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This article is about the enemy. For other uses, see Rope (Disambiguation).

Ropes are recurring Enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Ropes are poisonous snakes that charge at any target posing a threat to their territory.[2][3] They are easily dispatched with most conventional weaponry like the Sword and Bow. Unlike most enemies throughout The Legend of Zelda series, Ropes have changed relatively little in attack pattern and appearance.

Some variations of Ropes do exist; Skullropes appear in A Link to the Past, A Link Between Worlds, and Tri Force Heroes, while Golden Ropes appear in The Minish Cap.

The Legend of Zelda

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A poisonous snake that has made the labyrinths its home. It senses other creatures quickly and suddenly comes after them (and Link, for that matter!) once it has found them out. This one hasn't got a lot of attacking power.

Ropes appear in red and flashing varieties in The Legend of Zelda. When defeated, they may drop either a Heart, one Rupee, five Rupees, or a Clock.[note 1]

A Link to the Past

Link's Awakening

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

Four Swords

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Ropes appear in The Minish Cap as fast-moving green snakes, much like their appearance from Four Swords. They are common in Castor Wilds and the Wind Ruins, and appear less frequently in Caves across Hyrule.

Phantom Hourglass

A Link Between Worlds

Tri Force Heroes

Other Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

Ropes, as seen in the animated series

Ropes appear in the "Underworld Connections" episode of The Legend of Zelda TV series. When Link opens a door in the Underworld to find a shard of the Triforce of Wisdom, various Ropes lunge towards him. After Link uses a Zap on a few of them with his Crissword, Princess Zelda tells him to stop, as Ganon will be able to discern their location.[5] Link, who is entangled by two Ropes, is set free by Princess Zelda when she gets out a Boomerang and uses it to defeat them,[6] allowing her and Link to proceed through the Underworld, though not before Link picks up a Bomb that was dropped by one of the Ropes.

The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)

Although Ropes do not appear directly in the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics, they are mentioned in the Day of the Triforce story. When Princess Zelda and Cassiopia arrive at the Saria Town, Cassiopia's husband comes and brings their son, Rus, telling them that he has been bitten by a Rope when he was trying to escape the Lynels that had attacked him.[7] It is explained that a Rope's bite is lethal and cannot be cured by normal healing;[8] as such, it requires a Fairy's magical powers to be properly cured.[9]

The Crystal Trap

Zelda can encounter a Rope in The Crystal Trap if she does not have the Large Brass Key necessary to open the Iron Door. Although she will try to attack it with her Bow, the Rope will swiftly attack her, leading the book to a Game Over as Zelda screams for help.[10]

BS The Legend of Zelda

Zelda's Adventure

Cadence of Hyrule



Names in Other Regions
ロープ (Rōpu) (TLoZ | ALttP)[12][13]Same as English.
The People's Republic of China
罗普 (Luópǔ) (TLoZ)[15] 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Rope (TLoZ)
The French Republic
Rope (TLoZ)[14]
The Italian Republic
Corda (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | LADX | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | ALBW)[11]Same as English.
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Other Names

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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.[4]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 201 (TLoZ | ALttP | LA | OoS | OoA | FS | FSA | TMC | PH | ALBW | TFH)
  2. "It senses other creatures quickly and suddenly comes after them (and Link, for that matter!) once it has found them out. It hasn't got a lot of attacking power." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35)
  3. "A poisonous snake that has made the labyrinths its home." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35)
  4. n.a., Forced Drops ,, published n.d., retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. "Link! Stop zapping those Ropes! Ganon will know we're here!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8)
  6. "Oh, I suppose I better get you loose." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8)
  7. "This is what I tried to tell you! The child was bitten by a rope snake while trying to escape the Lynels!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 5)
  8. "He is beyond by healing powers! He will not last beyond sundown!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 6)
  9. "I can go to the Magic Spring and bring one of the fairies back with me to cure him! Their power to heal is even greater than yours, Cassiopia!" (The Legend of Zelda comic, Valiant Comics, pg. 6)
  10. "Zelda turns just as a huge snake-like neck rises up from a hole in the ground. 'A rope snake!' she cries. The giant serpent slithers forward, its cold eyes flashing and its great, forked tongue whipping out between its fangs. Zelda grabs for her bow, but before she can get it, the monstrous snake throws a coil around her arms. 'Help!' she screams." (The Crystal Trap, Simon & Schuster, pg. 52)
  11. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 201
  12. Hyrule Encyclopedia, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd., pg. 213
  13. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 124Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 22
  14. The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 35
  15. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 194
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Snake Rope
    Snake Ropes are small, mostly harmless snakes found frequently all over Koholint Island."
    The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia , (Archive), published n.d., retrieved January 24, 2022.
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—Official Strategy Guide (Pocket Guide), BradyGames, pg. 15
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 64