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The Helmasaur King is a boss in A Link to the Past. It guards the first Crystal in the Palace of Darkness, the first dungeon found in the Dark World. It is a large quadrupedal reptile with a large mask on his head, and a long tail with a deadly mace-like tip. It must be defeated before the first Crystal can be acquired and the first Maiden can be rescued.
Before he can be damaged, his mask must be destroyed with the Magic Hammer or Bombs. The Magic Hammer takes considerably more hits and requires getting up close but it can be done faster overall, while it only requires five Bomb hits and you can keep your distance to avoid damage if you use them carefully. The monster fights by spitting fireballs that will split into three, and then each into four as they disperse. To avoid those, Link must attempt to stay at right angles to the fireballs, as they always split diagonally. It will also attack by swinging its long tail like a whip, which can be avoided by staying up close to the monster's head, or keeping a large distance where possible.
After attacking the helmet on its face enough times, it will shatter to reveal the face of the monster, and a large green emerald on his forehead appears. This can be hit with the arrows or the sword. When struck enough times, he is defeated and explodes. When defeated, he leaves behind a Heart Container and the first crystal in which one of the seven maidens is entombed
Palace of the Four Sword
In the Game Boy Advance version, the Helmasaur King returns in the Palace of the Four Sword, a secret dungeon only available after beating both A Link to the Past and Four Swords. This Green Helmasaur King guards the Red Four Sword and is considerably stronger than the original, although the battle is similar at first. Once the mask is destroyed however, instead of spitting fireballs, it will drop small blue Helmasaurs from its mouth, and the gem will be invulnerable to arrows. Furthermore, once the gem is damaged enough the mask will reform, and Link will be forced to destroy it again. Once the second mask is destroyed, the gem will have been replaced by a huge third eye (identical to Vitreous's) on its forehead. A single Silver Arrow to this eye is enough to destroy him at this point.
Ancient Stone Tablets
The Helmasaur King and the Helmaroc King have the same name in Japanese, but they have different English names and official romanizations: the official Japanese website romanizes the Helmaroc King's Japanese name as "Zeeklock" whereas the Japanese ending of A Link to the Past romanizes the Helmasaur King's Japanese name as "Jeakrock".
|Names in Other Regions|
|Italian||Re Elmasauro||Helmasaur King|
|SpanishEU||Rey Yelmosaurio||Helmasaur King|
The green Helmasaur King from the Palace of the Four Sword
A Link to the Past (Barcode Battler II) artwork of the Helmasaur King