Hinox (ヒノックス Hinokkusu?) are recurring enemies in the Legend of Zelda series. They are a hulking, muscular race, with one huge eye, similar to the Cyclops of ancient Greek Mythology. They are not known for their intelligence, but more for their love of tossing Bombs.
Hinox first appear as enemies in the Dark World. They are incredibly powerful and can deal a lot of damage with their bombs. Regular weapons will not easily defeat them, but they are very vulnerable to their own weapon. The bombs they throw at Link can be thrown back at them, or Link can use his own bombs.
Several Hinox serve as mini-bosses in various dungeons. One is the mini-boss of the Bottle Grotto, the second dungeon of Koholint Island. Hinox also appear in Eagle's Tower and Turtle Rock. Hinox can be easily defeated with Spin Attacks and careful dodging of the bombs they throw. If Link gets too close they can pick him up and throw him, sometimes into holes.
Hinox can be found in the Death Mountain Foothills. They are very dangerous enemies, dealing great amounts of damage if they hit Link. If a Hinox grabs Link, it will shake him, causing him to spill hundreds of Force Gems. If this happens, Tingle will appear to try to recover the spilt Force Gems. They can also attack by throwing boulders at Link.
The Hinox are blue and can occasionally be found in groups of two on Dee Ess Island and Goron Island. If Link throws a bomb at a Hinox, it will throw it back. Attempts to strike it with a sword without first stunning it will result in a series of hard punches, knocking Link to the ground. To defeat a Hinox, Link must first shoot its large eye with an arrow and then attack it while it is stunned. Once the arrow falls out of its eye, the Hinox will become aggressive again.
The Hinox in A Link Between Worlds perform much of the same duties as in A Link to the Past. However, if Link gets close enough to a Hinox, they may ram Link. This attack is very deadly because Link will lose four full Hearts in total if hit by charge. The Blue Mail is very useful against them because in Hero Mode, Hinox deals 8 full Hearts of health. The Death Mountain variety wear a winter coat and throw snowballs that freeze Link if contacted for a few seconds and do damage.
There is one Hinox hiding in a cave behind a waterfall in northeastern Lorule. He will bribe Link to keep his location a secret. Link has the option of continuing to pressure him for more money, until he loses his temper and attacks in a berserker rage.
Hinox appear as enemies in Tri Force Heroes.
In this game, Hinox are mini-bosses redesigned to resemble giant cyclops-like Blins. There are four variants, the eponymous red-skinned Hinox, the Blue Hinox, the strongest Black Hinox and the undead Stalnox. Including all variants, there are a total of forty Hinox specimens found throughout Hyrule. After completing the main story and defeating once each of those forty Hinox, Link can obtain the Medal of Honor: Hinox from Kilton.
Living Hinox are encountered sleeping at first and will awake if Link makes too much noise near them or attacks them. Link can sneakily past them by being stealthy as possible. All Hinox variants are vulnerable to arrows shot into their eye and will be stunned. They protect this weak point with their hand if they take too much damage, however Link can immobilize it from covering its eye by using the Stasis Rune +. Some Hinox may wear leg armor, wooden one can be burned using Fire Arrows or Fire Elemental weapons, and a metallic one, if hit, makes the Hinox vulnerable to Shock Arrows and electric elemental weapons but it cannot be destroyed. Hinox attack Link by pounding the ground with their heads or jumping to create a shock wave when they land. They will also occasionally grab trees, fallen logs, or rocks and use them as weapons. Stalnox will occasionally use their ribs as a makeshift weapons. Unlike past games, Hinox do not use Bombs in Breath of the Wild and all variants ignore Remote Bombs though this is mainly due to Remote Bombs having little effect on them. Bomb Arrows however due cause some decent damage though generally they do more damage if they hit them in the eye. Ancient Arrows also do more damage if they hit a Hinox's eye though its not enough to justify the cost in materials for replacing Ancient Arrows, thus Ancient Arrows are generally best saved for Guardians and eliminating strong non-boss quickly. Fire elemental weapons and arrows are useful for dealing with Blue Hinox's leg armor while Electric elemental weapons and arrows are useful for stunning Black Hinox by hitting their leg armor.
