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Not to be confused with Mice.
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Rat from Twilight Princess
Other Media
Habitat(s)Dark areas

Rats are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are shadow-dwelling creatures, preferring dank, maze-like sewers, holes in walls, and dark rooms.


A Link to the Past


In A Link to the Past, Rats can be found in the Sewer Passageway below Hyrule Castle while Link is escorting Princess Zelda to the Sanctuary. They can also be found in various locations around Hyrule.

The Wind Waker

Tingle's Comment



It's a Rat! Don't let it hit you or you will drop Rupees! Tingle loves Rupees!

In The Wind Waker, Rats can steal Rupees when attacking Link, dropping them upon their defeat. If Bomb Flowers are found in the same room, Rats will pick them up and toss them at Link. These Rats are known as Bombchu.[2] If Link throws All-Purpose Bait at their nests, they will sell different items to him, such as Arrows and Bombs.[3]

Rat (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Habitat: Forsaken Fortress
Favorite Food: All-Purpose Bait

These creatures attack spontaneously and attempt to steal Rupees. The ones that carry bombs around are apparently known as Bombchus.

Four Swords Adventures

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Rats can sometimes be found gnawing on skulls. Another type of Rats, called Ghoul Rats, cling onto Link, preventing him from running and jumping off platforms. When they cling to Wolf Link, Midna will become uneasy, looking down nervously at the Ghoul Rats covering Link's body. Ghoul Rats can only be seen and destroyed when using Link's wolf senses. A Spin Attack can be used to remove all at once.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Rats usually appear from small holes in walls. They generally act as simple obstacles and are easily defeated in one hit.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Rats sometimes carry a Small Key, so Link must defeat them in order to obtain it. If one gets near a Phantom possessed by Princess Zelda, she will scream and cower, not being able to move again until Link defeats it. During the first phase of the fight with Malladus, Chancellor Cole attacks Phantom Zelda with ghostly Rats that tend to attack her. If one of these Rats hits Zelda, Cole will take control of her, forcing Zelda to attack Link.

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, Rats appear in the Secret Passage that Link uses to get inside the Sanctuary after Yuga locks the doors. Dark Rats, a bigger, stronger variation, also appear mostly in Lorule.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, there are two varieties of Rats; however, they have no difference except for their color. Blue Rats tend to appear in the Ice Cavern, and sometimes hide inside Snowballs. Gray Rats are generally found in The Ruins.

Other Appearances

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

In Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, Rats appear in different varieties.


Shiyou Rats are the weakest and most common variety, found in Hometown Prairie, Sunshine Seashore, and the Pirate Hideaway. They are not aggressive and tend to avoid Tingle if he goes near them. They are the weakest enemy in the game and regularly drop Bones. One of the Pirates owns a pet Pat called Ratty.

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Chu Rats are larger, stronger versions of Shiyou Rats and also appear in Hometown Prairie and Sunshine Seashore. They are much more aggressive than the smaller variety and squeak and charge at Tingle when they see him.

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Rotten Rats are found only in the Pirate Hideaway. They are dark purple in color, aggressive, and much stronger than any other kind of Rat. They also only drop Rupees when defeated.

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Gold Rats are rarely found at the Hometown Prairie in place of Shiyou Rats. As with all the rare gold enemies, they drop a large number of Rupees when defeated.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name
Rat Shiyou Rat Chu Rat Rotten Rat Gold Rat
Japan Japanese グーズ (Gūzu) シヨウネズミ (Shiyou Nezumi) チュウネズミ (Chū Nezumi) クサレネズミ (Kusare Nezumi) キンイロネズミ (Kin'iro Nezumi)
French Republic FrenchEU Rat teigneux
Federal Republic of Germany German Ratte Triforce piece.png
Italian Republic Italian Topo
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Rata


See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 200 (ALttP | TWW | TWWHD | FSA | TP | TPHD | PH | ST | ALBW | TFH)
  2. "These creatures attack spontaneously and attempt to steal Rupees. The ones that carry bombs around are apparently known as Bombchu." — Nintendo Gallery Figurine (The Wind Waker)
  3. "If you spread bait near their nest, they may share their store of treasure with you." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)