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This article is about the generic non-elemental bubble that only appears in certain games. For the other varieties of Bubbles, see the links at the bottom.
Bubble (The Legend of Zelda)
Artwork of a Bubble from The Legend of Zelda
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Appearances The Legend of Zelda
The Adventure of Link
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Twilight Princess
Spirit Tracks

Bubbles (バブル Baburu?) are recurring enemies in the Legend of Zelda series. They appear as skulls clothed in a fire-like aura that hover about and damage Link by running into him. Although regular Bubbles are the most common, it should be noted that there are many other types of Bubbles in the series.

Of note is that the "infantile" form of the Blue Stalfos from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages closely resembles a Bubble—especially those of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This may imply a close relationship between Bubbles and Stalfos.


The Legend of Zelda

Bubbles float randomly around dungeons. They have the appearance of skulls inside bubbles, and are completely invulnerable. In the First Quest, Bubbles flash red and blue; if Link touches one, he takes no damage, but will become jinxed, meaning he cannot use his sword for several seconds unless he plays the Recorder. In the Second Quest, Bubbles come in two additional varieties, red and blue. If Link touches a red Bubble, he is unable to use his sword unless he then touches a blue Bubble; this sometimes necessitates leaving the room and finding a room which contains a Bubble of the correct color. He can also regain the use of his sword if he visits a Fairy Pond, drinks Life Potion or 2nd Potion, or acquires a Triforce fragment.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Bubbles appear as skulls inside a flickering bubble. They float around rooms in diagonal patterns, bouncing ninety degrees when they hit a corner. When they hit Link, they damage both his health and his magic ability. Some move very slowly, while others move very quickly. Unlike in the original game, Bubbles in this game can be killed, possibly due to Link becoming more mature and powerful than the previous game, but they must be hit many times and give Link 50 experience. A second kind of Bubble, called the King Bubble, is much larger and appearing as a skull with horns. When slain, it splits into two regular Bubbles.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Blue Bubbles were able to jinx Link, which caused him to be unable to use his sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

Bubble (Oracle of Ages and Seasons)

Bubbles move slowly around the room vertically and horizontally, and are capable of changing direction at will. They cannot be defeated by any weapon, and will temporarily render Link unable to use his sword if he should run into one. Interestingly, the Fool's Ore can in fact be used to defeat Bubbles, but it cannot be put to actual use unless a cheat device is used to regain the Fool's Ore after Link discards it.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Bubble (Twilight Princess)

Bubbles are skulls with bat-like wings, and often hide among regular Skulls as camouflage. When struck, they lose their wings and try to hop away until they regain them. Regular Bubbles do not have any special properties, but follow the same attack pattern as the Ice and Red Bubbles.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Bubble (Spirit Tracks)

Bubbles are found only in the Forest Temple and are covered in the noxious purple gas exclusive to the dungeon. The purple gas will harm Link if he touches it, and must be blown away using the Whirlwind. These types of bubbles are the only type in the game that actually try to avoid Link once they are vulnerable.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

While Bubbles did not appear in this game, Dark Keese resemble animated bat skeletons, making them similar to Bubbles in concept; they also carry the ability to curse, identical to Blue Bubbles from The Wind Waker. However, Dark Keese behavior and attack patterns are identical to other Keese in that they wait silently in groups until disturbed, where small groups will then attack Link all at once.

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.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

The enemies Bonehead were similar to Bubbles. Both of them share a few notable similaritites including wings and growing the wings whenever it is approached.

Link's Crossbow Training

In the final battle of this game, Link faces off with the Stallord in the Gerudo Desert. The fight takes three stages, during which the monster spews projectiles at Link; during the second and third stages, these projectiles include Bubbles, who fly out and attack.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Red and Blue Bubbles appear as enemies in Smash Run. Red Bubbles cause fire damage and are weak to water attacks, while Blue Bubble can freeze fighters that touch them and are weak to fire attacks.

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

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