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Ricky is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[6]



Ricky is a boxing Kangaroo and one of three animal companions that Link can find in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons (the other two are Moosh and Dimitri). Despite having a pouch—which is characteristic of female kangaroos—Ricky is referred to as a male in the North American and European English manuals.[4] He is capable of scaling large walls and small holes in a single jump. He is also able to punch and briefly charge and unleash a Tornado Punch as his methods of attack. Link can use Ricky's Flute to call him, though this will not work everywhere.[7]

Depending on which animal Link befriends, the landscape of certain areas in Holodrum or Labrynna will change. If Link has Ricky join him, some areas within these regions may resemble a prairie-like landscape with occasional cliffs and a couple of holes that Ricky can jump over.


Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, Ricky lives in his Home, a small yard on Holodrum Plain east of Spool Swamp, which he claims is his backyard.[8] Ricky has faced Blaino in a boxing match but has lost, and Blaino has taken his boxing gloves. Link must face Blaino in a boxing match at his house and defeat him to win back Ricky's gloves. When Link gives these gloves back to Ricky, he will thank Link and offer to transport him to the once inaccessible areas of northern Holodrum. If Link does not own any of the other Strange Flutes, then Ricky will decide to join Link and gives him his flute.

If Link tries to take Ricky into Sunken City, Ricky will remark that the flooded city smells like medicine, which he cannot stand,[9] and will leave Link. This may be an excuse not to go into the city as Ricky cannot swim. Ricky can be taken into Horon Village however.

Oracle of Ages

Ricky's Tornado Punch
Ricky's Tornado Punch

In Oracle of Ages, Ricky first appears shortly after Link completes the Wing Dungeon and prepares to sail for Crescent Island. After Rafton in the past tells Link that he needs a Sea Chart before going into the sea, Ralph shortly appears and hints that there could be a Sea Chart in present day. The Sea Chart is being held by Tingle, but he is unreachable due to the high cliffs and pits. Eventually Link meets Ricky who says that he has lost his boxing gloves. Link finds the gloves south of Lynna City near a tree in the beach area, where he uses the shovel to unearth the gloves. By returning the gloves to Ricky, he then helps Link reach Tingle, and leaves after this.

When Link tries to later venture into Symmetry City, he will encounter the Fairies from the Fairies' Woods, who ask Link to help an animal who got lost in their woods. The animal will either be Moosh, Ricky or Dimitri depending on whether Link has any of the Strange Flutes or not. Ricky would be one of the animals lost if Link has won the Strange Flute from the Shooting Gallery. If Ricky is found, he will decide to join Link and gives him his flute. Ricky's jumping ability is used in the Nuun Highlands, which helps Link locate the three lazy Carpenters needed to extend the bridge to the dystopic city.[10]

Other Appearances

Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa)

Ricky is encountered in the Oracle of Seasons manga by Akira Himekawa very much like he is in the game, but rather than getting his gloves back and then looking for him, Link arrives at the moment of his defeat. After getting back Ricky's Gloves, Ricky becomes an inseparable companion from Link, playing a large role in the eventual defeat of General Onox (Dark Dragon).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Ricky — Spirit Battle Information
SSBU Ricky Spirit Icon.png
SSBU Support Spirit Icon.png Support Spirit
No. 217
Team Power SSBU Attack Type Icon.png Attack | 1800 Rank ★ NOVICE Fighter(s)
Stage Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield) Theme "Tal Tal Heights" SSBU Little Mac Stock Icon 2.png Little Mac
Rule(s) Hazard(s)
 • The enemy loves to jump
 • The enemy has increased jump power
Ricky — Spirit Information
SSBU Ricky Spirit Icon.png

No. 217
Rank ★ NOVICE Cost
Fist Attack 🠅
Slightly increases the power of punches and elbow strikes.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ricky appears as a Spirit with the ability, Fist Attack Up, which raises the attack power of a Fighters fist.


The name Ricky is a short form of the name Richard.[11] The Germanic name element ric- means "brave power", while hard- means "brave" and "hardy".[12]

ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
The People's Republic of China
利基 (Lì jī) (OoS | OoA)[15][16]
The Italian Republic
Ricky (OoS | OoA)[13][14]
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Other Names

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See Also


  1. Ricky is considered female in Zelda.com and the official Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages website.[2][3] However, as this directly contradicts the games' manuals,[4] official strategy guide,[5] and Encyclopedia,[1] it is not considered Canon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ricky's Gloves (Quest)
    Ricky's favorite gloves. Finding and returning them convinces him to join Link on his Oracle adventure for a short time.
    " (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 136)
  2. "Ricky was a spirited boxing Kangaroo who helped Link survive his adventures in Labrynna and Holodrum. Ricky frequently carried Link in her pouch, and helped the hero to hop over small holes."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia , Zelda.com (Archive), retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. "Ricky's not just a boxing kangaroo, she can also hop over holes in the ground and leap high into the air to reach tall ledges."Oracle of Seasons Characters , Zelda.com, retrieved September 7, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ricky will carry you in his pouch as he hops around. Ricky's best attack is his powerful punch." (Oracle of Ages manual, pg. 44)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 5
  6. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 250 (OoS) & 254 (OoA)
  7. "Your flute's song fell flat." — N/A (Oracle of Seasons)
  8. "Spool Swamp is my backyard. If you go south from here, then around and back up, there it is." — Ricky (Oracle of Seasons)
  9. "Ew! It smells like medicine... I can't stand it! See ya..." — Ricky (Oracle of Seasons)
  10. "Those lazy, worthless fools! Just as we're buildin' this bridge to the Symmetry City Ruins, they go off on break!" — Mutoh (Oracle of Ages)
  11. Meaning, origin and history of the name Ricky (web archive), behindthename.com, published July 2, 2008, retrieved November 13, 2022.
  12. Meaning, origin and history of the name Richard (web archive), behindthename.com, published April 5, 2022, retrieved March 26, 2017.
  13. "I libri dicono che un certo Ricky può saltare fosse e speroni con un sol balzo." — Dr. Left (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
  14. "Che rimanga tra noi, ho visto un animale di nome Ricky che riesce a saltare fossi e scalare massi, avvicinandosi ad essi!" — Dr. Troy (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  15. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 250
  16. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 254
  17. Official The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons & Ages Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 22 (OoS)