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- 1 Characteristics
- 1.1 The Legend of Zelda
- 1.2 The Adventure of Link
- 1.3 A Link to the Past
- 1.4 Link's Awakening
- 1.5 Ocarina of Time
- 1.6 Majora's Mask
- 1.7 Oracle of Seasons
- 1.8 Oracle of Ages
- 1.9 Four Swords
- 1.10 Four Swords Adventures
- 1.11 The Minish Cap
- 1.12 Twilight Princess
- 1.13 Phantom Hourglass
- 1.14 Spirit Tracks
- 1.15 A Link Between Worlds
- 1.16 Tri Force Heroes
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
Tektites are jumping, one-eyed mites or spider-like creatures in all aspects pertaining to appearance and behavior, changing little between games. Due to their carapaces and spindly legs, some iterations of Tektites closely resemble the Japanese spider crab. These foes tend to appear in small groups, and have the tendency to leap around the landscape. These creatures normally inhabit mountainous areas, Dungeons, and sometimes lakes. Despite their wide range of mobility and adaptability to various surroundings, they are usually fragile enemies that can be defeated with one or two Sword attacks. Projectile weapons, such as the Slingshot, Bow, or Hookshot, are also useful, especially for defeating Tektites that may be out of reach. Some incarnations are able to skim and leap across the surface of water like pond skaters. Tektites typically come in two colored varieties; red or orange Tektites and blue Tektites. These colors are often used to signify their strengths and behavior.
The Legend of Zelda
Tektites in The Legend of Zelda can jump and scale normally impassable mountain walls. They come in a red and a blue variety, with the red variety leaping around more frequently than the blue. When defeated, red Tektites may drop either a Heart, a Fairy, or one Rupee, while blue Tektites may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees, or a Clock.[note 1]
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Tektites in Ocarina of Time are able to skim the surface of water, and can be found at Lake Hylia and Zora's River, as well as within the Water Temple. They are immune to Din's Fire, though the Megaton Hammer is able to flip them over.
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
|Tektite (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|Appears on Mount Crenel, etc.|
They move by jumping long distances.
Their movement can be unpredictable,
so attack them when they are still.
Tektites appear in three variants in The Minish Cap, all of which can be found on Mount Crenel. Red Tektites also appear on Mount Crenel's Base, while the sole Blue Tektite appears at Mount Crenel's summit. Three Golden Tektites appear in the game, all as the result of Kinstone Fusions (with Hailey, a Mountain Minish, and Tingle).
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
The Legend of Zelda TV Series
Tektites make an appearance in two episodes of the The Legend of Zelda TV series. In "The White Knight", various Tektites arrive at the castle and attack Prince Facade. While Facade is taking care of the Tektites, Moblins come in and kidnap Zelda. In "That Sinking Feeling", Tektites are shown to be capable of shooting spider webs out of their mouth. As Link and Zelda are enjoying a picnic, they are interrupted when an Underworld entrance begins to raise and a gang of Tektites come out from it. Link and Zelda are successful in defeating a few of them, but then several Tektites wrap the princess up in spider webs while the young hero loses his Crissword to one of the foes that sneaked up behind him. Link eventually manages to defeat all of the foes and rescue the princess.
The Shadow Prince
In The Shadow Prince, Link encounters various Tektites if he chooses to hide behind a boulder to prevent from being seen by Charles of Moria. Link races up a hill to hide behind the boulder, and just as he dives to hide, he turns around to find a pack of Tektites have surrounded him. He easily defeats one, but is then grabbed by the rest of the monsters. The page ends with a Game Over with the young hero getting killed by the Tektites.
Tektites appear in Nintendo Land in Battle Quest. They have highly resistant shells, thus requiring that the sword be sliced through the gaps of their shells. The gaps can be either horizontal or vertical, and requires different directional strikes.
The Tektite also appears as one of the 200 Prizes that can be won with Coins. Interacting with the Prize animates the Tektite, and Monita will comment on it.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tektite — Spirit Battle Information
Tektite — Spirit Information
Cadence of Hyrule
Tektites appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule where they move to the beat of the music. They can only move diagonally onto any tile, including up and down short cliffs and objects. They move every three beats, crouching on the second beat before hopping onto another tile on the third beat.
- In the entire Overworld of The Minish Cap, there is only one blue Tektite.
- As both have the same amount of health, the same vulnerabilities, and the same movement patterns including floating on water, red and blue Tektites in Twilight Princess appear to be a rare case of purely cosmetic variants of an enemy.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||テクタイト (Tekutaito) (TLoZ | ALttP)||Same as English.|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Flute, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.
- "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too" — The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "Tektites!" — The Legend of Zelda US commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 208 & 209 (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | LA | OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | TMC | TP | PH | ST | ALBW | TFH)
- n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "It's an underground entrance. We're being attacked!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )
- Encyclopedia (Tokuma Shoten Publishing) pg. 187
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1 (Shogakukan 1) pg. 126 Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (Shogakukan) pg. 19
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29