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A Pengator from A Link Between Worlds
Other Media
Habitat(s)Ice Palace (ALttP)
Frozen Hyrule (FSA)
Ice Ruins (ALBW)
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
Fire Rod

Pengators are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[2] They appear as a hybrid of alligator and penguin. They can be found in the cold regions of Hyrule.


Usually residing in the freezing catacombs of the Ice Palace dungeon, they make their domain on sheets of ice, which aids their assaults and causes difficulty for their prey. They lunge at their quarry at high speeds, sliding across the ice on their stomachs with their mouths open, showing their razor-sharp fangs.

Pengators usually appear in large numbers, attempting to overwhelm Link, if possible. He must dodge the attacks of the Pengators and then strike them with his sword several times to kill them. This, however, is probably the least efficient way to dispose of them; instead, Link may wait for them to line up and and come at him, then use the Hookshot, to which they have a particular weakness, to kill them instantly. The Fire Rod is also effective, particularly in Four Swords Adventures and A Link Between Worlds, where it will also destroy them in one hit. The Bombos is useful against large packs. Although Pengators do have wings, they cannot use them to fly, and while they appear on frozen lakes, no signs of them swimming have been witnessed.

Other Appearances

Ancient Stone Tablets


  • Pengators have some similarities to the mythical Kappa of Japanese folklore, particularly their bald heads surrounded by tufts of white hair-like feathers, their beaks, and their seemingly amphibious nature. Pengators, particularly the ones in Four Swords Adventures, also resemble the Northern Rockhopper Penguin.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ファンギン (Fangin) Fanguin
Federal Republic of Germany German Pengator


See Also


  1. "Pengators slide across icy surfaces on their stomachs to attack." (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 197)
  2. "PENGATOR" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 391 (ALttP&FS))