|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
A Link Between Worlds
Game & Watch Zelda
|Non-canon Appearances||Animated series|
The Crystal Trap
The Shadow Prince
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
|TWW Spoils||Skull Necklaces|
The Moblin is the primary muscle of Ganon's army. Common as foot soldiers and quite unintelligent, they've been around since the very first Zelda game where they started as anthropomorphic bulldogs. By Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, they were combined with Butablins, and took on a more porcine appearance. Other related species include the smaller but more intelligent Bokoblin, the tiny Miniblin, the huge Big Blin and Great Moblin, and the more militaristic Bulblin. Moblins have appeared in most games in The Legend of Zelda series, except for Majora's Mask, Four Swords Adventures, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
The Legend of Zelda
Moblins first appeared in the original The Legend of Zelda. They keep to the wooded areas, such as the Lost Woods, and throw spears. Like most enemies from this game, they come in two colors - red and blue; blue being the stronger of the two, able to withstand three hits instead of two from the Wooden Sword. Blue Moblins drop Bombs more commonly than many other enemies.
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, Moblins appear leaner and more muscular, as opposed to their short, squat appearance in the first game. In some official art, they appear particularly huge, large enough to destroy buildings, although Moblins this big are not seen during gameplay. They still serve Ganon, though he is deceased in this game. They still use spears, either holding or throwing, and live in wooded areas, although some can be found on bridges or caves. They appear in orange, red, and blue (from easiest to hardest, respectively). The orange variety actually comes in two forms, a weaker variety that will simply charge and stab at Link with their spears and will yield no experience when defeated, and one that will throw spears at him that will yield 10 experience points upon defeat.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Moblins only appear in the Dark World. They walk around quite quickly, and throw spears at Link from any distance within the screen. These projectiles can be easily blocked with the shield, much like the original The Legend of Zelda, and Moblins behave much like their original incarnations. Although defensively weak, they can cause up to two hearts of damage if they come in direct contact with Link, so should not be underestimated. This appearance marks the first occasion that they had a pig-like face rather than that of a bulldog. Coupled with their appearance only in the Dark World, this gives them a direct relation to Ganon as his underlings. The pig-like appearance is common in later games, and particularly notable in The Wind Waker where they are the primary force of Ganon's army. They commonly appear alongside Taros and Hinox, both of which also seem to be mainstays of Ganon's tribe of evil.
In Link's Awakening, Moblins appear in two forms. The common forest-dwelling Moblin only appear in the Mysterious Woods and the Moblin Hideout in Tal Tal Heights. Unlike the Moblins of A Link to the Past, these Moblins share their bulldog-like appearance with the Moblins from the NES adventures. Some of these Moblins are armed with shields and blades and are known as Sword Moblins. They will home in on Link when they see him, like the Soldiers from A Link to the Past. The normal variety will simply wander and throw spears, much like their previous appearances. Their leader, known as the King Moblin lives with a small horde in the Moblin Hideout. After Link beats the Tail Cave, he will find that the Moblins have captured Madam MeowMeow's BowWow. The King Moblin and his personal guards will defend their prize to the death. Like the Moblins of the original The Legend of Zelda, these Moblins can speak.Tal Tal Heights and Ukuku Prairie, and are known as Pig Warriors, or Pigblin. These Moblins behave in an identical manner to their forest-dwelling cousins, but share the pig-like appearance of the Moblins of A Link to the Past. These Pig Warriors mark their territory in Ukuku Prairie with a large rock shaped like the head of a pig blocking the road, and appear to have a small fortified area near Martha's Bay. The rock can be destroyed using Bombs. Pig Warriors, unlike normal Moblins, do not appear to have a leader, although it is possible that the King Moblin was their ruler as well. This marked the first occassion of the pig-like and dog-like Moblins appearing alongside each other, and even distinguished two different environmental preferences for each type.
Ocarina of Time
In this game, Moblins only appear in the Sacred Forest Meadow when Link is an adult. They are much bigger than their previous appearance. Normal-sized Moblins patrol the hedge maze with spears and proceed to charge if they see Link. A bigger and stronger variation of the Moblin, the Club Moblin, guards the entrance of the Forest Temple with a giant club. If he sees Link, he begins to slam it on the ground, causing a shock wave which can prevent forward progress. In the Master Quest version, one more club-wielding Moblin is in the Spirit Temple. They can be killed by the hookshot or arrows, but are generally best avoided by stealth. With good timing, death by sword is also a possibility. Also, it takes three bombs to kill the Great Moblin, which gives Link a random amount of Rupees.
