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Armos from A Link Between Worlds
Game(s)All except
The Adventure of Link
Non-canon AppearancesAnimated series
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Effective WeaponsSword

Armos are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are stone or mechanical statues that come to life and attack. Their weaknesses, attack methods, and habitats vary significantly between games. In the majority of games however, Armos are initially inactive, and will activate and charge once disturbed. Inactive Armos are commonly referred to as Armos Statues. Some Armos are also explosive, and will self-destruct after being attacked.

Armos come in several variations, with notable ones including Armos Knights, Death Armos, the Armos Warrior, and Totem Armos.

Characteristics and Weaknesses

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Armos artwork from The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda


Armos in The Legend of Zelda can be found throughout the overworld of Hyrule, usually in small, aligned groups. Armos Statues first appear as ordinary statues that do not move. However if Link approaches and touches one, the Armos will flash and come alive, and move in a random pattern. They are usually strong enemies that take many hits with the Sword to defeat, and whose erratic movements may be hard to predict. Some Armos Statues hide secret staircases beneath them, which can be revealed by activating them. One Armos Statue also hides the Power Bracelet in north-west Hyrule.

In official artwork, Armos look more humanoid than they do in game. In the game's manual, they are even stated to have once been human soldiers that were turned to stone.[1]

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Armos resemble armed statues on a base. They are similar to the Armos of The Legend of Zelda, as they will activate and become mobile when Link comes near, but will activately hop after him in attack as opposed to a random path. Dormant Armos appear grey, but turn an orangeish color when approached. They typically take many hits of the Sword to defeat, however they are especially weak to Arrows shot from the Bow. Armos are common to the surrounding area of the Eastern Palace in eastern Hyrule.

A group of giant Armos, known as Armos Knights, appear as the bosses of the Eastern Palace. They appear once more in Ganon's Tower.

Link's Awakening

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In Link's Awakening, Armos appear similarly to those in The Legend of Zelda, in that they appear as inactive statues that spring to life when Link touches one. They slowly move in random patterns as opposed to pursuing Link. Unlike previous Armos, they are almost invincible, and cannot be attacked by most weapons, which will instead only repel them back. They are instead weak to Arrows shot from the Bow, which will defeat them in one shot. They are also weak to the Boomerang, which defeats them in two hits. Groups of Armos can be found in the area surrounding the Southern Face Shrine, however several of these statues are not actual Armos and will thus not activate to Link's touch. Armos also appear guarding the way to the northern Face Shrine.

An Armos Knight also appears as a mini-boss inside the Southern Face Shrine, guarding the Face Key needed to open the northern Face Shrine.

Ocarina of Time


In Ocarina of Time, Armos again appear as stone statues on a base. They are much less humanoid than before, appearing little more than a round statue with horns holding a sword and shield. Armos in Ocarina of Time are similar to past appearances in that they will activate to Link's close presence and hop after him, but differ in that once they are struck, they will wildly spin around in circles before exploding. Some statues, however, are not true Armos, and can be pushed or pulled to press down floor Switches. Because of their explosive nature, they can also be lured to detonate in front of cracked walls or boulders to open them. Armos mostly appear in dungeons. Inactive Armos can be made to immediately self-destruct by throwing a Bomb at them.

For unknown reasons, inactive Armos also bear the Goron Emblem on them.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, Armos appear the same as in Ocarina of Time, but appear slightly different and take on a more defined, angular shape, which more closely resembles the Armos' artwork from Ocarina of Time.

In the Stone Tower Temple, there is also a nearly invincible variant called a Death Armos. These Armos float in the air and are initially active; they will attempt to slam down onto Link if he comes close. They however bear the Stone Tower's emblem, and can be flipped over and defeated by shooting a Light Arrow at them.

