One Rupee (TLoZ)
Five Rupees (TLoZ)
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
Leevers are sand-dwelling creatures known for their 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 threats, generally at a fast-moving pace. They are almost always fought in groups, with many of them targeting and honing in on Link at once.
Although the behavior of the Leever changes little between games and variations, they do possess different levels of strength, speed, and attack strategy that vary by color.
In general, red Leevers are the standard variant, with the stronger Blue Leevers behaving similarly. In some games, green Leevers are the standard variant, with a stronger and faster-moving purple variant. In games such as Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages, there is an orange variant as well.
The overall strategy to defeat any Leever, regardless of game, is to attack it with the Sword, or any weapon used to defeat any other commonplace enemy. Generally, Leevers can be avoided entirely, although some incarnations make this harder due to their increased speed.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
There are red and blue varieties of Leevers in The Legend of Zelda, the blue variant being the stronger of the two. 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]
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Leevers come in two varieties in A Link to the Past, with the green version being the standard variant and the purple version being slightly faster.
Leevers come in three varities in Link's Awakening; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.
Ocarina of Time
Leevers appear in the Desert Colossus in Ocarina of Time, where they will chase Link across the sands, though they cannot venture onto the large stones. Larger Leevers may appear after defeating ten standard Leevers, a trait it shares with Stalchildren and Guays.
Oracle of Seasons
Leevers come in three varities in Oracle of Seasons; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.
Oracle of Ages
Leevers come in three varities in Oracle of Ages; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
|Leever (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|Appears in Castor Wilds, Mount Crenel, etc. These baddies move freely underground and pop out for a surprise attack. Keep your shield up!|
Leevers in The Minish Cap come in two varieties, the standard red and the stronger Blue Leevers. They are found in the overworld of Hyrule in locations such as Castor Wilds, Mount Crenel, and Veil Falls. They burrow underground and emerge to attack Link. If he blocks their attack with his Shield, they will return underground.
Leevers appear differently in Twilight Princess than in previous games, with a stronger plant-like appearance compared to the simpler conical shape. They appear in the sands of Gerudo Desert, as well as in the Cave of Ordeals. They appear in groups and encircle Link before attacking.
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
BS The Legend of Zelda
Ancient Stone Tablets
Cadence of Hyrule
Leevers appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule where they can be found in Dungeons and sandy areas like the Beach and Desert. Like other enemies, they can only move to the beat of the music, but differ in that they can move on every single music beat and can bury themselves underground. When Cadence, Link, Yves, or Zelda passes by, they will bury themselves underground for a few beats and then try to surface near them, with their fangs poking up through the sand for two music beats to signal where they plan to resurface. Upon emerging from the sand, they will knock back anyone or anything that is standing above them a few tiles back. Once emerged, they will chase their target for four beats before burying themselves underground and repeating the pattern. A stronger variant known as the Blue Leever also appears.
- While 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.
- The Japanese Shogakukan guide for Four Swords Adventures refers to Leevers as Peahats.
|Names in Other Regions|
|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)
- 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 Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.
- "Octoroks, Tektites, Leevers too" — Zelda Universe, The Zelda Rap: US Commercial (1986), YouTube (Video), published May 17, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "Leevers!" — Zelda Universe, Legend of Zelda Ad: What Is This I Don't Even, YouTube (Video), published May 9, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "The Oracle series features three kinds of Leevers: red, orange, and blue." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 189)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 189 (TAoL | OoT | MM | FSA | TMC | TP | ALBW | TFH)
- "Leever. Watch its movements closely and let it go by!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "You know about the Leever, right? It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
- "Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29)
- n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "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)