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Not to be confused with Octo Balloon, a Material in Breath of the Wild.
Octoballoon ALttP.png
Habitat(s)Lake Hylia
Palace of the Four Sword
Effective Weapon(s)All

Octoballoons[1] are rare creatures and an inhabitant of Lake Hylia in A Link to the Past.


As a relative of the Octorok, Octoballoons have a similar appearance, but appear massively bloated and float a short distance above the ground. They will float towards Link before exploding, scattering small Octoroks into the air and across the ground that will hurt Link if he comes into contact with them. They will bounce around before disappearing after a few moments, although they can be destroyed before this happens. A floating Octoballoon will also explode if struck, so there is no way to destroy it safely. It is unclear if an Octoballoon's explosive behavior is simply a bizarre defensive technique of the species or if an Octoballoon is simply part of an unusual reproductive cycle of the Octorok species. Quite notably, Octoballoons can only be found in one single location in A Link to the Past, on the eastern shore of Lake Hylia.

In the Game Boy Advance version of the game however, a single, orange Octoballoon appears in the Palace of the Four Sword alongside orange Octoroks in an icy room on way to the chamber where Link has to defeat Mothula for the second time. It behaves the same as a normal one, but will usually leave behind a smaller number of mini Octoballoons after exploding.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese オクタバルーン (Okutabarūn) Octoballoon
Italian Republic Italian Pallotto Portmanteau of "palla" (ball) and "otto" (eight)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Octoglobo Octoballoon



  1. "You caught an octoballoon! Is this the answer to the riddle?" — (A Link to the Past & Four Swords)