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Not to be confused with Pols Voice, the recurring rabbit-like enemy.
Rabbit
ModelSprite
LANS Rabbit Model.png
LANSST
Game(s)
Other media
Era(s)Era of Decline
Era of Hyrule's Rebirth
Habitat(s)Hyrule
Animal Village (LA)
Holodrum (OoS)
Labrynna (OoA)

Rabbit are recurring Animals in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Appearances

A Link to the Past

Main article: Bunny Link

Bunny Link.gif When Link first travels to the Dark World, he is transformed into a Rabbit, reflecting the true nature of his heart.[2]

Rabbits are also seen in the Light World's Haunted Grove with other various woodland animals listening to the Flute Boy playing.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, Rabbits are found in the Animal Village. If Link speaks to them, they comment on various things such as how nice the day is, that they need a song from Marin,[3] that a lazy Walrus is blocking the entrance to Yarna Desert,[4] and that Mabe Village and the Animal Village are sister cities despite their small size.[5] One of them also asks whether there is a Dream Shrine in Mabe Village.[5] Another Rabbit says it cannot go to Mabe Village because of all the monsters and expresses concern for Marin's safety.[6] When Link brings Marin to the Animal Village, the Rabbits jump up and down upon seeing her. After Marin's singing awakens the Walrus, a Rabbit says it is calling it as always.[7] The Rabbits are next seen listening to Marin sing the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" to them and the other Animals.[8]

Ocarina of Time

Rabbits do not appear in Ocarina of Time, but they are referred to by the Running Man and the Bunny Hood. According to the Running Man, Rabbits are legendary Animal.[9]

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, a Rabbit listens to Nayru sing while singing along itself.[10] The Rabbit and other animals are frightened away as Veran releases Impa in order to possess the oracle. After Link defeats Veran in the Black Tower, the curse set on Labrynna's people is lifted. Among the characters affected, three Rabbits are seen returning back to normal after being turned to stone.

Spirit Tracks

Attempting to catch a Desert Rabbit in Spirit Tracks
One Desert Rabbit secured in Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Rabbits are usually seen hiding behind large boulders while riding the train, but can also be found behind floating barrels in watery places such as the Ocean Realm. In order for Link to catch the Rabbits, he must blast the object that they are hiding behind with the Cannon. He must then use the Rabbit Net to capture the Rabbit while it attempts to hop away. After the mode begins, Link only has 10 seconds to catch it. If he fails in his attempt, he will have to return at a later time to claim the Rabbit. Link can obtain the Rabbit Net from Bunnio.[11][12]

In all, there are five different breeds of Rabbit which can be found in their natural habitats. 10 different Rabbits can be found in each breed category, making for a total of 50 rabbits spread across New Hyrule. They are as follows:

  • Grass Rabbits
  • Snow Rabbits
  • Ocean Rabbits
  • Mountain Rabbits
  • Desert Rabbits

Once Link manages to capture a Rabbit, he can take it over to Rabbitland Rescue and sell the animals to the Bunnio. The Rabbitland Rescue Man's goal is to take care of all the stray Rabbits in Hyrule.[13] When Link manages to catch five Rabbits of any variety, the Rabbit Man will give him a Heart Container.[14][15] When 10 Rabbits are caught, Link will be given a random piece of treasure.[16] Another treasure is given after the young hero captures a Rabbit of each race. If Link is able to catch all 50 Rabbits, he will be given the First Swordsman's Scroll.[17][18] The scroll allows Link to shoot light beams out of the Lokomo Sword when he's at full health, something reminiscent of the original The Legend of Zelda.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, a quest consisting of bringing back a picture of a Blupee to Peeks is named "Legendary Rabbit Trial".

Rabbits also appear as the design of the Hunter's Shield.

