Patra artwork from The Legend of Zelda
|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
Oracle of Ages
|Other Media||BS The Legend of Zelda|
The Legend of Zelda comic
|Dungeon(s)||Death Mountain (TLoZ)|
Skull Dungeon (OoA)
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 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
In Oracle of Ages, Patra is known as Eyesoar, and is the boss of Skull Dungeon. 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.
|Ambiguously Canon Content||hide|
- "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)
- "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)
- "Eeh! Get away from me, you stupid Patra! Link! Link! Where are you?" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 9 )
- "Get away, you gross things!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 9 )
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||パタラ||From パタパタ, onomatopoeia of flapping wings.|
|German|| Patra (TLoZ)