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This article is about the recurring species. For information on the enemy from The Minish Cap, see Keaton (Enemy).
MM3D Keaton Model.png
Era(s)Era of the Hero of Time
Habitat(s)North Clock Town
Milk Road
Mountain Village

Keatons are a recurring race of fox-like creatures in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Keatons are three-tailed, fox-like creatures whose characteristics are derived from the mythological Japanese fox creatures, kitsune, which are nine-tailed foxes. They have yellow fur and their three tails bear black fur on the tips. Keatons are said to recognize one another by the sheen of their tails,[2] indicating subtle differences between each member.


Ocarina of Time

Main article: Keaton Mask

No Keatons appear in Ocarina of Time, though a Keaton Mask can be obtained as part of a trading quest. It is the first Mask obtained from the shop in Hyrule Castle Town, and can be sold to the guard at the far end of Kakariko Village as a gift for his son. Keaton is said to be a popular character.[3]

Majora's Mask

A Keaton's picture in the Bombers' Notebook from Majora's Mask 3D

A single Keaton appears in several locations in Majora's Mask, hiding within Moving Grass and playing tricks on people.[4] In order to draw out the Keaton, Link must cut at least one clump of Moving Grass wear the Keaton Mask a before all of the clumps have been destroyed. The Keaton will then appear and ask the young hero five questions about people and locations in Majora's Mask.[5] The Keaton appears in all locations in Termina that contain Moving Grass, such as North Clock Town, Mountain Village or along Milk Road, excluding those in the beginning Portal.

Keaton Quiz

There are a total of thirty questions that could possibly be asked by the Keaton, with three possible answers. If the young hero answers them all right, Link will obtain a Piece of Heart. However, if Link fails to answer the questions correctly, he can try again, but the Keaton can only be summoned once every three-day cycle. Choosing to summon the Keaton again and answering the five questions after receiving the Heart Piece will yield a Red Rupee as a reward. However, in Majora's Mask 3D, answering the five questions again will instead yield a Fishing Hole Pass. Should Link remove the Keaton Mask before speaking to the Keaton, it will disappear, though it can be summoned again.

The list of possible questions that the Keaton can ask are as follows:

Question Answer A Answer B Answer C
At what time does Romani, the ranch girl, wake up? Six Seven She never gets up
Darmani is of which race? Deku Scrub Goron Zora
How many balloons does Romani, the girl at the ranch, use during practice? One Two She doesn't use balloons
How many cows are there at Romani Ranch? Two Three Four
How many cuccos are there in the barn at Romani Ranch? One Two There are none
How many tiny cow figurines are there in Clock Town? Eight Nine Ten
How many mailboxes are there in Clock Town? Four Five Six
How many members are there in the Zora band, The Indigo-Go's? Four Five Six
How old is Tingle, the map salesman? 15 25 35
Is Tingle the mapmaker left-handed or right-handed? Left-handed Right-handed Ambidextrous
Mikau is of which race? Deku Scrub Goron Zora
Once it's completed, how tall will the festival tower at the carnival be? Two stories Four stories Six stories
What are the magic words that Tingle created? Tingle, Tingle...what? Abracadabra! Kookoo-Tingle-Rama! Kooloo-Limpah!
What bad habit does Anju, the innkeeper, have? She's quick to apologize She's quick to get angry She's quick to break into tears
What color of trunks does Tingle the mapmaker wear? Yellow He doesn't wear any Red
What does the owner of the Bomb Shop call his mother? Old Lady Mother Mommy
What instrument does the Skull Kid play? Tin Whistle Flute Ocarina
What is Anju, the innkeeper, bad at doing? Cleaning Writing letters Cooking
What is the name given to you by Romani, the girl at the ranch? Butterfly Cricket Grasshopper
What is the name of Anju's father? Padre Tortus Tertal
What is the name of Clock Town's inn? Stockpile Inn Stop On Inn Stock Pot Inn
What is the name of the festival that is to be held in Clock Town? Carnival of the Moon Carnival of Time Carnival of Masks
What is the name of the mayor of Clock Town? Babour Cagour Dotour
What is the name of the singer in the Zora band, The Indigo-Go's? Toto Lulu Ruto
What is the name of the song that Romani, the girl at the ranch, teaches you? Epona's Song Song of Healing Song of the Field
What is the name of the vintage milk sold at the Milk Bar? Romani Run Chateau Romani Chateau Moroni
What time does Romani, the girl at the ranch, go to bed? Seven Eight She doesn't sleep
What weapon does Romani, the girl at the ranch, use in practice? Slingshot Bow She doesn't use one
Where does Cremia, manager of Romani Ranch, try to deliver her milk? Curiosity Shop Milk Bar Stock Pot Inn
Who is the leader of the Bombers gang? Gorman Viscen Jim


Keaton seems to be based on the Japanese word, 狐 (Kitsune). It is possible that the Japanese name, キータン (Kītan), is a combination of the first letter in Kistune, "Ki" (), and "-tan" (たん) a childish suffix often used for mascot characters, as would fit with the Keaton Mask.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland EnglishUK Keaton
Japan Japanese キータン (Kītan)
Federal Republic of Germany German Keaton
Italian Republic Italian Keaton



  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 245(MM)
  2. "Hee-hee-ho! Hello, child. If you are attempting to fool me, it is impossible. We Keatons can recognize our own by the sheen of our tails." — Keaton (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Is that a "Kee...something..." character mask? I heard he's very popular recently? He's my boy's favorite. That "Kee...something..." mask... If you don't mind... Will you sell it to me?" — Guard (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "It seems Keaton, the ghost fox, plays tricks in the grass..." — Gossip Stone (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Answer me this... Pick one of the three choices..." — Keaton (Majora's Mask)