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Ku ALBW.png
Ku from A Link Between Worlds
Habitat(s)Lake of Ill Omen
Ice Lake
Swamp of Evil
Ku's Domain
Lorule Lake
Treacherous Tower
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
Ice Rod

Ku are recurring one-eyed aquatic enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It is the Dark World and Lorule counterpart of the Zora.


A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, like Zoras, Ku pop up out of whirlpools to jettison a single fireball at Link before disappearing under the water again. Unlike Zoras, they do not appear to have a king or leader of any kind, although they do share some similarities with the Catfish that lives in the Lake of Ill Omen. Ku are common in the waters of the Dark World, with most appearing at the Lake of Ill Omen, the Ice Lake and even the Swamp of Evil where they share their home with Swamola. It is possible that they use Whirlpool Warps to travel around the Dark World much as the Zoras do, but there is only one of these warps in the Dark World.

A Link Between Worlds

Ku reappear in A Link Between Worlds, this time as inhabitants of Lorule. They can also appear on land, revealing their full bodies. They have webbed feet and a turtle-like shell, resembling a Kappa, an aquatic demon of Japanese folklore. They will charge at Link, running swiftly on land. This type of Ku can be found in the Treacherous Tower and Ku's Domain, a large waterfall found in the northeast of Lorule where Ku gather. If Link defeats all the Ku at Ku's Domain, he will obtain a Silver Rupee. The Ku in the Treacherous Tower appear in puffs of purple smoke.


Link detecting an invisible Ku with the Hookshot
  • In Four Swords Adventures, most Zoras encountered throughout the game somewhat resemble Ku, having a single eye.
  • Ku are the subject of an infamous glitch in A Link to the Past, known as the Ghost of Misery Mire. It appears to be the result of Ku being placed in shallow water in the Swamp of Evil, perhaps because the developers had originally intended for them to leap from the water and attack on land much like the Zora at Zora's River, or because they had changed the layout of the shallow water in the swamp.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese クー () Ku


See Also


  1. "KU" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 390 (ALttP&FS))