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Flare Dancer

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Flare Dancer
OOT - Flare Dancer.png
Game(s)
Other Media
Dungeon(s)Fire Temple
Weakness(es)Bombs
Megaton Hammer
Hookshot
Sword

The Flare Dancer is a Sub-Boss that appears twice in the Fire Temple in Ocarina of Time. It is a tall flaming humanoid being with a black core stored within its chest, and as its name would suggest, it will dance whilst attacking its victims.

Characteristics

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Flare Dancer

Flare Dancer

Extinguish its flaming clothes first...

The Flare Dancer will frequently pirouette during its battle with Link, and the young hero will sustain damage if he comes in contact with it while it is ignited, or if he treads on the fire trail that is left as the Sub-Boss circles the room. A Flare Dancer is defeated by removing the core from its 'body' composed of fire, which can be done with the Hookshot, Megaton Hammer, or by throwing Bombs. Once the core is exposed, it will attempt to avoid Link by running around the room; when blocked by Link, it will quickly skid to a halt, and begin to run in the opposite direction. At this time the core may be damaged by any Sword strike, though jump attacks are difficult to land due to the agility and mobility of the core.

After Link damages the core or does not attack it for a set amount of time, it will jump back into the flaming platform to restore its flaming body (accompanied by an eerie laugh), each time changing color from yellow/orange to blue/purple then finally to two shades of green. When a Flare Dancer is defeated, the core rapidly expands and explodes, dropping Bombs. This explosion can damage Link if he is close enough.

Link's first encounter with a Flare Dancer activates a volcanic lift which leads to a new area of the Fire Temple where the Megaton Hammer is enshrined. The second encounter leads to a room where one of the imprisoned Gorons and the Boss Key are found.

As revealed by an imprisoned Goron, Flare Dancers are invulnerable to arrows while they are aflame but are vulnerable to Bombs.[1]

Other Appearances

Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)

Flare Dancers also make an appearance in the bonus story "Rouru of the Watarara" of the Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa. Two twin Flare Dancers create a destructive tornado on Lake Hylia. With the help of Navi, Link flies into the tornado and defeats the two Flare Dancers. The tornado dissipates and Link, stuck in midair, begins to fall. When Navi and Rouru's attempt to rescue Link fails, his mother, Elrora, intervenes and helps Rouru fly Link to safety.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese フレアダンサー (Furea Dansā) Flare Dancer
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 火舞者 Fire Dancer
French-speaking countries French Danse-Flamme Flame-Dance
Canada FrenchCA Danse-flamme (OoT3D) Flame-dance
Federal Republic of Germany German Flammenderwisch Flame Dervish
Italian Republic Italian Fiammerino
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Bailafuego (OoT3D) Fire Dancer

References

  1. "Here's a tip for rescuing me! Somewhere in this temple, you're sure to meet up with some creatures that dance as they attack. Arrows won't hurt them! Looks like you might need some of the Goron "special crop!" That's all I have to tell you!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
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