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Daira are recurring enemies and Sub-Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][note 1] They are expert axe-throwers, and their axes are able to slice through most Shields, making them more dangerous than those enemies who wield conventional swords or spears.[3]

The Adventure of Link

The Adventure of Link Manual Comment:
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"An alligator soldier that attacks with an ax. Link's shield can't fend off the ax."

Dairas are very commonly encountered in the tunnels and caves riddling Death Mountain in The Adventure of Link, and even on bridges in the surrounding area. The orange variety will simply charge at Link to attack him, to which he should attempt to attack his feet where possible, or simply keep striking to keep the gator warrior at a distance. The red varieties actually hurl their axes at Link with an endless supply, making them deadly at long range as well as close range. Sometimes defeating these foes is too much for Link even with the Shield Spell, so simply running away is not a bad idea.

According to the official The Legend of Zelda website, Dairas are a hybrid of Hylians and alligators.[2]

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

Dairas appear throughout various issues of The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics published by Valiant Comics. They are identical to their artwork depiction of The Adventure of Link and are capable of speech, although they speak poorly.[4] Dairas first appear in the "Missing in Action" story of the first issue as they are chasing Princess Zelda through the Midoro Swamp in an attempt to take the Triforce of Wisdom from her.[4] Just before they have a chance to attack Zelda, Link rushes in to the scene and defeats them swiftly with his Sword. In "Coming Home", Shadow Link commands one of the Dairas to execute both Link and Queen Seline for treason, although he is stopped by the queen before he is able to do so.[5]

Philips CD-i Games

Dairas appear in both The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon. In both games they appear in two strategic versions: a running version that will only drop 1 Ruby upon defeat, and a squatting version that throws its axe and drops 5 Rubies. In The Faces of Evil, there is a red-colored variety known as a Fire Daira which only appears in volcanic areas, such as Crater Cove and Firestone Lake. They are immune to all weapons except Snowballs, which defeats them in a single hit. Fire Dairas tend to drop Firestones after being defeated.

Cadence of Hyrule

Daira appear as minibosses in Cadence of Hyrule. They attack with their axes, swinging it down 2 squares in front of them, damaging even faraway enemies.


  • Dairas are the only humanoid enemies in The Adventure of Link that do not have a blue variant, although some artwork depicts a green variety that went unused in the final game.
  • On the official The Legend of Zelda website, this type of enemy has its name spelled Daria.[6]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseダイラ (Daira)[7]Same as English.
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See Also


  1. Daira were referred to as Darias on Zelda.com's encyclopedia.[2] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 172 (TAoL)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Darias are disgusting hybrids of Hylians and alligators. They are expert axe-throwers, and their axes are so sharp that they are able to slice through most Hyrulean Shields."Zelda Universe: The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com, retrieved September 29, 2014.
  3. "An alligator soldier that attacks with an ax. Link's shield can't fend off the ax." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 28)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Capture girl! Triforce be ours!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3 [Missing in Action])
  5. "Silence! I am the king! You have committed treason against me! There can be but ONE penalty! Executioner! Stand forth!"  (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named zeldacom
  7. The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 30