Chain Chomp

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Chain Chomp
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Game(s)A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Four Swords
Four Swords Adventures
Non-canon AppearancesHyrule Warriors
Habitat(s)Turtle Rock
Mabe Village
Kakariko Village
Palace of the Four Sword
Effective WeaponsNone

The Chain Chomp[1] is an enemy from the Mario series that also makes an appearance in a few Zelda titles. It is found as an enemy in A Link To The Past, as a friendly animals in Link's Awakening, and as both an ally and enemy in Four Swords.



A Link to the Past

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In A Link to the Past, Chain Chomps can be found as enemies in Turtle Rock and the Palace of the Four Sword. They are invulnerable to all forms of attack and yield an incredible amount of damage. In Turtle Rock, there are only two Chain Chomps found in one room, but in the Palace of the Four Sword, numerous Chain Chomps line the entrance hallway, all chained to torches.

Link's Awakening

Artwork of BowWow in Links Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Chain Chomps are docile animals; three of them are kept as pets by Madam MeowMeow in Mabe Village. Her most beloved Chain Chomp, tied to a post just outside the door, is named BowWow.[2] After completing the Tail Cave dungeon, BowWow is kidnapped by a gang of Moblins.[3] Link rescues him and brings him back to Madam MeowMeow, who then asks Link to take her pet on a walk.[4] BowWow can then be used to eat the otherwise-impenetrable Goponga Flowers blocking the entrance to the game's second dungeon, Bottle Grotto. Although BowWow can take care of most enemies for Link, he cannot be taken into dungeons. After Link completes Bottle Grotto, he must return BowWow to his owner. In Link's Awakening DX, a picture can then be taken with BowWow.

One of Madame MeowMeow's Chain Chomp

Two more pet Chain Chomps are owned by Madam MeowMeow. A smaller one is inside her house and a second is in a doghouse nearby. The second Chain Chomp is quite obviously a female, with a strong desire for jewelry and other such accessories.[5] She helps Link with the trading sequence: if Link gives her the Ribbon, she will give him the Can of Dog Food.[6]

Four Swords

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A Chain Chomp can be obtained as an "item" in Vaati's Palace. While the Chain Chomp is the "pet" of one of the Links, it attacks enemies and other Links within its reach. Like all items in an area, the Chain Chomp is not a permanent item.

In Four Swords Anniversary Edition, a Chain Chomp can be found in the Realm of Memories during the Goponga Swamp section of the area based on Link's Awakening. It is required to finish a puzzle involving an otherwise unreachable enemy.

Four Swords Adventures

A Chain Chomp in Four Swords Adventures

A Chain Chomp appears again, briefly, as an indestructible obstacle in Kakariko Village. As with Link to the Past, this one is an enemy in the same sense Blade Traps are enemies.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

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A Chain Chomp appears in Hyrule Warriors as the Level 3 Ball and Chain usable with the Gauntlets moveset. When Link uses his special attack, the Chain Chomp bites down into the earth.


  • Although it would later become known for being a Mario series enemy, the Chain Chomp was originally created as a Zelda enemy.[7] Takashi Tezuka, who was working on Mario games at the time, decided to put it in A Link to the Past as a joke.[8]
  • In the original version of Four Swords, the Chain Chomp was also named "BowWow".[9] This was changed in the anniversary edition.[1]


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "You got a Chain Chomp! He eats anything! Beware the mad dog!" — N/A (Four Swords Anniversary Edition)
  2. "Ho ho ho! I really appreciate what you did for my poor, precious BowWow!" — Madame MeowMeow (Link's Awakening)
  3. "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 BowWow'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!" — Quadruplets (Link's Awakening)
  4. "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)
  5. "Make-up! Jewels! Dresses! I want it all! Sigh... And some new accessories would be nice..." — Small Chain Chomp (Link's Awakening)
  6. "Oh! That Ribbon! I need it! Will you trade for my dog food?" — Small Chain Chomp (Link's Awakening)
  7. "We’d had concept art for Bow-Wow lying around for awhile. We’d put it aside thinking we might make use of it if we could, but someone discovered it and ended up using it for their own purposes."Takashi Tezuka (The Men Who Made Zelda – Staff Interview)
  8. "Originally, Chain Chomp was a character from the Mario universe. But somehow, he made a guest appearance in a 2D Zelda game. I hear it started because Mr. Tezuka, who was working on Mario games back then as well, jokingly put one in a Zelda game."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  9. "You got BowWow! He eats anything! Beware the mad dog!" — N/A (Four Swords)

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ケルビン (Kerubin)(ALttP)
ワンワン (Wanwan)
Spanish Latin America Chomp Cadenas (FSAE)
French French-speaking countries Chomp enchaîné
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French Canada Chomp (FSAE)
German Germany Kettenhund
Italian Italy Categnaccio