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"The Bokoblins are the most common monster found in Hyrule and could be found all throughout the land even before the Great Calamity. They live in loosely organized groups and build forts to ward off enemies. They are violent omnivores who prefer meat but will happily eat fruit in addition to the game they hunt." -The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: Creating a Champion about Bokoblins

Bokoblins,(TWW | TP | BotW | HWAoC)[2][3][4][name reference needed] also known as Red Bokoblins,(SS | CoH)[2][5][6] are recurring enemies in the The Legend of Zelda series. In the latter 3D entries of the series, they serve as the standard troops and the bulk of the forces under the command of antagonists such as Ganon and Demise.

Mainline appearances[]

The Wind Waker[]

Bokoblin (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
TWW Bokoblin Figurine Model
Habitat: Forsaken Fortress
Spoils: Joy Pendants
These little imps wield sharp machetes and Boko sticks when attacking. If they have no weapon, they'll attempt to fight hand-to-hand.
Tingle's Comment
Tingle says:

A Bokoblin! Get ahold of yourself and get him! The Tingle Bomb might work too!

Bokoblins are the most common enemies encountered in The Wind Waker, resembling the larger and more formidable Moblins who serve as Ganon's standard grunts. They have snouts, arrow-shaped tails, three fingers and a single horn. Bokoblins come in three variants: Blue, Green, and Pink. The most common is the blue-skinned, Boko Stick-wielding combat form. Green-skinned elites carry Machetes and wooden Shields. Pink Bokoblins carry Telescopes, which they use to scan their surroundings and to attack. Unarmed Bokoblins will combat Link hand-to-hand until they can find an available weapon. They can wield any kind of Enemy Weapon as needed. They are even strong enough to wield Weapons such as Moblin Spears and Darknut Swords with one arm.[verification needed] The attack power remains the same, however.[clarification needed]

Bokoblins are more intelligent than their Moblin counterparts. Blue Bokoblins man the Searchlights in the Forsaken Fortress, demonstrating an understanding of machinery. Pink Bokoblins act as scouts on the Great Sea. They use their telescopes to scan the sea from Lookout Platforms and rafts tied to Submarines. Bokoblins also recognize the danger of Bombs and will run away if Link pulls one out. One Green Bokoblin in Forsaken Fortress serves as the first Sub-Boss of the game. It guards Link's Sword which he dropped entering the fortress.

Bokoblins attack by swiping their Weapons at Link. Occasionally, Bokoblins will jump back and attempt to swing their Weapons at Link, which can send the young hero flying backwards if they make contact. Green Bokoblins are a little more versatile as they are able to defend themselves with their Shields. However, they are not particularly tough enemies and can be defeated by most conventional items in the game, especially Link's Sword. If they are knocked back, they may drop their Weapons, which Link can use against them. Unarmed Bokoblins will resort to jumping and kicking at Link to hurt him. Bokoblins, even the seafaring pink ones, cannot swim. Sometimes, when walking on a bridge, Bokoblins lose their balance and nearly fall, but manage to hang onto the edge. When this happens, a single hit of the Sword or some other weapon causes the Bokoblin to fall and drown.

All Bokoblins carry one Joy Pendant, which may be dropped after they are defeated. These are easily stolen using the Grappling Hook.

Twilight Princess[]

In Twilight Princess, Bokoblins resemble long imp-like creatures; Bokoblins lack tails, fur, and horns, and are much less intelligent than other instances of them. They are common in the southern and parts of the eastern areas of Hyrule Field, and are prominent in Faron Woods, but are driven out by Link as he is traversing the Forest Temple. They are first encountered in their blue-skinned variant, which carries a small stick and is easily felled. Later, they appear in a purple color and wield Swords. Purple Bokoblins are surprisingly resilient, capable of withstanding much abuse before death. However, they share the mental drawbacks of their blue counterparts. They are very similar to the more common and prominent Bulblins.

Twilight Princess is one of the only games where Bokoblins appear to socialize with each other: two can be seen talking with one another in an area of Faron Woods, somewhere along the path to the Forest Temple.

Skyward Sword[]

See also: Technoblin and Cursed Bokoblin
Fi's Comments
Fi says:

Target lock: Red Bokoblin

These monsters have plagued the land since ancient times. They each play different roles, and their weaponry varies. They prefer to act in groups.

None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments.

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Target lock: Red Bokoblin (Leader)

As a symbol of its leadership, this creature wraps a cloth around its head. This visually communicates that it is more dominant than other Bokoblins.
It can call its underlings to arms using its horn.