Living Hinox wear weapons and bows on their necklaces as jewelry while Stalnox have weapons lodged into their skeletons. Link can steal weapons from Hinox necklaces by boosting his Stealth ability and climbing onto them while they are sleeping. Link can also grab the weapons or bows off their necklace when they are stunned, and they will drop them on their necklaces when killed. It is likely implied that Hinox collect weapons from those who were trying to kill them and died. That is why the Hinox's necklaces are a crude symbol of victory and triumph. This is further supported by the Three Giant Brothers sidequest, in which the Black Hinox (Oldest Kin) can be seen atop a hill surrounded by tattered flags, destroyed carriages, crumbling ruins, and rusty weapons, implying that a small battle took place between the Hinox and perhaps the Hylian Royal Guard in which the Hinox was triumphant, and collected the weapons of the fallen, crafting them into a war trophy. Most Hinox prefer Royal Bows, Royal Broadswords, Royal Claymores, and Royal Halberds as jewelry making them useful for acquiring these strong and valuable weapons. The Blue Hinox found on Digdogg Suspension Bridge has a Moonlight Scimitar on its necklace presumably acquired from a Gerudo or other unfortunate traveler coming from the desert via Gerudo Canyon Pass indicating Hinox prefer ornate weapons as jewelry. Stalnox are unaffected by armor or armor sets that disguises Link to other Stal monsters.
Based upon their item drops it is implied that the diet of living Hinox varies based upon color as the eponymous Hinox are primarily Frugivorous feeding on Apples, Hearty Durians, Mighty Bananas, Palm Fruits, Voltfruits, and Wildberries. Though Fortified Pumpkins are classified as vegetables in Hyrule they are actually fruits in the real world thus Hinox dropping them fits with a frugivorous diet. However Blue Hinox seem to prefer a diet of roasted seafood including Blackened Crab, Blueshell Escargot, Roasted Bass, Roasted Carp, Roasted Hearty Bass, Roasted Hearty Salmon, Roasted Porgy, Roasted Trout, and Sneaky River Escargot. However Black Hinox prefer a diet of roasted meat and poultry including Roasted Bird Drumstick, Roasted Bird Thigh, Roasted Whole Bird, Seared Gourmet Steak, Seared Prime Steak, and Seared Steak. This implies Hinox are omnivorous though specific variants prefer different diets. Like most monsters, it is implied Hinox will occasionally eat people as well if given the chance. It is implied Stalnox do not require food though its possible they still may be capable of eating despite their lack of organs in the same manner that Stalhorse can.
- "The largest monster to make its home in Hyrule, the Hinox lives primarily in forested areas. A keen awareness of your surroundings is paramount when facing one, as Hinox are know for tearing entire trees from the ground and using them as weapons. A deft hand can steal weapons off the necklaces they wear."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Hinox are red-skinned mini-bosses with 600 HP. They can be found in specific locations of the Necluda, Lanayru and Faron provinces of Hyrule such as a Hot Springs located at East Gut Check Rock. They drop Hinox Tooth, Toenail, Guts, as well as various fruits. In Master Mode, all Hinox are upgraded to the next tier (when possible), except the Youngest Kin fought during the Shrine quest "The Three Giant Brothers".
- Kamah Plateau
- West Loshlo Harbor
- Kincean Island
- Phalian Highlands
- Tobio's Hollow
- Mount Taran (Youngest Kin)
- Purifier Lake
- Black Hinox
- Blue Hinox
- Hinox (Youngest Kin)
- Stone Hinox
|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|
|Bellum · Ciela · Linebeck · Link · Ocean King · Oshus · Tetra|
—Full list of characters
|Blaaz · Cyclok · Crayk · Diabolical Cubus Sisters · Dongorongo · Gleeok · Eox · Bellum · Ghost Ship · Bellumbeck|
|Bannan Island · Cannon Island · Goron Island · Harrow Island · Isle of Ember · Isle of Frost · Isle of Gust · Isle of Ruins · Isle of the Dead · Mercay Island · Molida Island · Zauz's Island|
—Full list of locations
|Temple of Fire · Temple of Wind · Temple of Courage · Ghost Ship · Goron Temple · Temple of Ice · Mutoh's Temple · Temple of the Ocean King|
|Oshus's Sword · Wooden Shield · Boomerang · Bombs · Bow · Bombchus · Grappling Hook · Hammer · Phantom Sword · Shovel · Fishing Rod|
|Leaf · Neri · Ciela · Pure Metals · Phantom Hourglass · Spirit Gem|
|Anouki · Deity · Fairy · Gerudo · Goron · Human · Hylian · Yook|
| Link · Princess Styla · King Tuft · Madam Couture|
—Full list of characters
|Arrghus · Blizzagia · Margoma · Moldorm|
| Hytopia · Woodlands · Riverside · Volcano · Ice Cavern · Fortress|
—Full list of locations
|Gripshot · Bomb · Boomerang · Bow · Fire Glove · Gust Jar · Hammer · Water Rod|