Unusually, neither type of Moblin in Ocarina of Time can be Z-targeted, and so it is unknown what Navi has to say about them.
In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Moblins are one of the most common enemies. They act exactly as they did in Link's Awakening, still coming in red and blue variants; the blue ones are usually harder to find and to defeat. In Oracle of Ages, blue Moblins often appear in the past where red ones are placed in the exact same place in the present. Similarly, blue Moblins tend to appear during winter in Oracle of Seasons. A rare, one of a kind Golden Moblin can appear in a certain region of Holodrum. There is also a character known as the Great Moblin. Link is able to transform into a green Moblin with the Moblin Ring.
Boomerang-throwing Goriyas also appear in this game, but aside from their behavior, their appearance is otherwise identical to Moblins, suggesting a possible relation between the two types of monster.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, Moblins are again Ganon's primary soldiers. They appear to have a keen sense of smell, as they appear to be sniffing out Link when he is sneaking through Forsaken Fortress. They are often seen patrolling Ganon's territory (such as reefs or submarines) or temples. Bokoblins and Miniblins often accompany them, and one Moblin in particular serves as the mini-boss of Dragon Roost Cavern. They are sometimes carried into battle on Kargarocs.
Moblins are big and powerful, but not particularly intelligent. They typically carry polearms (which can be picked up and wielded by Link), and also carry lanterns that they can throw. Moblins are adept at handling a frontal assault by defending with their spears, so attacking from the sides or back is recommended. Moblins have immense reach with their spears, but their wide swings mean that two or more Moblins in proximity are likely to injure or even kill each other. If disarmed, a Moblin proceeds to unleash mighty, lightning-fast punches until it gets its spear back. Valuable Skull Necklaces can be stolen or gained from defeating them or by using the grapping hook, which can be sold to a sailor near the bomb shop, Beedle, or the man in the Auction House after the second Forsaken Fortress mission.
If Link does a thrust attack with his sword that hits a Moblin's rear-end, it starts to cry and walk on its tiptoes, due to the pain inflicted in a delicate place. If Link takes out a bomb while engaged with a Moblin, the Moblin then flees in terror, returning to the fight after the bomb explodes.
There are two kinds of Moblins in The Wind Waker: brown and blue. The brown Moblins appear in the Forsaken Fortress and the Earth Temple. This variety can take more hits and carry lanterns along with their spears that they throw at Link when he gets close to them, acting as a smokescreen of sorts as well as to hurt him with fire. The blue Moblins cannot take as many hits and do not have lanterns.
Maggie from Windfall Island maintains a long-distance relationship with a Moblin named Moe who lives in the Forsaken Fortress. They communicate through letters, and Moe indicates a disturbing "hunger" to see Maggie. Maggie takes this to mean that he wants to marry her. It is apparent through Maggie's actions that she is in love with him, much to her father's disapproval.
|Moblin (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Habitat: Forsaken Fortress|
Spoils: Skull Necklaces
These mighty enemies swing their long spears with the greatest of ease. They've knocked Link around with that attack countless times.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, the Moblins don't literally serve anybody, but aid Vaati in stopping Link from rescuing Princess Zelda in Dark Hyrule Castle. The pink ones appear in Western Wood and the black ones appear in Dark Hyrule Castle. According to the Swordsman Newsletter, defeating them is a good source of income, however, this isn't necessarily true. A similar erroneous claim appears with the Spear Moblin Figurine, whose text claims that Spear Moblins appear in the Minish Woods, although they never actually appear there. According to the Royal Hyrule Library's weekly top titles, the book Married to the Moblin is the top seller. However, Link cannot read the book in game. These Moblins may wield either spears (like in The Wind Waker) or bows.
|Spear Moblin (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in the Minish Woods, etc. They rush you on sight. They also block head-on attacks with their spears, so circle around to attack.|
|Bow Moblin (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in various areas. They fire arrows at you on sight. Block these with your shield and then close in to attack.|
In Skyward Sword, Moblins appear as large, overweight, red monsters that are twice the size of Link, resembling Big Blins from Spirit Tracks and King Bulblin from Twilight Princess. Moblins begin to appear after Farore's Silent Realm Trial is completed. They appear in Faron Woods, Lanayru Desert, Eldin Volcano, Skipper's Retreat, the Sky Keep, and the Horde Battle.
