Red Bubble

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Red Bubbles are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name references needed]


The Legend of Zelda

As a variant of the Bubble, Red Bubbles are animated Skulls that appear in the Second Quest of The Legend of Zelda.[2] They can be found in Level 4, Level 5, Level 6, Level 7, Level 8, and Level 9. Like Bubbles, they move in erratic patterns and are invincible to all attacks. Instead of inflicting damage to Link upon contact like other enemies, Red Bubbles Curse Link upon contact, disabling his ability to use his Sword. The only way for Link to dispel the Curse is by touching a Blue Bubble, drinking a Life Potion, or visiting a Great Fairy in the Overworld. Unlike other Bubbles, the Curse will not end if Link uses the Flute. For this reason, Blue Bubbles are often found near Red Bubbles.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Red Bubbles are animated Skulls surrounded by red Fire. They leap out of pits or from the lava of the Death Mountain Crater and the Fire Temple, bouncing around in an attempt to hit Link and set him aflame. They often appear at ledges that Link must jump across in an attempt to hit him as he jumps. Link can defend himself with a Shield to knock the Red Bubble back.[3]

Majora's Mask

Tatl's Commenthide ▲
Tatl says:

What?! You don't know about the Red Bubble? If it comes at you, get in the defensive position to bounce it back...Got it?

Red Bubbles appear as animated Skulls surrounded by red Fire in Majora's Mask. They often leap out of pits of lava inside the Snowhead Temple and attempt to hit Link and set him aflame. Link can knock out their flames and leave them vulnerable by defending himself with a Shield.[4]

The Wind Waker

Tingle's Commenthide ▲
Tingle says:

It's a nasty Red Bubble!

Fan the flame away with the Deku Leaf!

In The Wind Waker, Red Bubbles are floating Skulls surrounded by curling red Flames. Red Bubble fly around at their own leisure, but immediately chase after Link when they spot him, attempting to catch him on Fire. Their Fire serves as a protective barrier that shields them from Link's attacks. These flames, however, can be blown away with the Deku Leaf, causing the Red Bubble to lose all power as it falls to the ground as a regular skull, where it can be attacked normally.[5] They can also be shot down with the Hero's Bow as well. Red Bubbles appear in the Tower of the Gods and Ganon's Tower. They can also be summoned by Wizzrobes.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
赤バブル (Aka Baburu) (TLoZ | OoT | TWW)[10][11][12]Same as English.
The French Republic
  • Tetdoss (OoT3D)[14]
  • Tetdoss Rouge (TWW)[15]
  • Bonehead
    Tetdoss is a corruption of tête d'os (bone head).
  • From "Tête d'os" (Bone head)
The Federal Republic of Germany
Roter Tod (TWW)[13] 
The Italian Republic
  • Nembo (Rosso) (TLoZ | OoT | MM)[9]
  • Nembo rosso (OoT3D | MM3D)[7][8]
  • Nembo Rosso (TWW)[6]
  • Nimbus (Red)
  • Red nimbus
  • Red Nimbus
The Kingdom of Spain
Bubble roja (TWW)[16] 
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 169 (TWW)
  2. "When it comes to Red Bubbles, you won't be able to swing your sword at all unless you..." (Nintendo Power no. 1, July/August 1988, pg. 31)
  3. "Guard against its attack with your shield!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "What?! You don't know about the Red Bubble? If it comes at you, get in the defensive position to bounce it back...Got it?" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Fan the flame away with the Deku Leaf!" — Tingle (The Wind Waker)
  6. "Nembo Rosso e Nembo Blu
    Habitat: Torre degli Spiriti.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  7. "Nembo rosso" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  8. "Questo è un nembo rosso." — Tatl (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  9. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 169
  10. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 193
  11. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 142
  12. "赤バブル 青バブル
    生息場所 神の塔
    強い方 青バブル
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  13. "Roter Tod und Blauer Tod
    Heimat: Der Turm der Götter
    Der stärkere von beiden: Blauer Tod
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  14. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 210
  15. "Tetdoss Rouge et Tetdoss Bleue
    Lieu de résidence: Tour des Dieux.
    Plus puissante des deux: la Tetdoss Bleue.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  16. "Bubble roja y bubble azul
    Hábitat: Torre de los Dioses
    Es más fuerte la azul.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)