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Octorok artwork from Ocarina of Time
Game(s)All games except
Twilight Princess
Non-canon AppearancesThe Legend of Zelda Animated series
The Legend of Zelda comic
The Crystal Trap
The Shadow Prince
Link: The Faces of Evil
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Zelda's Adventure
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Habitat(s)Land in 2D games
Water in most 3D games
Effective WeaponsSword
EXP Points10 Triforce piece.png
20 Triforce piece.png

Octoroks (pronounced /ˈɒktəˌɹoks/ OK--ROKS)[1] are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.




Octoroks are octopus-like creatures that are best known for their method of attack; shooting circular projectiles from its cylindrical snout in short intervals, attempting to hit Link from afar. The rock shooting capabilities of the Octorok varies from game to game, as does the way they appear and where they are encountered. In the 2D games such as The Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past, Octoroks are land-dwelling creatures that slowly crawl and shoot rocks at random in the cardinal directions. In most of the 3D console games, Octorocks are instead truer to their real-life counterparts, as they are encountered in water-filled areas such as lakes or seas, and pop out to shoot directly at Link's direction. In The Adventure of Link, the land-dwelling variety are even known for their ability to jump,[2] and have flying variants as well in Link's Awakening and Skyward Sword.

These foes are also known for their large heads and eyes, seen vividly in the 3D console titles. In the 2D games, they appear somewhat more porcine or spider-like. In Skyward Sword, however, the design of the Octorok more heavily resembles the Deku Scrub, as it covers itself in shrubbery or rocks, and hides just underground. If Link picks one up, it pops up from the ground and hurts him.

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Artwork from The Legend of Zelda

The Octorok has otherwise changed little in terms of behavior across the series since its debut in The Legend of Zelda. Most Octoroks, primarily in the 2D games, are smaller then Link, and are of little threat in the areas they are encountered. The 3D games introduced much larger variants, with some even taking the role of bosses or mini-bosses, such as the Big Octos of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker and Cyclok of Phantom Hourglass. Regardless of size, Octoroks are seldom seen isolated. Their populations typically consists of only a few Octoroks, but can reach up to fourty as seen in a few instances of Four Swords Adventures. Other times many Octoroks may populate a single area but may not be in close proximity. An example being the Zora's River in Ocarina of Time, in which many Octoroks swam along the lengthy river.

Hyrule Historia states that the Octoroks and their variants that appear in Phantom Hourglass are the minions of Bellum[3] (who was notably referred to as Grande Octo/Big Octorok during development).[4]

The Octorok, regardless of terrain, can be defeated by any conventional weapon, such as the Sword, Bow and Arrow, Bombs, Boomerang (only stuns in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask) and the like. In the same vein as the Dead Man's Volley, Link can sometimes use his Shield, and in some cases, the Sword, to reflect the projectile that the Octorok shoots back at its face.[5] While this technique usually does not work on land-dwelling Octoroks, the water-born variety are more than vulnerable to this technique, and in some cases is the only means of defeating them without long-ranged weapons, as they will submerge once Link moves too close. In Majora's Mask, Octoroks can also be frozen with Ice Arrows to create a solid platform onto which Link can climb.[6]

Octorok (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in various areas. There are red and blue ones. They've appeared in every Zelda game to date. They spit rocks, so careful!
Octorok (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: The Forest Haven, Great Sea
Winner of the Perfect Attendance Award (TWW)
Series: Exemplary enemy (TWWHD)
When approached, these creatures tend to hide in the water. They can easily be defeated by reflecting the rocks they shoot with a sword or shield.


While the grand majority of Octoroks differ in color, there are few species that inhibit unique traits.


Red and Blue Octoroks


In the 2D Zelda games, Octoroks usually appear in red and blue colors, with the latter being the stronger variety. In The Adventure of Link, these foes are sedentary creatures that can jump.[2] These Octoroks can be found only in caves and marshes, the latter of which provides a mobile version that creeps up on Link under the cover of tall grass.[7] Octoroks in A Link to the Past sometimes stop and spew rocks in all four cardinal directions, a trait also seen in blue Octoroks in Four Swords Adventures. In the Oracle series, Link can take the form of one of these Octoroks while wearing the Octo Ring, although he will be green in color rather than red or blue, and cannot attack.

Only red Octoroks appear in A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, and Four Swords. At least one red Octorok in A Link Between Worlds is sentient, and works as the pitcher for Lorule's sport of Octoball Derby.

Flying Octorok

A Flying Octorok in Link's Awakening

The Flying Octorok[8] is a variant unique to Link's Awakening. These enemies will take flight if Link tries to slash at them. Link must aim his strikes to hit them as they aim to land behind him, which they will then shoot back after landing. Link can use the Roc's Feather to jump high and slash his sword in their direction. They are also susceptible to Spin Attacks and thrusts.

