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Yiga Footsoldier

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Yiga Footsoldier
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Melee attacks

Yiga Footsoldiers are enemies in Breath of the Wild.[1]


Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

134 (139) Yiga Footsoldier
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The lowest-ranked members of the Yiga Clan. They've been dispatched all across Hyrule with a single task: seek out Link and end his life. They're a crafty bunch, sometimes disguising themselves as simple travelers or villagers to get the jump on you. Be wary of suspicious people you encounter. They're very agile and carry a bow and a one-handed sword.
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Yiga Footsoldiers are members of the Yiga Clan who follow their leader, Master Kohga.[2] They are always hunting Link down, attempting to assassinate him and stop his quest to defeat Calamity Ganon. Yiga Footsoldiers can be found all over Hyrule, usually appearing disguised as travelers, transforming into Yiga Footsoldiers after Link speaks to them. After defeating Master Kohga, they might also appear out of thin air to ambush Link.[3] They will sometimes attempt to entice Link by selling Mighty Bananas,[4] only to attack him regardless. Yiga Footsoldiers will often teleport around the area, shooting Link with a Duplex Bow and leaving themselves open to attack while aiming. If wielding either a Vicious Sickle or a Demon Carver, they will teleport above Link and Down Thrust into the ground with their weapon, telegraphing the attack with a glowing red ring of nine Hylian Letters. These letters parallel the nine Sheikah letters preceding some of Monk Maz Koshia's attacks. While infiltrating their hideout, Yiga Blademasters will summon Footsoldiers if Link is spotted out. When defeated, Yiga Footsoldiers will teleport away, dropping their weapon and leaving behind a random amount of Mighty Bananas and Rupees.

It is possible that the Yiga Footsoldiers were inspired by the Eyes of Ganon from The Adventure of Link, since they both disguise themselves as travelers or townspeople before attacking when approached by Link.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Though Yiga Footsoldier's do not appear directly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, items resembling the attire worn by Yiga Footsoldiers known as the Yiga Clan Mask and the Yiga Clan Outfit appear as a Mii Headgear for all Mii Fighters and a Mii Outfit for Mii Swordfighters respectively. Mii Swordfighters disguised as Yiga Footsoldiers appear in Sheik's and Zelda's Classic Mode Routes, "Masquerade" and "Wisdom Prevails", with the latter appearance referencing the Yiga Footsoldiers' goal of assassinating Zelda in Breath of the Wild.


See Also


  1. "Yiga Footsoldier" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Begone, enemy of my maaaaster!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I'll send you to join Master Kohga!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Just take a look at these fine bananas! Buy them up quick before you've missed your chance!" — Traveler (Breath of the Wild)