Thwomps are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. Their name and appearance comes from the Thwomp enemies of the Mario series. Thwomps in Link's Awakening and Oracle of Seasons share their appearance, size and Japanese name with the smaller Thwimps instead.
Like the Thwomps in the Mario series, these enemies drop down when Link comes near, attempting to crush him beneath their weight. They are encountered in side-scrolling areas of dungeons, and are invincible to all forms of attack.
In Link's Awakening, Thwomps are found in the underground passage of the Face Shrine. They are small in appearance and have a single eye. Like the larger Thwomps encountered earlier on Link's quest, they drop down when Link approaches. This can be predicted when the Thwomp glares down below it, just before falling. In the GBC remake their faces turn red before falling. Thwomps drop very quickly when approached and are invulnerable to all attacks, requiring that Link move fast in evading them. They can only be evaded while dashing with the Pegasus Boots, as Link will otherwise be too slow to walk past them normally. As their bodies are covered in spikes, they also cannot be jumped on with the Roc's Feather without sustaining damage.
Oracle of Seasons
In Oracle of Seasons, Thwomps appear identically to those in Link's Awakening. They drop down from the ceiling when Link comes near and cannot be defeated. As they drop down too quickly for Link to evade normally, Link must use instead Pegasus Seeds to move past them quickly.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, Thwomps are much larger and behave in a similar manner to Spiked Thwomps. When approached, they drop from a huge height above to crush the Links underneath them. Unlike the smaller Thwomps, as its surface is smooth, Link will not sustain any damage simply by touching them, and can climb on top of one to reach other areas. They appear in the Tower of Winds. Their appearance is much more reminiscent of the Mega Thwomp in Link's Awakening.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||コトン (Koton)||Onomatopoeia for a light collison|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 209 (LA | LADX | OoS | FSA)