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Iron Knuckle (Boss)

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This page is about the Boss named "Iron Knuckle". For the enemy of the same name, see Iron Knuckle. Also not to be confused with Rebonack, the Iron Knuckle Boss in The Adventure of Link.
Iron Knuckle
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An Iron Knuckle from Majora's Mask
Other Media
Dungeon(s)Spirit Temple (OoT)
Ganon's Castle (OoT)
Fire Temple (MQ)
Gerudo Training Ground (MQ)
Ikana Graveyard (MM)
Inside the Moon (Link's Dungeon) (MM)
Megaton Hammer (OoT)
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Reward(s)Silver Gauntlets (OoT)
Mirror Shield (OoT)
Piece of Heart (MM)

Iron Knuckles are recurring Sub-Bosses in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Iron Knuckles are large, heavily armored knights, equipped with Swords or axes capable of dealing 4 Hearts of damage to Link. Iron Knuckles wear a cloth tunic bearing Gerudo symbols in both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Though quite similar to Darknuts, Iron Knuckles are less common across the series, and usually play the role of stoic guardians as opposed to the more aggressive behavior of a Darknut. The main difference, however, is that they do not share a Darknut's traditional weakness to attacks from behind. These foes are dueling elites, incorporating much of the same swordplay techniques that Link does during battle to great effect. These knights are also known for their unmatched defensive capabilities and long vitality. Their armor allows them to take many hits, but their slow attacks leave them open to retaliation.[2] The armor of Iron Knuckles can be damaged and removed with Sword swings, Bombs, Bombchus, and the Megaton Hammer. Once enough armor is removed, they become enraged and move quicker, but are then weak to Arrows, opening up the opportunity long-range attacks.

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Iron Knuckle

Iron Knuckle
Watch out for its axe attack! It hurts a lot! Strike when it drops its guard!

Iron Knuckles appear in the Spirit Temple and Ganon's Castle in Ocarina of Time. They are Gerudo warriors covered in armor.[3] The first one that Link encounters is found at the end of the Spirit Temple when Link is a child. After defeating the Iron Knuckle, Link can proceed outside to receive the Silver Gauntlets from a Treasure Chest. Once Link returns to the Spirit Temple as an adult, he will again encounter an Iron Knuckle in an identical room on the opposite side of the Spirit Temple. Once defeated, Link can proceed outside to receive the Mirror Shield from a Treasure Chest. An Iron Knuckle also appears directly before the fight against Twinrova. However, this Iron Knuckle is actually the Sage of Spirit, Nabooru, brainwashed by Twinrova to fight Link in Iron Knuckle armor.[4] After defeating Nabooru as an Iron Knuckle, Link can walk directly into the boss room.

An Iron Knuckle also appears in the Fire Temple and the Gerudo Training Ground in Master Quest.

Majora's Mask

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Iron Knuckle

You know about the Iron Knuckle, right? Stay away from its ax attack, then look for a chance to retaliate. (MM)

It's an Iron Knuckle. Stay away from its axe attack, then look for a chance to retaliate. (MM3D)

Three Iron Knuckles appear in Majora's Mask. Two of them are found within tombs of the Ikana Graveyard, with one on the First Day and one on the Second Day. One is guarding the resting place of Flat and the other is guarding a Piece of Heart. The third Iron Knuckle can be found in the Link Dungeon inside the Moon during the hide-and-seek game played by Link while in his normal Hylian form.

In addition, a gold suit of Iron Knuckle armor can be seen on display in the Curiosity Shop. This armor is used as a peep hole from the back room where Kafei spies on the Curiosity Shop's dealings. This armor wields a sword instead of an ax.

Other Appearances

The Wand of Gamelon

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An Iron Knuckle appears as the second Boss. He is located in Tykogi Tower, where he had imprisoned the residents of Sakado, including Mayor Cravendish and Harbanno the baker.[5] After freeing Harbanno, Princess Zelda confronts the Iron Knuckle atop the Tower. Upon his defeat, he breaks apart and reveals a beating Life Heart. Two Armos witness his death and quickly decide to leave. Princess Zelda then rescues Mayor Cravendish shortly after. The Iron Knuckle's sole weakness is to the Power Glove, which defeats him in a single strike.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
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-speaking countries French Hache-Viande Meat Grinder
Canada FrenchCA Poing de fer (OoT3D | MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Eisenprinz (OoT | MM) Iron Prince
Italian Republic Italian Guerriero d'acciaio
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Nudillo de Hierro
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Nudillo de hierro (OoT3D | MM3D)



  1. "Iron Knuckle" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 178 (OoT3D))
  2. "You know about the Iron Knuckle, right? Stay away from its ax attack, then look for a chance to retaliate." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 214
  4. "By the way... I really messed up... I was brainwashed by those old witches and used by Ganondorf to do his evil will..." — Nabooru (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "Oh dear! It looks like everyone has been taken to Tykogi Tower!" — Impa (The Wand of Gamelon)
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