spears out towards Link. Red Darknuts are weaker than their Blue Darknut counterparts and will take fewer hits to defeat. Red Darknuts later appear in Onox's Castle in the enemy gauntlet leading to the battle with Onox.

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, Red Darknuts appear just outside of Symmetry City. With the Wooden Sword, it takes 3-hits to defeat a Red Darknut.

The Minish Cap


Darknuts are some of the toughest enemies Link faces in The Minish Cap, with the Red Darknut being a stronger variant than the Silver Darknuts that are encountered earlier. The Red Darknut has more armor and will take seven sword slashes with the White Sword before they are defeated. Additionally, their jab and slash attacks do double the amount of damage as their Silver Counterparts. Additionally, Red Darknuts have a charged stab attack that they will occasionally use. If it hits, it will deal two full hearts of damage. This particular attack cannot be blocked by Link's Shield.

Link first encounters a Red Darknut as a mini-boss atop of the Palace of Winds. Link now has the Roc's Cape and can jump over the Darknut. A strategy is to jump over the Darknut and then slash with the sword. The key is to simply tap the jump button as you just want to jump, rather than fully glide over the enemy. The battlefield is high up in the air with no walls. If Link is able to knock the Red Darknut off the platform, he will be defeated instantly. Doing so creates a Blue Portal that Link can use to warp to the dungeon entrance.

Red Darknut later appear in Dark Hyrule Castle. At this point, Link will have acquired the Four Sword and can defeat these enemies in just five sword slashes. Several more Red Darknuts appear after Link finds and defeats the first Black Knight, late within the dungeon. As Link is making his way to the final battle with Vaati, he'll encounter two more Red Darknuts, found in the same room as a Black Knight.

Twilight Princess

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