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Moblins are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are among some of the most common enemies throughout the series, having appeared in the majority of games, and are prolific in Ganon's army. Early in the series, Moblins originally resembled anthropomorphic bulldogs, but beginning in A Link to the Past, have increasingly evolved more pig-like and goblin features. In all of their appearances, Moblins are characteristically depicted as using spears or javelins as their main weapon. They are abundant in forests but also occasionally appear inside mountains and dungeons.
In the 2D Zelda games, Moblins are often depicted as common foot soldiers encountered early in the game. In the 3D console Zelda games, Moblins are instead depicted as elite enemies capable of performing powerful attacks who may engage in full combat with Link. These Moblins usually require more careful or percise attacks to defeat.
While Moblins have changed little aside from their visual appearance throughout the series, some variants of the standard Moblin have also appeared. These include the Club Moblin, exclusive to Ocarina of Time; the Spear and Bow Moblins, which specialize in spears and Bows, respectively; and the Shield Moblin, which carry large Shields. In Link's Awakening and the Oracle series, both bulldog and pig-like Moblins appear. To differentiate between the two, the pig-like Moblins in those games are known as Pig Warriors. The King Moblin and Great Moblin are two notable Moblins that have appeared in the series. Other related species with similar names include the Bokoblin, Miniblin, Bulblin and Big Blin.
- 1 Characteristics and Weaknesses
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Etymology
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
Characteristics and Weaknesses
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, Moblins were originally called Molblins. They are common enemies found throughout Hyrule. They keep to the wooded areas, such as the Lost Woods, and throw spears to attack. These spears can be blocked with the most basic Shield. Like most enemies in this game, they come in two colors - red and blue; the blue being the stronger of the two, and able to withstand more hits from attacks. Blue Moblins drop Bombs more frequently than most other enemies.
Not all Moblins are enemies, however. Some friendly Moblins hide in secret caves across Hyrule and give Link Rupees when spoken to, uttering the iconic phrase "It's a secret to everybody" in the process.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Moblins were also originally called Molblins. They appear leaner and more muscular, as opposed to their short, squat appearance in the first game. Although their master, Ganon, is deceased, they continue to serve him and patrol the overworld of Hyrule. Moblins are common to the wooded areas of Hyrule, although some can be found on bridges or caves. They attack by either jabbing or throwing their spears. Moblns appear in orange, red and blue, from weakest to strongest, respectively. The orange variety comes in two forms: a weaker variety that will simply charge at Link with their spears and yield no Experience when defeated, and one that will throw spears at him that will yield 10 Experience points upon defeat. Moblins are also capable of draining Link's Experience whenever he is attacked by one.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Moblins only appear in the Dark World. This appearance marks the first occasion that they had a pig-like face, rather than that of a bulldog of previous games. They patrol the grounds in a quick fashion, and throw trident spears at Link from any distance within the screen. These projectiles can easily be blocked with the Shield. Although defensively weak, they can cause up to two Hearts of damage if they come in direct contact with Link. They commonly appear alongside Taros and Hinox.
In Link's Awakening, Moblins appear in two forms. The common forest-dwelling Moblins only appear in the Mysterious Woods and the Moblin Hideout in Tal Tal Heights. Unlike the Moblins of A Link to the Past, these Moblins share their bulldog-like appearance of the Moblins of The Legend of Zelda. As with previous incarnations, these Moblins simply wander and shoot what appear to be arrows to attack. Some Moblins are instead armed with Swords and Shields and are known as Sword Moblins. They will charge after Link when they see him, like the Soldiers from A Link to the Past. Their blades are also able to parry Link's Sword. Their leader, known as the King Moblin, lives with a small horde in the Moblin Hideout. After Link clears the Tail Cave, he will find that the Moblins have captured Madam MeowMeow's BowWow. The King Moblin and his personal guards will defend their prize to the death.
A second variety of the Moblin are known as Pig Warriors, which have a more porcine-like appearance akin to the Moblins of A Link to the Past. They live primarily in Tal Tal Heights and Ukuku Prairie. These Moblins behave in an identical manner to their forest-dwelling cousins, and also come in a Sword variant.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, Moblins only appear in the Sacred Forest Meadow when Link is an adult. They are much bigger than their previous appearances, and retain their original bulldog-like resemblance. They patrol the hedge maze of the Forest Meadow and proceed to powerfully charge at Link with their spears whenever they see him. They can be killed by the Hookshot or Arrows, but are generally best avoided by stealth. With good timing, death by Sword is also a possibility.
A bigger and stronger variation of the Moblin, the Club Moblin, guards the entrance of the Forest Temple with a giant club. This giant Moblin carries an enormous club it slams on the ground when it sees Link, causing a shock wave which can prevent forward progress.
