Artwork of Manhandla from Four Swords
Poisonous Tree (HW)
|Dungeon(s)||Level-3 (TLoZ) |
Ancient Ruins (OoS)
Sea of Trees (FS)
The Coast (FSA)
Frozen Hyrule (FSA)
Realm of the Heavens (FSA)
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 destroying all four mouths, the Manhandla is defeated.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment
Manhandla appears as the Boss of Level-3 of the First Quest in The Legend of Zelda. It defends a fragment of the Triforce of Wisdom. It also appears in Level-4 and Level-8 of the First Quest as well as Level-2, Level-5, Level-6, and Level-7 of the Second Quest. Manhandla is a large, spinning, man-eating flower with the ability to spit fireballs. Link must destroy all four of its hands to defeat it. Each hand has a health of 4, totaling the beast at 16 health. Manhandla is immune to the Boomerang and Fire. Link can damage it with his Sword, Arrows, the Magical Rod, or Bombs. Bombs are effective, as one Bomb is strong enough to destroy a hand, allowing Link to destroy all four hands with one Bomb if it detonates in its center. As each hand is destroyed, the Manhandla increases its speed and spits fireballs at a faster rate. The Magical Shield cannot defend Link from Manhandla's fireballs. When Manhandla is accompanied by Stone Statues, the Statues also increase their rate of fire as each hand is destroyed. When defeated, Manhandla will drop a Heart Container and may drop either a Heart, a Fairy, or one Rupee.[note 1]
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. Once Manhandla has been defeated, it will yield Rupees and open the portal to the Great Fairy of Forest, where each of the Links receives one of the Great Keys as a reward.
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.
- Although not mentioned in the international release, the Japanese manual of The Legend of Zelda describes Manhandla as a "four-limbed, jumbo-sized" Piranha Plant, making it the first reference to the Mario series to appear in the Zelda series.
|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)|
- 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.
- "Manhandla" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 122 (TLoZ) & 249 A Link to the Past & Four Swords)
- "A large man-eating flower with hands sticking out in all four directions." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- "It moves faster as it loses its hands." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "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)
- "That boy...His hand bears the sacred mark. I must inform General Onox!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 116)
- "The rest is up to you, crow." (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 116)
- "It's the flower monster, Manhandla!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
- "I don't want to be digested! Link, heeelp!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
- "It swallowed Piyoko!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
- "What have you done to Piyoko?! Tornado punch!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 122)
- "I can't let the forest be taken over...By monsters like you!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 122)
- "Maybe the Maku Tree's seeds can help!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 124)
- "I-It's burning up!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 124)
- "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)