Leever

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Leevers are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[4]

Characteristics

Leevers are sand-dwelling sandworm-like creatures known for their burrowing capabilities, found mostly in areas with sand such as deserts and beaches. These cone-shaped creatures burrow out of the ground, or remain at a semi-burrow as in The Adventure of Link, upon detecting movement and begin pursuing threats, generally at a fast-moving pace.[5][6] They are almost always fought in groups, with many of them targeting and honing in on Link at once.

Although the behavior of the Leever changes little between games and variations, they do possess different levels of strength, speed, and attack strategy that vary by color.

In general, red Leevers are the standard variant, with the stronger Blue Leevers behaving similarly. In some games, green Leevers are the standard variant, with a stronger and faster-moving purple variant. In games such as Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages, there is an orange variant as well.

The overall strategy to defeat any Leever, regardless of game, is to attack it with the Sword, or any weapon used to defeat any other commonplace enemy. Generally, Leevers can be avoided entirely, although some incarnations make this harder due to their increased speed.

The Legend of Zelda

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Leever
They live in the ground and eat up the energy of creatures that approach them. Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power.

There are red and blue varieties of Leevers in The Legend of Zelda, the blue variant being the stronger of the two.[7] When defeated, red Leevers may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees, or a Clock, while blue Leevers may drop either a Heart, a Fairy or one Rupee.[note 1]

The Adventure of Link

In the The Adventure of Link, Leevers are once again found in sandy areas, more so in northern hyrule and near Darunia Town.

A Link to the Past

Leevers come in two varieties in A Link to the Past, with the green version being the standard variant and the purple version being slightly faster. They are found in sandy areas of Dungeons, most notably the Desert Palace.

Link's Awakening

Leevers come in three varities in Link's Awakening; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.

Ocarina of Time

Leevers appear in the Desert Colossus in Ocarina of Time, where they will chase Link across the sands, though they cannot venture onto the large stones. Larger Leevers may appear after defeating ten standard Leevers, a trait it shares with Stalchildren and Guays.

Majora's Mask

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It's a Leever.
It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it?

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Majora's Mask

You know about the Leever, right? It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it?

Leevers in Majora's Mask are nearly identical to their appearance in Ocarina of Time. If ten are defeated, a larger Leever may appear. Link can completely avoid Leevers while riding Epona.

Oracle of Seasons

Leevers come in three varities in Oracle of Seasons; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.

Oracle of Ages

Leevers come in three varities in Oracle of Ages; red, blue, and orange. Red Leevers travel in a straight line, while the blue variety tends to zigzag at random intervals. The orange variety actively pursues Link, and has notably increased speed in comparison to its red and blue counterparts.

Four Swords Adventures



The Minish Cap

Leevers in The Minish Cap come in two varieties, the standard red and the stronger Blue Leevers. They are found in the overworld of Hyrule in locations such as Castor Wilds, Mount Crenel, and Veil Falls. They burrow underground and emerge to attack Link. If he blocks their attack with his Shield, they will return underground.

Twilight Princess

Leevers appear differently in Twilight Princess than in previous games, with a stronger plant-like appearance compared to the simpler conical shape. They appear in the sands of Gerudo Desert, as well as in the Cave of Ordeals. They appear in groups and encircle Link before attacking.

A Link Between Worlds



Tri Force Heroes



Other Appearances

The Count of Black Shadows



Zelda's Adventure



Leevers in Zelda's Adventure do not burrow underground.

A Link to the Past (Caviga)



BS The Legend of Zelda



Ancient Stone Tablets



Cadence of Hyrule

Leevers appear as Enemies in Cadence of Hyrule where they can be found in Dungeons and sandy areas like the Beach and Desert. Like other enemies, they can only move to the beat of the music, but differ in that they can move on every single music beat and can bury themselves underground. When Cadence, Link, Yves, or Zelda passes by, they will bury themselves underground for a few beats and then try to surface near them, with their fangs poking up through the sand for two music beats to signal where they plan to resurface. Upon emerging from the sand, they will knock back anyone or anything that is standing above them a few tiles back. Once emerged, they will chase their target for four beats before burying themselves underground and repeating the pattern. A stronger variant known as the Blue Leever also appears.

Trivia

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
  • リーバー (Rībā) (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP)[19][20][21]
  • リーバ(緑) (Rība (Midori)) (ALttP)[16]
  • リーバ(赤) (Rība (Aka)) (ALttP)[22]
  • リーバ (Rība) (OoT)[18]
  • リーバー (赤) (Rībā (Aka)) (CoH)[17]
  •  
  • Rība (Green)
  • Rība (Red)
  • Same as English.
  • Rībā (red)
The People's Republic of China
ChineseSI
利巴 (Lìbā) (TLoZ)[26] 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Zandkruiper (TLoZ)[23] 
Canada
FrenchCA
Leever (CoH)[29]
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Leever (TLoZ | TAoL | CoH)[23][24][25]
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Sandkiller (CoH)[28]Portmanteau of "sand" and "killer".
The Italian Republic
Italian
  • Leever (TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | OoS | OoA | FSA | ALBW | CoH)[11][10][12][13][14][15]
  • Leever (Viola) (ALttP)[10]
  • Leever (Arancione) (LA | LADX)[10]
  • Leever
  • Leever (Purple)
  • Leever (Orange)
Latin America
SpanishLA
Leever (CoH)[27]
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Leever (CoH)[30]
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Notes

  1. If Link defeats 10 enemies without getting hit or teleporting with the Flute, then the 10th enemy defeated will drop five Rupees. However, if the 10th enemy is defeated with a Bomb, then it will drop four Bombs. If Link defeats 16 enemies without getting hit or teleporting, then the 16th enemy will drop a Fairy. After the 16th enemy, Link must get hit and reset the counter to zero in order to achieve this effect again. Defeating Armos, Like Likes, Keese, or Gels will not be counted.[8]

References

  1. "Octoroks, Tektites, Leevers too" — Zelda Universe, The Zelda Rap: US Commercial (1986) , YouTube (Video), published May 17, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. "Leevers!" — Zelda Universe, Legend of Zelda Ad: What Is This I Don't Even , YouTube (Video), published May 9, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. "The Oracle series features three kinds of Leevers: red, orange, and blue." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 189)
  4. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 189 (TAoL | OoT | MM | FSA | TMC | TP | ALBW | TFH)
  5. "Leever. Watch its movements closely and let it go by!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "You know about the Leever, right? It actually moves pretty fast. That's not exactly good news, is it?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  7. "Blue Leevers are a little stronger, but the red ones don't have much attacking power." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29)
  8. n.a., Forced Drops , redcandle.us, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 95
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 189
  11. L'arte di una leggenda, Magazzini Salani, pg. 119
  12. L'arte di una leggenda, Magazzini Salani, pg. 390
  13. "Leever" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  14. "Questo è un leever." — Tatl (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  15. "Causa della sconfitta: Leever" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
  16. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 129
  17. "敗因:リーバー (赤)" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Japanese localization)
  18. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 146
  19. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 211
  20. Famicom Dojo of Victory 13—Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987), Kodansha, pg. 6
  21. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 23
  22. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 130
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 29
  24. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 189
  25. "Défaite causée par: Leever" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, European French localization)
  26. zhSR= 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 192
  27. "¡Fin de la partida! Causa: Leever" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Latin American Spanish localization)
  28. "Besiegt von: Sandkiller" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, German localization)
  29. "Défaite causée par: Leever" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, Canadian French localization)
  30. "¡Fin de la partida! Causa: Leever" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule, European Spanish localization)