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Hinox are mysterious cyclops-like ogres that first appeared in A Link to the Past. They usually appear as giant musclebound, light brown humanoids with one eye, a ponytail and ears like a Hylian. They have an affinity for Bombs, and commonly use them as weapons against Link. Despite comments in the English Instruction Booklet for A Link to the Past, the Hinox's weak point is not usually its eye, unlike similar monsters such as Eyegore, nor are they weak to their own bombs; these are mistranslations of the original Japanese manual, which stated the phrase "me ni wa me o", or in English, "an eye for an eye". The true weakness of a Hinox are Link's own bombs, which can destroy them with a single hit.
A Link to the Past
Hinox are commonly found in the Dark World of Hyrule in A Link to the Past. They are found in most locations, particularly near the Bomb Shop, and have a seemingly endlessly supply of Bombs to throw at Link. They are very powerful and able to cause a lot of damage to Link if they come into contact with him: up to four hearts. Despite their slow movements, they are extremely dangerous to Link when he first enters the Dark World and should be treated with caution. Striking them with a sword will defeat them but it takes many blows and puts Link in danger, so it is easier for Link to throw Bombs at them or strike them with his Bow from afar.
Hinox appear in certain dungeons of Koholint Island in Link's Awakening as mini-bosses. The first appears as the middle boss of the Bottle Grotto, and is a mighty adversary at this point in the game. It appears larger than those in A Link to the Past, and instead of actively throwing Bombs at Link it charges at him and uses its strength to simply lift him off the ground and throw him to the sides of the room to cause damage and leave him briefly stunned. To make the situation worse, cracks in the floor around the edges of the room will break if Link remains on them too long, dropping him into a bottomless pit and causing further damage. After being struck by Link's sword, the Hinox will throw a Bomb in retaliation. After defeating this mighty opponent, it will leave behind a Fairy and a Warp to the entrance of the dungeon.
Later in the game, a red and blue Hinox appear in Eagle's Tower and Turtle Rock respectively. Despite their changed appearance, their behavior and strength is identical, but they will now return after being destroyed if Link passes through the same rooms again. All three Hinox still retain their weakness to Bombs, but it now takes two explosions to destroy one. Once Link obtains the mighty Magic Rod, he can make short work of them, like many other enemies in the game.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the Hinox make their first appearance in Hyrule and are found in huge numbers in the Death Mountain Foothills. They behave similar to their previous incarnations and attack by grabbing one of the four Links. Once a Hinox grabs one of the Links, he shakes him, causing him to drop his Force Gems. The other Links can then obtain these gems while their companion struggles to escape, or strike the Hinox while it is distracted. The Hinox no longer throws explosives instead it throws Boulders. Despite this, they are still weak to bombs, so it is recommended that Links find nearby Bomb Flowers to destroy these monsters, because they are extremely strong adversaries when fighting them with the sword alone, and often appear in pairs. Not only that, but in one location in the foothills the Links will run into a gigantic horde of Hinox: fighting all of them at once would be crazy, so instead it is best for the Links to obtain a Quake Medallion from a nearby cave and use it on the beasts, turning them all into weak Zols.
In Phantom Hourglass, Hinox are found either on Dee Ess Island or in the Goron Temple. They look significantly different to their previous incarnations; they are now blue and have a fuse-like ponytail, giving them a bomb-like appearance. Their eye is also more prominent and surrounded by a gold eyelid. They attack by throwing punches and Bombs; if Link throws a Bomb at them, they will throw it back. Because these creatures cannot be attacked from the front with the sword, it is better to use the Boomerang from behind or to shoot them in the eye with the Bow to stun them for a short time opening them up for attack.
- Main article: Stone Hinox
A golem shaped like a Hinox, called Stone Hinox (also known as Dekudon), is a middle boss in the bonus Color Dungeon exclusive to Link's Awakening DX. While similar in form to a Hinox, it's behavior is quite different.
- As well as being based on the mythical Cyclops, Hinox also share similarity with Japanese Oni. Their loincloths and upturned fangs in particular are similar to the traditional appearance of an oni, and the red and blue colored Hinox in Link's Awakening may be a reference to the tradition of a red and blue oni pair.
- Their long ears, shared only by Ku in the Dark World, may suggest a connection with Hylians. It is possible that due to their resemblance to Oni, they are meant to represent demons in the hellish Dark World.
- In the secret ending in the Game Boy Advance remake of A Link to the Past, obtained after completing the Palace of the Four Sword, Hinox are shown passing Bombs to one another, and one appears at the top of the Pyramid of Power playing with a Super Bomb.
- A master of the Hinox appears in the Link's Awakening manga. He goes by the name of Master Drona, and his title is well-earned.
- Hinox is referred to as Eye Brute in the Prima strategy guide for Phantom Hourglass.
- The boss Cragma from Spirit Tracks shares similarities in its appearance with Hinox and Stone Hinox.
- ↑ "Mysterious monsters prowl the earth in the World of Darkness. They have lots of stamina, and will also throw bombs. Their weakness is "An eye for an eye..."" (Triforce of the Gods manual, pg. 51)
- ↑ "All right, kid! Did you see a faerie fly through here? Which way did she go? [...] Yer lyin'!! Don't hide her! We want her magic powers and we want them now!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
- ↑ "You fool! you know what will happen if you use the firecorn here?!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
- ↑ "We'll all go up in smoke! But if you guys are going to get me...we'll all go together!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
- ↑ "Link!! There's more on the way!" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
- ↑ "GLUB! Let me g-g-go! Your armor...too heavy..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 2)
- ↑ "Eye Brutes like to batter Link up close and hurl Bombs at him from afar." (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 26)
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