Bokoblins are the most common and prominent enemies of the forces under the command of Demise and his lieutenant Ghirahim throughout the game. Red Bokoblins appear as a common type of Enemy in Skyward Sword, appearing in many places throughout the Surface. Their appearance resembles that of a Japanese Oni more so than their previous incarnations. Red Bokoblins have floppy ears as opposed to pointy ones, and noses instead of snouts. They are much bigger and stouter than previous Bokoblins (slightly larger than Link himself), and have an extra edge of difficulty. They can block attacks with their Weapons, and in order to defeat them, Link must slash around the Weapon. Red Bokoblins (Archer) are also able to wield Bows, while Red Bokoblin (Leader) may carry a Monster Horn with which they can summon more Red Bokoblins. This Monster Horn can be retrieved using the Whip. In addition to the Monster Horn, Red Bokoblins may sometimes drop Ornamental Skulls or Golden Skulls as Treasures when defeated. Red Bokoblins also have the ability to balance on tightropes, but will fall off if Link shakes the rope they are on or if they are hit with a projectile or the Beetle. Most Red Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away; Red Bokoblins (Archer) with Bows will shoot it at first sight.

The Red Bokoblins in Skyward Sword appear to be somewhat more intelligent and sociable than their past incarnations, even establishing small Monster Strongholds while conflicting with the native Mogma throughout Eldin Volcano.[7] They defend these villages with the aid of lookout towers and large boulders, which they can roll downhill to hinder Link.

Multiple new variations of Red Bokoblin make an appearance in Skyward Sword, such as Technoblins and Cursed Bokoblins. Technoblins are found in Lanayru Desert, and like many other Enemies in the area, harness Electricity to attack. Cursed Bokoblins are zombies, and can only be found in the depths of the Ancient Cistern and the room in the Sky Keep that represents the former Dungeon. While these Red Bokoblins do not wield Weapons, they are extremely resilient and can withstand much more damage than their living counterparts. Later in the game, Blue Bokoblins replace ordinary Red Bokoblins as a more durable enemy, taking more hits to defeat. The Blue Bokoblin also has a new tactic of attack, similar to Link's Jump Slash. Green Bokoblins are the Dungeon and cave variant of Red Bokoblins, wearing a skull helmet and wielding a stone club. Their skin slowly began to turn into a shade of green due to their sun-deficient lifestyle.[8]

After the "Song of the Hero" quest is completed, most of the various types of Red Bokoblins and Moblins disappear from the overworld completely, leaving Eldin Volcano and Faron Woods devoid of their presence, most likely leaving the woodlands due to the massive flooding caused by Faron, the Faron. During the Horde Battle, all varieties of Red Bokoblins either have significantly increased skills or numbers, even wielding Bombs. However, Ornamental Skulls and Golden Skulls will not appear after Link defeats a Red Bokoblin during the Horde Battle.

According to Fi, they are obsessed with their ideal of fashion, particularly their unusual leopard-print underwear, which can be seen best if Link performs a Fatal Blow on one.[9] This is likely a reference to an Oni's tendency to wear tiger-print loincloths in Japanese folklore.

Breath of the Wild[]

Hyrule Compendium Entry

103 (104) Bokoblin
BotW Hyrule Compendium Bokoblin
This common species is a nuisance all over Hyrule. Some have unified in the time following the Great Calamity and have formed factions of bandits. While not very clever, they are at least intelligent enough to hunt beasts and grill the meat for food. Though they're typically ferocious carnivores, they actually enjoy fruit as well.
Common Locations
Hyrule Field
West Necluda
Recoverable Materials
Bokoblin Horn Bokoblin Fang

Bokoblins appear as the most common and standard Enemies in Breath of the Wild, often encountered in primitive Monster Strongholds and enemy camps. They can be found resting inside their camps at night and a variety of things during the day, such as hunting Boars. Monster Strongholds are often guarded by Bokoblins Archers on small watchtowers. If one of these Bokoblins spots Link, they will sound their horn, alerting the other Enemies to Link's presence. There are many varieties of Bokoblins, including the standard red Bokoblin, Blue Bokoblins, Black Bokoblins, Silver Bokoblins, and in Master Mode, Golden Bokoblins. Bokoblins often carry weapons of the Bokoblin Gear equipment archetype, such as the Boko Clubs, Boko Bats, Boko Spears and Boko Bows. Stronger Bokoblins are often equipped with Spiked and Dragonbone versions of this gear, alongside Soldier's Broadswords, Knight's Broadswords, and Royal Broadswords at higher tiers. Bokoblins that lack weapons will either claw at Link if he is nearby or dig up rocks to throw at him in lieu of any objects in the vicinity. If there are any large rocks, Barrels, or Bomb Barrels, Bokoblins will attempt to pick them up and hurl them at Link. When equipped with a wooden melee Weapon while near a source of fire, they will ignite their Weapon to burn Link with it. At night, Bokoblins will sleep on the ground face-up as bubbles rise from their nostrils. When defeated, Bokoblins may drop Bokoblin Fangs, Bokoblin Horns, Bokoblin Guts and Arrows depending on if they are a Red Bokoblin (Archer).

