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Manhandla is a recurring Boss in The Legend of Zelda series.[2][3][4][1][name references needed]


The defining characteristic of the Manhandla is its four symmetrical mouths, which are its weak points. As with all incarnations of Manhandlas, as each mouth is dispelled, the entire form picks up speed, reaching its maximum velocity upon destruction of the third mouth. After destroying all four mouths, the Manhandla is defeated.

The Legend of Zelda

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A large man-eating flower with hands sticking out in all four directions. It moves faster as it loses its hands. It's pretty mean. So, watch out!

Manhandla appears as the Boss of Level 3 of the First Quest in The Legend of Zelda. It defends a fragment of the Triforce of Wisdom. It also appears in Level 4 and Level 8 of the First Quest as well as Level 2, Level 5, Level 6, and Level 7 of the Second Quest. Manhandla is a large, spinning, man-eating flower with the ability to spit fireballs.[5] Link must destroy all four of its hands to defeat it. Each hand has a health of 4, totaling the beast at 16 health. Manhandla is immune to the Boomerang and Fire. Link can damage it with his Sword, Arrows, the Magical Rod, or Bombs. Bombs are effective, as one Bomb is strong enough to destroy a hand, allowing Link to destroy all four hands with one Bomb if it detonates in its center. As each hand is destroyed, the Manhandla increases its speed and spits fireballs at a faster rate.[6] The Magical Shield cannot defend Link from Manhandla's fireballs. When Manhandla is accompanied by Stone Statues, the Statues also increase their rate of fire as each hand is destroyed. When defeated, Manhandla will drop a Heart Container and may drop either a Heart, a Fairy, or one Rupee.[note 1]

Oracle of Seasons

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In Oracle of Seasons, Manhandla is the boss of the Ancient Ruins, the sixth dungeon.[8] Manhandla starts out by spitting four fireballs at Link. The flowers can only be damaged by the Magical Boomerang when they are open. When Manhandla loses all four flowers, it runs around the room very fast. Link has to continually hit Manhandla with the Magical Boomerang to expose its core. At that point, Link has a small amount of time to use his Sword to destroy Manhandla's core and defeat it. Link receives a Heart Container and the Blowing Wind, the sixth Essence of Nature, for destroying Manhandla.

Note that the body is now a large Buzz Blob, very similar to the Giant Buzz Blob mini-boss from the Color Dungeon in Link's Awakening and to the Big Green Chuchu boss of the Deepwood Shrine in The Minish Cap. Also note that the four plant heads now look and act very similar to the Mario series's Piranha Plant, reflecting its origins as a relative.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Manhandla appears in The Coast, Frozen Hyrule, and Realm of the Heavens, as either a Boss or Mini-Boss. The strategy is the same as in The Legend of Zelda, but the claws are different colors, and the Link of the corresponding color must strike the claw to destroy it. It takes one hit to weaken each claw, but if one of the Links get struck by it or hits the wrong head, Manhandla will spit fire from all four heads and they will grow to full size again. The Links must to repeat the process in that case. Once all the claws have become smaller it will be destroyed.

Other Appearances

BS The Legend of Zelda

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Manhandla also makes an appearance in BS The Legend of Zelda. The first time it shows up is in Level-3 as the Boss, then it returns in the seventh dungeon as a mini-boss. The battles play out in a similar manner to that in The Legend of Zelda, minus the fact that Manhandla is much faster and requires fewer blows to defeat.

Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa)

After Link defeats Blaino in the Oracle of Seasons manga by Akira Himekawa, a Keese flies off to inform General Onox that the hero bears the sacred mark on his hand.[9] It first tells a crow,[10] who in turn drops a seed that sprouts. As Link, Piyoko, and Ricky wander through the forest, Manhandla bursts from the ground.[3] One of Manhandla's heads swallows Piyoko, trapping the chick inside it.[11][12] Ricky attacks Manhandla with his tornado punch and frees Piyoko.[13] Link tells Manhandla that he cannot let the forest be overtaken by monsters like it.[14] However, Link and his companions are proven to be no match for the plant monster and are soon tangled in its vines. Link reaches for one of the seeds that the Maku Tree had given him and tosses it into one of Manhandla's open mouths.[15] The seed turns out to be an Ember Seed, causing Manhandla to burst into flames.[16]

Hyrule Warriors

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In Hyrule Warriors, Manhandla appears as a Giant Boss that is encountered in several Legend Mode and Adventure Mode stages. In Legend Mode, it appears as a Boss in the Scenarios "The Sorceress of the Valley", "Ganondorf's Return", and "Darkness Falls".

As with previous incarnations, Manhandla appears as a bulb with four heads, however, its heads and body are covered in a sturdy metallic hide that deflects attacks. Manhandla has several different attacks, including spitting seeds that target the Allied base, rapidly spitting seeds directly at their enemies, lunging with its huge jaws, uprooting itself and rampaging around the battlefield with its heads swinging around, or spewing a pool of poison similar to Deku Babas. These attacks will also harm nearby enemy troops. Occasionally however, its heads will briefly lose their metallic hide and become organic, leaving its heads vulnerable. In this window of time, its heads can be stunned with the Boomerang. When all four heads are stunned, the creature falls and exposes a large crystal in its bulb, revealing its Weak Point Gauge. Sometimes Manhandla will still expose its Weak Point Gauge even without all of its heads stunned, but this is very uncommon occurrence. Manhandla will usually drop the Toxic Dust Material when defeated, and rarely, the Manhandla's Sapling Material.


  • Although not mentioned in the international release, the Japanese manual of The Legend of Zelda describes Manhandla as a "four-limbed, jumbo-sized" Piranha Plant,[17] making it the first reference to the Mario series to appear in the Zelda series.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
テスチタート (Tesuchitāto) (TLoZ)[20]
The People's Republic of China
泰斯奇塔特 (Tài sī qí tǎ tè) (TLoZ)[22]
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Man-Handen (TLoZ)[21]
The French Republic
Manhandla (TLoZ)[21]
The Federal Republic of Germany
Manhandla (HWDE)
The Italian Republic
Manhandla (TLoZ | OoS | FSA)[18][19]
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See Also


  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.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Poisonous Tree
    " — Game Screen (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 191 (TLoZ | OoS | FSA)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "It's the flower monster, Manhandla!" (Oracle of Seasons manga, VIZ Media, pg. 121)
  4. "Poisonous Tree
    " — Game Screen (Hyrule Warriors)
  5. "A large man-eating flower with hands sticking out in all four directions." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  6. "It moves faster as it loses its hands." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
  7. n.a., Forced Drops ,, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 45
  9. "That boy...His hand bears the sacred mark. I must inform General Onox!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 116)
  10. "The rest is up to you, crow." (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 116)
  11. "I don't want to be digested! Link, heeelp!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 121)
  12. "It swallowed Piyoko!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 121)
  13. "What have you done to Piyoko?! Tornado punch!!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 122)
  14. "I can't let the forest be taken over...By monsters like you!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 122)
  15. "Maybe the Maku Tree's seeds can help!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 124)
  16. "I-It's burning up!" (Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 124)
  17. "4方向に手を持つ大型のパックンフラワー。手が減るごとに速い動きになる。ややつよい攻撃力を持つ。" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 36)
  18. "Sconfiggi Manhandla!" (Defeat Manhandla!) — Level 18 (Bonus) (NES Remix, Italian localization)
  19. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 191
  20. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Ambit Ltd., pg. 188
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37
  22. Encyclopedia, New Star Press, pg. 206