Oracle series


In the Oracle series, Armos appear similarly to those in Link's Awakening. They come in two colors: red and blue. Like those of Link's Awakening, Armos are impervious to the Sword, and can only be defeated by detonating a Bomb near them or by shooting Scent Seeds at them. In Oracle of Seasons, they can also be stunned and defeated with the Magic Boomerang. Blue Armos, however, can be defeated with the Sword, as well as an assortment of other weapons. They will also activate when Link moves close, as opposed to merely touching them. The blue variety can be found in Unicorn's Cave in Oracle of Seasons. In some places, Armos Statues appear as decorative statues, but will not activate.

In Oracle of Ages, a giant Armos called the Armos Warrior appears as the mini-boss of the Skull Dungeon.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Armos appear as statues that slightly resembles a combination of their earliest and Ocarina of Time incarnations, in that they appear as round statues with horns and a single eye. When an Armos is active, spikes will appear around its body and it will quickly hop after Link, only stopping periodically to turn around. Unlike previous appearances, the Armos' armor is impenetrable by weapons, with the exception of a red crystal on their backside. Striking this once will briefly stun them, and striking it again will make the Armos spin madly before self-destructing. As with previous games, statues resembling Armos but not true Armos can be picked up and carried by Link. These can then be placed down to activate Switches.

The Armos Knight is a much larger variation of this Armos, with a movable mouth. Unlike the smaller Armos, it does not have a vulnerable crystal, but will occasionally stop as it opens its mouth. A Bomb can then be thrown inside to detonate it.

Armos (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Tower of the Gods
Vulnerability: Arrows
These small statues shift into autopilot and attack prey. Shoot them in the eyes with an arrow to silence them, then destroy them by hacking their crystal backs.

Four Swords

In Four Swords, Armos appear as armed, mechanical robots carrying a spear and a large shield. They appear in the Sea of Trees and Vaati's Palace.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, both Armos and Armos Knights appear. They take on the appearance of red, armored statues carrying a sword, slightly resembling those in A Link to the Past.

The Minish Cap


In The Minish Cap, Armos appear as robotic statues, and are found in the Wind Ruins area. They serve as both blockades and enemies, as several inactive Armos block the ruins' passages. They can be manually turned on or off, by having Link climb inside one while Minish sized, and flip a switch inside that will ignite flames and activate the Armos's sensitivity. When activated, the Armos will spring to life when Link is nearby while in normal size. Likewise, Link can also climb inside one to shut it off, allowing him to walk past them in normal size, unhindered. These Armos must be activated and deactivated several times to progress through the ruins.

Armos (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in the Wind Ruins. Built by the Minish for the Wind Tribe long ago. They look like stone statues, but if you get too close, they move!

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Armos appear in the Temple of Time. They take on a much more unique appearance, appearing as large, face-shaped statues carrying a hammer and shield. When Link approaches one, it will glow and begin to hop towards him. It will constantly slam down its hammer as it moves, attempting to hit Link as it pursues him. Like the Armos of The Wind Waker, they are heavily armored and protected from most attacks, however their vulnerable backside can be struck to damage them. Once damaged, they will wildly hop about while slamming their hammers before finally self-destructing.

Phantom Hourglass

Armos in Phantom Hourglass bare a close resemblance to those in The Wind Waker. Like the previous Armos, they are statues covered in spikes that will hop towards Link. They can be defeated and deactivated by detonating a Bomb near them.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Miniblins appear riding on Armos statues, and will actively pursue Link. Unlike the Armos of Phantom Hourglass, they cannot be dispatched with a Bomb. Instead, they can only be destroyed by defeating their operator. Link can fight the Miniblin on top of the Armos by having Zelda carry him while she is possessing a Phantom. Armos statues also appear as blockades on certain floors of the Tower of Spirits. These can be destroyed by having Zelda possess a Wrecker Phantom, then roll into them.

Skyward Sword

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In Skyward Sword, the Armos have a significantly different strategy and appearance, resembling automations. This Armos is two-faced, with each side having its own attack pattern and method to defeat them. The "happy" face makes short, calm hops, while the "angry" face takes larger, more aggressive jumps towards Link. They appear in the Lanayru Mining Facility and the Pirate Stronghold, and only come alive when an active Timeshift Stone is nearby. The Gust Bellows must be used on the spinning, magnet-shaped device resting above their heads to stun them. This causes the Armos to slowly open their mouths and stick their tongues out to reveal two crystals in each side, both of which must be destroyed in order to defeat them.