Bokoblins will occasionally be found riding Horses. If dismounted by an attack, they will attempt to climb back on their mount. Bokoblins in the Gerudo Highlands may instead ride Honeyvore Bears and Grizzlemaw Bears.

Sometimes, Bokoblins can be seen attacking travelers. Some travelers may also be knocked out by a Bokoblin. If Link helps to defeat the Bokoblin(s), they may grant Link a reward. However, some travelers who are knocked out may be Yiga Clan members.

The skeletal remains of Bokoblins, known as Stalkoblins, will rise out of the ground during the night. They behave similarly to living Bokoblins, while also possessing undead qualities. They may be found riding Stalhorses in lieu of living steeds.

Tears of the Kingdom[]

Bokoblins appear as Enemies in Tears of the Kingdom, resembling their Breath of the Wild counterparts, but with longer Horns, and once again serve as Ganon's most common and basic foot soldiers. They attack the same way as in Breath of the Wild, but can also charge at Link with their new Bokoblin Horns. In addition, some even have backpacks with various items such as Apples and White Chuchu Jelly, which Link can steal from them by sneaking up behind them or after defeating them. Others enshrouded in Gloom are found in The Depths and when killed drop Zonaite, and when they attack, they reduce Link's maximum Heart Containers if they manage to hit him. Bokoblins, along with Aerocudas, are the first monsters summoned in Hyrule by Ganondorf when he becomes the Demon King after stealing Queen Sonia's Secret Stone. Some Bokoblins now also have protective Armor, which Link has to knock off by using a weapon with a rock or similar fused to it or by using Bomb Flowers or similar explosives. Parts of their Armor will remain on the floor after using it, so Link can Fuse it to his shield or weapon.

Spinoff appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

Bokoblins appear based on their red Skyward Sword incarnation in Hyrule Warriors. Their role are weak infantry troops, appearing in large numbers but are easily defeated. They mainly serve as the soldiers of the Dark Force. As with other infantry troops, they also have a Captain, Shield, Artillery and Summoner counterparts. In Legend Mode, they appear in "The Armies of Ruin", "The Sorceress of the Valley", "Land in the Sky", "Sealed Ambition", and "The Sacred Sword". In "The Armies of Ruins", a small group of Bokoblins drops boulders in front of the Mine Entrance, attempting to trap Link inside.

Most Bokoblins are regular foot soldiers that carry large blades. Artillery troops also occasionally appear in smaller groups and fight by shooting Arrows. Summoner Bokoblin also appear as an uncommon variant that summons reinforcements, and wear skull masks and carry staves. Unit troops are led by Bokoblin Captains, which wear helmets and carry metal shields. The same type of Captain also appears as a variant that guards Keeps and Outposts. Bokoblin Captains occasionally drop Old Rags when defeated.

As one of Ghirahim's attacks with the Demon Blade, he can summon a small group of Bokoblins to charge forward.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity[]

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Bokoblins are divided into various sizes that dictate their role; small Bokoblins act as standard troops and large Bokoblins act as Captain. Bokoblin captains can use different weapons giving them different attacks. All Bokoblins are shown to have a ranged attack via throwing their weapons and then procuring a duplicate, as well as charge en masse with their Boko Spears.

In other media[]

Twilight Princess (Himekawa)[]

Bokoblins appear in the Twilight Princess manga, where they, King Bulblin, and a gang of Bulblins loom over a slain Ordonian.

Crossover appearances[]

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess[]

MNPTP Bokoblin Sprite

The twenty-sixth puzzle in the Picross series and the thirty-fifth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict a Bokoblin.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Bokoblin — Spirit Battle Information

SSBU Bokoblin Spirit Icon
No. 244
Team Power SSBU Neutral Type Icon Neutral | 1400 Rank ★ NOVICE Fighter(s)
Stage Guar Plain (Battlefield) Theme "Kass's Theme" SSBU King K. Rool Stock Icon 7 Tiny King K. Rool Team, Stockx4
Rule(s) Hazard(s)
 · The enemy starts the battle with an Ore Club Triforce piece

Bokoblin — Spirit Information

SSBU Bokoblin Spirit Icon

No. 244
Lv. 1
Type NEUTRAL Strength 406
Rank ★ NOVICE Defense 319
Slot(s) ⎔⎔ Power 754
Trait Battering Items Power 🠅
Slightly increases the power of battering items.

