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Deku Babas are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] In each incarnation, they are carnivorous plants akin to Venus Flytraps that attack passersby, should they come too close.


Ocarina of Time[]

Navi's Comments
Navi says:

Deku Baba
Hit it when it lunges at you, and it will stand upright. Cut it quickly to get a Deku Stick!

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Withered variant

Deku Baba
Though it looks withered, it will hurt you if you touch it!

Deku Babas commonly appear in heavily wooded areas in Ocarina of Time. When approached, they will rise from their base and periodically lunge at Link. However, they have a limited range. If they are struck while lunging, they will stiffen straight upwards, allowing Link to kill them and retrieve Deku Sticks. Given enough time, they will return to their arched position and resume their attack. If struck again, they will die, leaving behind a Deku Nut from the bud.

A "withered" variant also appears, unable to curl their stems, relying on Link to walk into them for damage. After rising from the base, they will eventually pivot in a small circle to increase their range. Deku Babas are especially common in the Lost Woods (particularly Kokiri Forest, the Forest Temple and Inside the Deku Tree).

A much larger version of a Deku Baba can be found, known as a Big Deku Baba. Its attack patterns are the same as the normal variant.

Majora's Mask[]

Tatl's Comments
Majora's Mask 3D
Tatl says:

That's a Deku Baba! Cut it down when it has extended its body and Deku Nuts or Sticks will come out.

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Majora's Mask

Don't tell me you don't know about the Deku Baba! Cut it down when it has extended its body and Deku Nuts or Sticks will come out.

Withered variant

Isn't that a Deku Baba?
But it looks a little withered...Just cut it. You should at least get a Deku Stick out of it.

Deku Babas in Majora's Mask behave identically to those in Ocarina of Time, dropping Deku Sticks and Deku Nuts when defeated, depending on how they are killed. They appear in places such as Termina Field, the Southern Swamp, Woodfall and even the Stone Tower Temple. A smaller variant also appears, known as a Mini Baba, consisting of just the bud and leaves at its base. Another variant is also found, Bio Deku Babas, which hang from lily pads and gain increased mobility when severed from them.

Twilight Princess[]

Deku Babas only lunge at Link when he approaches them in Twilight Princess, otherwise, they retract inside their base. They are often encountered within patches of tall grass, or on ceilings, making them difficult to see until Link draws near. Unlike the previous incarnations, these Deku Babas possess a set of sharp teeth with which they can bite Link. They are found in places such as Faron Woods, the Forest Temple, Hyrule Field and the City in the Sky. When slain, they leave a seed case that can be broken to retrieve Seeds that can be used with the Slingshot.

TP Shadow Deku Baba Model
A Shadow Deku Baba

Several variants of Deku Babas appear in Twilight Princess, such as the Baba Serpent, which is a more aggressive relative that continues to attack Link even when severed from its roots, and Big Babas, which appear to have a symbiotic relationship with Deku Likes. The Boss Diababa also resembles a Deku Baba, both in appearance and in name.

Shadow Deku Baba[]

Main article: Shadow Deku Baba

Shadow Deku Babas are Deku Babas transformed by the power of the Twilight. They act identically to their regular counterparts. The only difference between the two is that upon being killed, Shadow Deku Babas will not leave seed pods on the ground. Instead, they will just explode in a similar fashion to other enemies corrupted by Twilight.

There are also a variant of the Shadow Deku Baba that behave similarly to Baba Serpents.

Skyward Sword[]

Fi's Comment
Fi says:

Target lock: Deku Baba

This violent plant is widespread in wooded areas. It will attempt to bite anything that approaches it.

Though it is covered in a tough outer husk, the inside of its mouth is soft.

I have confirmed the existence of two varieties: those that open their mouths vertically and those that open them horizontally.

Deku Babas in Skyward Sword require a different strategy with the Sword than previous titles. There are three variants. One opens its mouth horizontally, another vertically, and the last is found upside-down on ceilings. Deku Babas will only take damage if Link slashes in the same direction that the plant's mouth opens.[2] As such, slicing vertically while the Deku Baba has its mouth open horizontally will not be effective. Furthermore, the Deku Baba only takes half damage with stab attacks, even with the Master Sword, and will try to dodge if Link stabs. However, they will not dodge if Link attempts to hit them with a Skyward Strike stab.

Deku Babas can also be defeated using Bombs. Rolling, throwing or placing a Bomb close to a Deku Baba will tempt it to swallow it,[3] causing the Bomb to explode inside the Deku Baba and kill it. In addition to this, Link can also cut the stem of a Deku Baba with the Beetle,[4] or by performing a Spin Attack after a successful Shield Bash. When defeated, Deku Babas occasionally drop Jelly Blobs.

A golden relative of Deku Babas, known as Quadro Babas, appear later in the game. True to their name, their bud is split into four sections, allowing them to change which way their mouth parts. They do this often in an attempt to confuse Link.

In other media[]

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)[]

Deku Babas make an appearance in the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa, attacking Link when he has returned to Korki Village, just like in the game. Link easily defeats them, saving Mido from one in the process.

Spinoff appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

In Hyrule Warriors, Deku Babas appear as giant stage obstacles, often guarding key points of the battlefield by blocking the way. They emit a poisonous miasma,[5] hurting anyone getting close to it. They can only be defeated with the Bow, as they will retract into their roots if any other kind of attack is attempted.[6][7] They will usually drop many Rupees once defeated. They appear primarily in the Scenario, "The Sorceress of the Woods", where the Bow is first found, necessitating its obtention.

Crossover appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Deku Babas appear in the form of a collectible Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB Deku Baba Sticker Icon
Deku Baba
Ocarina of Time [Arm, Leg] - Attack +4 All

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[]

Deku Babas in their Skyward Sword design appear on the Hyrule Circuit track in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They have the exact behavior of Piranha Plants, as when a racer approaches, Deku Baba lunges at them. If a racer is hit by a Deku Baba, their kart topples over.


  • Deku Babas were designed by crossing a dog with a Clam from the Mario franchise.[8] Despite this, Deku Babas appear more closely related to Piranha Plants, which is more evident in Mario Kart 8.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseデクババ (Deku Baba) (OoT | SS)[9][10]
デクスズメバチ (Deku Suzumebachi) (SS)[11]
Same as English.
GermanyGermanDekuranha (HWDE)[12]
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  1. Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 176 (OoT), 290 (TP) & 343 (SS)
  2. "When you are fighting a Deku Baba, pay attention to how it opens its mouth and swing your sword accordingly. It is also effective to shield bash the Deku Baba at the moment it attacks." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Some monsters with limited intelligence will mistake bombs for prey. I suggest you try offering a bomb to a Chuchu or Deku Baba and see what happens." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Master, your Beetle has the ability to sever thin cords or filaments, such as strands of rope or Deku Baba stems." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  5. "Why is that plant spewing poison into the surrounding area?" — Sheik (Hyrule Warriors)
  6. "That's a Deku Baba. Unless you can hit it with a sharp, ranged attack, we'll die of poisoning!" — Lana (Hyrule Warriors)
  7. "That bow should be effective against Deku Babas. Lock on and fire some arrows!" — Lana (Hyrule Warriors)
  8. "This is a monster called Dekubaba. He snaps at you! I crossed a dog with the snapping clam from Mario to make this villain." —Shigeru Miyamoto (THE Z-FILES)
  9. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 144
  10. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 188
  11. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 186
  12. "Dekuranha" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)