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King Bulblin is the secondary antagonist of Twilight Princess.[2]


Twilight Princess[]

Midna's Comments
First battle
Midna says:

Ugh... This doesn't look good for that kid.

If that guy rushes you, you won't stand a chance.

Do your best to avoid him and slice him as you pass!

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Second battle

This guy again... What a pest...

I'm telling you, it's a waste, no matter how many times you battle him. Teach him a lesson!

Second battle once Link hits King Bulblin's shields twice

What's this guy's problem? Looks like he went and got a nice pair of matching shields!

What an idiot... He's got his sides protected, but his front is completely open.

Don't waste time going hand-to-hand with this guy. Use a projectile when the time is right!

Second battle when asked again

Take a good look at that guy and you should see a bunch of gaps in his armor. Fire arrows into those spots!

This guy fights dirty, so there's no reason we can't fight dirty, too!

Third battle

Not this guy again!

Hmph! Let's teach him that flailing a giant axe around is NEVER a good idea!

King Bulblin is the one who shatters the peaceful lives of Link and many of the Ordonians by invading the Ordon Spring to clear the way for a Twilight Portal. King Bulblin kidnaps the children of Ordon Village, but they manage to escape to Kakariko Village. He later kidnaps Colin from Kakariko and escapes to the center of the Eldin Province, with Link and Epona in hot pursuit. Link must chase after him and slash off his armor while King Bulblin's Bulblin legions chase him on Bullbos. After all of his armor is gone, the king retreats to the Bridge of Eldin, where he rides Lord Bullbo against Link in a joust of sorts. Link must gallop toward him on Epona, move to one side at the last second, and attack with his sword as they pass each other. After Link launches several successful strikes against him, King Bulblin is flung off the bridge, snapping one of his horns in half.

He is fought again at the Great Hylian Bridge. In this encounter, Link must shoot Arrows at the weak points in his armor. After Link defeats him, King Bulblin is again thrown over the side of the bridge, snapping his other horn in half; but once again, he survives.

Before Link is able to enter the Arbiter's Grounds, he engages in a duel on foot with King Bulblin in the Bulblins' base camp. He wields an enormous axe, using it to both guard himself and attack Link. Upon his defeat, he sets his tent on fire, but Link manages to escape the flames on a Bullbo.

Link fights King Bulblin one last time in the courtyard of Hyrule Castle. His only lines of dialogue are during this encounter. Before the fight, he announces "I have come to play!" and after his defeat, he concedes to Link. He gives him a key and says that he always follows the strongest side, then gallops away riding Lord Bullbo.[3] Midna is subsequently surprised that King Bulblin is actually capable of speech.[1]

In the end credits, he is seen riding around Hyrule Field on Lord Bullbo; both of his horns have grown back, which may symbolize the Bulblins being at peace with the other Hyruleans.

Spinoff appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

Bulblin Captains resemble King Bulblin in Hyrule Warriors. King Bulblin himself appears as an enemy in the Twilight Map in Adventure Mode. Although identical in looks to the Bulblin Captains, King Bulblin is much larger in size, speaks during battle, is more resilient to damage, and is much stronger. He appears in a powered-up state which increases his strength and endurance significantly. He can be weakened by defeating his lackeys. However, if his health is depleted to two-thirds while he is still powered-up, he will acknowledge the Warrior's strength and join their army.

Crossover appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. series[]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

King Bulblin makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Bridge of Eldin Stage as a Stage hazard. He occasionally rides across the stage on Lord Bullbo and plants a Bomb on the middle of the Bridge, destroying that section of the Bridge and effectively dividing the battlefield in half. The part of the stage he destroys is eventually repaired by a Twilight portal. King Bulblin also appears as a Trophy and Sticker.

# Trophy Significant Games Description How to unlock
200 SSBB King Bulblin Trophy Model
King Bulblin
Twilight Princess King Bulblin is the boss of the creatures who kidnapped Ilia, Colin, and the rest of Ordon Village's children. Characterized by his appearance atop a boarlike beast named Lord Bullbo, he encounters Link time and time again. When he loses in his final battle, he pays subtle respect to Link when he says, "I follow the strongest side!" Random
Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
SSBB King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo Sticker Icon
King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo
Twilight Princess [Leg] - Attack +19 All

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[]

King Bulblin reprises his role on the Bridge of Eldin Stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo — Spirit Battle Information

SSBU King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo Spirit Icon
King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo
SSBU Primary Spirit Icon Primary Spirit
No. 226
Team Power SSBU Attack Type Icon Attack | 2000 Rank ★ NOVICE Fighter(s)
Stage Eldin Bridge Theme "Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" SSBU Wario Stock Icon 5 Wario
Rule(s) Hazard(s)
 · The enemy favors dash attacks

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, King Bulblin reprises his role as a Stage hazard on the Bridge of Eldin Stage. He also appears as a Spirit with his steed, Lord Bullbo and has no ability.

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess[]

MNPTP King Bulblin Sprite

The forty-fourth puzzle in the Picross series and the forty-third puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict King Bulblin.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キングブルブリン (Kingu Buruburin) Same as English.
French Republic FrenchEU Roi Bulblin Same as English.
Federal Republic of Germany German König Bulblin Same as English.
Italian Republic Italian Re Bulblin Same as English.
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Rey Bulblin Same as English.


  • His fourth battle is optional as the key found in Hyrule Castle's graveyard can be used to enter the castle's interior.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Link... He... He spoke." — Princess Midna (Twilight Princess)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 187
  3. "Enough. I follow the strongest side! …that is all I have ever known." — King Bulblin (Twilight Princess)
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