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31/31: Day 3- Top 10 Enemies in Zelda

Link has fought hundreds of enemies in the last twenty-five years. All he needs to get the job done is his legendary sword and shield, but sometimes the hero in green must implement more complex strategies to defeat his foes.  Now, as for this list, Zelda enemies generally go along the road where most are generally not too difficult to take down as long as you know their weaknesses.  Despite this, you have to admit that many of these very imaginative creatures can awesome, whether it's them being powerful, looking menacing, have good reward, or for any other odd reason.  These are the enemies that standout to me, personally... 

 

Number 10...

Mini Freezards- Twilight Princess

Being an enemy that's generally annoying than a challenge, there's only one reason I fit the Mini Freezards onto this list. After you receive the Ball and Chain from the achingly frustrating mini boss, you now have the ability to smash the annoying pests to pieces instead of going out on the slippery ice to slash them and risk damage.... IT'S SO MUCH FUN. It kind of feel like you're on top of the world when you're able to get rid of them so easily, unlike before. In one room of the dungeon they originate, there are like 20 of these things in the middle of the room, minding their own business, and you can't wait to just come in and wreck stuff up. A truly satisfying experience... If only you had the Ball and Chain for the whole dungeon.

 

Number 9...

Bow Wows- Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening is the Zelda game that enjoyed taking more strange liberties by borrowing enemies from other Nintendo games.  For one, it has Goombas and Piranha Plants with no shame. Another interesting foe this Zelda game decided to borrow is none other than the classic Chainchomp. Sure, as an enemy the Bow Wow is like in the Mario series: just a obstacle. But just the sheer creativity and the fact that you can kill other enemies by using the Bow Wow ( which is freaking hilarious to watch) is what got this enemy a place on this list.

Number 8...

Zairas- Zelda 2: Adventure of Link

Daira is easily one of those enemies that cause the difficulty to rack up immensely in Zelda 2, an already rather difficult game.  In order to get to the 3rd dungeon, you need to get the hammer.  Only problem is that it is guarded by tons of alligator- like creatures that have ax skills that may even put the Ironknuckles to shame.  They are comparatively at that point insanely powerful and you have to be very cautious when battling them--especially since you can't block their attacks. There are some easier ways to take them out.  To take the orange ones out, you need to constantly hit and run and you need to hit with a lower attack with perfect timing repeatedly.  To take the red ones out, you need to jump over their axes with good timing and then strike when you get the chance. Still, the timing is not a very easy thing to pull off. Despite this, Daira still looks cool and menacing and definitely gives Death Mountain the name it deserves after you have to face a lengthy gauntlet of these powerful foes. 

Number 7...

Lynels- Oracle of Seasons

Representing some sort of  lion horse soldier beast thing, this foe can deal lots of damage, has a large amount of HP, and shoots projectiles like crazy. Lynel not only gets points for being powerful and being a rather imaginative and intimidating creature, but that it pretty much signifies that when you see this guy, you're in some rather nasty end-of-game territory.  The one from the Link to the Past also signified this since it only appeared on the top of Dark Death Mountain right before you reach Turtle Rock.  In Oracle of Seasons, they pop up on the near-end of the game as well and even gaurd the final boss's lair. Lynels are the ultimate guards and its a shame that they haven't reappeared since. 

Number 6...

Darknut- Twilight Princess

Darknuts are generally the more comparatively formidable foes since they are the enemies that have some skill in swordplay and that it takes a longer time to defeat them due to their armor.  Even in the older games, Darknuts still presented somewhat of a challenge at the time since they deal a lot damage (especially those blue ones) and were comparatively fast.  While the Darknuts in Windwaker looked cool, they were much, much easier.  While the Twilight Princess ones are also rather easy (although thankfully not as easier as the Windwaker ones), they are my favorite of the bunch. The Twilight Princess ones earn points for looking like true knights that you normally wouldn't want to mess with with their giant suits of fancy armor and their massive swords.  It's fun to see their armor fall off piece by piece as you manage to land attacks on it and just when you think he's vulnerable when it has its armor off, it decides to ditch the old sword in favor of a smaller one that's more useful in faster combat.  This makes sense since he moves a great deal faster as well.  This guy is really cool and is fun to battle against, making him to be on my #4 spot. It was also lots of fun battling against 3 of them AT THE SAME TIME on the final floor of the Cave of Ordeals since you have have to multitask to dodge all of their attacks while managing to get some hits in.

