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Thunderbird
Thunderbird
Artwork of Thunderbird and Link
First appearance The Adventure of Link (1988)
Location(s) Great Palace
Weapon(s) Fireballs
Effective weapon(s) Thunder Spell
Sword
Thunderbird

Thunderbird (ボルバ Boruba?) is the penultimate boss of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It is a giant, winged creature that resides within the Great Palace. Link fights Thunderbird just prior to the final boss, Dark Link. Notably, Thunderbird is the only boss battle in the game fought without the specific battle music playing, as the Great Palace dungeon theme keeps playing throughout the battle. It is also the like the only mini-boss in the game, being a boss that is not fought at the end of the dungeon (or in this game, palace) it resides in, instead the real boss being... Link's own shadow?

Battle

Thunderbird starts off red and without a weakness, but when Link uses the Thunder Spell, it becomes blue, and its head, which is its weakness, appears. It also throws many fireballs across the room. The more damage Thunderbird takes, the more quickly it shoots fireballs; near the end of the battle, it fires them in a continuous stream. The fireballs can be blocked with the use of the Reflect Spell.

Video

Thunderbird (The Adventure of Link)01:08

Thunderbird (The Adventure of Link)

Etymology

Thunderbird is possibly named after the Thunderbird of Native American mythology.

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