Ball and Chain Soldier
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|Game(s)||A Link to the Past|
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
|Non-canon Appearances||A Link to the Past comic|
|Effective Weapons||Sword, Jar|
The Ball and Chain Soldier, also known as a Ball and Chain Trooper, is a powerful enemy encountered infrequently in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, the Oracle titles, Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, and The Minish Cap.
The Ball and Chain Soldier is, as its name suggests, a fully armored knight wielding a massive spiked ball on a chain. First appearing in A Link to the Past known as the Ball and Chain Trooper, these foes are possessed Hyrulean knights that could toss their mace long distances and inflict heavy amounts of damage whenever Link is within range of their steel weapon. While they could be stunned by the Boomerang, the Troopers could recover quite quickly, not to mention their stringent stamina when it comes down to close combat, as seen in The Minish Cap, as well. There is only one black Ball and Chain Trooper, and he guards the Big Key and Princess Zelda's prison cell as a mini-boss. Later in Hyrule Castle Tower, Link faces many gold varieties on his way to facing Agahnim. These are the same strength as the jailer, but are more common and appear in pairs or alongside other Soldiers.
A Ball and Chain Soldier also appears as a mini-boss in Link's Awakening, simply known as a Knight, sapping one whole heart from Link's life meter upon striking him. He appears on a room with a crumbling floor in Kanalet Castle, and carries one of the Golden Leaves. These enemies also appear serving Onox and Veran in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages.
In Four Swords and The Minish Cap, they appear only in a gold variety, but are just as strong as ever, often appearing in pairs, and often combining attacks with other enemies. They appear in Hyrule Castle and the Palace of Winds, but also occasionally show up in other locations.
|Ball and Chain Soldier (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in the Palace of Winds and Dark Hyrule Castle. They're not fast, but that iron ball is a bruiser! Try to hit them after they swing the ball.|
Four Swords Adventures offers a number of different types of Ball and Chain Soldier, with the common gold variety swinging its ball in a constant large loop that increases speed when hit, to the black variety that aims its ball directly at Link much like the original soldier from A Link to the Past, smashing through obstacles in the process. The red Ball and Chain Soldier adds a new twist to the foe, providing a fiery mace to swing at Link that leaves behind a huge trail of flames. The only safe method of bypassing this flaming barrier is to use the Roc's Feather. The blue variety is extremely rare and only appears in Tingle's Tower during the second Monster Hunting game. These soldiers swing their balls in a loop similar to the gold soldiers, but will switch between swinging in a small loop around their head to a huge lashing swipe that travels extremely far. Ball and Chain Soldiers from Four Swords Adventures are often seen alone or in pairs, usually appearing as the last in a swarm of regular Soldiers. They are also quite common in the Palace of Winds, and one final trooper is summoned by Ganon right before the final battle.
Ball and Chain Soldiers can be easily dispatched through the use of Bombs. Using the Boomerang to stun, and using the Bow and Arrows come quite handy in Link's Awakening and The Minish Cap, the latter of which incorporates the use of the Roc's Cape to inflict damage from above with the sword, all the while evading the lateral toss of the ball and chain. If Link is low on health, adapting an evasive, strategic approach may be his best bet against these foes, and is a good technique to use in general to avoid heavy damage.
- The Ball and Chain Soldier is one of the enemies in both Oracle titles that are immune to the effect of Gale Seeds.
- Onox, the boss of Oracle of Seasons, attacks much like a Ball and Chain Soldier in his normal form, but also uses other attacks unique to his character.
- Darkhammer, a mini-boss of Twilight Princess, uses a Ball and Chain in an extremely similar manner to the Ball and Chain Soldier.
Artwork of the Ball and Chain Trooper from A Link to the Past
A Ball and Chain Soldier in the Tower of Flames in Four Swords Adventures
- ↑ Zelda Dungeon - Link's Awakening Enemy Guide
- ↑ "That warrior was living darkness controlled by Agahnim's magic. It wasn't human." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media), pg. 23)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Italian||Soldato di Ferro|