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Moa

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Moa
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Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Graveyards
Old Kasuto
Valley of Death
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Effective Weapon(s)Magical Sword
Sword Beam
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The Moa is a flaming eyeball ghost that appears in The Adventure of Link.

The Adventure of Link Manual Comment

The Adventure of Link

Moa

A ghost that flies over the graveyard. You can't see all of them unless you have a cross.

Characteristics and Weaknesses

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Their movement pattern is similar to that of other ghost enemies such as Ghini and Poes, floating from left to right and swooping erratically to close in on Link. Every time a Moa collides with Link, he loses not only a moderately large amount of health, but also a few experience points.[1] Moas attempt to swarm Link in large numbers. The best way to defeat these flying spirits is to use either the Up or Down Thrust.

The red Moa found in Western Hyrule is slightly weaker and can be seen by anybody, but the blue Moa found in Eastern Hyrule is stronger and invisible to Link unless he has the Cross.[2] These invisible Moa also appear in Old Kasuto with a purple coloration, but are the same strength as the standard blue variety.

Fiery Moa

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Fiery Moa[3] only appear in the Palaces, and act quite differently to their overworld relatives. Instead of swooping at Link, they will fly overhead and usually out of reach and float straight above Link's path, dropping flames from behind it as it does. The flames will drop to the ground and burn for awhile before disappearing, blocking Link's path and causing a lot of trouble if other enemies are nearby. Fiery Moa can usually only be reached and destroyed by using the Jump Spell.

Non-canon Appearances

Captain N: The Game Master

Moas appear in the "Quest for the Potion of Power" episode of Captain N: The Game Master. While Link, Princess Zelda, and Kevin are in a graveyard, a large group of Moas suddenly appear. Although the heroes are successful in defeating various Moas, they decide to run away as they cannot hope to defeat all of them, and they leave the Moa-infested graveyard via a tunnel that leads to the Island Palace.[4]

Trivia

  • Moa are based on the concept of a Hitodama, a ghostly ball of flame that represents a deceased human soul in Japanese folklore.
  • The Girubokku enemies from the same game greatly resemble Moas in being giant floating eyeballs. However, they fight rather differently, traveling around the screen for a short distance before opening their single great eye, which is Link's only opening to attack, and do not appear to be ghosts.
  • The Graveyard found in the Death Mountain Area, which was home to Ghini in The Legend of Zelda, is instead home to red Moa by the time of The Adventure of Link.
  • In the Famicom Disk System version of the game, Moa do not steal experience points.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese モア
ファイアモア
Moa
Fire Moa
Federal Republic of Germany German Moa

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References

  1. "Moa are large disconnected eyeballs who are mysteriously able to fly through the air. They have no mouths or claws, but the lubrication which coats their external membranes is toxic to the touch."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, .
  2. "A ghost that flies over the graveyard. You can't see all of them unless you have a cross." (Adventure of Link manual, pg. 29)
  3. "Inside Link encounters the Fiery Moa, and though later he will battle this creature, for now he decides to leave it alone." (Nintendo Power Volume 5 (Nintendo of America Inc.), pg. 10)
  4. "Hurry! The tunnel entrance is right around here someplace!" — Link (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 16 )