Neither type of Moblin can be Z-targeted, so Navi cannot comment on them.
In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, both the bulldog-like Moblins and Pig Warriors of Link's Awakening appear. They act the same as in the previous game, even coming in Sword-wielding variants, but now also come in colored varieties. Red Moblins are the most common, while the blue Moblins are rarer and stronger. In certain dungeons, red Moblins that throw Boomerangs also appear, similarly to Goriyas from previous games. In Oracle of Ages, blue Moblins often appear in the past while red ones are placed in the same region in the present. Similarly, blue Moblins tend to appear during winter in Oracle of Seasons.
In Oracle of Seasons, a Golden Moblin also appears, which shows up after Link has spoken to an Old Man wearing a golden robe. The Moblin can be found in the Woods of Winter in the autumn. This variety is much more aggressive and far stronger than the ordinary varieties.
In both games, the Great Moblin is the boss of a gang of pig Moblins in the lands of Labrynna and Holodrum. They operate a keep in both lands, where the Great Moblin is fought as a mini-boss. After his defeat, the Moblins are driven away to the other land in a Linked Game. In Holodrum, after their defeat, they can be founded in Sunken City, forced to make innocent work by selling Bombs.
The Moblin Ring can be worn to transform Link into the appearance of a green Moblin.
In Four Swords, Moblins appear in two forms: a melee spear type, and a ranged Bow type. Spear Moblins attack by charging at the Links with their spears, which can parry their Swords, whereas Bow Moblins shoot Arrows from afar. Their appearance is identical to the Moblins of The Wind Waker.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, Moblins are once again Ganon's primary soldiers. Similarly to the Moblins of A Link to the Past, their appearance is distinctively more porcine-like. They are often seen patrolling Ganon's territories, such as Submarines, temples, and notably the Forsaken Fortress. Bokoblins and Miniblins often accompany them, and one Moblin in particular serves as the mini-boss of Dragon Roost Cavern. They are sometimes carried into battle on Kargarocs. There are two kinds of Moblins in The Wind Waker: brown and blue. The brown Moblins appear in the Forsaken Fortress, the Earth Temple, and the Fairy Woods at night time, as well as sevral Submarines and Caves. This variety can take more hits and carry Lanterns which they throw at Link when they spot him, acting as a smokescreen of sorts as well as to hurt him with fire. The blue Moblins cannot take as many hits and do not carry Lanterns.
Moblins are big and powerful, but not particularly intelligent. They carry spears, which can be picked up and wielded by Link when dropped. Moblins attack by swiping, stabbing, or crushing Link with their spears, which can inflict varying amounts of damage depending on the attack. These attacks also lowers the Moblin's defense, provided if Link can find a safe opening to strike back. Moblins have immense reach with their spears, but their wide swings mean that two or more Moblins in proximity are likely to injure or even kill each other or other enemies. If disarmed, a Moblin proceeds to unleash mighty, lightning-fast punches until it gets its spear back. These attacks send Link flying as he is hit. Moblins may also punch Link in certain instances followed by a spear attack, such as when Link raises his Shield. Link, however, will not sustain any damage from this punch. Moblins are also adept at handling a frontal assault by defending with their spears, so attacking from the sides or back is recommended. If Link strikes the rear-end, the Moblin will comically cry out and briefly hop around, due to the pain inflicted in a delicate place. Notably, Moblins are afraid of explosives, and will flee in terror if Link takes out a Bomb while engaged with a Moblin. They will return to the fight once the Bomb explodes.
While infiltrating the Forsaken Fortress to find and rescue his kidnapped sister, Link will encounter Moblins patrolling the fortress and will have to avoid them, on account that he had lost his Sword and is unable to fight them. Link can sneak past the Moblins by moving past them as they are facing away, or by picking up Barrels and hiding in them when a Moblin is nearby. If Link is caught by a Moblin, he will be thrown into an empty prison cell and will have to escape and reattempt. Once Link retrieves his Sword and revisits the Forsaken Fortress, he can fight the Moblins normally. Moblins also appear to have a keen sense of smell, as they appear to be sniffing out Link as he is sneaking through Forsaken Fortress.
Valuable Skull Necklaces can be stolen by using the Grappling Hook or won as spoils by defeating Moblins,which can be sold to Dampa near the Bomb Shop, Beedle, or to Maggie's Father in the House of Wealth after the second Forsaken Fortress mission.
Maggie from Windfall Island maintains a long-distance relationship with a Moblin named Moe who lives in the Forsaken Fortress. They communicate through letters, and Moe indicates a disturbing "hunger" to see Maggie. Maggie takes this to mean that he wants to marry her. It is apparent through Maggie's actions that she is in love with him, much to her father's disapproval.
|Moblin (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Habitat: Forsaken Fortress|
Spoils: Skull Necklaces
These mighty enemies swing their long spears with the greatest of ease. They've knocked Link around with that attack countless times.