Non-Canon Appearances

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)

In the Oracle of Ages manga by Akira Himekawa, when Link and Impa enter a woodland, they are confronted by the forest animals, including Rabbits. The Rabbits and other creatures surround them and demand they go back.[19][20] Link tries to calm the animals and tells them he was sent by Princess Zelda to find Nayru.[21] Upon hearing this, the forest creatures realize Link is a Hylian of the old blood and allows the two passage.[22] Two Rabbits listen to Nayru while she sings and plays her harp. One of the Rabbits asks what is wrong when she stops, urging the oracle to continue singing.[23] The Rabbits watch as Nayru converses with Link and Impa. Once Veran reveals her possession of Impa, the Rabbits and other creatures attack the Sheikah in an attempt to protect Nayru. The attack fails and Veran possess Nayru, using her abilities to travel back in time. One of the Rabbits examine Nayru's harp as Link picks it up. It eyes Ralph with a frown while he talks to Link.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Rabbit Grass Rabbit Snow Rabbit Ocean Rabbit Mountain Rabbit Desert Rabbit
Canada FrenchCA Lapin Lapin des plaines Lapin des neiges Lapin des mers Lapin des montagnes Lapin des sables
Italian Republic Italian Coniglio Coniglio delle praterie Coniglio dei ghiacci Coniglio d'acqua Coniglio di montagna Coniglio delle sabbie
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Conejo Conejo de las praderas Conejo de las nieves Conejo de aguas Conejo de las montaΓ±as Conejo de las arenas

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References

  1. ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 63 (Series)
  2. ↑ Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 29
  3. ↑ "Ahhh... Sigh... On such a nice day, we need a song from Marin!" β€” Rabbit (Link's Awakening DX)
  4. ↑ "Yarna Desert? There's a way to get there to the south, but you might not be able to get through if that lazy walrus is in the way!" β€” Rabbit (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Hey! Did ya know Animal Village and Mabe Village are sister cities? Yes, even though they aren't large enough to be called cities... Anyway, I heard from a very good source that they have a Dream Shrine in Mabe, and that it has something good inside... Is that true?" β€” Rabbit (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. ↑ "I can't go to Mabe Village because of all the monsters. I hope Marin is all right." β€” Rabbit (Link's Awakening DX)
  7. ↑ "Hunh? Oh, he's calling me... It's the same as always... Ha ha!" β€” Rabbit (Link's Awakening DX)
  8. ↑ "Oh, Link . I often come to this village to sing, too! It seems that just about everyone loves my 'Ballad of the Wind Fish!' Link , what is your favorite song?" β€” Marin (Link's Awakening DX)
  9. ↑ "I bet with those long ears you can hear the voices... Oh, these are genuine rabbit ears from the animal of legend! I don't care how expensive it is! Please sell it to me!" β€” Running Man (Ocarina of Time)
  10. ↑ "La la li li la La Li li la" β€” Rabbit (Oracle of Ages)
  11. ↑ "OK, I'm convinced. If you want to join the Rabbitland family, you'll need this!" β€” Bunnio (Spirit Tracks)
  12. ↑ "You got the rabbit net! Try using it while you're riding the train!" β€” N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  13. ↑ "Welcome to Rabbitland Rescue, a haven for rabbits and their furless friends. There are millions of poor rabbits without a home or human companionship. Here at Rabbitland Rescue, we save these bunnies from the harsh wilderness... And provide them with much-needed frolicking." β€” Bunnio (Spirit Tracks)
  14. ↑ "Goodness! You've caught at least five more rabbits already? Then here's that amazing prize I promised you!" β€” Bunnio (Spirit Tracks)
  15. ↑ "You got a Heart Container! You increased your life by one and refilled your hearts!" β€” N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  16. ↑ "If you can bring me 10 bunnies from the grass, you get a prize!" β€” Bunnio (Spirit Tracks)
  17. ↑ "Wow! Just...wow! You've collected every rabbit out there. I'm speechless... You've more than earned it, so here it is, the neatest present EVER!" β€” Bunnio (Spirit Tracks)
  18. ↑ "You got a Swordman's Scroll! Memories of veteran swordsmen flow through it. You can now send shock waves with your sword, Link! Swing your sword to send a powerful shock wave surging out!" β€” N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  19. ↑ "Shh! Hold back! We're surrounded." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 21)
  20. ↑ "Go back. Go back. Go back." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 22)
  21. ↑ "We mean no harm. Princess Zelda sent us here to find Nayru." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 23)
  22. ↑ "He can speak to us. His ears are pointed. He's a Hylian. A Hylian of the old blood!" (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 23)
  23. ↑ "What's wrong, Nayru? Sing some more." (Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 24)