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Bulblins are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]


Twilight Princess[]

Midna's Comment
Bulblin squad in Goron Mines
Midna says:

Ugh, too many enemies to count... Deal with the ones nearby with your sword by pressing B Button. Press Y Button or X Button to use your bow on the rest.

In Twilight Princess, Bulblins wield either a club or a Bow. Those with a Bow shoot either flame-ignited Arrows or Bomb Arrows. Bulblins armed with clubs also have a Quiver of Arrows on their back, indicating the possibility that all Bulblins are armed identically, but choose one or the other weapon at any given time. While on Hyrule Field, they ride Bullbos, generally in pairs. The Bulblin sitting in front controls the Bullbo, while the archer sitting at the back fires at foes. In the Twilight, they become Shadow Bulblins, which alters their appearance. They wear white masks and attack in the same way as normal Bulblins, with Arrows or clubs.

Bulblins are the most prominent and common enemies in the game. They directly serve their leader, King Bulblin, and therefore indirectly serve both Zant and Ganondorf. They invaded the Spirit Springs for the purpose of clearing the path for Zant's invasion of Hyrule. Eventually, Link manages to destroy their base camp in the Gerudo Desert and by the end of the game, they decide not to fight for Ganondorf and are seen in the end credits running through Hyrule Field with their King, possibly being at peace with Hyrule.

After King Bulblin is defeated, he decides to admit defeat to Link in cohesive speech, proving that Bulblins can speak Hylian, which Midna expresses surprise over.[3] He decides to form an alliance with Link, as he is on the winning side.[4] However, Bulblins in Hyrule Field and elsewhere still attack Link, despite being under a leader that joined forces with him.

Spirit Tracks[]

In Spirit Tracks, Bulblins appear while Link is riding the Spirit Train. Their appearance is nearly identical to Twilight Princess, but differs slightly as they have a bright red nose and blue skin, as opposed to the green skin from Twilight Princess. They ride on Bullbos, and either charge Link or shoot Bomb Arrows from afar. They appear at certain locations in the Forest Realm and Snow Realm, and either attack in pairs or with another lone Bullbo.

In this era, Bulblins work alongside the Miniblin and Big Blin pirate crews to rob travelers. [5]

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Link's Crossbow Training[]

In Link's Crossbow Training, Bulblins and Bulblin Archers appear as enemies in several Stages.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bulblins appear on the Bridge of Eldin stage. When King Bulblin races by, a Bulblin will occasionally run after him. They can be knocked off the bridge by hitting them a few times. They also appear as a Trophy. Bulblins reprise this role in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Trophy Information[]

# Trophy Significant Games Description How to unlock
203 SSBB Bulblin Trophy Model
Twilight Princess Creatures that serve under King Bulblin. They follow their superiors and pillage the land like hyenas. They typically attack with spears and fiery arrows but sometimes attack while mounted on boarlike beasts. They're not the strongest creatures but can prove dangerous in packs. Random

Hyrule Warriors[]

In Hyrule Warriors, Bulblins are a weak grunt soldiers that appear in large numbers. In Legend Mode, they appear as enemy troops in "The Sorceress of the Woods", "Land of Twilight", "The Shadow King", "A War of Spirit", "Ganondorf's Return", "Enduring Resolve", "The Dragon of the Caves", and "The Usurper King".

Most Bulblins are regular foot soldiers that carry clubs. Artillery troops also occasionally appear in smaller groups. Unit troops are led by Bulblin Captains, whose appearance are identical to King Bulblin. The same type of Captain also appears as a Keep Boss variant that guards Keeps and Outposts. Bulblin Captains occasionally drop the Metal Plate Material when defeated.

Twilight Princess (Himekawa)[]

Bulbins appear in the Twilight Princess manga, where they are the most recurring enemy in the manga fought by Link.


  • The Super Smash Bros. Brawl Trophy mistakenly states that Bulblins wield spears.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ブルブリン (Buruburin) Bulblin
French Republic FrenchEU Bulblin Same as English.
Federal Republic of Germany German Bulblin Same as English.
Italian Republic Italian Bulblin Same as English.
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Bulblin Same as English.



  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 169 (TP | TPHD | ST)
  2. "Arbiter's Grounds: Ranger
    Move using the Control Stick and defeat the 25 Bulblins.
    " — Stage Select (Link's Crossbow Training)
  3. "Link... He... He talked!" — Princess Midna (Twilight Princess)
  4. "Enough. I follow the strongest side! ...that is all I have ever known." — King Bulblin (Twilight Princess)
  5. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 101 (TP | TPHD | ST)