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Blade Traps,(LA)[1] also known simply as Traps,(TLoZ | TMC)[2][3] are recurring traps in The Legend of Zelda series.


The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment:
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Traps and Stone Statues
"Somebody placed these in the labyrinth a long time ago. They suddenly attack Link when he approaches them. So you've really got to watch out!"
Tingle's Comment:
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"It's a Trap!

Be careful! It's dangerous!"

Blade Traps are formidable, mechanized obstacles equipped with spikes or blades. They come in a variety of types and are almost always impervious to all attacks, with some staying dormant until approached and others moving in a set path. Blade Traps are common as dormant obstacles in titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages. Upon crossing the path of a Blade Trap, whether vertical or horizontal, it will react instantly by closing in rapidly on Link. Contact with a Blade Trap damages Link; after being set off, they will slowly return to their original position.

Other Blade Traps, such as those in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, glide along a projected path. These Blade Traps move along the ground regardless of Link's presence, at a constant speed. The paths of these Traps vary; some move from one side to the next, while others move in a complete circle.

Other, although much less common, types of Blade Traps have also appeared throughout the series. A Link to the Past and Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages introduced giant versions of Blade Traps, which move in a set path around the room and take up large amounts of space. Similar traps called Chasers appear in Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Four Swords and The Minish Cap; they are sentient bladed traps that will follow Link down narrow corridors once he is within their line of vision.

The Legend of Zelda

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Trap (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in various areas.
A trap with sharp blades. Some are
triggered by nearby intruders, while
others follow a set path.

Traps appear in Dungeons in The Minish Cap. There are two variants, blue and green, with different functions. Blue Traps remain still until Link passes through their line of sight, whereupon they move quickly toward him in an straight line. They strike him, if possible, and continue to the end of their path – whether that be the opposite wall, an obstacle, or another Trap – before returning to their original position. Green Traps follow a set path, either moving back and forth from wall to wall or encircling a group of Blocks.

Twilight Princess

Blade Traps appear in Dungeons in Twilight Princess. Stone models are found in the Arbiter's Grounds, while gilded models are found in the Temple of Time; both appear as obstacles that move along Spinner rails. They also appear during the battle with the Boss of the Arbiter's Grounds, Stallord.

Blade Traps in Twilight Princess are the only kind that can be destroyed; the Dominion Rod can be used to bring a statue to life in the Temple of Time, smashing the Blade Traps with its axe.

Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

Blade Traps appear as hazards in Skyward Sword. They can be found in Lanayru Desert on the way to the dragon Lanayru. They move back and forth, making it difficult for Link to pass through the area.

A Link Between Worlds

Other Appearances

Zelda's Adventure

Ancient Stone Tablets


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseトラップ (Torappu) (TLoZ)[4]
トラップ(小) (Torappu (Shō)) (ALttP)[5]
トラップ(大) (Torappu (Dai)) (ALttP)[6]
トラップ(青) (Torappu (ao)) (TMC)[7]
Trap (Small)
Trap (Large)
Trap (Blue)
NetherlandsDutchVallen (TLoZ)[8] 
FranceFrenchEUPiège (TLoZ)[9]Trap
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