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Iron Knuckle

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This page is about the enemy named "Iron Knuckle". For the Boss of the same name, see Iron Knuckle (Boss).
Iron Knuckle
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Artwork of an Iron Knuckle from The Adventure of Link
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Palaces
Member(s)Rebonack
Effective Weapon(s)Magical Sword

Iron Knuckles are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][note 1]

Characteristics

The Adventure of Link

The Adventure of Link Manual Comment

The Adventure of Link

Ironknuckle

An iron warrior chosen by the king. A strong enemy who can use a shield and sword. He exists in many forms.
TAoL Iron Knuckle Orange Attacking Sprite.png

Iron Knuckles are "iron warriors" chosen by the King of Hyrule.[4] They appear throughout many Palaces in Hyrule, including Parapa Palace, Midoro Palace, the Island Palace, and the Three-Eye Rock Palace. Iron Knuckles fight with a Sword and Shield, simultaneously blocking attacks and stabbing their Sword at their opponent. They appear in orange, red, and blue varieties. Red Iron Knuckles are simply more powerful than orange ones, with more health and attack power, but blue Iron Knuckles are capable of throwing knives.[5] Link can defeat Iron Knuckles by hitting them enough times with his Magical Sword. Link can block an Iron Knuckle's Sword with his Magical Shield. Link can perform a Down Thrust on an Iron Knuckle's head to inflict damage. Link can also jump and stab his Sword at the top Iron Knuckle's head with the correct timing to guarantee that the Iron Knuckle will not block the attack.

A blue Iron Knuckle known as Rebonack appears as the Boss of the Island Palace and as mini-bosses in the Three-Eye Rock Palace. Rebonack is also known as "The Guardian Ironknuckle."[6] When Rebonack has taken a certain amount of damage, he will dismount the mechanical horse that he rides and fight as a regular blue Iron Knuckle.

In the original Famicom Disk System version of the game, blue Iron Knuckles' knives flash and disappear when blocked, but in the updated NES version, they do not flash and instead bounce off of Link's Shield.

Other Appearances

Zelda's Adventure



Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese アイアンナック (Aian Nakku) Iron Knuckle
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 铁甲武士 (Tiějiǎ Wǔshì) Armored Warrior
French Republic FrenchEU Hache-Viande Meat Grinder
Federal Republic of Germany German Ironknuckle (TAoL) Iron Prince
Ironknuckle
Italian Republic Italian Guerriero d'acciaio

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Notes

  1. This enemy was also referred to as Ironknuckle in the manual of The Adventure of Link and Ironack in The Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Tatsumi Yamashita.[2][3]

References

  1. "Iron Knuckle" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 131)
  2. "Ironknuckle: An iron warrior chosen by the king. A strong enemy who can use a shield and sword. He exists in many forms." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 38)
  3. "In the First Temple, you will meet your strongest enemy, Ironnack." (The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Tatsumi Yamashita), pg. 47 (TAoL))
  4. "An iron warrior chosen by the king. A strong enemy who can use a shield and sword. He exists in many forms." (The Adventure of Link manual)
  5. "The knives Ironknuckle throws are deadly, and the huge horse he rides makes him invincible to Link's attack. Link can make him dismount by jumping and using Down-thrust. Once afoot, Ironknuckle is vulnerable." (NES Game Atlas (Nintendo), pg. 69)
  6. "THE GUARDIAN IRONKNUCKLE" (NES Game Atlas (Nintendo), pg. 68)
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