|Title||The 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|
Access to Ganon's hideout
- This article is about the fourth boss in The Wind Waker. You may be looking for Kargarok, a common bird-like enemy.
Appearances and Strategy
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, the Helmaroc King resides in the Forsaken Fortress, and is a servant of Ganondorf. 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. It is later discovered that the Helmaroc King was bringing young girls with pointed ears to Ganondorf in an effort to find Princess Zelda, as Ganondorf wished to find the princess so that he could steal her piece of the Triforce. 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. Link is then is attacked by the Helmaroc King once they have fled.
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)|
|| Habitat: Forsaken Fortress|
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
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.
- The name of the Helmaroc King is most likely based off of the Helmasaur King, which also has a mask that must be destroyed before it can be defeated. The "Helma" portion of the word is probably derived from Helm or Helmet, while the Roc is a giant, elephant-eating bird of Persian mythology, and also the origin of "Kargaroc". His Japanese name is "ジークロック, Jīkurokku" which could be romanized as "Siege Roc", which is also the Japanese name for the Helmasaur King.
- 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.
- 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.
The Helmaroc King flying by Outset Island in The Wind Waker
The Helmaroc King presenting Link to Ganondorf
The Helmaroc King getting ready to throw Link into the Great Sea
Link battling the Helmaroc King in The Wind Waker HD
The Helmaroc King's image on the Sliding Puzzle
The four Links being attacked by the Helmaroc King in Four Swords Adventures
- "I suppose you saw him... The shadow that commands that monstrous bird... His name is...Ganon..." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "My point is that the bird mistook that poor girl for you, and that's why it grabbed her!" — Quill (The Wind Waker)
- "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)
- "Lately, I've been hearing that monsters from the Forsaken Fortress have been going around kidnapping girls with long ears." — Unknown (The Wind Waker)
- "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)
- "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)
- "You got a Helmaroc Plume! It was dropped by the mythical Helmaroc!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||大怪鳥ジークロック||Great Monstrous Bird: Jeekurok|
|French||Roi Cuirasse||Armor King|
|Italian||Re Elmaroc, il rapace regale||Elmaroc King, the Royal Bird of Prey|