- "This scent that has been burning in my nostrils...it is the scent of evil. There is one powerful creature I have seen about...but under that beast are many minions who attack and plunder like a pack of hyenas. There are 30... No... At most, 20 of them ahead... They are probably just a small band of survivors... Ragged remnants who have settled, leaderless, into this village."
- — Darbus
Bulblins are cowardly and always slavishly follow the strong, and as such, they spend the majority of the game as servants to Zant, and by extent, Ganondorf. They act much like Bokoblins. Bulblins attack with either heavy clubs, or bows with burning arrows. Bulblins also occasionally ride Bullbos, with one Bulblin serving as a rider while the others fire arrows at their targets. The ruler of all Bulblins is King Bulblin. Interestingly, when King Bulblin joins Link, the rest of the Bulblins still attack Link.
Link first encounters Bulblins when they launch an attack on a Spirit Spring near Ordon Village, and is quickly knocked unconscious by one of their clubs. During his quest, Link encounters and defeats hundreds of Bulblins both in Hyrule Field and various dungeons. They are instantly defeated when hit with an arrow, making them some of the weakest humanoid enemies there are.
While mostly serving as enemies in larger battles, Bulblins otherwise seem to serve more as comic relief in the game. This can often be seen in Hyrule Field where Bulblins will sometimes lose control of the Bullbos they are riding. This usually results in them crashing into each other, falling off a cliff, into Lava, or ramming into various obstacles, which will send the riders flying.
Bulblins appear throughout the overworld, and once again use Bullbos as mounts. They chase after Link's Spirit Train on their Bullbos and bombard him from all sides with Bomb Arrows. However, it takes a while for them to aim, and their shots can be stopped by the Cannon. Two shots from the train's Cannon are sufficient to take out both mount and rider.
In Link's Crossbow Training, Bulblins appear as enemy targets.
Bulblins appear as one of the enemy types in Hyrule Warriors. Like in Twilight Princess both melee and ranged Bulblins are present, though the club variation now use wooden shields, and none ride Bullbos. The Bulblin Captains resemble King Bulblin. Bulblin Summoners wear tribal masks. King Bulblin himself appears in certain scenarios on the Twilight Princess DLC Adventure Map.
Bulblins are typically belong to enemy forces, however they occasionally appear as allied units in certain story and Adventure Mode scenarios.
Interestingly, twice in the game's story Lana uses magic orbs of lightning produced by her Book of Sorcery to save someone from being killed by Bulblins (killing the Bulblins and other nearby enemies in the process), as she saves a wounded Hyrulean Soldier from being killed by a Bulblin he had been fighting in The Sorceress of the Woods and she saves Agitha from a horde of Bulblin (including a Bulblin Captain) in Land of Twilight.
On the Bridge of Eldin, a Bulblin can be seen running behind King Bulblin. He explodes if he runs past the bomb dropped by King Bulblin to destroy the bridge, falls off should he not reach the bomb in time, or can be sent flying with enough hits.
|Anjean · Byrne · Chancellor Cole · Link · Malladus · Princess Zelda|
—Full list of characters
|Stagnox · Fraaz · Phytops · Cragma · Byrne · Skeldritch · Demon Train · Chancellor Cole · Malladus|
| Fire Realm · Forest Realm · Ocean Realm · Sand Realm · Snow Realm|
—Full list of locations
|Forest Temple · Snow Temple · Ocean Temple · Fire Temple · Sand Temple · Tower of Spirits|
|Lokomo Sword · Rail Map · Recruit's Sword · Recruit Uniform · Spirit Flute · Spirit Tracks · Spirit Train · Stamp Book · Tears of Light|
|Boomerang · Whip · Whirlwind · Bow · Sand Wand · Bow of Light|
|Anouki · Demon · Goron · Hylian · Lokomo|