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Yiga Footsoldiers are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name reference needed]


Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

134 (139) Yiga Footsoldier
BotW Hyrule Compendium Yiga Footsoldier.png
The lowest-ranked members of the Yiga Clan. They've been dispatched all across Hyrule with a single task: seek out Link and end his life. They're a crafty bunch, sometimes disguising themselves as simple travelers or villagers to get the jump on you. Be wary of suspicious people you encounter. They're very agile and carry a bow and a one-handed sword.
Common Locations
Recoverable Materials
Green Rupee Blue Rupee Red Rupee Purple Rupee Mighty Bananas

Yiga Footsoldiers are members of the Yiga Clan who follow their leader, Master Kohga.[2] They are always hunting Link down, attempting to assassinate him and stop his quest to defeat Calamity Ganon. Yiga Footsoldiers can be found in various places throughout Hyrule Kingdom, usually appearing disguised as travellers, revealing themselves as Yiga Footsoldiers after Link speaks to them.

After defeating Kohga, Yiga Footsoldiers might also appear out of thin air to ambush Link.[3] They will sometimes attempt to entice Link by selling Mighty Bananas,[4] only to attack him regardless. Yiga Footsoldiers will often teleport around the area, levitating and shooting Link with a Duplex Bow. If wielding either a Vicious Sickle or a Demon Carver, they will teleport above Link and Down Thrust into the ground with their weapon, telegraphing the attack with a glowing red ring of nine Hylian letters. These letters parallel the nine Sheikah letters preceding some of Monk Maz Koshia's attacks.

While infiltrating the Yiga Clan Hideout, Yiga Blademasters will summon two Yiga Footsoldiers if Link is spotted. When defeated, Yiga Footsoldiers will teleport away, dropping their weapon and leaving behind a random amount of Mighty Bananas and Rupees.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Though Yiga Footsoldier's do not appear directly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, items resembling the attire worn by Yiga Footsoldiers known as the Yiga Clan Mask and the Yiga Clan Outfit appear as a Mii Headgear for all Mii Fighters and a Mii Outfit for Mii Swordfighters respectively. Mii Swordfighters disguised as Yiga Footsoldiers appear in Sheik's and Zelda's Classic Mode Routes, "Masquerade" and "Wisdom Prevails", with the latter appearance referencing the Yiga Footsoldiers' goal of assassinating Zelda in Breath of the Wild.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Yiga Footsoldiers retroactively debut in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, now having voice acting and are fought both in Gerudo Town and the Gerudo Desert, and several other scenarios. They appear as the weakest soldiers of the Yiga Clan. Two Yiga Footsoldiers are also seen kneeling before Astor in the Lost Woods. On top of that, there is a new variant that stands at about twice the size of a regular Yiga Footsoldier, called Yiga Captains. Each can switch between their Vicious Sickle and Duplex Bow at will and can sustain much more damage; they act as Keep Bosses. Later in the game, they are sacrificed to revive the Blight Ganons after they failed to kill the Champions, causing the Yiga Clan to join their former enemies to take down Astor and later, Ganon. They disguise themselves as Hylain Soldiers during "The Yiga Clan Attacks!" and even slip into their old Sheikah professions to infiltrate the Royal Ancient Lab in an attempt to stop Robbie and Purah from learning the full results of analyzing Terrako.[5]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseイーガ団 構成員 (Īga-Dan Kōsei-in) (BotW)[6]
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR依蓋隊 成員 (Yīgài Duì Chéngyuán) (BotW)
NetherlandsDutchYiga-bendelid (BotW | HWAoC)[7]
CanadaFrenchCASous-fifre Yiga (BotW)[8]
FranceFrenchEUSous-fifre Yiga (BotW)[9]
GermanyGermanYiga-Novize (BotW)[10]
ItalyItalianScagnozzo degli Yiga (BotW)[11]
South KoreaKorean이가단 구선권 (Igadan Guseon-Gwon) (BotW)
RussiaRussianБандит Ига (Bandit Iga) (BotW)[12]
SpainSpanishEUEsbirro del clan Yiga (BotW)[13]
Latin AmericaSpanishLAMiembro del clan Yiga (BotW)[14]
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  • It is possible that the Yiga Footsoldiers were inspired by the Ache from The Adventure of Link, since they both disguise themselves as travelers or townspeople before attacking when approached by Link.
  • Unlike most enemies in Breath of the Wild, Yiga Footsoldiers do not die when they are defeated.


See Also


  1. "Yiga Footsoldier" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Begone, enemy of my maaaaster!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I'll send you to join Master Kohga!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Just take a look at these fine bananas! Buy them up quick before you've missed your chance!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "I was too careless. This is bad." — Robbie (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
  6. "134 イーガ団 構成員" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "134 Yiga-bendelid" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "134 Sous-fifre Yiga" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "134 Sous-fifre Yiga" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "134 Yiga-Novize" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "134 Scagnozzo degli Yiga" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "134 Бандит Ига" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "134 Esbirro del clan Yiga" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "134 Miembro del clan Yiga" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)