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Big Baba

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Not to be confused with Big Deku Babas, larger versions of regular Deku Babas that appear in Ocarina of Time.
Big Baba
Habitat(s)Forest Temple
City in the Sky
Effective Weapon(s)Sword

Big Babas[1] are monstrous, giant relatives of the Deku Baba and Deku Like. They consist of a huge, weighty head on a giant thorny stem attached to a large bud. The bud in the center is actually the main body of the creature, while the stem and head reach out to attack intruders and drop items into the bud to be swallowed.

Appearances and Characteristics

Link first encounters a Big Baba in the Forest Temple, where it appears in a room with a trapped Monkey. The key to the Monkey's cage lies out in the open, until the Big Baba grabs it in its jaws and drops it inside the bud, away from Link. Link must fight the Big Baba and destroy the head to cause the bud to open up. The head attacks by lunging at Link with biting attacks and attempting to crush him by slamming from above. Link must strike the head with his sword until it is destroyed, at which point the bud can be destroyed by throwing a Bombling into it, much like a standard Deku Like.

Another Big Baba appears in the City in the Sky. This time it appears on a small platform flanked by a number of Baba Serpents. It can be defeated in the same manner as the one in the Forest Temple, but must be finished off with Link's own supply of Bombs.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ババレシア (Babareshia) Combination of ババ (Baba) from デクババ (Deku Baba) and レシア (reshia) from デクレシア (Dekureshia), the Japanese name for Deku Like.
Italian Republic Italian Grande baba


  1. "The key is on the ground in front of you, but the biggest Deku plant you've ever seen swallows it; the best drops the key into its massive sack. Welcome to the home of the fearsome Big Baba!" (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Prima Official Game Guide (Prima), pg. 80)