Hinox from Tri Force Heroes
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Link's Awakening manga
Four Swords manga
Death Mountain Foothills
Palace of Winds
Dee Ess Island
Hinox are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are Cyclops-like ogres that have an affinity for Bombs, and commonly use them as weapons against Link. They typically appear as musclebound, light brown humanoids with a single eye and a ponytail. In most games, they are significantly weak to Bomb explosions.
Characteristics and Weaknesses
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Hinox are found in the Dark World of Hyrule. They are common to most locations, particularly near the Bomb Shop, and have a seemingly endless supply of Bombs to throw at Link. They are very powerful and are able to cause a lot of damage to Link if they come into contact with him. Despite their slow movements, they are extremely dangerous to Link when he first enters the Dark World and should be treated with caution. Striking them with a Sword will defeat them, but it takes many hits and puts Link in danger, so it is easier for Link to throw his own Bombs at them or strike them with his Bow from afar.
Despite what the English game manual suggests, the Hinox's weak point is not usually its eye, unlike similar monsters with a prominent single eye, nor are they weak to their own Bombs; these are mistranslations of the original Japanese manual, which stated the phrase "目には目を (Me ni wa Me o)", or in English, "an eye for an eye." The true weakness of a Hinox are Link's own Bombs, which can destroy them with a single hit.
In the secret ending of A Link to the Past & Four Swords, obtained after completing the Palace of the Four Sword, Hinox are shown passing Bombs to one another, and one appears on top of the Pyramid of Power playing with a Super Bomb.
In Link's Awakening, Hinox appear in certain dungeons of Koholint Island as mini-bosses. A yellow one first appears as the mini-boss of Bottle Grotto, and later a red and blue Hinox appear in Eagle's Tower and Turtle Rock, respectively. The blue Hinox of Turtle Rock is not the dungeon's "true mini-boss", as it will respawn when Link leaves and later re-enters the room.
The Hinox are much larger than those in A Link to the Past. They attack Link by throwing Bombs at him, as well as charging at him to grab him. If grabbed, the Hinox will lift Link off the ground and throw him to the sides of the room, causing him damage and leaving him stunned. In the first and second battles, the boss rooms have cracked floors and holes, respectively. If Link is grabbed, the Hinox may throw Link down one of these holes, which will reset the battle and restore the Hinox to full health the next time Link enters their room. After being struck by Link's Sword, the Hinox will throw a Bomb in retaliation.
All three Hinoxes retain their weaknesses to Bombs, but now takes two explosions to destroy one. Once Link obtains the Magic Rod from Turtle Rock, he can make short work of them, like many other enemies in the game.
In Link's Awakening DX, a stone golem, known as Stone Hinox, appears as a mini-boss of the Color Dungeon exclusive to the remake. While similar in form to a Hinox, its behavior is quite different, and it drops boulders as opposed to throwing Bombs.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, Hinox appear in large numbers in the Death Mountain Foothills of Hyrule. They behave similarly to their previous incarnations but instead attack by throwing Boulders. They will also attack by attempting to grab one of the Links. If grabbed by one, it shakes the Link and makes him drop his Force Gems. Despite their lack of explosives, they are still weak to Bombs, so it is recommended that the Links find nearby Bomb Flowers to destroy them with. At some point in the Death Mountain Foothills, a Quake Medallion can also be found in a nearby cave, which can be used to turn them into weak Zols.
In Phantom Hourglass, Hinox, also known as Eye Brutes in the Prima strategy guide, can be found on Dee Ess Island and in the Goron Temple. They look significantly different to their previous incarnations; they are now blue and have a fuse-like ponytail, giving them a Bomb-like appearance. Their eye is also more prominent on a featureless face, and surrounded by a gold eyelid. They attack by throwing punches and Bombs; if Link throws a Bomb at them, they will throw it back. Because these creatures cannot be attacked from the front with the Sword, it is better to use the Boomerang from behind or to shoot them in the eye with the Bow to stun them for a short time, opening them up for attack.
A Link Between Worlds
Hinox appear throughout Lorule in A Link Between Worlds in a similar role to those in A Link to the Past, although their Bombs now do more damage and they no longer have a weakness to Link's Bombs. A variety also appears in Lorule's snowy Death Mountain, which wears a coat and throws Snowballs. The Snowballs are not as damaging as the standard variety's Bombs, but Link will be frozen briefly if hit, leaving him open to physical attacks. Both varieties of Hinox will also charge at Link, causing a large amount of damage. They can withstand many hits before being defeated.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Hinox appear the same as in A Link Between Worlds. They typically appear as strong, uncommon enemies that are usually encountered as "mini-bosses" in certain Levels. They first appear in Blazing Trail, where the Links fight a group of them along with Fire Keese on an island surrounded by fire spouts. They later appear in the second Stage of the Fire Temple. One appears riding a mine cart and throws Bombs at the Links. The Links must fight it by picking up its Bombs and throwing them back into its mine cart. Alternately, the Links can also use Bomb Flowers growing nearby as well. After it is defeated, two more appear and must be defeated using the same method. Hinox also appear in the final Stage of The Lady's Lair.
Three unique Hinox, the Hinox Brothers, appear as the mini-bosses of Hinox Mine and Bomb Storage. Two are fought in Hinox Mine, though initially the Links face one. The Links fight them on moving mine carts, and must throw their Bombs into their carts. In Bomb Storage, the Links first fight two of the brothers, and use the Gust Jar to propel their Bombs into their balconies. After the pair is defeated, the Links then face the third brother, who throws much bigger Bombs while summoning Hardhat Beetles. As these Bombs are too heavy to use the Gust Jar on, one Link must supply the other two with smaller Bombs to continue the strategy.
- As well as being based on the mythical Cyclops, Hinox also share similarities with Japanese Oni. Their loincloths and upturned fangs in particular are similar to the traditional appearance of an Oni, and the red and blue colored Hinox in Link's Awakening may be a reference to the tradition of a red and blue Oni pair.
- The boss Cragma from Spirit Tracks shares similarities in appearance with both Hinox and Stone Hinox.
|Names in Other Regions|
- "Mysterious monsters prowl the earth in the World of Darkness. They have lots of stamina, and will also throw bombs. Their weakness is "An eye for an eye..."" (Triforce of the Gods manual, pg. 51)
- "Eye Brutes like to batter Link up close and hurl Bombs at him from afar." (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 26)
- "All right, kid! Did you see a faerie fly through here? Which way did she go? [...] Yer lyin'!! Don't hide her! We want her magic powers and we want them now!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
- "You fool! you know what will happen if you use the firecorn here?!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
- "We'll all go up in smoke! But if you guys are going to get me...we'll all go together!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
- "Link!! There's more on the way!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
- "GLUB! Let me g-g-go! Your armor...too heavy..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 2)