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Pokeys are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][note 1] They are directly based on the Pokey enemies from the Mario series.

Pokeys are cactus-like enemies that inhabit desert regions. They are made of segmented bodies that are covered in spikes. When they are struck, the segments of their bodies break off or are destroyed. They behave similarly to the Hokkubokku.


Link's Awakening[]

In Link's Awakening, Pokeys dwell in the Yarna Desert. They do not move very fast, however if they are struck by the Sword or attacked with Bombs or Arrows, the segments of their body break off with each strike and fly away. The flying sections are able to bounce off of walls, but will shortly disappear. Pokeys have three segments, including their head. Once their torso segments are removed, the head can be struck a few times to defeat. They can be defeated whole with Magic Powder, the Hookshot, Magic Rod and Boomerang. The Magic Powder and Magic Rod will burn their lowest segment before killing the whole Pokey.

Oracle of Seasons[]

In Oracle of Seasons, Pokeys appear in a similar manner to those in Link's Awakening. They inhabit the Samasa Desert. Unlike those previously, the segments of Pokeys do not fly off when they are struck, and are instead destroyed after receiving enough damage. Very few items are effective against them as well, and they are mainly vulnerable to the Sword and Bombs. Scent Seeds shot with the Slingshot are also effective against them.

Curiously, when Mystery Seeds are used on them, they recover destroyed parts of their body, up to four segments.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseサンボ (Sanbo) (LANS)
GermanyGermanPokey (LANS)
ItalyItalianMarghibruco (LANS)
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See Also[]


  1. Pokeys were also referred to as Cactus in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo of America.[2] However, because it contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, this term is not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 198 (LA | OoS)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 97