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Bokoblin
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Bokoblin artwork from Breath of the Wild
Game(s)
Other Media
Health13 (BotW)
Effective Weapon(s)Any
SpoilsJoy Pendant

Bokoblins are recurring enemies in the The Legend of Zelda series. They are common infantry units utilized—alongside Moblins or Bulblins—by antagonists such as Ganon. They can be defeated with most conventional weapons.

Characteristics and Weaknesses

The Wind Waker

Tingle's Comment

Kooloo-Limpah!

Bokoblin

A Bokoblin! Get ahold of yourself and get him! The Tingle Bomb might work too!
A green Bokoblin from The Wind Waker

Bokoblins are prevalent in The Wind Waker. They have snouts, arrow-shaped tails, three fingers and a single horn. Bokoblins come in three variants: Blue, Green, and Pink. The most common is the blue-skinned, Boko Stick-wielding combat form. Green-skinned elites carry Machetes and wooden Shields. Pink Bokoblins carry Telescopes they use to scan their surroundings, which they also use as weapons to attack. Unarmed Bokoblins will combat Link hand-to-hand until they can find an available weapon. They can wield any kind of weapon as needed. They are even strong enough to wield weapons such as Moblin Spears and Darknut Swords with one arm.[verification needed] The attack power remains the same, however.[clarification needed]

Bokoblins are more intelligent than their Moblin counterparts. Blue Bokoblins man the Searchlights in the Forsaken Fortress, demonstrating an understanding of machinery. Pink Bokoblins act as scouts on the Great Sea. They use their telescopes to scan the sea from Lookout Platforms and rafts tied to Submarines. Bokoblins also recognize the danger of Bombs and will run away if Link pulls one out. One green Bokoblin in Forsaken Fortress serves as the first mini-boss of the game. It guards Link's Sword which he dropped entering the fortress.

Bokoblins attack by swiping their weapons at Link. Occasionally, Bokoblins will jump back and attempt to swing their weapons at Link which can send the young hero flying backwards if struck. Green Bokoblins are a little more versatile as they are able to defend themselves with their shields. They are not particularly tough enemies however, and can be defeated by most conventional items in the game, especially Link's Sword. If they are knocked back, they may drop their weapons which Link can use against them. Unarmed Bokoblins will resort to jumping and kicking at Link to hurt him. Bokoblins, even the sea-faring pink ones, cannot swim. Sometimes, when walking on a bridge, Bokoblins lose their balance and nearly fall, but manage to hang onto the edge. When this happens, a single hit of the Sword or some other weapon causes the Bokoblin to fall and drown.

All Bokoblins carry one Joy Pendant, which may be dropped after they are defeated. These are easily stolen using the Grappling Hook.

Bokoblin (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Forsaken Fortress
Spoils: Joy Pendants
These little imps wield sharp machetes and Boko sticks when attacking. If they have no weapon, they'll attempt to fight hand-to-hand.

Twilight Princess

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In Twilight Princess, Bokoblins resemble long imp-like creatures more than their The Wind Waker counterparts as they lack tails, fur and horns, and are much less intelligent. They are common in the Southern and parts of the Eastern areas of Hyrule Field, and are prominent in Faron Woods at the beginning of the game, but are driven out by Link as he is traversing the Forest Temple. They are first encountered in their blue-skinned variant, which carries a small stick and is easily felled. Later, they appear in a purple color, and wield swords. Purple Bokoblins are surprisingly resilient, taking very much abuse before death. They share their blue counterpart's mental drawbacks, however.

Uniquely, Bokoblins appear to social among each other: two can be seen talking with one another in an area of Faron, somewhere along the Forest Temple path.

Skyward Sword

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Red Bokoblin

These monsters have plagued the land since ancient times. They each play different roles, and their weaponry varies. They prefer to act in groups.

None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments.

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Red Bokoblin (Archer)

These are Red Bokoblins that carry bows capable of knocking down distant targets.

Though not obvious from their outward appearance, their aim is quite deadly.

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Red Bokoblin (Leader)

As a symbol of its leadership, this creature wraps a cloth around its head. This visually communicates that it is more dominant than other Bokoblins.

It can call its underlings to arms using its horn.

