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Effective Weapon(s)Hookshot
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Vires are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] Appearing as entities made up of Keeses, they tend to live in areas of darkness, like their Keese relatives, and even tend to split into Keese when injured.


The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda

Vire & Keese

Vire is a devil that controls the Keeses. When Link cuts it with his sword, it turns into two Keeses. Keeses have little attacking power, but Vire is a little stronger.

First encountered in The Legend of Zelda, Vires are large, blue devils,[2] encountered only in labyrinths. When harmed, they split into two red-colored Keeses,[3] which float around the room like regular Keese. After dispatching the red Keeses, if Link exits and immediately returns to a room, the Vires will all be back, since they haven't truly been killed. If it is hurt by an Arrow, the Magical Sword, or any weapon which does at least four damage, it will be defeated without splitting up into Keeses. When defeated, Vires may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, four Bombs or a Clock.[note 1]

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, these rare and fast flying creatures appear in only the Turtle Rock, swooping down at random to try and harm Link. They fly around shooting Fireballs, which can be blocked with a Sword swipe. After having several projectiles blocked, the Vire will swoop down at Link. Three blows will take it out, and cause it to explode into two Big Keese. The easiest way to defeat these monsters is to use Link's Hookshot. A zap from the Magic Rod kills it without causing it to split.

Oracle of Seasons

Appearing in both Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, this red bat plays the role of henchman to both Veran and General Onox, and uses the red Vire design from Link's Awakening. Depending on which game is played first, Vire will begin as an underling of the villain Link is currently up against. Vire also appears at various points during Linked Games to cause various trouble. In both games he is the mini-boss in the sixth dungeon, the Ancient Ruins or the Mermaid's Cave. He will fly around evading Link and firing energy balls at him. After hitting him several times, he will split into two smaller bats. One swipe of Link's Sword takes both bats down.

Non-canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Vires from the animated series

Vires appear in three episodes of The Legend of Zelda TV series. In "Sing for the Unicorn", when Link confronts Ganon and demands that he let King Harkinian free, the Vires that were accompanying the evil wizard begin to attack the young hero. Link Zaps a few with the Crissword until three of them grab him and lift him into the air, allowing Ganon to escape on a Unicorn with the king. Link eventually manages to free himself from the Vires and goes after Ganon by grabbing onto the Unicorn's tail, but the evil wizard zaps Link, causing him to lose his grip and begins to fall to his death. However, Link manages to survive the fall partially due to him grabbing onto the feet of Vires that were on his way down.

In "Underworld Connections", three Vires fly towards the chamber where the Triforce of Wisdom is being kept and place a bomb near the sacred relic.[5] Zelda realizes that they plan to blow up the Triforce with a bomb so that they will be able to carry it back to the Underworld.[6] Although Link rushes over to stop the monsters,[7] he is knocked over by the explosion of the bomb and is rescued just in time by Zelda. The young duo make it in time to zap one of the Vires carrying a shard of the Triforce, but the other two manage to get away into the Underworld.[8] Thinking quickly, Zelda remembers that, since all of the pieces of the Triforce are magically linked, if Link shoots a sword beam into the shard that they currently have, it will go through the two others and zap the Vires.[9] The two Vires are effectively defeated, but due to the foes taking separate ways to the Underworld, one of the pieces falls into the Black Falls and another one into a lava area.[10]

In their final appearance in "The Moblins are Revolting", the Vires are part of the Brotherhood of Underworld Monsters and are one of the many foes who try to get revenge on Link and Zelda. In one particular scene, a Goriya orders several Vires to carry Octoroks so that they can fly above the North Castle walls and bomb the inside.


  • Gomess is another entity made up of bat-like creatures called Bad Bats.


Vire may be a contraction of the word "Vampire."

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バイア (Baia) Vire
French Republic FrenchEU Vire -
Federal Republic of Germany German Vire -
Italian Republic Italian Vire -



  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.[4]


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 211 (TLoZ | LA | LADX | OoS | OoA)
  2. "Vire is a devil that controls the Keeses." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35)
  3. "When Link cuts it with his sword, it turns into two Keeses." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35)
  4. n.a., Forced Drops, redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. "Link, look! Those Vires, they're after the Triforce!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
  6. "Not if they blow it apart. That one's got a bomb!" — Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
  7. "On my way, princess!" — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
  8. "They're getting away! Stop them!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
  9. "I got it! Since all of the pieces of the Triforce are magically linked, if you shoot a zap into this one, it'll go through to the others and zap the Vires!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
  10. "I hope so. Yes, I think so. Oh, see? This side feels wet and this side--ow!--feels hot. So that means one piece must have fallen somewhere wet, and the other piece is somewhere hot." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
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