- This article is about the enemy. For the HORSE the Band song, see Pol's Voice (song).
|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
|Non-canon Appearances||Zelda's Adventure|
Pols Voice is the name given to a species of rabbit-like monsters that hop along the ground in their native habitat, often a dungeon. With their debut in The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Pols Voice is one of the few common enemies with a distinct, unique weakness.
Characteristics and Weaknesses
Pols Voice's head boasts two floppy ears and whiskers like that of a rabbit or hare, but the similarities end there. They have evil, black, beady eyes and a lower torso that spreads out into short "legs" or simply opens up to a wide, tooth-filled maw underneath.
In The Legend of Zelda, they can be destroyed with sword blows but take many hits. In the Famicom Disc System and Famicom cartridge releases of the game, all Pols Voice in the room die if the Famicom's built-in microphone in the player 2 controller detects sound; in the Japanese Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release, all Pols Voice in the room will die if the Nintendo 3DS microphone detects a loud noise while the player has the second controller selected. Due to the lack of a built-in microphone on the NES, in the NES version they will die instantly if hit by an Arrows; it is possible to kill many with a single arrow if they are properly aligned. Japanese versions of re-releases on systems without microphones also include workarounds: in the Japanese Game Boy Advance release, it is triggered by pressing Select four times; in the Japanese Wii Virtual Console release, it is triggered by rotating the right control stick of the Classic Controller or the C-stick of the GameCube Controller.
In Link's Awakening, Pols Voice also are invulnerable to sword blows and vulnerable to arrows, but take several shots to defeat. However, they can also be defeated quickly by throwing Jars at them or using Bombs, a weakness that is also shared in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. Playing a melody from an instrument such as the Ocarina or the Harp of Ages in the Game Boy games will cause these foes to spontaneously explode.
Pols Voices also appear in Phantom Hourglass; they are much larger than their contemporaries, and similar to previous concept art. As a nod to the built-in microphone on the Famicom, the only way to expose their weakness is to sound into the Nintendo DS Mic; this action stuns them and provides a window of time in which Link has the opportunity to attack. However, without knowledge of their weakness, these enemies may prove to be amongst the toughest in the game. In Phantom Hourglass, they attack by flipping forward and attempting to hit Link with their large mouths, hidden under their bodies.
- The Bunny Hood bears a slight resemblance to the Pols Voice enemy, and when Link sells the mask to the wandering Running Man in Ocarina of Time, he says upon seeing the mask: "I bet with those long ears you can hear the voices..."
- The Toppo is another hopping rabbit-like enemy who appears in A Link to the Past.
- The American metalcore band HORSE the Band released a song entitled Pol's Voice on their 2003 album R. Borlax. The song's title and lyrics refer to the enemy as it appears in the original The Legend of Zelda game.
- The English language instruction manual for The Legend of Zelda refers to its weakness to sound, despite the NES not possessing the microphone of the Famicom.
- "A ghost with big ears and a weak point - he hates loud noise" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
- "Creatures that are sensitive to sound dwell in the sands ahead. So, walk without sound and bring as little attention to yourself as possible." — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
- The Legend of Zelda: Gameplay, Legends of Localization, retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "POLS VOICE: A monster with giant ears. You can shoot it with an arrow." (The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 11)
- "Wii VC版の場合右スティックを回す" — ゼルダの伝説1 周回用フローチャート, 丸望三角, retrieved January 31, 2015.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ポルスボイス (Porusu Boisu)||Pols Voice|