 

Number 5...


Big Octos- Wind Waker

If it isn't plainly obvious, The Wind Waker requires you to travel the open seas on your sail boat to reach all the other areas of the game. While this mechanic is hated by some, this mechanic can be very atmospheric and even relaxing at points. I actually like it. But this wide open ocean does have it's fair share of creatures that want your life. As you travel the sea, you may notice numerous flocks of seagulls flying around. These are not for decoration. If you had any sort common sense, you would start sailing the opposite direction. But, if you do decide to sail into these waters, you are greeted by the terrors of the great sea, the Big Octos. As you are gradually getting pulled in towards it, you have to either bomb it's eyes or shoot them with arrows or whatever. Thankfully, there are many methods to defeating the craken- like creature. But what's important is the sheer intimidation this creature gives off. Also, once you do defeat the Big Octo, you get a pleasant reward for your troubles.

Number 4...


Anti Kirby- Link's Awakening

As mentioned in #9, Link's Awakening is the Zelda game that borrowed enemies from other Nintendo games, like Chainchomps. However, in the 7th dungeon they decide to basically throw in...well....KIRBY in as an enemy.  It's so bizarre and strange that they would practically make a dark clone of Kirby as a canon Zelda enemy that I had to place it on this list.  They barely made any attempt to change the name of the enemy, too! Also, Anti-Kirby is actually quite the formidable opponent.  It does quite a bit of damage if you make contact with it and it can deal some damage if it manages to swallow you and spit you right back out again (I guess Link doesn't taste very good....).  Anti-Kirby can't also be defeated by conventional weapons either, which makes since Kirby is generally quite the powerhouse. Now that I think about it, looks like Link got some practice on fighting Kirby before Smash Bros...

 

Number 3...


Golden Octoroks- Minish Cap

The Golden Octorock from this game is so high on this list frankly for only one reason, but it is a very good one.  That reason is that this creature will spit out tons of money upon defeat.  Sure, there were other enemies that did the same such as if you shot a light arrow at a blue bubble or something in Majora's Mask but by then it was very late in the game and you really don't need the cash by then anyway.  However, much like Windwaker, Minish Cap is one game where you generally DO want lots of money---especially if you want to get all of those friggin figurines that costs half a fortune (and tons of patience) to get.  I chose the Golden Octorock in particular since it is the easiest to defeat.  Sure it takes a ridiculous amount of hits but for the most part it just stays still like a punching bag for some easy cash.  Unfortunately, the only way you can get this creature to appear is if you fuse Kinstones and get lucky.

 

Number 2...


Stalmaster- Skyward Sword

Ever heard the phrase " Two is better than one"? Well, in Zelda's case, it should be " Four is better than two". When you first fight the Stalmaster, he isn't too difficult since you battle against him like you would with a normal Stalfos in the game yet when he takes more damage, he reveals his other four arms and becomes much, much faster in his attacks. You have to be very quick and precise to get those last few hits him, which makes it a fun battle as well.  Later on in the game, you'll have to face a Stalmaster along with a bunch of undead moblins to slow you down and I'd arguably say that this is one of the hardest parts of the game since again you will have to multitask.  But in the end it's worth it to battle against this multi-armed foe.  

And Number 1...


Cuccos- Most Games

 You're either calling me crazy for putting chickens at the #1 spot, or you wisely recognize the danger of these feathered threats. At first glance, Cuccos are pushovers. They're frightened of everything, but bully them enough and down comes an unstoppable flock of bloodthirsty killers, pecking at Link until all his hearts are depleted. No question, these birds are a force to be reckoned with.

 

What your favorite enemies in Zelda? Comment and thanks for reading! 

 


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