Armos Knight

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Armos Knights are recurring Bosses, Mini-Bosses, and Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][name references needed] They are bigger and stronger versions of standard Armos.


A Link to the Past

A group of six Armos Knights are the first Dungeon Master Link faces, the boss of the Eastern Palace in A Link to the Past. They guard the Pendant of Courage within this first dungeon. While they can be defeated with Link's Fighter's Sword, this takes a very large number of hits per knight. The best way to defeat them is to use the Bow found in the dungeon, as they will fall from three Arrows each. They fight by jumping around in a circular formation, before lining up at the top of the screen and charging at Link all at once, attempting to crush him. Once their numbers are diminished, the last one will turn red and attempt to crush Link with hard stomps around the room. As with the others, three Arrows will finish him off, although as he will attack close up it may be easier to use the sword. After emerging victorious, Link is rewarded with the Pendant of Courage and a Heart Container.

Later in the game, they show up once more in Ganon's Tower, where they guard the Big Key. They must be defeated one more time to advance to the top of the tower, where Agahnim awaits. They are defeated in the same manner as before, but Silver Arrows and the Master Sword allow for a much quicker fight. The battle does, however, take place on a slick ice floor, making attacking a little more troublesome.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, one Armos Knight is found in the Southern Face Shrine. It guards the Face Key, which opens the sixth dungeon, Face Shrine. Link can defeat the knight by shooting Arrows at it with his Bow, or alternately by dashing into it with the Sword and Pegasus Boots equipped. This eventually destroys his armor leaving him vulnerable to either more Arrows or Sword strikes. Unlike the Knights in A Link to the Past, this Knight is able to stun Link by slamming the ground with great force. It is important to use the Roc's Feather when the Knight goes to stomp the ground, as it allows Link to avoid being stunned. Defeating him also allows Link to enter the final room of the Southern Face Shrine, where a mysterious secret of the island is hidden.

The Wind Waker

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Tingle says:

That's an Armos Knight! Eeeek! Stop it by shooting an arrow in its single eye! Then put a bomb in its mouth!

This variation of the Armos Knight appears mainly in the Tower of the Gods and the Wind Temple as common enemies with similar appearances and weaknesses to Armos found in Ocarina of Time. These variations will hop towards Link much like their more standard brethren, but occasionally will stop suddenly to unleash spikes from their sides, when they will open their mouths. If Link throws a Bomb (or Bomb Flower) into its open mouth, the monster will be defeated, and hop wildly in a straight line towards where Link stood before exploding like regular Armos. If Link does not throw a bomb in, the monster will close its mouth and continue chasing after him. By shooting it in its eye, its possible to make it open its mouth immediately. With its single eye, this variation of the Armos Knight has a lot in common with Eyegore Statues.

Four Swords Adventures

This variation of the Armos Knight appears in the Desert Temple, the second stage in the Desert of Doubt in Four Swords Adventures. A large statue appears at the start of the dungeon who must be moved to gain entrance, and once Link "awakens" the temple, some of them will be revealed from behind barriers and become active. These Armos Knights will come to life when Link gets near, like regular Armos, but they will only stomp after Link when the Links turn their backs on them. They are invincible, unaffected by Swords or Arrows. As with most Armos statues in the game, many other statues in the dungeon will not come to life, but later in the dungeon, six Armos Knights will appear already active in a large room. They stomp around in synchronized jumps a large circle around the room, very similar to the boss from A Link to the Past, although they will not actively attack the four Links. The room itself also has Beamos throughout, and acts as a deadly puzzle. Once the four Links light all the torches in the room using Arrows, the Armos Knights will be destroyed.

Two big Armos will appear in Hyrule Castle earlier in the game, but these are simply very large normal Armos and can be defeated easily with a Sword.

Other Appearances

A Link to the Past (Himekawa)

A Link to the Past (Cagiva)

The Armos Knights appear in the A Link to the Past manga by Ataru Cagiva, being the first opponent properly faced by Link since his failed fight with Agahnim. He manages to defeat 4 of them, however the other two manage to overpower him. Before they could finish the job however, they are defeated by the timely intervention of Rasuka, Link's martial artist friend.


  • The Armos Knights in A Link to the Past represent the first instance of the item found in the dungeon being used to defeat the boss, although unlike later games it is not necessary.
  • The Armos Knights in The Wind Waker have a nose and moustache oddly similar to Wario's from the Mario series.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
デグアモス (Degu Amosu) (ALttP | LA | TWW)[5][6][7]Big Amosu
The French Republic
Grand Armos (TWW)[9]Big Armos
The Federal Republic of Germany
Armos-Ritter (TWW)[8] 
The Italian Republic
Grand'Armos (ALttP | LA | LADX | TWW | FSA)[3][4]Great Armos
The Kingdom of Spain
Armos max (TWW)[10] 
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Other Names

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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 163 (ALttP | LA | TWW)
  2. "Well done! You beat the Armos Knight with a combination of heroic courage and wisdom." — Sahasrahla (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, [which page?])
  3. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 163
  4. "Grand'Armos
    Habitat: Torre degli Spiriti.
    Vulnerabile: alle Bombe.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  5. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 132
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Certain Victory Strategy Guide (1993), Futabasha, pg. 29
  7. "デグアモス
    生息場所 神の塔
    有効武器 バクダン
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  8. "Armos-Ritter
    Heimat: Der Turm der Götter
    Wirksame Waffe: Bomben
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  9. "Grand Armos
    Lieu de résidence: Tour des Dieux.
    Arme efficace: Bombe.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Armos max
    Hábitat: Torre de los Dioses
    Arma efectiva: Bomba
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  11. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 25
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening—Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 64