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LoZ Patra.png
Patra artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
Oracle of Ages
Other MediaBS The Legend of Zelda
Animated series
The Legend of Zelda comic
Dungeon(s)Death Mountain (TLoZ)
Skull Dungeon (OoA)
Magical Rod
Switch Hook

Patra, also known as Eyesoar, is a recurring boss in The Legend of Zelda series.


The Legend of Zelda


In The Legend of Zelda, Patra is a mini-boss of sorts, although not typically considered in that status due to the fight's high level of difficulty. It appears in Death Mountain, composed of a single flying eye surrounded by several smaller flying eyes; this foe can easily impede Link's progress. Patra comes in two varieties, denoted by the pattern in which the outer ring of eyes behaves. While both types spin their smaller Patra around the center eye, one variety has the outer circle expand and contract, while the other variety's smaller Patra rotate like a gyroscope. Both are equally menacing[1] and in many cases Link is required to defeat Patra before moving on. Before Link can kill the main eye, he has to attack the smaller Patra first. Then he can kill the main Patra. Patra is only vulnerable to the sword and to the Magical Rod. Bizarrely, it is only affected by direct contact with the rod itself; neither the beams nor the Book of Magic flames harm it, so the sword is a better option unless the player is doing a swordless run of the game.

Oracle of Ages

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In Oracle of Ages, Patra is known as Eyesoar, and is the boss of Skull Dungeon.[2] To rid Skull Dungeon of this monster, Link had to destroy the smaller eyes that orbit around Eyesoar, then use the Switch Hook to switch places with the main eye. This temporarily stunned the monster, allowing Link to run over and hit it with his sword. As he did this, the smaller eyes became far more aggressive. Despite its best efforts, Link emerged victorious in the battle between them, and moved to take the Burning Flame.

The Eyesoar is capable of dealing damage very fast simply in the way its smaller eyes spin around it, each causing a quarter heart of damage upon contact. However, if Link attacks the smaller eyes, the Eyesoar will very quickly regenerate new ones. The way to defeat it is for Link to grab the Eyesoar with the Switch Hook, then to attack it while it is vulnerable. To penetrate the smaller eyes, Link may either perform a spin attack to get rid of some of the smaller eyes temporarily, then press his advantage and use the Switch Hook while the eyes are regenerating, or he may try simply try to grab the Eyesoar itself, ignoring the smaller eyes. This method is more suicidal, keep in mind, because of the damage the eyes inflict.

Other Appearances

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BS The Legend of Zelda


In BS The Legend of Zelda, Patra appears as the boss of Level 5 and a mini-boss in Levels 7 and 8. It used the same attack patterns as in the original game, but it featured updated graphics.

Non-Canon Information hide
Patra in the animated series

Animated Series

A Patra briefly appears in the "Stinging a Stinger" episode of the animated series. When Link hears Princess Zelda's screams, he rushes over to where she is and sees that she's being attacked by Patra.[3] The young hero, confident about his new sword, faces an incoming Patra, but one lightbeam from the foe breaks the sword in half and causes Link to collapse from the attack. Zelda then rushes towards Link and swiftly scares the Patras off.[4]

The Legend of Zelda Comic

Patra appear in the To the First Power story of the Legend of Zelda comic. While Princess Zelda is busy fighting a Gohma in the Eagle Labyrinth, Patra fly in and begin to attack Zelda. Although the princess is successful in defeating one of the eyes, she admits that the fight has gotten too tough for her and manages to escape the room.


See Also


  1. "The Patra attack in groups, in two types of formations. Both formation groups are strong. So be on your toes!" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 38)
  2. "Eyesoar has several small, winged eyeballs surrounding it. Hit them when they stop orbiting Eyesoar, then use the Switch Hook on the unprotected Eyesoar." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 87)
  3. "Eeh! Get away from me, you stupid Patra! Link! Link! Where are you?" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 9 )
  4. "Get away, you gross things!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 9 )
TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
link= Japanese パタラ From パタパタ, onomatopoeia of flapping wings.
link= SpanishLA Patra (TLoZ)
French-speaking countries French Patra
link= German Patra (TLoZ)
Fliegendes Auge

Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of ZeldaThe Adventure of LinkA Link to the PastLink's AwakeningOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskOracle of AgesOracle of SeasonsFour SwordsThe Wind WakerFour Swords AdventuresThe Minish CapTwilight PrincessPhantom HourglassSpirit TracksSkyward SwordA Link Between WorldsTri Force HeroesBreath of the Wild