Hardhit Beetle

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Not to be confused with Hardhat Beetles.

Hardhit Beetle is a boss in Link's Awakening DX.[1][note 1]


Though it continually warns Link to take his time, he must strike it successively for it to change colors from blue to red, indicating loss of health. Evil Orb is capable of healing himself, so Link must defeat it quickly or else it will change back to blue. An often used approach is the use of Arrows or the Magic Rod if Link has obtained any yet. Another method is to equip Roc's Feather and use it to jump over its attacks and strike it multiple times with Link's Sword. Defeating it will give Link access to a Great Fairy that will offer him the Blue or Red Clothes.

In Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, cracks are shown to form on its shell in addition to changing colors when taking damage.


  • Hardhit Beetle is the only boss to not drop a Heart Container (not counting the Shadow Nightmares).


Evil Orb's Japanese name resembles ポーン (Pōn), the Japanese name for the Hardhat Beetle.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ド・ポーン (Do Pōn)
France FrenchEU Chromapion Chromapawn
Germany German Farb-Oktorok [verification needed] Color Octorok



  1. Hardhit Beetle was referred to as Evil Orb in Encyclopedia,[2] and D. Poon in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX — Prima's Official Strategy Guide by Prima Games.[3] However, as these contradict the name given in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, they are not considered Canon.