Helmaroc King

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Helmaroc King
Helmaroc King
TitleThe Monstrous Helmaroc King
Game(s)The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Dungeon(s)Forsaken Fortress, Death Mountain
Weakness(es)His frill; Skull Hammer
Reward(s)Heart Container
Access to Ganon's hideout
Theme MusicFile:VsHelmarocKingTWW.ogg
This article is about the fourth boss in The Wind Waker. You may be looking for Kargarok, a common bird-like enemy.

The Helmaroc King is an enormous bird clad in a steel helm who has appeared in The Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures. His appearance is similar to a Kargarok.


Appearances and Strategy

The Wind Waker

The Helmaroc King looms after a battle-ready Link.

In The Wind Waker, the Helmaroc King resides in the Forsaken Fortress, and is a servant of Ganondorf.[1] He is also the primary minion sent out by Ganondorf to search for Princess Zelda. He appears early on in the game, being shot out of the sky by pirates while trying to capture their leader, Tetra. He drops Tetra and captures Link's sister, Aryll, mistaking her for the young Pirate Captain.[2] It is later discovered that the Helmaroc King was bringing young girls with pointed ears to Ganondorf in an effort to find Princess Zelda,[3][4] as Ganondorf wished to find the princess so that he could steal her piece of the Triforce.[5] When Link travels to the Forsaken Fortress to save his sister, the Helmaroc King throws him into the sea at Ganondorf's command.

Later in the game, Link returns to the Fortress in an attempt to save Aryll once again. He successfully frees his sister and the other kidnapped girls while Tetra and her pirate crew distracts the giant bird.[6] Link is then is attacked by the Helmaroc King once they have fled.

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Link vs. the Helmaroc King
At the beginning of the battle, the tower containing the prison cells is flooded. The Helmaroc King follows Link as he runs along the wall to avoid the rising water. While he does so, Link does his best to avoid the bird and the enemies along the steps of the wall. He keeps running until he gets near the very top, where the bird will swoop down and stand right in his way. Link brandishes the Skull Hammer and pummels his helm. The King screams and falls into the rising water, giving Link the chance to climb out of the flooding tower. At this point, the floor of the tower begins to close and the bird flies up out of the tower to challenge the young hero. This is where the battle truly begins.

The Helmaroc King performs three attacks. The first of these is where he lands on the ground, walks toward Link, and attempts to impale the young hero with his beak. When he misses Link, his beak gets jammed in the floorboards. This gives Link the chance to wield the Hammer and drive it into the Helmaroc King's helm. This produces a large crack on the bird's helmet, evidence of the damage scored. Among the King's other moves are flying around the tower and trying to run over Link by scratching his claws on the floor, as well as floating in the air and flapping his wings in an attempt to blow the young hero into the spikes surrounding the arena.

After Link pounds the King's helm with the hammer several times, it will crack and fall off. Now that the bird's crest is exposed, he will become more frantic. The strategy is still the same, though, as Link still waits until the bird tries to peck him with his beak. The main difference this time is that the Master Sword can be used to deal more damage. After repeating the pattern three times, the bird displays his death sequence by flying up into the air and exploding into black and purple smoke, leaving Link a Heart Container.

The Monstrous Helmaroc King (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Forsaken Fortress
Master: Ganondorf

The Helmaroc King is a monstrous bird that has been fitted with a mighty steel mask. Once the mask has been split with a hammer, its tender beak will be revealed.

Four Swords Adventures

The Helmaroc King appears once again in Four Swords Adventures. He is a boss yet again, and Link must face him on The Mountain Path on Death Mountain.

In this game, the Helmaroc King is designated to stop Link from entering the Tower of Flames. This monstrous bird starts the battle by swooping down upon Link two times, then attacking by dropping rocks upon him and his clones. After that, the King repeats the process. In order to defeat this boss, Link is required to daze the bird with his bombs and then destroy the bird's mask. After the mask is destroyed, Link can complete the job easily using his sword.

Non-canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Helmaroc King is featured as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Interestingly, the trophy description says that the Helmasaur King and the Helmaroc King are the same foe.

Game Image Description How to Unlock
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Helmaroc King Trophy.png A monstrous bird that wears a mask. On orders from Ganondorf, he sets out in search of Zelda, capturing every pointy-eared little girl he can find. His weak point is the area directly under his mask. This fellow also appears in A Link to the Past, but that version was more beastly and was called the Helmasaur King... He still wore a mask, of course. Random


  • The Helmaroc King, in the way that he kidnaps young girls with pointed ears, could be a reference to the mythical Thunderbird: a bird that is about the size of the Helmaroc King and who kidnaps children.
  • The Helmaroc Plume Treasure in Phantom Hourglass is a reference to the Helmaroc King; the bird itself does not appear in this game.[7]
  • When climbing the staircase before the battle with the Helmaroc King, Link may fall off onto a lower platform. The only way to get back across the gaps the Helmaroc King created would be to use the Grappling Hook on the torches over the pits.
  • The Helmaroc King, being a sizable Kargarok-like bird, may have inspired Argorok from Twilight Princess. Both boss fights take place atop tower-like structures and involve Link removing armor to expose a weak point.
  • Both the Helmaroc King and the Helmasaur King have the same name in Japanese, however, both have different translations according to official sources.[8]


See Also


  1. "I suppose you saw him... The shadow that commands that monstrous bird... His name is...Ganon..." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
  2. "My point is that the bird mistook that poor girl for you, and that's why it grabbed her!" — Quill (The Wind Waker)
  3. "Haven't any of you heard word that young girls have been getting kidnapped lately from all regions of the Great Sea? [...] Young girls with long ears like yours have been getting kidnapped, never to be seen again." — Quill (The Wind Waker)
  4. "Lately, I've been hearing that monsters from the Forsaken Fortress have been going around kidnapping girls with long ears." — Unknown (The Wind Waker)
  5. "Ha! At long last, I have found you... Princess Zelda! [...] Tell me... If you are not Zelda, then why do you have this fragment of the Triforce?" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
  6. "Do you even realize that we had to draw that monster bird off for you? It was about to come flying in here after you again!" — Tetra (The Wind Waker)
  7. "You got a Helmaroc Plume! It was dropped by the mythical Helmaroc!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  8. n.a., [1], Nintendo.co.jp, published n.d., retrieved January 3, 2015.

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 大怪鳥ジークロック Great Monstrous Bird: Zeeklock
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Kranos Helmet (Greek)
French French-speaking countries Roi Cuirasse Armor King
German Germany Maskenkönig Mask King
Italian Italy Re Elmaroc, il rapace regale Elmaroc King, the Royal Bird of Prey

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