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Leever
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Leever artwork from Ocarina of Time
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Sandy areas
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
SpoilsHeart (TLoZ)
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Five Rupees (TLoZ)
Clock (TLoZ)
Fairy (TLoZ)
EXP Points50

Leevers (pronounced /ˈliːvəɹ/ LEE-vər)[1][2] are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.

Characteristics

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Leever

Leever

Watch its movements closely and let it go by!

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Leever

You know about the Leever, right? It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it? (MM)

It's a Leever.
It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it? (MM3D)

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The Leever is a sand-dwelling creature known for its burrowing capabilities, found mostly in areas with sand such as deserts and beaches. These cone-shaped creatures burrow out of the ground, or remain at a semi-burrow as in The Adventure of Link, upon detecting movement and begin pursuing territorial threats until they tire or vacate the proximity of intruders. Though while mostly cone-like in appearance, Twilight Princess brings a certain graphical realism to the Leever, giving it a stronger plant-like appearance. Leevers are often fast-moving enemies.[3][4] They are almost always fought in groups, as many of these creatures target and hone in on Link at once in order to maximize the chance of inflicting damage and ridding their territory of threat.

Although the behavior of the Leever changes little between games and variations, they do seem to possess varying levels of vitality and strength by color. In The Legend of Zelda, there are two varieties of Leever, red and blue, with the blue type being the strongest,[5] a trend that carries on into A Link to the Past, where a standard green Leever and a slightly stronger purple variety co-exist. Attack strategy is a second characteristic added to the different Leever variations, beginning with the species seen in Link's Awakening and on through to the Oracle series. These Leevers come in three colors: red, blue, and orange. The red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zig-zag at random intervals. The orange version actively pursues Link, and notably has increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.

In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, larger Leevers can spawn after defeating ten standard Leevers. It shares this trait with Stalchildren and Guays.

The overall strategy to defeat any Leever, regardless of game, is to attack it with the Sword, or any quantifiable weapon used to defeat any other commonplace enemy. Usually one to three hits is enough to dispel any incarnation of the Leever. Generally, Leevers can be dodged entirely, although some incarnations make this harder due to their increased speed. In Majora's Mask, Link can completely avoid Leevers while riding on Epona.

Leever (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears in Castor Wilds, Mount Crenel, etc. These baddies move freely underground and pop out for a surprise attack. Keep your shield up!

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda

Leever

They live in the ground and eat up the energy of creatures that approach them. Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power.

In The Legend of Zelda, there are red and blue varieties of Leever with the blue type being the stronger of the two.[6] When defeated, red Leevers may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees or a Clock, while blue Leevers may drop either a Heart, a Fairy or one Rupee.[note 1]

Trivia

  • While Z-Targeting normal Leevers in Ocarina of Time, the target turns green instead of yellow. Also, the music that normally plays when close to enemies cannot be heard. These two effects appear to be related, and may even be intentional, as the constant appearance and movement of Leevers would disrupt the world and enemy music. Larger Leevers however do have the yellow targeting and enemy music.
  • The Ocarina of Time Player's Guide suggests that Leevers are a type of cactus.[8]
  • The Japanese Shogakukan guide for Four Swords Adventures refers to Leevers as Peahats.[citation needed]
  • Leevers in Zelda's Adventure do not burrow underground.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese リーバー (Rībā)(TLoZ, TAoL, LA, OoX, TMC)
リーバ (Rība) (ALttP, OoT, MM, TP)
ピーハット (Pīhatto) (FSA)
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 利巴 (Lìbā)
French-speaking countries French Leever
Federal Republic of Germany German Sandkiller
Italian Republic Italian Leever
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Leever

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Notes

  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armoses, Like Likes, Keeses, or Gels will not be counted.[7]

References

  1. "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too"The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. "Leevers! Ahhh!"The Legend of Zelda US commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. "Leever. Watch its movements closely and let it go by!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "You know about the Leever, right? It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29)
  6. "Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29)
  7. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  8. "Native to the desert wasteland, the Leever was a malicious cactus with a taste not for water, but for blood. The prickly plant may have moved slowly, but its sting was fatal." (Ocarina of Time Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 95)