A Bokoblin appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with its Breath of the Wild Artwork. It attains the ability, Battering Items Power Up, which raises a Fighter's when using a battering item such as an Ore Club.

Cadence of Hyrule[]

Bokoblins appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule. They behave like the skeleton enemies in Crypt of the NecroDancer, moving onto an adjacent tile on every other beat of the music in pursuit of Cadence, Link, Yves, or Zelda. Before moving, they put their arms up for one beat before moving on the following beat.[10]


Red Bokoblin[]

  • Standard Boko Gear
  • Traveler Gear
  • Great Plateau
  • West Necluda
Red Bokoblin

"This common species is a nuisance all over Hyrule. Some have unified in the time following the Great Calamity and have formed factions of bandits. While not very clever, they are at least intelligent enough to hunt beasts and grill the meat for food. Though they're typically ferocious carnivores, they actually enjoy fruit as well."-Hyrule Compendium #103

Blue Bokoblin[]

  • Spiked Boko Gear
  • Soldier Gear
  • Gerudo Desert
  • Gerudo Highlands
Blue Bokoblin

"This common species is a nuisance all over Hyrule. They're tougher and have stronger weapons than the red Bokoblins-and are a little more clever, as well. At the very least, they figured out that they can simply kick a remote bomb out of the way to avoid it's blast."-Hyrule Compendium #104

Black Bokoblin[]

  • Dragonbone Boko Gear
  • Knight Gear
  • Eldin Canyon
  • Gerudo Highlands
Black Bokoblin

"..."-Hyrule Compendium #105


  • Hyrule Field
  • Great Hyrule Forest

"The remains of Bokoblins appear in the dark of the night. While they're fragile enough to crumble from a single blow, as long as a skull remains intact, they'll continue to pull themselves back together and go on fighting. Sometimes a body will pick up the wrong skull, but this doesn't seem to be a problem..."-Hyrule Compendium #106

Silver Bokoblin[]

  • Dragonbone Boko Gear
  • Royal Gear
  • Greater Hyrule
Silver Bokoblin

"You would be foolish to call these Silver Bokoblins a mere nuisance. They have been influenced by Ganon's fiendish magic, so they are stronger than even the Black Bokoblins. They are called "silver" not only cause of their coloring, but also to donate their rarity. The purple markings help them stand out even more."-Hyrule Compendium #107

Golden Bokoblin (Master Mode only)[]

  • Dragonbone Boko Gear
  • Royal Gear
  • Greater Hyrule (Master Mode only)
Golden Bokoblin

"..."-Hyrule Compendium #107 (Master Mode only)


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
United KingdomEnglishBRBokoblin (BotW)
JapanJapaneseボコブリン (Bokoburin) (BotW)[11]
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR波克布林 (Bōkèbùlín) (BotW)
NetherlandsDutchBokoblin (BotW)[12]
CanadaFrenchCABokoblin (BotW | HWAoC)[13][14]
FranceFrenchEUBokoblin (BotW)[15]
GermanyGermanBokblin (BotW)[16]
ItalyItalianBoblin (BotW)[17]
South KoreaKorean보코블린 (Bokobeullin) (BotW)
RussiaRussianБокоблин (Bokoblin) (BotW)[18]
SpainSpanishEUBokoblin (BotW)[19]
Latin AmericaSpanishLABokoblin (BotW)[20]
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See also[]


  1. "At the Earth Spring, Zelda was captured by Ghirahim’s henchmen, the Bokoblins, but saved by Impa, of the Sheikah tribe, whose responsibility was to protect the reincarnated goddess." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 74)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 168 (TWW | TP | SS)
  3. "Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Defeat the Bokoblins!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  5. "Target lock: Red Bokoblin
    These monsters have plagued the land since ancient times. They each play different roles, and their weaponry varies. They prefer to act in groups. None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments.
    " — Fi (Skyward Sword HD)
  6. "Defeated By: Red Bokoblin" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule)
  7. "Grrr... Those creeps just shimmied on in and took over our territory." — Tyto (Skyward Sword HD)
  8. "This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark places, such as caves. Its sunlight-deficient lifestyle has turned its skin a stomach-turning shade of green." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  9. "None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments." — Fi (Skyward Sword HD)
  10. "This monster has a very simple pattern, too. He moves every second beat and puts his arms up before he jumps!" — Trill (Cadence of Hyrule)
  11. "103 ボコブリン" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "103 Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "103 Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  14. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity pour Nintendo Switch - Détails du jeu Nintendo, www.nintendo.com, retrieved September 8, 2020.
  15. "103 Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "103 Bokblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "103 Boblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "103 Бокоблин" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "103 Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  20. "103 Bokoblin" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)