- "I may as well tell you that the bird that kidnapped both you and Link's sister has made its foul nest to the north, on the heights of the Forsaken Fortress."
- — Quill
The Helmaroc King (大怪鳥ジークロック Dai Kaitori Jīku Rokku?, Big Dubious Bird Siege Roc), also known as the Monstrous Helmaroc King, is a recurring character in the Legend of Zelda series. He is depicted as an exceptionally large, antagonistic Kargaroc wearing a steel mask.
The Helmaroc King is a servant of Ganondorf. He is first seen early in the game, flying over Outset Island. He is attempting to kidnap Tetra while her crew gives chase. Eventually, the pirates shoot the Helmaroc King out of the sky and he drops Tetra into the Forest of Fairies. Link goes into the forest, armed, at Aryll's behest.
As Link and Tetra emerge from the forest, the Helmaroc King returns to Outset Island and kidnaps Link's sister, Aryll, whom he supposedly mistakes for Tetra. Quill informs Link and Tetra that the beast resides at the Forsaken Fortress and that is surely where he is taking Aryll. Quill, who witnessed the events, suggests that Tetra's presence at Outset is what endangered Aryll. The pirates then reluctantly agree to escort Link to the fortress with no promise to aid him after he is delivered.
Link successfully infiltrates the Forsaken Fortress, but is eventually captured by the Helmaroc King who throws him into the sea at Ganondorf's request.
Later, Link returns to the Forsaken Fortress for a final time to save Aryll. He manages to reach his sister while Tetra and her pirate gang distract the Helmaroc King. Shortly after Tetra's pirates manage to get the girls out, the Helmaroc King returns to its roost. The roost begins to flood, forcing Link upwards to the top of the tower. After Link knocks the bird down into the water with his Skull Hammer, he reaches the roof. The hatch on the roof closes rapidly, but before it is sealed, the Helmaroc King resurfaces and glides up through the shrinking aperture. Link then exposes its face by smashing away its mask. After Link delivers the coup de grace on the Helmaroc King's exposed comb, it struggles to fly away, but above the fortress and with the searchlights focused on it, it utters a final screech before expiring in an explosion of feathers.
The Helmaroc King is the guardian of The Mountain Path. When the four Links begin traversing The Mountain Path, Kaepora Gaebora warns them of the beast's roost near the summit of Death Mountain. Once the Links reach this area, the Helmaroc King becomes hostile and attempts to prevent them from reaching the Tower of Flames, but is ultimately bested.
The Great Bird, Helmaroc King appears as a giant boss and is vulnerable to the new Hammer item and its Item Power-Up. In Wind Waker: A New Disturbance story scenario, he is leader of the Great Bird Forces (and only member), a Rogue Faction that opposes both the Hyrulean Forces and Monster Forces lead by Boss Blin. After Boss Blin is defeated, Helmaroc King kidnaps Tetra once again carrying her to a new roost in Gerudo Desert. In Wind Waker: The Search for Cia, Helmaroc King returns but now as a member of the Monster Forces (it is implied in dialog that the Monster Forces are simply using him to bolster their forces). Tetra manages to escape from him and after being rescued by Link and Lana, joins the Hyrulean Forces in taking down Helmaroc King.
As part of the Master Wind Waker DLC, Ghirahim's Standard Outfit (Wind Waker) is a Helmaroc King Recolor.
The Helmaroc King appears as a collectible trophy. Interestingly, the description of the trophy states that the Helmaroc King and the Helmasaur King from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are the same entity in different forms. However given the non-canon nature of the Super Smash Bros. series, the validity of this statement is dubious.
The name "Helmaroc King" is likely a portmanteau of helm, referring to the protective headgear it wears, and Roc, a giant bird of Persian mythology. The suffix "-roc" is also used to denote other birdlike enemies throughout the series. The prefix "Helm-" is also used to denote other helmed enemies throughout the series.
Interestingly, its shares its japanese name with Helmasaur King (which may be why both bosses are sometimes claimed to be the same entity).
|Link (x4) · Princess Zelda · Six Maidens · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Phantom Ganon · Helmaroc King · Stone Arrghus · Jalhalla · Dagtail · Frostare · Big Dodongo · Vaati · Ganon|
| Whereabouts of the Wind · Eastern Hyrule · Death Mountain · Near the Fields · The Dark World · The Desert of Doubt · Frozen Hyrule · Realm of the Heavens|
—Full list of locations
|Bomb · Bombos Medallion · Boomerang · Bow · Fire Rod · Four Sword · Lantern · Magic Hammer · Quake Medallion · Shield · Slingshot|
|Blue Bracelet · Carrot · Force Gem · Force Fairy · Heart · Heart Container · Moon Pearl · Pegasus Boots · Power Bracelet · Roc's Feather · Shovel · Small Key|
|Knight Mark · Letter · Magic Book · Royal Jewels · Vaati Barrier|
|Gerudo · Goron · Hylian · Zuna|