- This article is about the recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series. For the Enemy, see Kargarok.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, the Helmaroc King resides in the Forsaken Fortress, and is a servant of Ganondorf. He is also the primary minion sent out by Ganondorf to search for Princess Zelda. He appears early on in the game, flying around Outset Island with Tetra in his claws before being shot out of the sky by Tetra's Pirate Crew. The Helmaroc King then drops Tetra and captures Link's sister, Aryll, mistaking her for the young pirate captain. It is later discovered that the Helmaroc King was bringing young girls with pointed ears to Ganondorf in an effort to find Princess Zelda, as Ganondorf wished to find the princess so that he could steal her piece of the Triforce. When Link travels to the Forsaken Fortress to save his sister, the Helmaroc King captures him and throws him into the sea at Ganondorf's command.
Later in the game, Link returns to the Fortress in an attempt to save Aryll once again. He successfully frees his sister and the other kidnapped girls, Mila and Maggie, while Tetra and her pirate crew distract the giant bird. Link is then attacked by the Helmaroc King after Tetra and her crew flee.
At the beginning of the battle, the tower containing the prison cells is flooded. The Helmaroc King follows Link as he runs along the wall to avoid the rising water. While he does so, Link must avoid the bird and the enemies along the steps of the wall. Once he has reached the top, the bird will swoop down and stand right in his way. Link must then use the Skull Hammer on his helm, making the Helmaroc King fall into the rising water, giving Link the chance to climb out of the flooding tower. At this point, the floor of the tower begins to close and the bird flies up out of the tower to challenge the hero. If Link falls off and into the water, he can get back up by using the Grappling Hook on the torches.
The Helmaroc King performs three attacks. During the first one, he lands on the ground, walks toward Link, and attempts to impale him with his beak. If he misses Link, his beak gets jammed in the floor. This gives Link a chance to use the Skull Hammer and drive it into the Helmaroc King's helm. This produces a large crack on the bird's helmet. The bird can also fly around the tower trying to run over Link by scratching his claws on the floor, as well as floating in the air and flapping his wings in an attempt to blow the hero into the spikes surrounding the arena.
After Link pounds the King's helm with the Skull Hammer several times, it will crack and fall off. Once the bird's crest is exposed, he will become more frantic. The strategy is still the same; Link must wait until the bird tries to peck him with his beak. The main difference this time is that the Master Sword can be used to deal more damage. After repeating the pattern three times, the Helmaroc King flies up into the air and explodes into black and purple smoke, leaving behind a Heart Container.
|The Monstrous Helmaroc King (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
The Monstrous Helmaroc King
|Habitat: Forsaken Fortress|
The Helmaroc King is a monstrous bird that has been fitted with a mighty steel mask. Once the mask has been split with a hammer, its tender beak will be revealed.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the Helmaroc King is a boss Link must face on The Mountain Path on Death Mountain. The Helmaroc King is designated to stop the Links from entering the Tower of Flames. This monstrous bird starts the battle by swooping down upon them two times, then attacking by dropping rocks upon the heroes. After that, the King repeats the process. In order to defeat him, the Links are required to daze the bird with their Bombs and then destroy the bird's mask. After the mask is destroyed, the Links can defeat him by using their Swords.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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|The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
|A monstrous bird that wears a mask. On orders from Ganondorf, he sets out in search of Zelda, capturing every pointy-eared little girl he can find. His weak point is the area directly under his mask. This fellow also appears in "A Link to the Past", but that version was more beastly and was called the Helmasaur King... He still wore a mask, of course.||Random|
Hyrule Warriors Legends
In Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Helmaroc King appears as a Giant Boss in the Wind Waker Legend Mode Scenarios, "A New Disturbance" and "The Search for Cia". It also appears as a Giant Bosses in certain Adventure Mode maps that are exclusive to Hyrule Warriors Legends. Its weakness is the Hammer.
In "A New Disturbance", under the name Great Bird, the Helmaroc King leads the Great Bird's Forces, of which it is the only member. The Monster Forces, led by the Boss Blin, manage to drive it from its roost in the Forsaken Fortress, causing it to attack the Hyrulean Forces led by Link and Tetra in Windfall. Link and Tetra can force it to retreat by attacking it. The Helmaroc King acts as little more than a distraction, and it cannot be defeated as the main objective is to defeat the Boss Blin and the Monster Forces instead. After the defeat of Boss Blin and its Forces, Link spots the Helmaroc King in the sky and notices that it is carrying Tetra in its talons. Link rushes after the bird to save Tetra.
In "The Search for Cia", the Helmaroc King then roosts in the Gerudo Desert. While it is resting, Tetra manages to sneak away and seeks the aid of Lana and the Hyrulean Forces, who had entered the desert to close the Gate of Souls that opened there. Eventually, the Helmaroc King awakes and tries to recaptures Tetra. She calls Lana and the recently arrived Link to save her. Together they manage to destroy the Helmaroc King's mask, forcing it to retreat momentarily. However the bird soon returns, only to be killed by the combined might of Lana, Link and Tetra.
- The Helmaroc King and the Helmasaur King have the same name in Japanese, but they have different English names and official romanizations: the official Japanese website romanizes the Helmaroc King's Japanese name as "Zeeklock" whereas the Japanese ending of A Link to the Past romanizes the Helmasaur King's Japanese name as "Jeakrock".
- The Helmaroc Plume Treasure from Phantom Hourglass is a reference to the Helmaroc King, as the bird itself does not appear in this game.
- The Helmaroc King, in the way that he kidnaps young girls with pointed ears, could be a reference to the mythical Thunderbird, a bird that is about the size of the Helmaroc King and who also kidnaps children.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||大怪鳥ジークロック (Dai Kaichō Jīkurokku)||Great Monstrous Bird: Zeeklock|
|French||Roi Cuirasse||Armor King|
|Italian||Re Elmaroc, il rapace regale||Elmaroc King, the Royal Bird of Prey|
The Helmaroc King's image on the Sliding Puzzle from The Wind Waker
- Hyrule Warriors Legends — Collector's Edition Guide (Prima Games) pg. 435
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 184 (TWW | TWWHD | FSA)
- "That's the Helmaroc King. It carries people off! It'll take the town keep!" — Tetra (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition) (HWDE)
- "I suppose you saw him... The shadow that commands that monstrous bird... His name is...Ganon..." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "My point is that the bird mistook that poor girl for you, and that's why it grabbed her!" — Quill (The Wind Waker)
- "Haven't any of you heard word that young girls have been getting kidnapped lately from all regions of the Great Sea? [...] Young girls with long ears like yours have been getting kidnapped, never to be seen again." — Quill (The Wind Waker)
- "Ha! At long last, I have found you... Princess Zelda! [...] Tell me... If you are not Zelda, then why do you have this fragment of the Triforce?" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "Do you even realize that we had to draw that monster bird off for you? It was about to come flying in here after you again!" — Tetra (The Wind Waker)
- zeeklock.jpg, Nintendo.co.jp, retrieved January 3, 2015.
- "You got a Helmaroc Plume! It was dropped by the mythical Helmaroc!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)