Manhandla artwork from Four Swords
Poisonous Tree (HW)
|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
Oracle of Seasons
Four Swords Adventures
|Other Media||BS The Legend of Zelda|
|Dungeon(s)||Level-3, Level-4, Level-8|
Sea of Trees
The Coast, Frozen Hyrule, Realm of the Heavens
Manhandla is a recurring boss in The Legend of Zelda series. Although not mentioned in the international release, the Japanese manual describes it as a "four-limbed, jumbo-sized" Piranha Plant, making it the first reference to the Mario series to appear in The Legend of Zelda.
The defining characteristic of the Manhandla is its four symmetrical mouths, which are its weak points. As with all incarnations of Manhandlas, as each mouth is dispelled, the entire form picks up speed, reaching its maximum velocity upon destruction of the third mouth; after defeating all four of them, the Manhandla will be defeated.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
Manhandla is the third boss of The Legend of Zelda. It is a large, spinning, man-eating flower with the ability to spit fireballs. The flower will try to devour Link with its four "hands" as Link tries to dispose of it. The "hands" weigh the boss down, causing it to move slowly and allowing Link to either slash at them with his sword or explode them with Bombs. As each hand is destroyed, the beast gains more speed. A cleverly placed bomb at the center of the flower will rid the boss of all four hands in a single blow. Killing Manhandla will earn Link the third piece of the Triforce of Wisdom.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons, Manhandla is the boss of the Ancient Ruins, the sixth dungeon. Manhandla starts out by spitting four fireballs at Link. The flowers can only be damaged by the Magical Boomerang when they are open. When Manhandla loses all four flowers, it runs around the room very fast. Link has to continually hit Manhandla with the Magical Boomerang to expose its core. At that point, Link has a small amount of time to use his Sword to destroy Manhandla's core and defeat it. Link receives a Heart Container and the Blowing Wind, the sixth Essence of Nature, for destroying Manhandla.
Note that the body is now a large Buzz Blob, very similar to the Giant Buzz Blob mini-boss from the Color Dungeon in Link's Awakening and to the Big Green ChuChu boss of the Deepwood Shrine in The Minish Cap. Also note that the four plant heads now look and act very similar to the Mario series's Piranha Plant, reflecting its origins as a relative.
In Four Swords, Manhandla is a large multi-headed plant that serves as the boss of the Sea of Trees. At the start of the battle, the Big Manhandla will have two to four heads that will change colors depending on the number Links. As the blossomed heads circle around the battlefield, the corresponding Links must attack the flowers that matches their tunic while dodging the small green stones that Manhandla begins to shoot. Once all of the flowers have been defeated, two Pull Levers will appear on the sides of Manhandla. The Links must pull these simultaneously to reveal the blossom, at which point two different-colored flowers will appear. The same-colored Links must then strike the corresponding flower at the same time to damage it. If Manhandla is not defeated the first time the blossom is revealed, it will become more aggressive and will start to shoot seeds at the Links, trying to impede them from pulling the levers.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, Manhandla appears in The Coast, Frozen Hyrule and Realm of the Heavens, as either a Boss or Mini-Boss. The strategy is the same as in The Legend of Zelda, but the claws are different colors, and the Link of the corresponding color must strike the claw to destroy it. It takes one hit to weaken each claw, but if one of the Links get struck by it or hits the wrong head, Manhandla will spit fire from all four heads and they will grow to full size again. The Links must to repeat the process in that case. Once all the claws have become smaller it will be destroyed.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| テスチタート (Tesuchitāto) (TLoZ, OoS)
デグチタート (Degu Chitāto) (FS, FSA)
猛毒邪触樹テスチタート (Mōdoku Jashokuju Tesuchitāto) (HW)
| Testitart (TLoZ, OoS)|
Big Titart (FS, FSA)
Venomous Evil-Tentacled Tree: Testitart (HW)
Manhandla pianta velenosa (HW)
|Korean||맹독사촉수 데스치타트 (Maengdok Sachoksu Deseuchitateu) (HWL)||Venomous Evil-Tentacled Tree: Death Chitart (HWL)|
- "４方向に手を持つ大型のパックンフラワー。手が減るごとに速い動きになる。ややつよい攻撃力を持つ。" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
- "A large man-eating flower with hands sticking out in all four directions. It moves faster as it loses its hands. It's pretty mean. So, watch out!" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- "After you destroy all four flowers of the boss, Manhandla, with the Boomerang, the stem will move around the room in a figure-eight pattern." (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Player's Guide (Nintendo of America), pg. 45)
- "Attack the flower that matches your tunic!" — N/A (Four Swords)
- "Pull them both to reveal the blossom!" — N/A (Four Swords)