Pink and Purple Octoroks

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The two color varieties of Octorok in The Wind Waker

The standard Octoroks seen in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are purple, a trend carried into Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. These colored varieties are typically of the water-dwelling kind, though this also varies by game. In The Wind Waker, a pink and purple variety exist, the former shoots Bombs instead of rocks and appears frequently across the expanse of the Great Sea, while the latter remains a traditional rock-shooter appearing only in freshwater locales such as the Forest Haven. In Four Swords Adventures, a purple variety exists as well, however, it hesitates for a beat before shooting a volley of four rocks at Link in a row.

Golden Octorok

The Golden Octorok in The Minish Cap
Main article: Golden Monsters

In Oracle of Seasons and The Minish Cap, Golden Octoroks are among the Golden Monsters. As with the rest of the Golden Monsters, it moves faster and inflicts more damage onto Link, as well as takes more hits to defeat. The Golden Beasts of Oracle of Seasons appear after talking to the appropriate Old Man, and only within certain seasons, while those in The Minish Cap appear as the result of certain Kinstone Fusions.



Another exotic form of Octorok is the Octomine, found in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. They are an explosive species that can only be found underwater. In the former game, they come in two distinct varieties: a sleeping type that remains stationary and an active kind that propels itself through the water, either upwards or from left to right and vice versa. Link encounters these creatures while operating the Salvage Arm; if he fails to take caution and avoid them, the crane will eventually sustain excessive damage and be rendered inoperable until he has it repaired at the Shipyard.

In Spirit Tracks, Octomines can be found beneath the sea in the Ocean Realm. In this game, only the upward-moving variety appear. They pose no threat to Link or his Train as they are unable to make contact. Similar to the floating Barrels seen above the water's surface, the hero can destroy nearby Octomines by shooting them with the Cannon. Destroyed Octomines yield Rupees and Train-repairing green Hearts.

Sky Octoroks

In addition to those rooted in the ground, Skyward Sword also has Sky Octoroks that are adapted to living in the sky. As Link flies his Loftwing through The Sky, the enemy will fire homing rocks at him. They can be killed by flying close to their small, barren rock island and boosting through the pink-and-purple spotted creature.

Other Appearances

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Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, a creature similar to Octoroks called Octopuses appear in the hidden mini-games run by Salona. Instead of shooting rocks, the Octopuses shoot balls, which Tingle must deflect back at various targets behind them. In terms of appearance, they are red and look like the traditional Octoroks found in the 2D Zelda games, with the characteristics of those found in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

There is also an ingredient Tingle can acquire called Salty Octopus, which also looks similar to an Octorok.

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Animated series

An Octorok in "The White Knight" episode

Octoroks appear in three episodes of the Animated series. They first appear in "The White Knight" after a Tinsuit calls an Octorok from the Underworld, which grabs a swordless Link and throws him into a nearby barn. The hero then takes out a Magic Rope and ties it around the Octorok, but the octopus-like foe begins to run away as it drags Link with him. Fortunately, Prince Facade appears and halts the Octorok in its path, blocking one of the Octorok's attacks with his shield and quickly defeating it with a shot from his crossbow. An Octorok also briefly appears in "Kiss'n Tell", where the foe uses its tentacles to trip Princess Zelda and thus take her into the Underworld.

In "Doppelganger", while Link and Zelda are in the Underworld chasing Zelda's evil clone, three Octoroks begin to shoot rocks at them. The Link grabs the Princess and uses the Force Field Ring as the two fall, zapping the Octoroks in the process. In their final appearance of "The Moblins Are Revolting", Octoroks join the struggle formed by the Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters, where they try to attack North Castle. A Moblin commands that various Vires carry several Octoroks so that they can fire Bombs inside the castle; however, the Octoroks are accidentally defeated with arrows shot by a group of Stalfos.

Interestingly, in "The White Knight" and "The Moblins Are Revolting" episodes, Octoroks shoot light balls that explode when they come in contact with something; however, in the "Doppelganger", they can be seen shooting the usual rocks instead.

The Legend of Zelda comic

An Octorok from the comic

Octoroks make several minor appearances throughout the issues of The Legend of Zelda comic published by Valiant Comics. Their depiction is almost identical to their artwork from The Adventure of Link. They first appear in "Missing in Action" as one of the enemies that go after Princess Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom. "To the First Power" also shows these foes capturing Link outside one of the Underworld entrances under the orders of a Wizzrobe. Octoroks once again appear in "Queen of Hearts", where they battle against Link and Queen Seline to keep them from breaking the magic container that will give the queen her magical powers back.

