Crabs are a recurring race of animals in the Legend of Zelda series. They are enemies in several games. These oversized crabs are often found on beaches and shores. Though they are nimble, they can easily be defeated with a sword attack.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Crab (A Link to the Past)

Crabs are found in the Light World, along the shores of Lake Hylia and just outside Zora's Lake. Although they are easy to defeat, they deal a significant amount of damage if they should hit Link. This, combined with their quick sideways walking speed, makes them a fairly dangerous enemy, especially early in the game before Link has obtained many Heart Containers. They are also an answer to a clue in the Quest for the Whirlwind Sword Attack in the Game Boy Advance port.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Crab (Link's Awakening)

Crabs are found on Toronbo Shores. They lack the attack power of their counterparts in A Link to the Past; however, they retain their quickness and random movement pattern.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Crab (Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons)

Crabs can be found on Crescent Island, located in the south-eastern part of the map. They lack the attack power of their counterparts in A Link to the Past and should pose little threat to Link. They are still quick and unpredictable.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

A few Crabs can be found on the Western Coast. They have a nearly identical appearance to their Link's Awakening counterparts.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Crabs are not actually enemies and cannot harm Link. Rather, they are more like real crabs and simply scurry about on the beach. When Link approaches one of the crabs, it buries itself in sand. They are primarily found on the beaches on the various islands scattered about the Great Sea. Strangely, if Link attempts to attack a crab with his sword, Rupees will pop out of the place where the Crab buries itself.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Crabs can be found along the shores of various locations throughout Link's adventure, predominantly in The Coast stage of Eastern Hyrule. If Link comes near one, it will rush at him horizontally, but they will never move vertically.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Crabs appear identical to their A Link to the Past counterparts.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Crabs are not actually enemies and cannot harm Link. Three types of crabs appear in the game: Bright-Eyed, Ironshell, and Razorclaw Crabs. They are collectible ingredients classified as "seafood" and can be cooked with monster parts and rhino beetles providing the same effect to make elixirs, or to prepare more elaborated dishes such as Crab Risotto. Cooking them with monster parts alone generally results in the failed dish, Dubious Food. Link can also take their picture to add them to the Creatures section of the Hyrule Compendium, though each crab has the same Hyrule Compendium description as their item description.


Bright-Eyed Crab
"This crab appears in large numbers when it rains. One bite of its delectable meat, and you'll forget all your exhaustion. Replenishes your stamina when cooked into a dish."
— Hyrule Compendium description
Ironshell Crab
"This crab's shell is particularly hard. When cooked into a dish, its fat and meat bolster the body to increase your defense."
— Hyrule Compendium description
Razorclaw Crab
"This crab is well known for its exceptionally sharp pincers. When cooked, the strength compound in its claws will increase your attack power."
— Hyrule Compendium description

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