Peahat

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Peahat
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Peahat from Ocarina of Time and
Majora's Mask
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Non-canon AppearancesZelda's Adventure
Link's Crossbow Training
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Effective WeaponsSword
Boomerang
Hookshot
TWW SpoilsGolden Feather

Peahats (pronounced /ˈpiːhæt/ PEE-hat)[1] are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.

The correct typography is Peahat, as confirmed by the official website,[2] the manual for The Legend of Zelda,[3] and the in-game Figurine Gallery of The Minish Cap. Pea Hat was used in Majora's Mask, but not in Majora's Mask 3D.

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Characteristics

Peahats are flying, plant or flower-like enemies. It propels itself into the air with the use of its petals or leaves that are located either at its base or top, and achieves flight by rapidly spinning them, similar to helicopter blades. While in flight, it is impervious to nearly all attacks as it flies overhead, however, it cannot maintain flight for very long and eventually has to stop to briefly rest. They can be found across various regions, mostly in fields or forests, but sometimes occasionally within dungeons as well. They are usually encountered in groups, which along with their erratic flight pattern, can quickly overwhelm Link if he is not careful. According to The Legend of Zelda manual, they are the spirits of dead flowers.

In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Peahats take a much different form, appearing more like gigantic fruit-like plants that are encountered in Hyrule Field. They are rather uncommon enemies, as they only appear in the northern and southern corners of the field, away from any paths and crossroads. In Majora's Mask, only one is found in a small hole in Termina Field. In the day, they quietly sit in solitary, but at night bury themselves into the ground with only their blossom showing. While Peahats will not actively search for threats, they will be provoked if Link enters within their territory, and will uproot themselves and fly after him in attack. They attack by either swooping down at Link with their leaf-like blades, or create Peahat Larvae, which are smaller versions that swarm after Link. If attacked at night, the Peahat will only release Peahat Larvae and not emerge. The Peahats in Ocarina of Time are also the only enemy that will drop two different types of loot at once, but on an uncommon basis. The one in Majora's Mask is more passive and calculated in its flight pattern.

In The Wind Waker, Peahats are much smaller and are encountered on many islands, but primarily congregate in the Forbidden Forest. Unlike previous incarnations, these Peahats do not stop to rest, and their flower-like propeller blades block sword attacks, requiring them to be stunned by another item first. They can drop Golden Feathers when defeated, which the Grappling Hook can also steal right off from them. Peahats in The Minish Cap are another kind impervious to sword attacks, unless stunned. This incarnation also includes a variety that carries Bombs and attempts to drop them onto Link.

While most Peahats serve as enemies in the Zelda series, others appear as benevolent fauna that Link can use to aid him in his quest, specifically those in Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. In Twilight Princess, Peahats are flying plants with its roots forming a sac-like shape. Link can use the Clawshot to grapple onto them. They are able to support Link's weight, but if carried with the Iron Boots on, they will begin to descend. These Peahats become important to navigating the City in the Sky and during the battle with Argorok. In Skyward Sword, they again appear as Clawshot targets. Submerged Peahats can also be found buried underground in certain areas. Their petals can be activated with the Whip.

In A Link Between Worlds, they only appear during the battle with Zaganaga, which summons them.

Peahats can be defeated with mostly just the Sword, however while in flight they will be too far out of reach, or their spinning blades will block attacks. In most of the 2D games, Link merely needs to wait for the Peahat to land in rest and then strike back, however other times a Peahat will stay aloft until stunned. The Bow and Arrows are usually effective weapons in attacking Peahats, as are the Bombs. In The Wind Waker, Peahats can be stunned with the Deku Leaf, Hookshot or the Boomerang, allowing Link to strike back. In The Minish Cap, the Gust Jar and Boomerang will also stun them. Although while the sword is for the most part ineffective against them, Link can use a Downward Thrust or a Spin Attack with the completed Four Sword to inflict damage as well.

In The Legend of Zelda, however, the Boomerang is ineffective against the Peahat, and fire-based attacks will likewise not work either.

Peahat (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Forbidden Woods
Talent: Rotating
These strange creatures use their propeller-like wings to float in midair. They can be easily knocked out of the sky with either projectiles or a Deku Leaf.
Peahat (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears on Mount Crenel, etc. These strange beasts hover on propellers-like leaves. You can pull them out of the sky with your Gust Jar.

Variations

Peahat Larva

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Peahat Larvae in Ocarina of Time are emitted by sleeping Peahats in Hyrule Field at night or by a Peahat that has flown high into the air. They attack from above and if they land, they die. They will continuously chase Link if not avoided or dispatched. The Shield can fend off these enemies. If not killed, Peahat Larvae eventually get tired and return to their parent plant. Peahat Larvae also appear in Majora's Mask when Link strikes the lone Peahat in the hole in Termina Field at night.

Other Appearances

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Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Peahats appear in Stage 5, which takes place in the City in the Sky. Although the main objective of this level is the shoot the targets carried by Oocca, the Peahats in the background may also be shot, which will cause them to descend slightly and give Link one point each time they are shot. Shooting them with Bomb Arrows, however, will completely destroy them and will grant 100 points. The very last one that appears will reveal a Red Fairy worth 1,000 points if it is destroyed with a Bomb Arrow.

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Zelda's Adventure

Peahat from Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, Peahats act more like Octoroks than their canonical kin. They never fly, opting to instead wander around in small groups on the ground. They have also developed the ability to shoot seeds. Early in the game, when Zelda's life meter if low, these are the most deadly enemies as they have high resilience and usually travel in groups of 2-6 members. However, once Zelda has obtained the Magic Shield, she will be able to block their projectile attack, making them easier to defeat.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Peahats and their Larvae appear as enemies in the Smash Run mode.

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See Also

References

  1. "Pea-Pea-Peahats!"The Legend of Zelda US commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. Zelda.com Encyclopedia
  3. Zelda Legends Image Gallery


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Language Name
Peahat Peahat Larva
Japanese Japan ピーハット (Pīhatto) 幼生ピーハット (Yōsei Pīhatto)
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Pea Hat
Spanish Latin America Peahat (OoT3D, SS) Larva peahat (OoT3D)
French French-speaking countries Peahat/Heli-Tranche Larve Peahat
French Canada Poislico (OoT3D, SS) Larve Poislico (OoT3D)
German Germany Killeranas Larve der Killeranas
Italian Italy Bulbocottero
Cappello Pisello (TMC)
Korean South Korea 피하트 (Pihateu) 유생 피하트 (Yusaeng Pihateu)
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 匹哈特 (Pǐhātè) 匹哈特幼体 (Pǐhātè Yòutǐ)