|First appearance||Oracle of Seasons (2001)|
|Location(s)||Sword & Shield Maze|
Medusa Head, also known as Medelock (メデロック Mederokku?), is the boss of the Sword & Shield Maze, the eighth dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. She guards the Changing Seasons, the last of the eight Essences of Nature. She is the only boss fought in the subterranean land of Subrosia and the only boss besides General Onox and Dark Dragon who has not appeared in an earlier game.
Medusa Head shoots fireballs from her mouth, fires lasers from her eyes, and a wave that can turn Link to stone if it hits him, which must be dodged by moving along the lower wall of the room and by using the Roc's Cape; if petrified, Link will be left vulnerable for a few seconds before freeing himself. Throughout the battle, she will teleport across the room, often attacking immediately afterward. In order to defeat her, Link can use the Hyper Slingshot to shoot her with Pegasus Seeds, leaving her stunned for a short while and vulnerable to attack. She may also be damaged if she is hit by the sword when situated in the middle of the room. After several hits, Medusa Head is defeated.
VideoMedusa Head (Oracle of Seasons)(01:31)
The Medusa Head appears to be based on Medusa, a creature from Greek mythology, who has the ability to turn people to stone when one looks into her eyes. Medusa is at one point decapitated by the hero Perseus, and her head is thrown into the Red Sea. Pegasus was born when Medusa was killed, which may explain why the Pegasus Seeds are so useful against Medusa Head.