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Torch Slug
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Main appearance(s)

Torch Slugs are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are flame-based mollusks that inhabits volcanic areas and the catacombs of several dungeons.


Ocarina of Time

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Torch Slug
"Torch Slug

When the fire on its back is extinguished, it will run away. Destroy it before it relights!"

In Ocarina of Time, Torch Slugs appear in the Fire and Spirit Temples. They are invulnerable to most weapons while its flames are lit. The slug will dash towards Link, slamming into him with great force and knocking him down. Standard weapons, like the Sword, can be used to extinguish their protective flame, revealing the gray, weak flesh that is the real body of the slug. Striking again will defeat it. Hitting the ground with the Megaton Hammer flips the enemy over and simultaneously douses its fire. They are then immobilized and can be defeated by simply slashing them. Their signature sound comes from them crawling along the floor, and is identical to that of an idle Like Like.

In Master Quest, they also appear in the first room of the child portion of the Spirit Temple, where their flames prove a hazard to Link's wooden Deku Shield. They can also use the rings of flame nearby to relight themselves unless the nearby Eyeball Switch is triggered to deactivate them for a short time.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Torch Slugs are found in abundance in the Goron Mines and can also be found within the Cave of Ordeals. They often crawl on walls or on the ceiling and threaten to drop down onto Link, potentially knocking him off a ledge and into a pit of lava. While they can be of annoyance, when pitted against Link's arsenal of weapons they prove to be much weaker than their previous incarnation and can be destroyed with a single hit from any weapon. Their only means of defense is to release a small wave of flames from their body which they seem to do almost randomly rather than when provoked.

Because Torch Slugs are so slow-moving, Link will always have the option to perform the Ending Blow when targeting them, although doing so can be risky and should be timed properly, as the reach of his Sword will not be adequate to protect him against the slug's fiery attack.


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JapanJapaneseトーチスラグ (Tōchi Suragu) (OoT)[2]Same as English.
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  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 210 (OoT | OoT3D | TP | TPHD)
  2. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 145