Wooden Shield Moblin
Known as Wooden Shield Moblins They brandish a wooden, square-shaped shield and a long wooden spear. Link can cut its shield down into small pieces with his sword, leaving the beast shieldless and open for attack. However this will enrage it and cause it to use both hands to swing its spear at Link aggressively and it will also sometimes charge at Link holding its spear like a jostling vault. Link can also jump behind the Moblin by dashing onto its shield and climbing over it, jumping over and exposing the monster's behind for an attack. After a Moblin is defeated, it will tumble forward; if Link stands too close to the Moblin when it falls, he will be knocked back by the Moblin's heavy body, but will not be damaged.
Metal Shield Moblin
Later in the game, a second variety of Moblin known as a Metal Shield Moblin appears. They wield a shield that cannot be cut down by Link's sword, so Link is required to climb over the shield in order to get in an attack at its backside. They are also more heavily armored and wear an iron helmet, and take more hits to defeat. This type of Moblin is very rare, but Link has to face two of them at once on a bridge in the Sky Keep as part of a long battle sequence.
Ambiguously Canon Appearances
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- In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Link can acquire a magical ring that transforms him into a Moblin. He cannot use any attacks in this form, but he is ignored by any Moblins (except the Great Moblin), and cannot be eaten by Like Likes. It can only be found in the possession of Maple or inside of a Gasha Nut.
- Moblins do not appear in Twilight Princess, but in their place are Bulblins. A Moblin can be briefly seen in an early trailer for the game. It is unknown why Nintendo decided to not include them.
- Moblins also do not appear in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, but in their place are Oinkers.
- In Japan, Moblins are called モリブリン Moriburin, which is a combination of 森 Mori (meaning forest) and ゴブリン Goburin (i.e. goblin). This explains why they were called "Molblins" in the first game. In Japanese, a vowel isn't always pronounced and the "L" and the "R" are the same letter, thus "Molblin" is a possible romanization of "Moriburin."
- In The Minish Cap, Moblins appear with two palettes, which in this series normally implies that one is stronger in some way than the other (most often by having more health), but in this case the two palettes are functionally identical, having the same amount of health, doing the same amount of damage to Link, and exhibiting the same behaviors. One palette appears solely in Dark Hyrule Castle while the other appears everywhere else. Keatons have a similar cosmetic difference, with a normal palette and a Dark Hyrule Castle palette that are also functionally identical.
Moblin artwork from The Legend of Zelda
Red Moblin in BS The Legend of Zelda
Artwork of the three different colored Moblins in The Adventure of Link
The Golden Moblin from Oracle of Seasons
Moblin in Four Swords
A Moblin in The Wind Waker HD
Barcode Battler artwork of a Moblin in A Link to the Past
- "Those pig-faced Moblins... You see them around the Minish Woods, right? They're big and dumb?" — Swiftblade (The Minish Cap)
- "IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda)
- "Hyrule was on the road to ruin. The power that the vile heart of Ganon had left behind was causing chaos and disorder in Hyrule. What's more, even after the fall of Ganon, some of his underlings remained, waiting for Ganon's return." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 3)
- "A little devil that lives mainly in the forest. He attacks Link by throwing spears, but he moves slowly." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 28)
- "A spitting image of the Prince of Darkness’ swine reflection, these are Ganon’s prized soldiers. Roaming about the western side of the Dark World, they hunt for Link in order to fulfill their master’s command." — Enemies: A Link to the Past, Zelda Universe.
- "Well, most Moblins live in the Mysterious Forest, but some live in the caves of Tal Tal Heights." — Ulrira (Link's Awakening)
- "Hey buddy! It's serious! Yeah, really serious!! Yeah, it is! The Moblins came to the village! Yeah, that's right! A whole gang of Moblins! Then... It's for real! They all went to the house... Yeah, that house, and then they did something at BowWow's house!! It was a really bad scene, with the M-m-moblins! So, I mean, ahh! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... It might be faster to find out for yourself what happened!" — Quadruplets (Link's Awakening)
- "Ennh? Who's this suspicious-looking runt?! Okay boys, let's get ridda him!" — Sword Moblin (Link's Awakening)
- "PIG WARRIORS
These fierce porkers are related to Moblins. Be prepared for them with Shield and Sword. A spinning attack will knock them out." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 96)
- "Moblin - Location: Sacred Forest Meadow (only as an adult)" — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "Great Moblin -Location: Sacred Forest Meadow (only as an adult) This behemoth can be found just before the entrance to the Forest Temple." — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "If you don’t have either, you will have to run at it, dodging the shock waves it sends at you in the process, and slash it with your sword." — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "It will drop Rupees when it dies, and generally it’s quite generous in doing so; it can be up to 60." — Enemies: Ocarina of Time, Zelda Universe.
