In Ocarina of Time, Link encounters Gerudo Thieves in the prison chambers of the Gerudo's Fortress. They are guarding the cells holding the four captive Carpenters, with one guarding each cell. They shortly reveal themselves as Link speaks with each Carpenter.
Gerudo Thieves are agile swordswomen. They are in constant motion as they combat Link, actively evading his attacks by backflipping and moving in to strike. They can also defend themselves by blocking Link's attacks with their scimitars. They are lastly also capable of performing a powerful, spinning Jump Attack by crouching down. Their regular attacks can all be blocked with a Shield, but their Jump Attacks cannot be shielded from. Unlike most enemies, Gerudo Thieves will not actively attempt to kill Link, but rather weaken him. If Link is struck repeatedly, or hit by their Jump Attack, he will collapse and be taken to a cell. The Gerudo Thief will then have to be found and fought again, with all of her health restored.
Gerudo Thieves are among some of the most resilient enemies in Ocarina of Time; nine slashes with the Master Sword will defeat them. Biggoron's Sword is more effective, felling them in only five strikes. They can be stunned using Deku Nuts or the Hookshot.
Once defeated, the Gerudo Thief will retreat, never to appear again, and drop a Small Key to their Carpenter's cell. After all four are defeated and every Carpenter rescued, a Gerudo Warrior will appear and commend Link on his abilities, inviting him into the Gerudo's territory.
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- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 180
- "I have no idea where you come from, but you must have a lot of guts to make it past all the guards around here! All of my fellow carpenters are imprisoned somewhere in here. If you can get us out of here, we'll repay the favor somehow! But be careful! There're sure to be Gerudo guards somewhere around here... Woo! Watch out!" — Carpenter (Ocarina of Time)