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- "When the fire on its back is extinguished, it will run away. Destroy it before it relights!"
- — Navi
Torch Slugs are recurring enemies in the Legend of Zelda series. These over-sized slugs are wreathed in flame, and are predominantly found in hot, fiery areas.
Torch Slugs are found primarily inside the Fire Temple. They creep slowly about, but when they spot potential prey they fling themselves at it. Attacking a Torch Slug with a sword extinguishes the fire, at which point it tries to flee. If it is left alone for some time, the flame will reignite and it will return to attack. Continuing to attack the slug defeats it. The slugs can be flipped onto their backs with the Megaton Hammer, keeping them from fleeing and extinguishing their fire. They will almost always drop Magic Jars when defeated.
|“When the fire on its back is extinguished, it will run away. Destroy it before it relights!”|
Torch Slugs are somewhat smaller than their Ocarina of Time counterparts, though they are significantly less mobile. They hang from the ceiling and frequently drop down onto their prey. They can be easily defeated with a single hit from either the sword or the Hero's Bow. Interestingly, when targeted, the Ending Blow option is always available. Despite this, however, Torch Slugs tend to attack as soon as Link uses the skill, making it one of the least reliable methods of destroying them.