The Tektite is a one-eyed spider-like enemy that has the honor of appearing in almost every Zelda game save for The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. This common foe comes in several colored varieties and are usually found in mountainous areas such as Death Mountain and Mount Crenel, yet are not uncommon to lake regions or on the overworld itself.
The Tektite is a jumping spider-like creature in all aspects pertaining to appearance and behavior, changing little between games. From its debut in the original The Legend of Zelda, where it was called a "spidery thing", to its most recent appearance in Spirit Tracks, these foes tend to appear in at least groups of two, and have quite the tendency to bounce and jump around the landscape as they please, a trait exhibited most candidly in The Minish Cap. Certain incarnations of this enemy, for example the Tektites of Ocarina of Time, can also skim the surface of the water. While for the majority of Tektite incarnations, they are easy and quickly defeated using the sword, the Tektites of The Adventure of Link up the ante by shooting fireballs out of their eyes (in the non-Japanese version), and incorporate a nearly impregnable hide to make matters worse.
Tektites are no stranger to locations of many kinds; they have been seen in mountainous and lake areas, like in Ocarina of Time, The Minish Cap, and Phantom Hourglass, and have even been spotted crawling up the walls of dark caves in Spirit Tracks, not to mention on the Hyrule overworld as well. Early on, these creatures can only be found in temple-like locations in Twilight Princess, but eventually break out into the fields of Hyrule after such temples have been completed.
|Tektite (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears on Mount Crenel, etc. They move by jumping long distances. Their movement can be unpredictable, so attack them when they are still.|
Red TektiteGoron-inhabited mountains, however are not regarded to be one of the more heat-inviting species in these vicinities (in the Goron Mines in Twilight Princess they are situated amongst the more refreshing water-container mining compartment rooms).
Blue TektiteThe Legend of Zelda series. It will follow after Link, bouncing, until it reaches him, dealing relatively small amounts of damage. They can walk on water and can jump down lengths from a considerable height, which makes areas like Lake Hylia and the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time perfect habitats for them. These foes are quite simple to kill; two blows with a regular sword or one shot from the Bow and Arrow will get rid of one quickly and without risking Link's health.
Water Tektites are green Tektites which, unlike the Blue Tektites from Ocarina of Time also found on earth, are found exclusively skimming on water. This variation appears in Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons. A very similar creature known as Hover exists in A Link to the Past, but is unrelated to Tektites.
As a result of a certain Kinstone Fusion in The Minish Cap, a Gold Tektite will appear at a seemingly random location; these Tektites are much stronger than their red and blue couterparts, taking an abundance of hits before admitting defeat, not to mention the increased speed that accompanies the heightened health. However, such increased speed and vitality comes standard for all gold enemies that are products of Kinstone Fusion.
The Tektite is considered a "normal enemy", considering it only takes one or two sword swipes to defeat (depending on which sword/upgrades you have). Projectile weapons such as slingshot seeds or arrows work, as well. The Hookshot or Longshot is effective in stunning the Tektite as in Ocarina of Time, while keeping it alive.
- In The Adventure of Link, Tektites are invulnerable to Link's sword and, short of the kill-everything Thunder spell, can only be killed with the Fire spell. In the Japanese version, however, they can be harmed by Link's sword. In Ocarina of Time, Tektites are unaffected by Din's Fire.
- In Ocarina of Time, the Megaton Hammer can flip Tektites on their backs.
- In Majora's Mask, Goron Link's ground pound will also flip Tektites onto their backs.
- The Blue Tektites of Ocarina of Time return in Majora's Mask but the Red Tektites do not, perhaps because there is no volcanic section in Termina's overworld. Ironically, the primary environment where Blue Tektites appear is Snowhead, a mountainous region.
- In the entire overworld of The Minish Cap, there is only one Blue Tektite.
- It is implied that the Rocktite of Spirit Tracks is simply an enlarged Tektite due to similarities in appearance and behavior.
Tektite in The Legend of Zelda
Tektite in The Adventure of Link
Tektite in BS The Legend of Zelda
Blue Tektite in A Link to the Past
Blue Tektite as seen in Ocarina of Time
Blue Tektite as seen in Majora's Mask
Tektite in Four Swords
Tektite in Four Swords Adventures
Blue Tektite in The Minish Cap
Tektite in Twilight Princess
A Red Tektite in Phantom Hourglass
Tektite in Spirit Tracks
- Legend of Zelda US Instruction Booklet
- "It's an underground entrance. We're being attacked!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 6 )
|Names in Other Regions|
|Tektite||Red Tektite||Blue Tektite||Water Tektite||Golden Tektite|
|Tektite||Tektite rojo||Tektite azul|
|French||Tektite/Araknon||Araknon Rouge||Araknon Bleu||Araknon d'Or|
|French||Araknon||Araknon rouge||Araknon bleu|
|German||Arachno||Roter Arachno||Blauer Arachno||Goldener Arachno|