The Sword technique which must be used to destroy the crystals depends on the face Link is currently facing. The crystal on the "happy" face has the easiest crystal to shatter since Link can slash it with his Sword from almost any angle. However, the crystal on the "angry" face can only be destroyed with a stab attack. Whichever crystal Link destroys first will cause the Armos to quickly change its side and attack Link again.

A Link Between Worlds

Armos in A Link Between Worlds are closely based on their A Link to the Past incarnation, as yellow, soldier-like statues on a base that hop after Link when he is near. They are fought much the same way, and take several hits of the Sword to defeat. Some Armos statues are decorative, and will not activate when approached. They mainly appear in the area surrounding the Eastern Palace, as well as inside the palace. They also later appear Inside Hyrule Castle, where a group of dormant Armos statues will come to live and attack Link one-by-one.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Animated series

Armos statue in the animated series

In the Animated series, various Armos statues appear in the episode, "Sing for the Unicorn". As Link and Princess Zelda are walking through the Underworld, the young hero warns Zelda not to touch the Armos Statues. Zelda accidentally does so, and the statue comes to life, which kicks Link into another statue. This other Armos is also brought to to life and picks up the hero while Zelda once again accidentally touches another statue. The Princess successfully dodges two Armos that are trying to attack her and proceeds to wield her Bow, firing one Arrow at the Armos that had Link in its grasp. A statue then grabs Zelda, but Link picks up his Crissword and fires a Sword Beam at each Armos, promptly defeating them.

The Tinsuits, an enemy unique to the animated series, also bares a resemblance to the original design of Armos from The Legend of Zelda.

Philips CD-i Games

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Armos appear as enemies in both Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. They resemble stone warriors that carry spears, and are encountered in several stages. Several Armos also appear in the games' cutscenes. In The Faces of Evil, Militron turns Koridians into Armos by crushing them and exposing them to fire, which are then sent to fight Link. In The Wand of Gamelon, after Zelda defeats the Iron Knuckle in Tykogi Tower, a pair of Armos appear and witness his demise, and quickly decide to leave the area.

Soulcalibur II

Although Armos do not make an appearance in Soulcalibur II, Link can wield their Sword and Shield from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. They can be bought for 900 Gold in the Thuban Shop while playing the Weapon Master Mode. When Link equips these weapons, his defense will lower to 70% while his offense will stay the same. However, if Link makes a Soul Charge, his offense will boost to 40%, though it will diminish over time.[2]

Image Cost Attributes In-game Description
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900 Gold
Defense decreases 30%
Offense increases with Soul Charge 40% (deteriorates)
A sword and shield from one of the living Armos statues that dot the land of Hyrule. The origins of these items are shrouded in mystery, much like the Armos themselves. Concentrating one's will increases the weapons' power, but they are a bit too heavy for Link and he cannot use them effectively for guarding.


  • Due to a glitch in The Legend of Zelda, Armos will strike Link immediately if he approaches them from the south side. When approached from other angles, these enemies will give their adversary a few moments to get out of range without doing any damage, flashing briefly.
  • In Twilight Princess, an unused enemy referred to by fans as the "Armos Titan" resembles a traditional Armos Statue, but has no weapons and attacks with its hands. Unlike other Armos, it has a gem on its chest and can be successfully hit by shooting three Arrows or one Bomb Arrow at it.


Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Japanese Japan アモス (Amosu)
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Armos
French French-speaking countries Armos
German Germany Armos
Italian Italy Armos
Korean South Korea 아모스 (Amoseu)
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 阿默斯 (Āmòsī)



  1. "Armos
    A soldier who has been turned into a stone statue. He moves and attacks if touched by Link. He has a fair amount of attacking power.
    " (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30)
  2. "Offense increases with SC but lacks defense" — Weapon description (Soulcalibur II)