The Crystal Trap

In The Crystal Trap, Octoroks appear after Princess Zelda frees Link from the Crystal. If the heroes choose to leave the Midoro Palace, they will struggle since Link feels too weak to walk. They eventually reach a forest and decide to rest, but suddenly Octoroks ambush them, and although Zelda tells Link that they should run away, the young hero feels too tired and thus must stay and fight. Choosing to stay and fight results in Zelda and Link taking cover from the Octoroks' attacks, with Link giving the Princess some advice to defeat the Octoroks. By the use of her bow, Zelda defeats the monsters, but is exhausted from the battle. They then witness a Pink Fairy glowing out from the corpse of one of the dead Octoroks. The Fairy thanks the heroes for freeing her from the monsters and rewards them by showing them where to find the weapon that will defeat Ganon: the Spear.

If the heroes choose to run away, Zelda will put her arm around Link's shoulders and begin to run. Trying to pull Link with all her might, she fails since she cannot outrun the Octoroks' attacks while carrying Link. A rock strikes Zelda's leg, causing the heroes to collapse and giving the foes a chance to surround them. The page ends with a Game Over as Zelda realizes she cannot hope to defeat all of the Octoroks by herself.

The Shadow Prince

The Octorok enemy from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

The Shadow Prince briefly mentions the Octoroks when Charles of Moria is bragging of his accomplishments as a knight. He comments about the time that he defeat twenty Octoroks with just one swing of his ax, although Link is unimpressed by this feat, saying that "Octoroks are easy prey."

Super Smash Bros. Series

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Octoroks appear as enemies in the Underground Maze level of Adventure Mode. They can, but rarely, be found in other modes in boxes. Like in the Zelda games, Octoroks will start shooting rocks at the approaching fighter. For every Octorok a player KOs, 150 points are added to their Octorok KO Bonus. These Octoroks are only found on land, despite being based on the aquatic Octoroks found in Ocarina of Time. They also appear as a Trophy.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Octoroks appear as a Sticker. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, they appear as enemies in the Smash Run mode and as a Trophy.

Trophy Information

Game Image Description How to Unlock
Super Smash Bros. Melee Octorok Trophy.png These common enemies made their debut in the very first Legend of Zelda game and have been a staple of every game in the series since. They shoot rocks from their mouths at high velocity, but the projectiles are simple to block and do very little damage. Octoroks have low stamina, so they don't pose much of a threat to good fighters. Random
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS SSB4 Octorok Trophy.png This monster looks kinda like an octopus, but it shoots rocks out of its mouth. They've been around since the very first Legend of Zelda game, and the Ocotorok from Skyward Sword appears in this version of Smash Bros. They'll hide ungerground, emerging to fire at nearby fighters. If you're quick, you can run forward and pluck them out. Random

Sticker Information

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Octorok Octorok Sticker.png Ocarina of Time [Leg] - Attack +4 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link


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In Skyward Sword, Octoroks, particularly the "Grass" variant, have an appearance and attack pattern nearly identical to Deku Scrubs. This, coupled with the fact that all incarnations of Octorok and Deku share both attack patterns and physical features, hints that there might be a biological connection between these two species. The Deku are also conspicuously absent during Skyward Sword (which is the first game chronologically in the Zelda Timeline), yet appear in many other later games. This suggests that the incarnations of Octoroks seen in this game would eventually evolve into the Deku by the time of The Minish Cap.


  • Unira, the urchin enemy from Clu Clu Land, bears a strong resemblance to the Octoroks from The Legend of Zelda.
  • Although Octoroks do not appear in Twilight Princess, the Toadpoli behave similarly.
  • Squig, Squog, Squoinker, and Dark Squiglet of Super Paper Mario are similar to Octoroks in that they are small enemies that spit rocks at their prey.



  1. "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too"The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "A type of octopus that lives above ground. They bounce and attack by spitting out rocks." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 29)
  3. Hyrule Historia page 204
  4. Hyrule Historia page 203
  5. "Octorok: Bounce back the rocks they spit at you!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "If you could somehow step on top of that Octorok, I bet you'd be able to climb onto that central pillar. But the Octorok is so squishy and it keeps squirming around...There's gotta be something you can do!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  7. "A type of octopus that lives above ground. They bounce and attack by spitting out rocks." (Adventure of Link manual, pg. 29)
    Wait for these flying cousins of the familiar Octorok to land before launching your fierce attack with Sword and Shield."
    (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 97)

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name
Octorok Sea Octorok Flying Octorok
Japanese Japan オクタロック (Okutarokku) シーオクタ (Shī Okuta) パタオクタ (Pata Okuta)
Spanish Spain Octorock
Latin America Octorok (OoT3D, SS)
French France Octorock
Canada Octorok (OoT3D, SS)
German Germany Oktorok Geflügelter Oktorok
Italian Italy Octorock
Chinese Mainland China (Simplified Chinese) 八爪投石怪 (Bāzhuǎ Tóushí Guài)