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Like Like
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Like Like from Ocarina of Time and
Majora's Mask
Game(s)The Legend of Zelda
A Link to the Past Triforce piece.png
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Minish Cap
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
A Link Between Worlds
Non-canon AppearancesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
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Habitat(s)Dungeons
Caves
Underwater
Effective WeaponsSword
Arrows
Bombs
Fire

Like Likes are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.

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Characteristics

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The Like Like is a voracious and gelatinous, tube-like creature that usually resides in wet and dark places, but can also be occasionally found in dry areas. This creature is most well known for sucking up its prey into its wide, round mouth, and often robbing them of their Shields before it spits them out.[1] This trait is similar to that of the Pikit.

Unique to Ocarina of Time, Like Likes may also steal Goron and Zora Tunics if Link happens to be wearing whichever one, though he can still swap his equipment before he is spit out.[2] To consume a Shield or other equipment, Like Likes will suck in and engulf Link, constricting him inside of their gelatinous "mouths" until they can remove his equipment, after which they will spit him out without his equipment and avoid him until they finish digesting. In some cases, Link must struggle to get free. In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Like Likes will try to suck in Link through a wind tunnel, similar to vacuums. Even if Link has no Shield, Like Likes will continue to attack Link, dealing minimal damage in the process. Only in a few games, such as the A Link to the Past GBA re-release and their 3D console appearances, will they inflict any sort of damage.

In all games, Like Likes cannot take certain Shields, especially if that Shield has only one of its type. These include Link’s original Shield from The Legend of Zelda (which Link will revert to when his Magical Shield is eaten), some incarnations of the Mirror Shield, and the Shield of Antiquity. In some games, including The Legend of Zelda and the Oracle series, once a Like Like swallows a Shield, the item is gone for good, necessitating a purchase of a new one. Contrarily, in every other game, the same Like Like that swallows one of Link’s Shields will drop it if slain quickly enough.[3] In the GBA re-release of A Link to the Past, they will fly away once having stolen Link's Shield.

In Spirit Tracks, some Like Likes will hide in barrels, jars, and fake Treasure Chests, attempting to ambush unsuspecting adventurers.

Link can fight Like Likes with his Sword, Bow, and several other weapons. In Ocarina of Time, the Biggoron Sword can defeat it in one strike. In most games, the Boomerang can also be used to stun Like Likes as well. While the Hookshot can also be used in some games, it does not work in all games, and instead may pull Link into the mouth of the Like Like and risk losing his equipment. An effective method of dealing with these foes introduced in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks is to toss a Bomb into the Like Like's mouth as it tries to vacuum Link in.[4]

Like Like (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in caves, dungeons, etc. Don’t let them grab you: they’ll eat your shield if they hold you long enough. Swing your sword to escape.

Variations

Rupee Like

Main article: Rupee Like

The Rupee Like is a variant of the Like Like, which prefers Rupees over equipment. These foes look identical to regular Like Likes, except that they have a small stalk with a baited Rupee on its end. The Rupee Like uses this stalk to bait prey while it is buried underground, often among a group of regular Rupees, then appear in ambush once its victim is close enough. Once caught, they will try to drain Link's Rupees until he struggles free.

Force Like

Main article: Force Like

Force Likes are the Force Gem equivalent of the Rupee Like, in that they steal Force Gems. They appear in Four Swords Adventures. They are otherwise identical to the Rupee Likes, and similarly bait the Links with a fake Force Gem on their head stalks.

Deku Like

Main article: Deku Like

Deku Likes are a plant-based variety in Twilight Princess. They do not steal any of Link's equipment or items, but will cause damage if he falls into their mouths. They can only be destroyed with Bombs or Bomblings.

Non-Canon Appearances

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Super Smash Bros. Series

See SmashWiki's article on Like Like for more information.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Like Likes appear as both enemies in the Underground Maze level of Adventure Mode and as a Trophy. Like in the Zelda games, they attack by swallowing a character that comes near them, and when the Like Like spits them out, the player takes damage. These enemies can be defeated by hitting it until they take enough damage. For every Like Like the player defeats, 500 points are added for the Like Like KO bonus.

Like Likes also appear as a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Trophy Information

Game Image Description How to Unlock
Super Smash Bros. Melee Like Like Trophy.png In The Legend of Zelda, these slow-footed monsters inhaled Link and ate his shield, just beating out Wallmasters for the coveted title of "Most Aggravating Enemies Ever." Supposedly, their name comes from an old, almost indecipherable Hyrulian proverb: "Shield-eaters and world leaders have many likes alike. Random
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS SSB4 Like Like Trophy.png Thse tube-shaped monsters have been in almost every Legend of Zelda game since the very beginning, and they've developed quite a taste for Link in that time. They'll even take his shield and clothes! You can get them back nowadays, but when Like Likes first appeared, if you didn't take Link's MagicalShield back quickly, they'd consume it! Random

Etymology

According to the Like Like Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the name Like Like is derived from an ancient Hyrulean proverb, "Shield-eaters and world leaders have many likes alike." In the Japanese version, it comes from the Japanese proverb 蓼食う虫も好き好き (Tade kū mushi mo sukizuki), which roughly means "each to their own tastes." Since shield (たて) and water-pepper (たで) are very similar in spelling, the Like Like is a reference to the saying, corrupting "water-pepper" to "shield."[5]

Trivia

  • Pikit is known as a Like Like in the Japanese version of A Link to the Past, despite normal Like Likes later appearing alongside Pikits in the Game Boy Advance version.
  • The Like Like Ring from the Oracle series transforms Link into a Like Like when worn, but it serves no other purpose.

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See Also

References

  1. "A tube-like monster that has a soft spot for magic shields - he eats them up" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  2. "Like Like An enemy that eats shields and certain clothes. Beat it quickly to get your gear back!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Like Likes/This huge, pulsating sponge swallows Link whole and munches his Shield. Use your Sword to win back the Shield." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, inc.), pg. 96)
  4. "Like Like/These worm-like foes will suck Link up if he gets too close, so toss bombs at them from afar instead. If bombs aren't an option, use the boomerang to stun Like Likes before moving close to attack with Link's sword." (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Premiere Edition (Prima Games), pg. 31)
  5. Clyde Mandelin, DO ZELDA’S “LIKE LIKES” COME FROM A JAPANESE PROVERB?, Legends of Localization, published March 29, 2014, retrieved March 30, 2014.


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ライクライク (Raiku Raiku) Like Like
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Like Like
Spanish Latin America Like like (OoT3D)
French French-speaking countries Pudding
Like-Like
French Canada Like Like (OoT3D)
German Germany Raubschleim Rob Slime
Italian Italy Like Like
Korean South Korea 조아조아 (Joajoa) (OoT3D) Joa Joa; from 좋아 (Joa) (meaning "good!")
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 来客来客 (Láikè Láikè) Guest guest, transliteration of Like Like