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Green Bokoblin

This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark places, such as caves. Its sunlight-deficient lifestyle has turned its skin a stomach-turning shade of green.

However, like its red brethren, it exhibits a fascination with festive undergarments.

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Green Bokoblin (Archer)

This variety of Bokoblin inhabits caves or indoor environments. It has archery skills roughly equivalent to the surface-dwelling Red Bokoblin.

Also similar to the surface-dwelling Red Bokoblin, the Green Bokoblin obsesses about stylish undergarments.

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Blue Bokoblin

This is a dangerous form of Bokoblin. My analysis suggests it is many times

stronger than a Red Bokoblin. Its skin and clothing differ due to its hailing from a different environment, but it still has the same fixation with exotic undergarments.

See also: Technoblin and Cursed Bokoblin
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Bokoblins appear as a common type of enemy in Skyward Sword, appearing in many places throughout the Surface. Their appearance resembles that of a Japanese Oni more so than their previous incarnations. Bokoblins have floppy ears as opposed to pointy ones, and noses instead of snouts. They are much bigger and stouter than previous Bokoblins (slightly larger than Link himself), and have an extra edge of difficulty. They can block attacks with their weapons, and in order to defeat them, Link must slash around the weapon. Some are also able to wield Bows and Bombs, while others may carry a Monster Horn with which they can summon more Bokoblins. This Monster Horn can be retrieved using the Whip. In addition to the Monster Horn, Bokoblins may sometimes drop Ornamental Skulls or Golden Skulls as Treasures when defeated. All three Treasures can be used to craft newer items. Bokoblins also have the ability to balance on tightropes, but will fall off if Link shakes the rope they are on or if they are hit with a projectile or the Beetle. Most Bokoblins are afraid of the Beetle and will run away; Bokoblins with Bows will shoot it at first sight.

The Bokoblins appear to be somewhat more intelligent and sociable than their past appearances, even establishing small Outposts while conflicting with the native Mogma throughout Eldin Volcano.[1][2] They defend these villages with the aid of lookout towers and large boulders, which they can roll downhill to hinder Link.

Multiple new variations of Bokoblin make an appearance in Skyward Sword, such as Technoblins and Cursed Bokoblins. Techoblins are found in Lanayru Desert, and like many other enemies in the area, harness electricity to attack. Cursed Bokoblins are zombies, and can only be found in the depths of the Ancient Cistern and the Sky Keep room that represents the former dungeon. While these Bokoblins do not wield weapons, they are extremely resilient and can withstand much more damage than their living counterparts. Later in the game, Blue Bokoblins replace ordinary Bokoblins as a more durable enemy, taking more hits to defeat. The Blue Bokoblin also has a new tactic of attack, similar to Link's Jump Attack. Green Bokoblins are the dungeon and cave variant of Bokoblins, wearing a skull helmet and a wielding stone club. Their skin slowly began to turn into a shade of green due to their sun-deficient lifestyle.[3]

After the "Song of the Hero" quest is completed, most of the various types of Bokoblins and Moblins disappear from the overworld completely, leaving Eldin Volcano and Faron Woods devoid of their presence, most likely leaving the woodlands due to the massive flooding caused by Faron, the Water Dragon. During the Horde Battle near the end of the game, all varieties of Bokoblins either have significantly increased skills or numbers. Ornamental Skulls and Golden Skulls, however, will not appear after Link defeats a Bokoblin during the Horde Battle.

According to Fi, they are obsessed with their ideal of fashion, particularly their unusual leopard-print underwear, which can be seen best if Link performs a Fatal Blow on one.[4] This is likely a reference to an Oni's tendency to wear tiger-print loincloths in Japanese folklore.