The Minish Cap
Both Spear and Bow Moblins appear as variants in The Minish Cap. They are identical to those in Four Swords; Spear Moblins charge at Link, while Bow Moblins shoot Arrows. Blue-colored Moblins also appear in the Dark Hyrule Castle, although their strength and resiliency is identical to the more common, brown-colored variety.
- Main article: Shield Moblin
Shield Moblins appear as variants in Skyward Sword. They appear as obese red monsters with grotesque features, somewhat resembling the common, smaller Bokoblin. Their jowls are also somewhat more reminiscent of a bulldog. Shield Moblins in Skyward Sword come in two varieties: a Wooden Shield variant and a Metal Shield variant. Both types carry large, square-shaped Shields they use to defend with, and are equipped with spears for offense. Their Shields are highly durable; while it is possible to destroy a Moblin's Wooden Shield, the same cannot be done against the Metal Shield variety. Along with their superb defenses, their attacking power makes them elite enemies.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, Moblins are directly based on those from A Link to the Past. They appear throughout Lorule as common enemies. They come in two varieties: a spear-wielding type, and an armored sword and shield type. The spear-wielding Moblins have an identical appearance to those from A Link to the Past, but with a slightly different attack strategy. These Moblins now back away and try to maintain a distance away from Link as they aim their javelins at him, identically to the Spear Soldiers of Hyrule. The sword and shield Moblins are an armored variety that carry blades, or alternately a pitchfork, and a shield. They charge directly at Link when they see him, akin to the Sword Soldiers. Their shields are able to block Link's Sword, so it is advised to attack their unprotected backsides. Both Moblin varieties act as a slightly stronger version of their Hyrulean counterparts.
Tri Force Heroes
- Main article: Spear Throwing Moblin
Spear Throwing Moblins are a named variant in Tri Force Heroes. They are identical to the spear-wielding Moblins of A Link Between Worlds, sharing the same model, attack strategy and pattern. Spear Throwing Moblins may also sometimes appear riding Totem Armos, requiring that the Links form a Totem to reach the Moblin's height to attack. A "dark" version of this Moblin also appears in the Den of Trials.
Breath of the Wild
In Breath of the Wild, Moblins have a more lankier and taller stature than of previous games. They wield Moblin Clubs, which they use to bludgeon opponents. They are also shown to be particularly intelligent, enough to steer clear from Remote Bombs. When defeated, they may drop Moblin Fangs and Moblin Horns.
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- In The Minish Cap, Moblins appear in two color palettes, which in this series normally implies that one is stronger in some way than the other (most often by having more health). But in this case the two palettes are functionally identical, having the same amount of health, inflicting the same amount of damage to Link, and exhibiting the same behaviors.
- According to Zelda.com, Moblins are implied to be greedy and only care about food and Rupees. This is also somewhat referenced in the games to a degree, particularly in the Oracle games.
Moblins in The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link were known as "Molblins", a more exact transliteration of their Japanese name, モリブリン (Moriburin). Moriburin is a portmanteau of 森 (Forest), in reference to their common habitat, and "goblin." In later titles, the initial "L" was omitted.
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|Japanese||モリブリン (Moriburin)||Portmanteau of 森 (Forest) and "goblin".|
Grublin (SS, TWW)
- "PIG WARRIORS These fierce porkers are related to Moblins. Be prepared for them with Shield and Sword. A spinning attack will knock them out." (Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 96)
- "IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda)
- "Hyrule was on the road to ruin. The power that the vile heart of Ganon had left behind was causing chaos and disorder in Hyrule. What's more, even after the fall of Ganon, some of his underlings remained, waiting for Ganon's return." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 3)
- "A little devil that lives mainly in the forest. He attacks Link by throwing spears, but he moves slowly." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 28)
- "A spitting image of the Prince of Darkness’ swine reflection, these are Ganon’s prized soldiers. Roaming about the western side of the Dark World, they hunt for Link in order to fulfill their master’s command." — Enemies: A Link to the Past, Zelda Universe.
