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Podoboo in Four Swords
Habitat(s)Side-scrolling caves
Effective Weapon(s)Sword (FS)

Podoboos are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are directly based on the Lava Bubble enemies (previously known as Podoboos) of the Mario series.

Like the Lava Bubbles of the Mario series, Podoboos serve as obstacles in the shape of fireballs that jump out of pools of lava or fire, mainly in side-scrolling areas such as those in Link's Awakening and the Oracle series. This can become an issue when Link is using the Roc's Feather or Cape to clear over fiery pools. As obstacles, they are invincible to attacks.


Link's Awakening


In Link's Awakening, Podoboos appear in the lava-filled underground passages of Turtle Rock. They constantly jump out of pools of lava that Link must pass over by jumping with the Roc's Feather and using the moving lifts. They attempt to knock Link into the lava below as they leap up, and must be avoided.

Oracle series

In the Oracle series, like those in Link's Awakening, Podoboos leap out of pools of lava in an attempt to knock Link into it. Link must safely clear these lava pools and the enemies by using the Roc's Cape and moving platforms provided. In Oracle of Seasons, Podoboos leap out of such lava pools in the side-scrolling tunnel of the fire-themed floor of the Sword & Shield Maze. They are accompanied by Keese as further obstructions. In Oracle of Ages, Podoboos only appear during the battle with Head Thwomp, the second boss of the game. The boss will sometimes release these enemies out from the top of its head, more commonly when Link is above it while riding the spinning platforms.

Podoboo Tower are a much more common variety that appears in both games. These Podoboos take on pillar-like forms instead, and emerge to release fireballs as opposed to leaping out of lava.

Four Swords

In Four Swords, Podoboos no longer appear in side-scrolling areas, but continue to inhabit fiery areas with pools of lava. They leap out of certain pits of lava onto land where the Links are, and bounce around as they attack. Unlike Podoboos from previously, they can be attacked with the Sword. Striking a Podoboo will split it into two smaller Podoboos that will fly off. They appear in the Hero's Door stage of the Hero's Trial.

Gouen, the boss of Death Mountain, is a similar fireball enemy that greatly resembles a Podoboo.



TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 溶岩バブル (Yōgan Baburu) Lava Bubble
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Winder (FS)


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