The Heatoise first appears as a mini-boss in the Fire Temple in Spirit Tracks.
Usually accompanied by a Winder, when hit or provoked the Heatoise will put its limbs and head into its shell and spin towards Link. The object to defeating a Heatoise without the bow and arrows is to cause the Heatoise to spin into the Winder, which stuns the Heatoise during which time Link can strike it with his sword. With a bow, Link simply has to shoot its head with arrows.
- Heatoise is similar to a tortoise that can stand in abnormally hot conditions as opposed to cool conditions like near an ocean.
- The Heatoise is similar in appearance to the Terrorpins and the Snappers from Majora's Mask. They also attack in a similar manner.
- The battle style is similar to that of Super Mario Galaxy's boss, Topmaniac.
Heatoise's name is a combination of heat and tortoise, in reference to the animal it is based on and its location in the Fire Temple.
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Link leading a Heatoise into a Winder