Dera Zol

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Dera Zol is the Boss of the Talus Cave in Four Swords.[1]


Dera Zol is a large slug-like creature that attacks by jumping up and down, primarily to crush the Links should they move underneath its body, but also to shake off icicles that will injure them should one land on them. To defeat the beast, the Links must repeatedly charge into it using the Pegasus Shoes to bump it into the ice wall, freezing it.[2] At this point the heroes can slash at it with their Swords to cause damage. On higher difficulties, Dera Zol will begin creating illusions of itself after taking damage. The true body can be identified by its shadow.

After hacking away at the frozen Zol enough, the ice will shatter to instead reveal a smaller creature similar to an Octorok. This form then blows up four balloon-like spheres to surround it. Striking any of these spheres will electrify the heroes, except the orb that matches his own color. However, each Link can only see the color of one orb that does not correspond to his tunic, meaning the Links must work together to deduce which sphere they can strike.[3] After dealing this form enough damage, Dera Zol will explode.


  • Dera Zol, as the name and slime-like appearance suggests, seems to be related to a Zol. Despite this, its second form bears a closer resemblance to an Octorok.
  • "Dera" appears to be short for "Doerai", a Japanese word meaning "immense" or "awesome".


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The Italian Republic
Dera Zol (FS)[4]
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  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 174
  2. "Dash into the ice wall!" — N/A (Four Swords)
  3. "Whose color do you see? Share it with the others!" — N/A (Four Swords)
  4. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 174