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Bow-Wow
Bow-Wow
Artwork of a Bow-Wow from Link's Awakening
First appearance A Link to the Past (1992)
Appears in A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Four Swords
Four Swords Adventures
Homeland (A Link to the Past)
Hyrule
(Link's Awakening)
Koholint Island
(Four Swords)
Hyrule
(Four Swords Adventures)
Hyrule
"Ahem! Really, I must insist that you not bring that awful beast in here! Leave that creature outside and then we can talk! Good Bye!"
Richard

Bow-Wows (ワンワン Wan-Wan?) are recurring creatures in the Legend of Zelda series. They are spherical, toothed animals that lunge at their enemies to attack. Depending on the game, Bow-Wows serve as both enemies and allies. Interestingly, Bow-Wows act very similarly to domesticated dogs. The "chain" that is a part of their bodies serve as a sort of leash for the holder. They also occasionally emit sounds similar to a dog's bark.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Bow-Wow (A Link to the Past)

Bow-Wows are enemies. They appear mainly in Turtle Rock, and are completely immune to all of Link's items. Their primary attack is to swiftly lunge at Link, dealing heavy damage. Bow-Wows also appear in the entrance to the Palace of the Four Sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Bow-Wow (Link's Awakening)

Three Bow-Wows are the pets of Madam MeowMeow. After Link completes the first dungeon, Tail Cave, one Bow-Wow is stolen by a pack of Moblins and must be rescued from the Moblin Cave in order to continue onward to the Bottle Grotto. Once rescued, Link can utilize its chain as a leash, and Bow-Wow will attack all that oppose Link. Link can use this effect to destroy the Goponga Flower surrounding the Bottle Grotto. Link must return Bow-Wow to Madam MeowMeow before he can complete the Kanalet Castle side quest, as Richard will not speak to him and Kiki will not accept the Bananas Link offers him until he does so. Bow-Wow will also tell Link to dig if he is standing over an area that has a Secret Seashell.

Other Bow-Wows in the game include a few friendly, miniature yet identical creatures that appear unchained in a couple of buildings. One of these, Mini Bow-Wow, is portrayed as a female who, unusually, can speak and sports a Ribbon in her hair. She gives Link a can of Dog Food in exchange for the ribbon that she wears.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

One Bow-Wow appears in Vaati's Palace as an item. Bow-Wow gives one Link an advantage over the others because he can attack enemies and allies. He steals Rupees from the latter.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

One Bow-Wow appears to the north of Kakariko Village as an enemy.

Non-canonical appearances

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

Hyrule Warriors

Chain Chomps are set to appear in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

Origin

Bow-Wows are likely a renamed version of the famous Mario series enemy, Chain Chomps.

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