Fire Keese from Breath of the Wild
|Spoils||Fire Keese Wing (BotW)|
Keese Eyeball (BotW)
Fire Keese are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are a variation of the Keese that are enveloped in fire. Fire Keese otherwise behave identically to their regular counterparts, but are significantly more dangerous as they can potentially set Link on fire upon contact. Their bodies' flames can also destroy wooden objects, such as Wooden Shields, provided if they are currently equipped.
They inhabit volcanoes, dungeons, and other fiery environments. In some games, Fire Keese can revert back into an ordinary Keese when their flames are extinguished, most often by an item that produces wind. This may also prompt them to intentionally fly into fire, such as a Torch or another source of fire, thereby turning them back into a Fire Keese.
Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Fire Keese made their first appearance in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. They are most commonly found within dungeons, and often near Torches. Fire Keese fly around the area in small colonies, and attack by swooping down at Link when they spot him. Fire Keese, however, are dangerous as they can set Link on fire for a short period of time upon contact, and can destroy wooden items such as Deku Shields and Deku Sticks if they are equipped. Inadvertently, this will also revert the Fire Keese back into a normal Keese, prompting it to seek out a Torch and set itself on fire as it flies through. Like normal Keese, they can be defeated by any conventional weapon.
In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Fire Keese possess a much different strategy of attack than normal Keese, being much more aggressive. Fire Keese fly at a much higher altitude, and actively pursue Link when he is nearby to swoop down in attack. While in flight, they cannot be attacked, and become vulnerable only when they dive. Like the Fire Keese of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, they will burn Link as their bodies' flames pass to him, reverting them into a fireless Keese in the process. They will then seek out the nearest Torch to set themselves aflame. Even without their flames, the Keese will still fly at a high altitude to avoid Link's attacks. They inhabit the Skull Dungeon in Oracle of Ages, the Sword & Shield Maze in Oracle of Seasons, and the Hero's Cave in both games.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, Fire Keese appear as bright orange bats with flaming wings. They are often found in areas with high volcanic activity, such as the Dragon Roost Cavern and Fire Mountain. They behave identically to their normal counterparts, congregating in small groups and flying at Link to attack. As fiery enemies, they are able to set Link on fire upon contact. Unlike Ocarina of Time, however, none of Link's equipment can be burned away by their flames. The flames of a Fire Keese can be blown away by waving the Deku Leaf at them, turning them into a normal Keese as they fall to the ground.
|Keese and Fire Keese (Figurine from The Wind Waker)|
|| Habitat: Dragon Roost Cavern|
Least Favorite Thing: Projectiles
These bats fly around dark places and attack anything that moves. Great care should be taken around Fire Keeses that appear during times of volcanic activity.
Fire Keese in Twilight Princess bear a close resemblance to those in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, as bats engulfed in flames. They congregate primarily in volcanic locations such as the Goron Mines, but also appear in the Cave of Ordeals and the Cave of Shadows in Twilight Princess HD. Fire Keese have an identical behavior to their other variants, but whose flaming bodies are able to set Link on fire and destroy any Wooden Shields that are equipped. Their flames can be blown away if they are targeted with the Gale Boomerang, turning them into regular Keese. As with all Keese variations, they can be forced onto the ground and stunned whenever Link uses the Shield Attack on them.
Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks
Fire Keese in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks appear as red bats with a stream of flames trailing behind as they fly. Like other variants, they simply fly about in erratic, circular patterns. Fire Keese are among one of the most dangerous Keese variations, as touching one will set Link on fire and cause him to run away semi-uncontrollably, and potentially run into other enemies or obstacles in the way. They can be defeated by most conventional weapons, but long-range weapons such as the Bow are recommended to keep Link at a safe distance. They appear primarily in fiery environments.
In Spirit Tracks, Link can use the Whirlwind to blow away their flames, turning them into normal Keese.
Fire Keese in Skyward Sword resemble bats fully engulfed in flames. They appear in the Eldin Volcano and inside the Earth Temple. Fire Keese will set Link on fire upon contact, resulting in any Wooden Shields being destroyed and continuously burning Link until he puts out the fire either by rolling or jumping into water. In Skyward Sword, it is impossible for Fire Keese to have their flames extinguished.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, Fire Keese appear in a few locations of the Drablands. They resemble bright red bats enveloped in flames. Like other Keese variants in the game, Fire Keese will attack the Links by diving at them from afar. Unlike Fire Keese in other games, however, attempting to directly attack one will only burn the attacking Link, causing him to run around frantically. They can only be defeated either by shooting at them with the Bow or by first stunning them with an item. The Goron Garb can also be worn to protect the Links from their flames, allowing them to strike directly with their sword.
Breath of the Wild
Hyrule Compendium Entry
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ファイアキース (Faia Kīsu)||Fire Keese|
|ChineseSI||火蝙蝠 (Huǒ Biānfú)||Fire Keese|
|FrenchCA||Chauve-souris de feu (OoT3D, MM3D)||Fire Bat|
|FrenchEU|| Chauve-souris de feu
Saigneur ardent (OoT)
Saigneur de Feu (MM)
| Fire Bat|
|Italian||Pipistrello Igneo||Igneous Bat|
|SpanishEU||Keese de fuego||Fire Keese|
- "Fire Keese final version" (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 59 (SS))
- "Fire Keese
Destroy it before it flies into you! If you don't, its flames will burn up your Deku Shield!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "Fire Keese attack similarly to normal Keese, but their flame-covered wings make them a more threatening foe. The Fire Keese can quickly turn a Deku Shield into a pile of ash.
Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons" — The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (Archive), published n.d., retrieved December 12, 2015.