- "These fierce and dangerous opponents often carry Bokoblins and Moblins into battle." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "Moblins are tough and strong, but they're not bright." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games), pg. 31)
- "Moblins are giant pig-nosed brutes that smack Link with their spears and throw their lanterns at him to set him on fire." (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Prima Games page=31), pg. )
- "I hear there's a fellow on Windfall Island who's collecting Skull Necklaces! You know who it is, fry? I don't. Sorry. What I CAN tell you is that those piggish monsters you see here in the Forsaken Fortress seem to carry those Skull Necklaces around all the time. Not that I think it's easy work stealing anything from the likes of those guys." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
- "Moblin Habitat: Forsaken Fortress Spoils: Skull Necklaces These mighty enemies swing their long spears with the greatest of ease. They've knocked Link around with that attack countless times." — Moblin figurine description (The Wind Waker)
- "Oh, Moe... My dear, sweet, burly Moe...When, oh when, will you respond to me? Troo di loo la la!" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- ""I...like... you...Ma...ggie...so...much...that...I...want...to...eat you...for dinner."" — Moe (The Wind Waker)
- "Did you hear that? Those words? This means... I mean, it must mean...Can it be...?!? Is this his marriage proposal?" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- "My father has been so strict with me lately. He won't let me out of the house!" — Maggie (The Wind Waker)
- "Those pig-faced Moblins... You see them around the Minish Woods, right? They're big and dumb? Well, they're also rich! Beat one up for some quick cash!" — Swordsman Newsletter #5 (The Minish Cap)
- "This week's top titles: 3 Learn to Like Your Like Like: A Good Guide to A Bad Pet 2 Gorman's Guide to Good Grub 1 Married to the Moblin" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
- "Blast, blast, blast, blast! You idiots bungled it again!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Ringer )
- "Silence! Maybe that will shock some sense into you!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "Not Ganon. We get rid of him. We in charge now." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "You traitors will pay for your insolence NOW! This place is a mess! I want it clean up...with your TONGUES!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "That not fair. It HIS stupid plan." — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda, Episode The Moblins are Revolting )
- "You're sorry? You're sorry? Blast these incompetent servants! You idiots!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda, Episode Doppelganger )
- "Tell me what you know, or else!" — Moblin (Captain N, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "Thank you for saving my son, kind sir. Please, take this as a reward. It's a map to an ancient desert palace. There lies a Golden Key that will unlock the Potion of Power you seek." — Woman from Rauru (Captain N, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "A Moblin!" — Simon Belmont (Captain N, Episode Once Upon a Time Machine )
- "I hope he knows to watch out for Moblins. The woods are full of them!" — Link (Captain N, Episode The Trojan Dragon )
- "I-I'm sorry, Master! The adventurer, Link, passed my outpost. I tried to destroy him, but failed! He smashed my entire pack of brothers in moments! And I, I alone escaped to tell you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
- "Not CAPTURING him, well...that's another thing altogether. [...] NO ONE will destroy Link! No one but me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
- "Standing not twenty feet away is their archenemy, Ganon! The tall, hooded figure looms over a dozen of his soldiers--the squat, ugly, dog-like moblin. They growl and bear their long fangs." (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 2 and 3)
- "A soft noise like the wind through leaves fills the clearing. The screaming moblin fall silent and stop where they are." (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 17)
- "Covering his horse's ears with his thick cloak, Link holds the whistle to his lips and blows. A high-pitched whine pierces the air. The effect on the dog-like moblin is instantenous. They grab their ears and double over, whimpering. [...] Link blows again. The moblin howl and roll on the forest floor. [...] 'Magic potion!' the moblin cries. 'Take it! But please! Stop with the whistle!' [...] 'Woops! I think it's time for a fast exit now,' he says. He urges Cloud to a gallop and they race out of the swamp, leaving the howling moblin behind." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 40, 41)
- "When the moblin see their master vanish they panic, yowling and cursing as they scatter out of the clearing." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 97)
- "Ho Ho! Those Moblins are so stupid and slow! They're still trying to eat their soup with a fork!" — Talking Mushroom (Zelda's Adventure)
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