Bokoblin artwork from Breath of the Wild
|Other Media||Link's Crossbow Training|
Bokoblins are recurring enemies in the The Legend of Zelda series. They are common infantry units utilized—alongside Moblins or Bulblins—by antagonists such as Ganon. They can be defeated with most conventional weapons.
Characteristics and Weaknesses
The Wind Waker
Bokoblins are prevalent in The Wind Waker. They have bat-like faces and come in three variants: Blue, Green, and Pink. The most common is the blue-skinned, Boko Stick-wielding combat form. Green-skinned elites carry machetes and wooden shields. Pink Bokoblins carry telescopes they use to scan their surroundings, which they also use as weapons to attack. Unarmed Bokoblins will combat Link hand-to-hand until they can find an available weapon. They can wield any kind of weapon as needed. They are even strong enough to wield weapons such as Moblin Spears and Darknut Swords with one arm.[verification needed] The attack power remains the same, however.[clarification needed]
Bokoblins are more intelligent than their Moblin counterparts. Blue Bokoblins man the searchlights in the Forsaken Fortress, demonstrating an understanding of machinery. Pink Bokoblins act as scouts on the Great Sea. They use their telescopes to scan the sea from Lookout Platforms and rafts tied to Submarines. Bokoblins also recognize the danger of Bombs and will run away if Link pulls one out. One green Bokoblin in Forsaken Fortress serves as the first mini-boss of the game. It guards Link's Sword which he dropped entering the fortress.
Bokoblins attack by swiping their weapons at Link. Occasionally, Bokoblins will jump back and attempt to swing their weapons at Link which can send the young hero flying backwards if struck. Green Bokoblins are a little more versatile as they are able to defend themselves with their shields. They are not particularly tough enemies however, and can be defeated by most conventional items in the game, especially Link's Sword. If they are knocked back, they may drop their weapons which Link can use against them. Bokoblins, even the sea-faring pink ones, cannot swim. Sometimes, when walking on a bridge, Bokoblins lose their balance and nearly fall, but manage to hang onto the edge. When this happens, a single hit of the Sword or some other weapon causes the Bokoblin to fall and drown.
|Bokoblin (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Habitat: Forsaken Fortress|
Spoils: Joy Pendants
These little imps wield sharp machetes and Boko sticks when attacking. If they have no weapon, they'll attempt to fight hand-to-hand.
In Twilight Princess, Bokoblins resemble long imp-like creatures than their The Wind Waker counterparts, and are much less intelligent. They are common in the Southern and parts of the Eastern areas of Hyrule Field, and are prominent in Faron Woods at the beginning of the game, but are driven out by Link as he is traversing the Forest Temple. They are first encountered in their blue-skinned variant, which carries a small stick and is easily felled. Later, they appear in a purple color, and wield swords. Purple Bokoblins are surprisingly resilient, taking very much abuse before death. They share their blue counterpart's mental drawbacks, however.
Uniquely, Bokoblins appear to social among each other: two can be seen talking with one another in an area of Faron, somewhere along the Forest Temple path.
Bokoblins appear as a common type of enemy in Skyward Sword, appearing in many places throughout the Surface. Their appearance resembles that of a Japanese Oni moreso than their previous incarnations. They are much bigger than previous Bokoblins (slightly larger than Link himself), and have an extra edge of difficulty. They can block attacks with their weapons, and in order to defeat them, Link must slash around the weapon. Some are also able to wield Bows and Bombs, while others may carry a Monster Horn with which they can summon more Bokoblins. This Monster Horn can be retrieved using the Whip. Bokoblins also have the ability to balance on tightropes, but will fall off if Link shakes the rope they are on or if they are hit with a projectile or the Beetle. Most Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away; Bokoblins with Bows will shoot it at first sight. The Bokoblins appear to be somewhat more intelligent and sociable than their past appearances, even establishing small Outposts while conflicting with the native Mogma throughout Eldin Volcano. They defend these villages with the aid of lookout towers, and large boulders, which they can roll downhill to hinder Link.
Multiple new variations of Bokoblin make an appearance in Skyward Sword, such as Technoblins and Cursed Bokoblins. Techoblins are found in Lanayru Desert, and like many other enemies in the area, use electricity in the form of a weapon. Cursed Bokoblins are zombies, and can only be found in the depths of the Ancient Cistern and the Sky Keep room that represents the former dungeon. While these Bokoblins do not wield weapons, they are extremely resilient and can withstand much more damage than their living counterparts. Later in the game, Blue Bokoblins replace ordinary Bokoblins as a more durable enemy, taking more hits to defeat. The Blue Bokoblin also has a new tactic of attack, similar to Link's Jump Attack. Green Bokoblins are the dungeon and cave variant of Bokoblins, wearing a skull helmet and a wielding stone club. Their skin slowly began to turn into a shade of green, due to its sun-deficient lifestyle.
After the "Song of the Hero" quest is completed, most of the various types of Bokoblins and Moblins disappear from the overworld completely, leaving Eldin Volcano and Faron Woods devoid of their presence, most likely leaving the woodlands due to the massive flooding caused by Faron, the Water Dragon. During the Horde Battle near the end of the game, all varieties of Bokoblins either have significantly increased skills or numbers. Ornamental Skulls and Golden Skulls, however, will not appear after Link defeats a Bokoblin during the Horde Battle.
According to Fi, they are obsessed with their idea of fashion, particularly their unusual leopard-print underwear, which can be seen best if Link performs a Fatal Blow on one. This is likely a reference to an Oni's tendency to wear tiger-print loincloths in Japanese folklore.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Italian|| Boblin (TWW)|
A Red Bokoblin lighting a Boko Club on fire
- "Grrr... Those creeps just shimmied on in and took over our territory. Yeow! What're you doing? Don't be sneakin' up on me like that! Huh? You're looking for your friend? Can't help you there. Nobody's come through here, so... Maybe they went up the mountain from over thataway. Ahh... Wish someone would chase these clowns outta here." — Tyto (Skyward Sword)
- "Gyaah! Sneak attack! Wait... You ain't one of those red guys. Don't creep up on me like that! Almost had to tackle ya there. Didn't mean to yell at ya, but those red jerks moved in and have been stinking up our turf, ya know? They came up through that hole back there, so I sunk the road leading to it in lava. That'll stop more of 'em from moving in, I'd say. Of course, we can tunnel underneath it, so it's no sweat for us. Pretty clever, right? So stay away from the plug that's holding back the lava. It'll do more than singe your brows off. Bye now!" — Merco (Skyward Sword)
- "This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark places, such as caves. Its sunlight-deficient lifestyle has turned its skin a stomach-turning shade of green." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments." — Fi (Skyward Sword)