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Acro-Bandits are Enemies in The Minish Cap.[1]


Acro-Bandits (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Acro-Bandits Figurine Sprite
Appears in the Eastern Hills, etc.
Five of them pop out at once. If you
smack each one as they pop out of the
ground, they're a piece of cake.

Acro-Bandits are commonly found in the Eastern Hills and Lon Lon Ranch. They will hide underground until Link approaches, at which point one will look above ground to confirm his presence. They will then emerge from the ground and stack themselves in a tower to attack him.

If Link defeats or stuns the lone Acro-Bandit which searches above the ground, the rest will remain underground. Should they manage to emerge and stack up on top one another, attacking the bottom-most Acro-Bandit (with a Sword strike, a bump from a Shield, an exhalation from the Gust Jar, or a hit from the Boomerang) will send them all toppling to the ground, where they will be stunned briefly. Afterwards, they will attempt to flee by burrowing back into the ground. If Link does not manage to defeat all of them before they escape, the entire group will re-emerge when Link returns to the area.


The Acro-Bandits' name is likely based on the occupation of acrobatics, and the fact that they wear a mask, a common attribute of bandits in popular culture.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ポールズ (Pōruzu) Poles
French-speaking countries French Taupes Acrobates Acrobat Moles
Federal Republic of Germany German Akrobanditen Acrobandits
Italian Republic Italian Pols
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Pols



  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 162