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Boulders,(LA | MM | TMC)[1][2][3][4][5][name reference needed] also known as Rocks,(TLoZ)[6] and Huge Rocks,(TWW)[7] are recurring obstacles in The Legend of Zelda series.


Boulders are rocks that fall in random patterns when Link is traveling through certain mountainous regions of Hyrule, commonly appearing on Death Mountain. They can often be hard to predict and will inflict damage to Link if he comes in contact with them.

Mainline appearances[]

The Legend of Zelda[]

The Legend of Zelda Manual Description
The Legend of Zelda logo
These rocks crumble off Death Mountain and fall down to attack Link. He can't destroy these natural nuisances.

Rocks first appear in The Legend of Zelda, in which they fall from of Death Mountain.

A Link to the Past[]

In A Link to the Past, Boulders appear on the lower western region of Death Mountain in the Light World. They are much larger and can inflict a Heart of damage. It is easier to travel further up the mountain by traveling through the caves to avoid them.

Link's Awakening[]

In Link's Awakening, Boulders appear, similar to their original appearance, on the east of the Tal Tal Mountain Range. Boulders are also used as weapons by the Stone Hinox in Link's Awakening DX when it slams the ground.

Ocarina of Time[]

In Ocarina of Time, Boulders appear on Death Mountain, but rather than bouncing down the Mountain, they roll down it once Link has become an adult. Boulders also appear in Gerudo Valley and certain dungeons. Sometimes they roll around areas such as Ganon's Castle.

Majora's Mask[]

In Majora's Mask, Boulders behave like they do in Ocarina of Time when climbing the Stone Tower. A gray variant can be found in the Deku Shrine.

Oracle of Ages[]

In Oracle of Ages, Boulders appear on Restoration Wall.

Four Swords Adventures[]

In Four Swords Adventures, Boulders appear on Death Mountain. They show up in caves where they can be pushed, where they also roll around and can be dropped into pits to make them safe to cross. Hinoxes throw massive Boulders at the Links.

The Minish Cap[]

Boulder (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Boulder Figurine Sprite
Appears on Mount Crenel, etc.
These huge boulders come crashing
down from cliff walls. They fall in a
random pattern, so watch your step!

In The Minish Cap, Boulders appear on Mount Crenel and function similarly to their A Link to the Past incarnation.

Phantom Hourglass[]

In Phantom Hourglass, rolling Boulders appear on the Isle of Ruins.

Spirit Tracks[]

In Spirit Tracks, Boulders appear in the Fire Sanctuary. Static varieties are found in other locations and can be pushed to solve puzzle, or destroyed by Wrecker Phantoms.

A Link Between Worlds[]

Tri Force Heroes[]

In Tri Force Heroes, Boulders sometimes roll down the path instead of Snowballs in the Snowball Ravine.

Breath of the Wild[]

Boulders in Breath of the Wild are sometimes used in puzzles to reveal Koroks that are scattered across Hyrule Kingdom where Link must push a Boulder into a hole some distance away.[5] Sometimes the holes are at the bottom of a slope with the Boulders at the top, and sometimes they are on level ground and must be launched using Stasis. A variation of this puzzle involves using Magnesis on an Iron Ball to get it into the hole.[5] After at least one Boulder makes it into the hole, a Korok will appear and give Link a Korok Seed.[8] Other Boulders reprise their roles as obstacles in the game, appearing in the Shrines and other places.

Tears of the Kingdom[]

Boulders return as obstacles in Tears of the Kingdom. They can also be Fused with a Tree Branch to create a Long Stick.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese岩 (Rokku) (TLoZ)[9]
岩ゴロ (Iwa goro) (TMC)[10]
Rumble Rock
NetherlandsDutchRots (TLoZ)[11]
FranceFrenchEURock (TLoZ)[12]Rock
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See Also[]


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 101
  2. "[Yes] If you can destroy the boulder that blocks the entrance to the Goron Racetrack near here...using the Powder Keg I'm about to give you, then I'll give you my approval to carry them." — Goron (Majora's Mask 3D)
  3. "Boulder" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 15
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Complete Official Guide (Expanded Edition, 2018), Piggyback Interactive Limited, pg. 330
  6. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 119 (TLoZ)
  7. "Oh! Link? You've come back! And in one piece, too! Gracious! My granddaughter tells me that your grandmother is in poor health these days... Now, I'm certain that a little fairy dust would provide all the lift her spirits need, but... Well, the problem is, I haven't seen any fairies in these parts recently. Of course, long ago you could find a lot of them up by the old Fairy Fountain, and you could even capture them in empty bottles. Sure! It was easy as you please! Yes, there was a time when I used to like playing with fairies... Uh...ahem! In any case, ever since the fountain was blocked up by that huge rock, I haven't seen a one..." — Sturgeon (The Wind Waker HD)
  8. "Yahaha! You found me!" — Korok (Breath of the Wild)
  9. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 30
  10. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Shogakukan) pg. 34
  11. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 31
  12. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 31