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Sub-Bosses,(SS | BotW)[1][2] also known as Guardians,(LA)[3][name reference needed] Middle Bosses,(OoT | MM | TP)[4][5][6] Minibosses,(TWW | CoH)[7][8] and Mini-Bosses,(TFH)[9][10] are more difficult variants of enemies usually encountered in Dungeons.


Sub-Bosses usually protect an item within a Dungeon or other locations. Most of the time, they must be defeated to proceed within a Dungeon or area. A common characteristic that distinguishes a Sub-Boss from a regular enemy is a particular battle theme played during the encounter, which is different from the usual enemy theme. They may return later as common enemies, likely because Link will have new tools and weapons to defeat them more easily. They may come in groups, as in the case of common enemies. If they are fought in a room, the doors usually lock until they are defeated.

List of Sub-Bosses

The Legend of Zelda

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Almost every Boss is eventually fought again as a Sub-Boss, as they no longer guard Heart Containers or Triforce fragments in their later appearances.

The Adventure of Link

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Bosses returning as Sub-Bosses:

A Link to the Past

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Ball and Chain Trooper

Bosses returning as Sub-Bosses:

Link's Awakening

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Grim Creeper and Battle Bat

Ocarina of Time

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Big Octo

Majora's Mask

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Igos du Ikana

Oracle of Ages

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Oracle of Seasons

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The Wind Waker

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Bosses returning as Minibosses:

Four Swords Adventures

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Big Dark Stalfos

The Minish Cap

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Spiny Chuchu

Twilight Princess

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Phantom Hourglass

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Massive Eye

Spirit Tracks

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Geozard Chief

Skyward Sword

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LD-002G Scervo

Bosses returning as Sub-Bosses:

A Link Between Worlds

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Bosses returning as Sub-Bosses:

Tri Force Heroes

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Hinox Brother


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
United KingdomEnglishBRMini-boss (LANS)
NetherlandsDutchMini-eindbaas (LANS)
FranceFrenchEUMiniboss (LANS)
GermanyGermanMiniboss (LANS)
ItalyItalianMiniboss (LANS)
PortugalPortugueseEUMiniboss (LANS)
RussiaRussianМини-босс (Mini-boss) (LANS)
SpainSpanishEUMinijefe (LANS)
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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 79
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Complete Official Guide (Piggyback) pg. 328
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 102
  4. Koji Kondo. "Middle Boss Battle" The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack, Nintendo of America, 2011. CD
  5. Toru Minegishi. "Middle Boss Battle" The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Soundtrack, Club Nintendo, 2013. CD
  6. n.a.. "Middle Boss Battle #1" The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Original Soundtrack, Symphony No.5, 2016. CD
  7. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 212 (TWW | TWWHD)
  8. "DEFEAT THE MINIBOSS" — N/A (Cadence of Hyrule)
  9. "Monsters and Enemies
    " (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D — Official Digital Strategy Guide for 3DS by Prima Games, § Mini-Bosses)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes — Official Guide (Prima Games) pg. 20