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Tektite
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Blue Tektite artwork from Ocarina of Time
Game(s)
Other Media
Habitat(s)Hyrule Field
Lake Hylia
Death Mountain
Zora's River
Water Temple
Mount Crenel
Goron Mines
Lakebed Temple
Isle of Ember
Secret Fortress
Cove of Transition
Water Temple (Tri Force Heroes)
Effective Weapon(s)Sword
Projectiles
Hookshot
SpoilsHeart (TLoZ)
Fairy (TLoZ)
One Rupee (TLoZ)
Five Rupees (TLoZ)
Clock (TLoZ)
EXP Points50

Tektites (pronounced /ˈtɛk.taɪt/ TEK-tyt)[1][2] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. Due to their carapaces and spindly legs, some iterations of Tektites closely resemble the Japanese spider crab.

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda

Tektite

These spidery things jump about all over the place. Red ones move about a lot and blue ones move only a little. Tektites have little fighting power.

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Red Tektite

Red Tektite

Lock on to it as it jumps with Z Targeting!

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!

Blue Tektite

Blue Tektite

It's hard to beat on the water. Lure it onto the land!

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Blue Tektite

Don't you know about the Blue Tektite? Use Z Targeting to follow it as it bounces! (MM)

That's a Blue Tektite.
Use L-Targeting to follow it as it bounces! (MM3D)

Characteristics

The Tektite is a jumping, one eyed mite or spider-like creature in all aspects pertaining to appearance and behavior, changing little between games. These foes tend to appear in small to medium groups, and have the tendency to bounce and jump around the landscape as they please. These creatures normally inhabit mountainous areas, dungeons and sometimes lakes, where these regions do little to impede their movement. In The Legend of Zelda, they could jump and scale normally impassable mountain walls.

Certain incarnations of this enemy, such as the Tektites of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, can also skim the surface of water, in the same vein as pond skaters, and could even bounce across it as well.

Tektites typically come in two colored varieties; a red or orange Tektite and a blue tektite. These colors are often used to signify their strengths and behavior. In The Legend of Zelda, the Red Tektites tend to jump a lot, whereas the Blue variety does so very little. When defeated, red Tektites may drop either a Heart, a Fairy or one Rupee, while blue Tektites may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees or a Clock.[note 1]

In Ocarina of Time, the Red Tektite is found on land, while the Blue Tektite is found closer to water in both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Despite their wide range of mobility and adaptability to various surroundings, they are for the most part fragile enemies that are easily and quickly defeated with the simplest of weapons. The Tektites of The Adventure of Link, however, are more hardy in that they are able to shoot fireballs from their eyes and incorporate a nearly impregnable hide.

The Tektite is considered to be a "normal enemy", as it has little health and can be easily defeated with one or two Sword swipes. Projectile weapons, such as the Slingshot, Bow, or Hookshot are also useful, especially for defeating out of reach Tektites such as those that skim on the water. The Tektites of Adventure of Link are highly armored, and resist nearly all attacks save for the Fire Spell. In the Japanese version however, they are considerably weaker and can be killed with the sword. Opposite to The Adventure of Link Tektites, Tektites in Ocarina of Time are immune to Din's Fire. The Megaton Hammer and Goron Link's Ground Pound can flip Tektites onto their backs, in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask respectively.

Tektite (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Appears on Mount Crenel, etc. They move by jumping long distances. Their movement can be unpredictable, so attack them when they are still.

Variations

Water Tektite

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Main article: Water Tektite
A Water Tektite seen in the Oracle titles

Water Tektites are green Tektites which, unlike the Blue Tektites from Ocarina of Time that are also found on earth, are found exclusively skimming on water. This variation appears in Link's Awakening and in the Oracle series. A very similar creature known as Hover exists in A Link to the Past, but is unrelated to Tektites.

Golden Tektite

The Golden Tektite from The Minish Cap
Main article: Golden Monsters

The Golden Tektite is a gold variety of Tektite that appears in The Minish Cap, and is among the Golden Monsters. They appear after certain Kinstone Fusions, and can appear in either Mount Crenel or Veil Falls. Like the other Golden Monsters, it is much more stronger than the normal varieties as it has increased speed, vitality, and is capable of inflicting more damage.

Non-Canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Tektites as seen in the animated series

Tektites make an appearance in two episodes of the The Legend of Zelda TV series. In "The White Knight", various Tektites arrive at the castle and attack Prince Facade. While Facade is taking care of the Tektites, Moblins come in and kidnap Zelda. In "That Sinking Feeling", Tektites are shown to be capable of shooting spider webs out of their mouth. As Link and Zelda are enjoying a picnic, they are interrupted when an Underworld entrance begins to raise and a gang of Tektites come out from it.[4] Link and Zelda are successful in defeating a few of them, but then several Tektites wrap the princess up in spider webs while the young hero loses his Crissword to one of the foes that sneaked up behind him. Link eventually manages to defeat all of the foes and rescue the princess.

The Shadow Prince

In The Shadow Prince, Link encounters various Tektites if he chooses to hide behind a boulder to prevent from being seen by Charles of Moria. Link races up a hill to hide behind the boulder, and just as he dives to hide, he turns around to find a pack of Tektites have surrounded him. He easily defeats one, but is then grabbed by the rest of the monsters. The page ends with a Game Over with the young hero getting killed by the Tektites.

Battle Quest

Tektites appear in Nintendo Land in Battle Quest. They have highly resistant shells, thus requiring that the sword be sliced through the gaps of their shells. The gaps can be either horizontal or vertical, and requires different directional strikes.

The Tektite also appears as one of the 200 Prizes that can be won with Coins. Interacting with the Prize animates the Tektite, and Monita will comment on it.

Monita's Comment

Monita

Tektite

Tektites have built-in gyro-sensors that prevent them from ever getting dizzy. Their shells are highly resistant, so try to slice through the gaps or shoot straight for the eye.

Trivia

  • In the entire overworld of The Minish Cap, there is only one Blue Tektite.
  • As both have the same amount of health, the same vulnerabilities, and the same movement patterns including floating on water, Red and Blue Tektites in Twilight Princess appear to be a rare case of purely cosmetic variants of an enemy.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Tektite Red Tektite Blue Tektite Water Tektite Golden Tektite
Japan Japanese テクタイト 赤テクタイト 青テクタイト ホーバー
ホバー (OoX)
ゴールデンテクタイト
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 玻石虫 红玻石虫 蓝玻石虫
French-speaking countries French Tektite/Araknon Araknon Rouge Araknon Bleu Araknon d'Or
Canada FrenchCA Araknon (OoT3D, MM3D) Araknon rouge (OoT3D) Araknon bleu (OoT3D, MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Arachno Roter Arachno Blauer Arachno Goldener Arachno
Italian Republic Italian Tektite
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Tektite rosso Tektite blu Tektite acquatico Tektite dorato
Republic of Korea Korean 텍타이트
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Tektite dorado
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Tektite
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Tektite (OoT3D, MM3D) Tektite rojo (OoT3D) Tektite azul (OoT3D, MM3D)

Gallery

Notes

  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Recorder, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armoses, Like Likes, Keeses, or Gels will not be counted.[3]

References

  1. "Octoroks, Tektites / Leevers too"The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. "Tektites!"The Legend of Zelda US commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. "It's an underground entrance. We're being attacked!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )