Octorok artwork from Ocarina of Time
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|Non-canon Appearances||The Legend of Zelda Animated series|
The Legend of Zelda comic
The Crystal Trap
The Shadow Prince
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
|Habitat(s)||Land in 2D games|
Water in most 3D games
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Octoroks are octopus-like creatures that are best known for their method of attack; shooting circular projectiles from its cylindrical snout in short intervals, attempting to hit Link from afar. The rock shooting capabilities of the Octorok varies from game to game, as does the way they appear and where they are encountered. In the 2D games such as The Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past, Octoroks are land-dwelling creatures that slowly crawl and shoot rocks at random in the cardinal directions. In most of the 3D console games, Octorocks are instead truer to their real-life counterparts, as they are encountered in water-filled areas such as lakes or seas, and pop out to shoot directly at Link's direction. In The Adventure of Link, the land-dwelling variety are even known for their ability to jump, and have flying variants as well in Link's Awakening and Skyward Sword.
These foes are also known for their large heads and eyes, seen vividly in the 3D console titles. In the 2D games, they appear somewhat more porcine or spider-like. In Skyward Sword, however, the design of the Octorok more heavily resembles the Deku Scrub, as it covers itself in shrubbery or rocks, and hides just underground. If Link picks one up, it pops up from the ground and hurts him.
The Octorok has otherwise changed little in terms of behavior across the series since its debut in The Legend of Zelda. Most Octoroks, primarily in the 2D games, are smaller then Link, and are of little threat in the areas they are encountered. The 3D games introduced much larger variants, with some even taking the role of bosses or mini-bosses, such as the Big Octos of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker and Cyclok of Phantom Hourglass. Regardless of size, Octoroks are seldom seen isolated. Their populations typically consists of only a few Octoroks, but can reach up to fourty as seen in a few instances of Four Swords Adventures. Other times many Octoroks may populate a single area but may not be in close proximity. An example being the Zora's River in Ocarina of Time, in which many Octoroks swam along the lengthy river.
Hyrule Historia states that the Octoroks and their variants that appear in Phantom Hourglass are the minions of Bellum (who was notably referred to as Grande Octo/Big Octorok during development).
The Octorok, regardless of terrain, can be defeated by any conventional weapon, such as the Sword, Bow and Arrow, Bombs, Boomerang (only stuns in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask) and the like. In the same vein as the Dead Man's Volley, Link can sometimes use his Shield, and in some cases, the Sword, to reflect the projectile that the Octorok shoots back at its face. While this technique usually does not work on land-dwelling Octoroks, the water-born variety are more than vulnerable to this technique, and in some cases is the only means of defeating them without long-ranged weapons, as they will submerge once Link moves too close. In Majora's Mask, Octoroks can also be frozen with Ice Arrows to create a solid platform onto which Link can climb.
|Octorok (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in various areas. There are red and blue ones. They've appeared in every Zelda game to date. They spit rocks, so careful!|
|Octorok (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Habitat: The Forest Haven, Great Sea|
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When approached, these creatures tend to hide in the water. They can easily be defeated by reflecting the rocks they shoot with a sword or shield.
While the grand majority of Octoroks differ in color, there are few species that inhibit unique traits.
Red and Blue Octoroks
In the 2D Zelda games, Octoroks usually appear in red and blue colors, with the latter being the stronger variety. In The Adventure of Link, these foes are sedentary creatures that can jump. These Octoroks can be found only in caves and marshes, the latter of which provides a mobile version that creeps up on Link under the cover of tall grass. Octoroks in A Link to the Past sometimes stop and spew rocks in all four cardinal directions, a trait also seen in blue Octoroks in Four Swords Adventures. In the Oracle series, Link can take the form of one of these Octoroks while wearing the Octo Ring, although he will be green in color rather than red or blue, and cannot attack.
Only red Octoroks appear in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, and Four Swords. At least one red Octorok in A Link Between Worlds is sentient, and works as the pitcher for Lorule's sport of Octoball Derby.
The Flying Octorok is a variant unique to Link's Awakening. These enemies will take flight if Link tries to slash at them. Link must aim his strikes to hit them as they aim to land behind him, which they will then shoot back after landing. Link can use the Roc's Feather to jump high and slash his sword in their direction. They are also susceptible to Spin Attacks and thrusts.
Pink and Purple Octoroks
The standard Octoroks seen in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are purple, a trend carried into Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. These colored varieties are typically of the water-dwelling kind, though this also varies by game. In The Wind Waker, a pink and purple variety exist, the former shoots Bombs instead of rocks and appears frequently across the expanse of the Great Sea, while the latter remains a traditional rock-shooter appearing only in freshwater locales such as the Forest Haven. In Four Swords Adventures, a purple variety exists as well, however, it hesitates for a beat before shooting a volley of four rocks at Link in a row.
- Main article: Golden Monsters
In Oracle of Seasons and The Minish Cap, Golden Octoroks are among the Golden Monsters. As with the rest of the Golden Monsters, it moves faster and inflicts more damage onto Link, as well as takes more hits to defeat. The Golden Beasts of Oracle of Seasons appear after talking to the appropriate Old Man, and only within certain seasons, while those in The Minish Cap appear as the result of certain Kinstone Fusions.
Another exotic form of Octorok is the Octomine, found in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. They are an explosive species that can only be found underwater. In the former game, they come in two distinct varieties: a sleeping type that remains stationary and an active kind that propels itself through the water, either upwards or from left to right and vice versa. Link encounters these creatures while operating the Salvage Arm; if he fails to take caution and avoid them, the crane will eventually sustain excessive damage and be rendered inoperable until he has it repaired at the Shipyard.
In Spirit Tracks, Octomines can be found beneath the sea in the Ocean Realm. In this game, only the upward-moving variety appear. They pose no threat to Link or his Train as they are unable to make contact. Similar to the floating Barrels seen above the water's surface, the hero can destroy nearby Octomines by shooting them with the Cannon. Destroyed Octomines yield Rupees and Train-repairing green Hearts.
In addition to those rooted in the ground, Skyward Sword also has Sky Octoroks that are adapted to living in the sky. As Link flies his Loftwing through The Sky, the enemy will fire homing rocks at him. They can be killed by flying close to their small, barren rock island and boosting through the pink-and-purple spotted creature.
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- Unira, the urchin enemy from Clu Clu Land, bears a strong resemblance to the Octoroks from The Legend of Zelda.
- Although Octoroks do not appear in Twilight Princess, the Toadpoli behave similarly.
- Squig, Squog, Squoinker, and Dark Squiglet of Super Paper Mario are similar to Octoroks in that they are small enemies that spit rocks at their prey.
- "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too" — The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "A type of octopus that lives above ground. They bounce and attack by spitting out rocks." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 29)
- Hyrule Historia page 204
- Hyrule Historia page 203
- "Octorok: Bounce back the rocks they spit at you!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you could somehow step on top of that Octorok, I bet you'd be able to climb onto that central pillar. But the Octorok is so squishy and it keeps squirming around...There's gotta be something you can do!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "A type of octopus that lives above ground. They bounce and attack by spitting out rocks." (Adventure of Link manual, pg. 29)
- "FLYING OCTOROKS
Wait for these flying cousins of the familiar Octorok to land before launching your fierce attack with Sword and Shield." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 97)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Octorok||Sea Octorok||Flying Octorok|
|Japanese||オクタロック (Okutarokku)||シーオクタ (Shī Okuta)||パタオクタ (Pata Okuta)|
|Octorok (OoT3D, SS)|
|Octorok (OoT3D, SS)|
|Chinese||八爪投石怪 (Bāzhuǎ Tóushí Guài)|