Breath of the Wild

Main articles: Blue Bokoblin, Black Bokoblin, Silver Bokoblin, Golden Bokoblin, Stalkoblin and Cursed Bokoblin
A Bokoblin from Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

103 (104) Bokoblin
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Description
This common species is a nuisance all over Hyrule. Some have unified in the time following the Great Calamity and have formed factions of bandits. While not very clever, they are at least intelligent enough to hunt beasts and grill the meat for food. Though they're typically ferocious carnivores, they actually enjoy fruit as well.
Common Locations
Hyrule Field
West Necluda
Recoverable Materials
Bokoblin Horn Bokoblin Fang

Bokoblins appear as rudimentary enemies in Breath of the Wild, often encountered in primitive encampments. They can be found resting inside their camps at night and hunting Boars on Horseback during the day. Encampments are often guarded by Bokoblins on small watchtowers. If one of these Bokoblins spots Link, it will sound its horn, alerting the other enemies of Link's presence. There are four varieties of Bokoblins, including the standard red Bokoblin, Blue Bokoblins, Black Bokoblins and Silver Bokoblins. Bokoblins often carry Boko Clubs or Boko Bows, while Blue Bokoblins are often equipped with Soldier's Broadswords and Spiked Boko Shields. Bokoblins that lack any weaponry will either swipe at Link if he is nearby or dig up rocks to throw at him in lieu of any objects in the vicinity. If there are any large rocks, Barrels or Bomb Barrels, Bokoblins will attempt to pick them up to hurl at Link. When equipped with a wooden melee Weapon while near a source of fire, they will ignite their Weapon to burn Link with it. At night, Bokoblins will sleep on the ground face-up as bubbles rise from their nostrils. When defeated, Bokoblins may drop Bokoblin Fangs, Bokoblin Horns and Bokoblin Guts.

The skeletal remains of Bokoblins, known as Stalkoblins, will rise out of the ground during the night. They behave similarly to living Bokoblins, while also possessing undead properties.

Non-Canon Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Bokoblins appear based on their red Skyward Sword incarnation. Their role are weak infantry troops, appearing in large numbers but are easily defeated. They mainly serve as the soldiers of the Dark Forces. As with other infantry troops, they also have a Captain, Shield, Artillery and Summoner counterparts. In Legend Mode, they appear in "The Armies of Ruin", "The Sorceress of the Valley", "Land in the Sky", "Sealed Ambition", and "The Sacred Sword". In "The Armies of Ruins", a small group of Bokoblins drops boulders in front of the mine entrance, attempting to trap Link inside.

Most Bokoblins are regular foot soldiers that carry large blades. Artillery troops also occasionally appear in smaller groups and fight by shooting Arrows. Summoner Bokoblins also appear as an uncommon variant that summons reinforcements, and wear skull masks and carry staves. Unit troops are led by Bokoblin Captains, which wear helmets and carry metal shields. The same type of Captain also appears as a variant that guards Keeps and Outposts. Bokoblin Captains occasionally drop the Old Rag Material when defeated.

As one of Ghirahim's attacks with the Demon Blade, he can summon a small group of Bokoblins to charge forward.

Nomenclature

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ボコブリン (Bokoburin) Bokoblin
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Bokoblin
French Republic FrenchEU Bokoblin
Federal Republic of Germany German Bokblin
Italian Republic Italian Boblin (TWW, BotW)
Bokoblin (SS)
Netherlands Dutch Bokoblin
Russian Federation Russian Бокоблин (Bokoblin) Transcription of English name
Republic of Korea Korean 보코블린 (Bokobeulin) Bokoblin

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References

  1. "Grrr... Those creeps just shimmied on in and took over our territory. Yeow! What're you doing? Don't be sneakin' up on me like that! Huh? You're looking for your friend? Can't help you there. Nobody's come through here, so... Maybe they went up the mountain from over thataway. Ahh... Wish someone would chase these clowns outta here." — Tyto (Skyward Sword)
  2. "Gyaah! Sneak attack! Wait... You ain't one of those red guys. Don't creep up on me like that! Almost had to tackle ya there. Didn't mean to yell at ya, but those red jerks moved in and have been stinking up our turf, ya know? They came up through that hole back there, so I sunk the road leading to it in lava. That'll stop more of 'em from moving in, I'd say. Of course, we can tunnel underneath it, so it's no sweat for us. Pretty clever, right? So stay away from the plug that's holding back the lava. It'll do more than singe your brows off. Bye now!" — Merco (Skyward Sword)
  3. "This variety of Bokoblin enjoys dark places, such as caves. Its sunlight-deficient lifestyle has turned its skin a stomach-turning shade of green." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  4. "None of them are intelligent by any definition of the word. Curiously, they seem to have a mysterious obsession with fashionable undergarments." — Fi (Skyward Sword)