Blue Tektite artwork from Ocarina of Time
|Game(s)||All except The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword|
|Non-canon Appearances||The Legend of Zelda animated series|
The Shadow Prince
Oracle of Seasons manga
Link's Crossbow Training
Isle of Ember
The Tektite is a jumping, one eyed mite or spider-like creature in all aspects pertaining to appearance and behavior, changing little between games. These foes tend to appear in small to medium groups, and have the tendency to bounce and jump around the landscape as they please. These creatures normally inhabit mountainous areas, dungeons and sometimes lakes, where these regions do little to impede their movement. In The Legend of Zelda, they could jump and scale normally impassable mountain walls. Certain incarnations of this enemy, such as the Tektites of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, can also skim the surface of water, in the same vein as pond skaters, and could even bounce across it as well.
Tektites typically come in two colored varieties; a Red Tektite (sometimes orange) or Blue Tektite. These colors are often used to signify their strengths and behavior. In The Legend of Zelda, the Red Tektites tend to jump a lot, whereas the Blue variety does so very little. In Ocarina of Time, the Red Tektite is found on land, while the Blue Tektite is found closer to water in both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
Despite their wide range of mobility and adaptability to various surroundings, they are for the most part fragile enemies that are easily and quickly defeated with the simplest of weapons. The Tektites of The Adventure of Link, however, are more hardy in that they are able to shoot fireballs from their eyes and incorporate a nearly impregnable hide.
The Tektite is considered to be a "normal enemy", as it has little health and can be easily defeated with one or two Sword swipes. Projectile weapons, such as the Slingshot, Bow, or Hookshot are also useful, especially for defeating out of reach Tektites such as those that skim on the water. The Tektites of Adventure of Link are highly armored, and resist nearly all attacks save for the Fire Spell. In the Japanese version however, they are considerably weaker and can be killed with the sword. Opposite to The Adventure of Link Tektites, Tektites in Ocarina of Time are immune to Din's Fire. The Megaton Hammer and Goron Link's Ground Pound can flip Tektites onto their backs, in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask respectively.
|Tektite (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears on Mount Crenel, etc. They move by jumping long distances. Their movement can be unpredictable, so attack them when they are still.|
- Main article: Water Tektite
Water Tektites are green Tektites which, unlike the Blue Tektites from Ocarina of Time that are also found on earth, are found exclusively skimming on water. This variation appears in Link's Awakening and in the Oracle series. A very similar creature known as Hover exists in A Link to the Past, but is unrelated to Tektites.
- Main article: Golden Monsters
The Golden Tektite is a gold variety of Tektite that appears in The Minish Cap, and is among the Golden Monsters. They appear after certain Kinstone Fusions, and can appear in either Mount Crenel or Veil Falls. Like the other Golden Monsters, it is much more stronger than the normal varieties as it has increased speed, vitality, and is capable of inflicting more damage.
- In the entire overworld of The Minish Cap, there is only one Blue Tektite.
- As both have the same amount of health, the same vulnerabilities, and the same movement patterns including floating on water, Red and Blue Tektites in Twilight Princess appear to be a rare case of purely cosmetic variants of an enemy.
- "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too" — The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "Tektites!" — The Legend of Zelda US commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "It's an underground entrance. We're being attacked!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Episode 6 )
|Names in Other Regions|
|Tektite||Red Tektite||Blue Tektite||Water Tektite||Golden Tektite|
|Tektite (OoT3D)||Tektite rojo (OoT3D)||Tektite azul (OoT3D)|
|French||Tektite/Araknon||Araknon Rouge||Araknon Bleu||Araknon d'Or|
|French||Araknon (OoT3D)||Araknon rouge (OoT3D)||Araknon bleu (OoT3D)|
|German||Arachno||Roter Arachno||Blauer Arachno||Goldener Arachno|