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Taros

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Taros
BlueTarosu.png
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Dark World
Ganon's Tower
Lorule
Effective Weapon(s)Various

Taros are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are bull-like soldiers with horned heads found in the Dark World in A Link to the Past and Lorule in A Link Between Worlds.

Characteristics

They have large white eyes and appear in blue or red varieties, each with a different weapon. They attack Link by running into him. Blue Taros wield spears (which appear to have blunted tips), while Red Taros carry tridents, and are usually much more aggressive. The blue ones are the most common and are found spread all over the Dark World and Lorule. Red ones are usually only found inside Ganon's Tower in their initial appearance, although one appears just north of the Village of Outcasts. However, in the sequel, Red Taros are more common in Lorule than the Dark World. The red variety can also take and deal more damage. Although Taros do not have shields, they can block Link's attacks with their weapons.

The behavior of a Taros is almost identical to that of a Soldier in the Light World, and alongside Moblins they appear to be the mainstays of Ganon's army. Despite this, compared to many Dark World enemies, they are quite weak, able to take and deal less damage than most, but they are much more intelligent and persistent than many of them.

Like Soldiers, Taros in A Link Between Worlds drop Rupees corresponding to their color, i.e., if a red Taros drops a Rupee at all, it will be a Red Rupee.

Non-canon Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, a Taros is first briefly seen when Link enters the Palace of Darkness. Another Taros later appears while Link is in the Swamp Palace, where it attacks him from behind along with a Hinox. The foes then shut the entrance to the rest of the palace and impede Link from rescuing the Maiden inside. As Sahasrahla's Grandson watches the battle between Link and the Taros from a fountain in the Light World, the boy accidentally activates the statues that cause water to pour into the fountain. This leads to the Swamp Palace in the Dark World to get flooded, washing away both the Taros and the Hinox, who eventually end up sinking as they struggle with each other.[2]

Trivia

  • Using the Magic Mirror to warp to the Light World from an area that contains blue Taros to an area that contains green Sword Soldiers (such as south of the Haunted Grove) will cause the soldiers to turn purple in color.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese タロス (Tarosu) Taros
French Republic FrenchEU Taros

Gallery

References

  1. "TAROS" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 390)
  2. "GLUB! Let me g-g-go! Your armor...too heavy..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 2)