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Flying Fish

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Flying Fish
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Habitat(s)World of the Ocean King
Effective Weapon(s)Cannon

Flying Fish are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Flying Fish are one of the easiest of all the water creatures to defeat. These Fish will just hover above the water before attempting to run into the S.S. Linebeck. A single shot from the ship's Cannon will immediately defeat these creatures.

Other Appearances

Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa)

In the Phantom Hourglass manga by Akira Himekawa, a Flying Fish leaps out of the water to attack the S.S. Linebeck.[2] Unlike in the game, the Flying Fish spits a rock at the ship, almost capsizing it. Link questions Linebeck if the ship has any kind of weaponry to fight it.[3] As the Fish continues attacking the vessel, Linebeck replies that the ship does not.[4] Link asks the captain how they are going to cross the ocean with Fish like these.[5] Linebeck says by running for his life, speeding the S.S. Linebeck forward and leaving the Flying Fish behind.[6]

After getting a Cannon from Eddo, the Flying Fish reappears.[7] Link fires the Cannon and causes the Fish is explode.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese パタフライ (Pata Furai) Combination of パタパタ (patapata), Japanese onomatopoeia for "flap flap" or "flutter" and フライ (furai) meaning the English word "fly" or "fry".
Federal Republic of Germany German Flugfisch
Italian Republic Italian Patafly


  1. ↑ "Flying Fish
    Hostile, downright angry fish that stalk the sea, leaping out of the water to attack any ships that get in their personal sea space. When they are above the water, they're slow to move, and a single blast from the cannon is all Link needs to stop their assault."
    (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 177)
  2. ↑ "Flying Fish ahead!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 61)
  3. ↑ "Linebeck, doesn't this ship have some kind of weapon?!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 62)
  4. ↑ "Actually, no..." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 62)
  5. ↑ "Well, how did you...Cross waters with fish like these?!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 62)
  6. ↑ "By running for my life!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 62)
  7. ↑ "Enemy sighted!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 75)