- "Well, most Moblins live in the Mysterious Forest, but some live in the caves of Tal Tal Heights." — Ulrira (Link's Awakening)
- "SWORD MOBLIN Sword Moblins are one of the most common enemies in the forests and mountains of Koholint. Fight them with Sword and Shield." (Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 95)
- "AIEEEEEEEE! It's terrrrbile! My BowWow was dognapped by... Mo-mo-MOBLINS!! OHHH! AHHHH! Please! Somebody help my poor BowWow!!" — Madam MeowMeow (Link's Awakening)
- "Ennh? Who's this suspicious-looking runt?! Okay boys, let's get ridda him!" — Sword Moblin (Link's Awakening)
- "Moblin - Location: Sacred Forest Meadow (only as an adult)" — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "Great Moblin -Location: Sacred Forest Meadow (only as an adult) This behemoth can be found just before the entrance to the Forest Temple." — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "If you don’t have either, you will have to run at it, dodging the shock waves it sends at you in the process, and slash it with your sword." — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "These fierce and dangerous opponents often carry Bokoblins and Moblins into battle." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "Moblins are giant pig-nosed brutes that smack Link with their spears and throw their lanterns at him to set him on fire." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
- "Moblins are tough and strong, but they're not bright." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
- "I hear there's a fellow on Windfall Island who's collecting Skull Necklaces! You know who it is, fry? I don't. Sorry. What I CAN tell you is that those piggish monsters you see here in the Forsaken Fortress seem to carry those Skull Necklaces around all the time. Not that I think it's easy work stealing anything from the likes of those guys." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
- "Moblin Habitat: Forsaken Fortress Spoils: Skull Necklaces These mighty enemies swing their long spears with the greatest of ease. They've knocked Link around with that attack countless times." — Moblin figurine description (The Wind Waker)
- "Oh, Moe... My dear, sweet, burly Moe... When, oh when, will you respond to me? Troo di loo la la!" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- ""I...like... you...Ma...ggie...so...much...that...I...want...to...eat you...for dinner."" — Moe (The Wind Waker)
- "Did you hear that? Those words? This means... I mean, it must mean...Can it be...?!? Is this his marriage proposal?" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- "My father has been so strict with me lately. He won't let me out of the house!" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- "This week's top titles: 3 Learn to Like Your Like Like: A Good Guide to A Bad Pet 2 Gorman's Guide to Good Grub 1 Married to the Moblin" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
- "Blast, blast, blast, blast! You idiots bungled it again!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Ringer )
- "Silence! Maybe that will shock some sense into you!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "Not Ganon. We get rid of him. We in charge now." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "You traitors will pay for your insolence NOW! This place is a mess! I want it clean up...with your TONGUES!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "That not fair. It HIS stupid plan." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "You're sorry? You're sorry? Blast these incompetent servants! You idiots!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode Doppelganger )
- "Tell me what you know, or else!" — Moblin (Captain N, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "Thank you for saving my son, kind sir. Please, take this as a reward. It's a map to an ancient desert palace. There lies a Golden Key that will unlock the Potion of Power you seek." — Woman from Rauru (Captain N, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "A Moblin!" — Simon Belmont (Captain N, Episode Once Upon a Time Machine )
- "I hope he knows to watch out for Moblins. The woods are full of them!" — Link (Captain N, Episode The Trojan Dragon )
- "I-I'm sorry, Master! The adventurer, Link, passed my outpost. I tried to destroy him, but failed! He smashed my entire pack of brothers in moments! And I, I alone escaped to tell you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
- "Not CAPTURING him, well...that's another thing altogether. [...] NO ONE will destroy Link! No one but me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
- "Standing not twenty feet away is their archenemy, Ganon! The tall, hooded figure looms over a dozen of his soldiers--the squat, ugly, dog-like moblin. They growl and bear their long fangs." (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 2 and 3)
- "A soft noise like the wind through leaves fills the clearing. The screaming moblin fall silent and stop where they are." (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 17)
- "Covering his horse's ears with his thick cloak, Link holds the whistle to his lips and blows. A high-pitched whine pierces the air. The effect on the dog-like moblin is instantenous. They grab their ears and double over, whimpering. [...] Link blows again. The moblin howl and roll on the forest floor. [...] 'Magic potion!' the moblin cries. 'Take it! But please! Stop with the whistle!' [...] 'Woops! I think it's time for a fast exit now,' he says. He urges Cloud to a gallop and they race out of the swamp, leaving the howling moblin behind." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. )
- "When the moblin see their master vanish they panic, yowling and cursing as they scatter out of the clearing." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 97)
- "Ho Ho! Those Moblins are so stupid and slow! They're still trying to eat their soup with a fork!" — Talking Mushroom (Zelda's Adventure)
- "Moblins, or "Molblins" as they've come to be called recently, are piggish brutes who attack with swords and care only about food and Rupees." — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), retrieved January 17, 2017.
- "Bwee! I found somethin' weird! If we catch it and sell it, we'll be rich!!!!" — Moblins (Oracle of Seasons)
- "Bwee-hee-hee! We're rich!" — Moblins (Oracle of Seasons)